Gene Parola


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
2006 edition.
Mr. Parola speaks frequently to lodges, clubs and service organizations on a variety of topics.

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Lehua--Ka'ao a Ka Wahine The Romance of a Hawaiian Girl
Price: $4.50 USD. Words: 96,800. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical » General, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
TOP IN GENRE AWARD, 12/2012. In 1819, the Hawaiian Queen, Ka'ahumanu destroyed the native religion five months before the arrival of the missionaries. Kanaka royalty rushed to convert leaving the common people to deal with a confusing and often contradictory set of choices. Lehua, a royal, comes of age at this trying time and seeing the people abandoned by their leadership, takes up the challenge
The Little American Blonde
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,300. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » General, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
(5.00 from 1 review)
"Portrait of a Young Artist in Istanbul" in this collection, won the EditorsChoice (highest prize) award in an AuthorStand contest. These stories set in Cyprus and Turkey are views into nations and populations that are on the periphery of our political and cultural vision. We will need to know as much as possible about them as human beings when we are called to deal with them politically.
The Professional and other stories you'll relate to.
You set the price! Words: 14,860. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
(4.00 from 1 review)
This collection of Short Stories gives humorous insights into everything from the operation of the American medical professions to the ironies of Senior Care, senior sex and spiritual support. You won't be able to look a 'Professional' in the eye ever again—without laughing. For a bonus there is a children's story told in alliteration. No sex in it.
Hurricane Handbook
Price: $4.50 USD. Words: 4,570. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2011 . Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Boating & sailing
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
In this, as in any discussion about boats and weather, one can make no assumptions. There is little new in that matrix. Boats, the sea and weather have posed those ambiguities ever since man leapt astride a log and rode it the first time. However, there are some steps that a responsible owner can take in an attempt to minimize damage. The following suggestions, properly executed, may help.
The Devil to Pay
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 97,210. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2010 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
"This is a damn good book!" Roy Osborne, Loughborough, U.K. "Billed as a 'sailing adventure mystery,' this novel delivers on all counts."-- Writer's Digest. Did Castro murder JFK? Did the CIA and KGB fail to prevent it? Did they resort to covering it up? Are they still at it? If not, why the murder, kidnapping and piracy? And what does a couple of citizens do when they get caught up in it?

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  • Sagebrush on Feb. 08, 2011

    I read all of Bill Dicksion's books when they were in print and discovered a marvelous story teller. It was interesting that when I met him I realized that I had heard that soft Oklahoma color in his printed words. Bill, captures the American Southwest so well because he grew up there and looked carefully around at that world. And he recaptures it with both objectivity and nostalgia that has a real ring of truth to it.
  • A Button in the Fabric of Time on Feb. 09, 2011
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    I met Bill Dicksion years ago when he was making that transformation from a storyteller to a writer. I kept up with his Westerns as they came out in print, but I didn't discover 'A Button in the Fabric Time' until a fellow fan clued me in. "It's Bill, but it's not Oklahoma Bill," he told me over the phone. "And it's an e-book. He's gone electronic!!" So I looked it up and he was almost right. This was Bill the scientist writing and he was writing in first person, a much more personal adventure--even if it's Science Fiction. The story has that touch of detail that I find in all his books. It always pulls me into the action. I'm glad to see him working in a new genre. Gene Parola, Ph.D.
  • Puma Son of Mountain Lion on Feb. 09, 2011

    I first read this book in its print version, but it has been greatly rewritten and improved. Mr. Dicksion has the knowledge, a result of having grown up in his characters' milieu, to make you see and feel the rich barrenness of the places. The great sensitivity with which he presents the inner life of the young Brave, is characteristic of his story telling skill. I think there is much in the story about how the author matured as a young man imbued in his character's growth to manhood. The life of the Southwest United States has been told by only a few novelists. Bill Dicksion may be one of the last and best at the task. Gene J. Parola, Ph.D.
  • A Man Called Ty on Feb. 09, 2011

    This books starts out slow. It 's characteristic, I think, of the way this careful author builds his plots. It is also the way that many novels were begun in prewar America. The setting and the people were carefully presented before the tumult of the action impinged on both. What Ty becomes, would have little meaning if we didn't know so well where he came from and who he was when he began his journey. So many stories of the Post Civil War South are much too flamboyant to stand up under much scrutiny. This under stated tale of the making of a man that emerges out of the horror of America's most destructive war comes from an author's whose family was directly touched by that destruction. Gene J. Parola, Ph.D
  • Follow The Money (A collection of interconnected short stories) on April 18, 2011

    The simplest thing to say is that Cavins is a very funny author. His humor permeates the entire book. I always love to hear the characters speak in the book like they'd speak in person and Cavins recreates that lingo with care. It adds greatly to the 'color' of the piece. I'm waiting for his next book.