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Businessman, Teacher and Writer all in one package is unusual!
And so is Murray Kibblewhite who enjoys filling all these roles at the same time. The link between then is now expressed in his writing a series of short stories based upon his students experiences.
Born in Masterton, a small farming town, Murray left to attend Victoria University in Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, where he gained a B.Com. His working life has been mixed, starting in a Government owned finance company, moving to Auckland to work in the same field, then as General Manager of a trading company and then into his own service businesses.
For over 40 years Murray has also been a part time tertiary teacher specializing in business papers and his most recent students were from Asia, mainly Chinese, Indian and Korean.
He is divorced, has two adult children and five grandchildren and lives in Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand.
Under the banner, “Now I Know”, Murray has published the first short story of a series under the heading, “Project L.E.L.” that deals with Living – Experience – Learning. There are strong themes of Self Discovery and Spiritual understanding in his writings. He has released his first adventure novel, The Minke Connection, that deals with the issue of Japanese killing whales in the Southern Ocean.
on Nov. 25, 2013 :
Someone is killing protected sperm whales.
John Daroux is a New Age intellectual, martial arts exponent and Reki master, a Renaissance man with an interest in all things Japanese. Tasked by Greenpeace to investigate the reports, he is sent to Japan along with Carrie Ardley, a whale researcher dedicated to ending the whaling industry. They join a Greenpeace ship to hunt down the factory ship and gain proof they are hunting protected whales. Boarding the factory ship in mid ocean, John finds irrefutable evidence, almost loses his life and becomes Carrie’s lover. While in Tokyo they are followed by the dreaded Yakusa, evade being poisoned, and survive being frozen alive.
Mark Stafford is the chief of Greenpeace, competent and urbane. He travels to Tokyo with his beautiful associate, Petra van de Roer, to find the reason why the giant trading company, Mosaka Corporation, is killing the protected Sperm whales. While unravelling the mystery he is confronted by the cut called the League of Blood and learns the more sinister reason behind the killings.
Will the persistent efforts of the environmental protectors Greenpeace be enough to save the whales?
The Minke Connection is a thriller with plenty of action and romance and a spellbinding saga. While not strong on characterisation there is development of individual personalities. The main characters experience a variety of challenging situations which makes for exciting reading. The author has incorporated interesting and carefully researched details about whales, dolphins and the Japanese culture and history to make the story both credible and compelling. It incorporates business versus environmentalism, big organizations versus small and expectation versus experience. I’m eagerly looking forward to finding out what happens next.
(reviewed the day of purchase)