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Mr. Parola is a retired Professor of cultural history at Indiana University and University of Michigan-Flint; the Ministry of Defense, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Koç University in Istanbul Turkey.
As a former Naval Air Intelligence officer and a career researcher, Mr. Parola has trained himself to be a keen observer of his surroundings and has acquired a large cultural and social context into which those observations fit.
He is a free lance writer of Business (See Honolulu Star Bulletin, July 28, 2002) and Technical (Hurricane Handbook, Sail Net News, Spring, 2003) articles. His short stories have been published in Voices from the Universe and in Bamboo Ridge Press, 25th Anniversary Edition. And the Spring
Mr. Parola speaks frequently to lodges, clubs and service organizations on a variety of topics.
on Sep. 14, 2011 :
What is the reason for “hot spots” bearing overabundance of beautiful women? Old Sins, New Sinners gives a perfectly logical answer, at least concerning Izmir, Turkey.
The novel is satisfying at the level of a police drama, following two attractive and romantically adventures detectives, who pursue murderers of an elderly carpet salesman. But there is so much more. Short anecdotes light up along the convoluted track that the romantically inclined lieutenant Parrish follows, delightfully illuminating subjects ranging from the above mentioned “clumpy” distribution of beautiful women to the ancient story of Argonauts.
A reader follows the lieutenant into secreted corners of the Ottoman Empire, still the world’s superpower a hundred years ago, now hardly registering in consciousness of the Western public. The whole exotic world opens up in the Middle East, thoroughly ignored by the mainstream press in favor of gnomes overcrowding the pages of newspapers.
Old Sins, New Sinners is a well-written cop novel guaranteed to shorten a flight or entertain at a beach, but I enjoyed it even more for its ability to surprise me with the things I didn’t know about, delivered in a graceful entertaining way.
A male reader cannot miss the author’s appreciation of female anatomy; Izmir or New Orleans, Gene Parola has a good eye for sex appeal and I salute him for that.
Ah, just buy a book and enjoy!
(reviewed 27 days after purchase)
William Wayne Dicksion
on Feb. 14, 2011 :
Great story! This a must read! I can picture this on TV or movies. Gene Parola brings romance, intrigue, action, into this story. He also gives us an interest into the Ottoman Empire and the people of Turkey.Looking forward to a sequel.
(review of free book)