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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 Feb. 26, 2011 :
This collection of stories is ambitious in both its variety of stories -- historical, whimsical and fun, and in the author's attempts to share with readers the history and culture of the Hawaiian islands. He is fearless in terms of the range of what he attempts to do, despite that fact that he's not always successful.
The Disappearance of Kappa and the Bone House were particularly enjoyable. I do wish that the author would be less greedy in his ambitions. He often tries to do too much in one story and the result is that characters aren't filled out as well as they could be, or his timing suffers or he tries to include too much local color of language and the "mainland"reader is lost, lacking the context that would be obvious to a local person.
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)
William Wayne Dicksion
on Feb. 14, 2011 :
I enjoyed the short stories very much and wish they were longer. Gene is a great story teller, and I'm finding out just how good by reading his other books.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)