A fertilizer plant in another country puts out dioxin as a biproduct causing great suffering among the people and eventually the plant and thousands o...moreA fertilizer plant in another country puts out dioxin as a biproduct causing great suffering among the people and eventually the plant and thousands of acres of surrounding property has to be fenced off forever. It is something that was happening in many countries at the time (in the 1970s particularly. John has a very powerful way of writing and a good eye to detail. I really enjoyed his books.(less)
John G. Fuller was an investigative reporter. He turned to authoring a number of books, some based on poisonings, some nuclear near-disasters, some al...moreJohn G. Fuller was an investigative reporter. He turned to authoring a number of books, some based on poisonings, some nuclear near-disasters, some alien stories, and all interesting. A very strange thing happened when I tried to get this book several (at least 25) years ago. All the libraries listed it but not a one of them had it when they went to look. I finally got a copy sent by interlibrary loan, and when I got halfway into the supreme court hearings, the pages had all been removed! Very strange indeed!(less)
An investigative report in book form about the now famous sighting of Betty and Bob Hill, who purportedly were taken aboard a "flying saucer". As most...moreAn investigative report in book form about the now famous sighting of Betty and Bob Hill, who purportedly were taken aboard a "flying saucer". As most people today know, Betty was able to reproduce a star map that was exceptionally close to fitting the galaxy from a specific point of view. This was the first abduction on record if I remember right, and the book emphasizes the ordeal they went through afterward.(less)
I am a long-time fan of Doss' Charlie Moon series, but this one seems to have a lot more humour than previous books. I love the interaction between th...moreI am a long-time fan of Doss' Charlie Moon series, but this one seems to have a lot more humour than previous books. I love the interaction between the characters, the blend of cultures, Ute, Apache and white, the glimpses of the old ways through Charlie's aunt Daisy - the elderly shaman, and the uniqueness of his mysteries. I would certainly recommend his books to those who like a dish of humour with their murder mysteries. For Tony Hillerman fans who are bereft of the famous Leaphorn & Chee Navajo series since his passing, this is a great series to check out. (less)
Interesting little mystery involving Lippezan stallions hidden for safety. "Airs Above the Ground" is one of the Lippezan tricks they are famous for....moreInteresting little mystery involving Lippezan stallions hidden for safety. "Airs Above the Ground" is one of the Lippezan tricks they are famous for. Mary Stewart writes good mysteries, though perhaps better known for her Arthurian novels.(less)
This is my favorite Kate Shugak story. Not quite the usual story but hilarious. Imagine beginning your day with a jetplane dropping its engine right b...moreThis is my favorite Kate Shugak story. Not quite the usual story but hilarious. Imagine beginning your day with a jetplane dropping its engine right behind your house! After a long Alaskan winter it is Break Up time, hungry bears awakening, rivers starting to run, and insanity in bloom after so many long days in the dark and cold. This one is hard to find, must be popular with more than me! I first read it as a library book, as I did with most of the series and have been gradually buying them ever since. I love the Kate Shugak series by Dana Stabenow, as well as her Liam Campbell series. I've yet to read her Star Svensdotter Series (SciFi) and considering they are out of print I may never get the chance.(less)
The Lost City of Z : A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Gramm
“He was the last of the great Victorian explorers who ventured into unchar...moreThe Lost City of Z : A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Gramm
“He was the last of the great Victorian explorers who ventured into uncharted realms with little more than a machete, a compass and an almost divine sense of purpose.” This sentence sums it all up in a nutshell. I congratulate the author on the tremendous amount of research he put into this and for actually risking his own life in his quest for the truth of the disappearance of the above explorer, Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett. Also to be appreciative of is David’s wife with their 1 year old son who, no matter her personal feelings also made his trip of discovery possible, even after Fawcett had been missing for 30 years and all searches to date had ended in failure or disappearance all together. Non-fiction, this is truly an amazing book! Fantastic debut!
This is definitely not a romanticized version of exploration; it is instead the torturous journeys Fawcett made, mostly on foot, through the uncharted Amazon. Although the narrative is predominantly that of David Grann, it is based on all the letters, notes, drawing, mappings, every shred of written or noted information Fawcett sent or brought back to his wife with each new expedition. She kept every single piece of it and so did the Royal Geographical Society to which he belonged. There is a great deal of history, especially in early medical treatments in the jungle, as well as how to avoid starvation. Learning as much as was known about the tribes was essential also, but at this time, there was so little known about them that they were all presumed to be hostile. It was a new century, about all that was mapped on South America was Bolivia, Peru, and Brazil. There were gaping holes of nothing in between and they could not agree on their borders. Fawcett was ostensibly to be sent out as an impartial observer from the RGS to map the borders. This encompassed several hundred miles of nearly impassable terrain, a two year expedition with no guarantee any members would survive, but in Fawcett’s words “Destiny intended me to go...” They left July 4, 1906 from La Paz, Bolivia. He always insisted in small expedition parties, feeling they posed less threat to the indians. Many large well-equipped parties had been slaughtered or died of disease or starvation in the past. There are wonderful descriptions of the land, the flora and fauna because the explorers were to observe everything and note it.
What really took hold of Fawcett though, was his utter belief in a lost city which he code-named as “Z”. He had made studies of all papers and notes by earlier expeditions. He had an obsessive need to locate the city which would have had a huge flourishing population at one time. No one would believe him except a few eccentrics who had stars in their eyes thinking of riches or perhaps the lost El Dorado. But every bit of his research led him closer and closer to where he believed this great city would be found. Many other wealthier explorers also were looking for the city and he was becoming paranoid someone would get there first, but always said they were on the wrong track. He meticulously studied his and others’ maps and drawings of topography, became friendly with many of the natives and learned from them as well. But, after several unsuccessful trips, he made his final trip in 1925 with his son and son’s friend as part of the party. Every expedition he led he felt closer to Z. Then they suddenly disappeared never to be heard of again. There were dispatches up to a certain area and then nothing. There were rescue missions launched but no sign could be found. Rumors abounded over the next several years.
A reporter, our author David Grann, in 2005/6 made his case to get fund-raising to record indigenous people, cultures, and integration, with the search for what had happened firmly set in the back of his mind. And with this, the story begins to be told. I would recommend this to anyone: historians, anthropologists, fans of mysteries, non-fiction and fiction readers. What an adventure story! What a wild ride! I was completely absorbed in the book.(less)
This book is Young Adult Fiction and I have rated it from that point of view.
Arthur Slade has given us a story about a 14-year old boy with a very unu...moreThis book is Young Adult Fiction and I have rated it from that point of view.
Arthur Slade has given us a story about a 14-year old boy with a very unusual heritage. For over 200 years the Starker family have all been killed by lightning. Newton is the last male descendant and as such is extremely restricted in his lifestyle, something a lot of young people will relate to. His home is equivalent to living in a bunker.
I really enjoyed this book, and I’m sure it will appeal to this age-group. Every chapter is short, every episode is a chapter. Aside from the constant fear of lightning, “always check the weather before going out”, when Newton enrolls in the Jerry Potts Academy of Higher Living and Survival in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, he learns about friendship, trust, overcoming fear, and above all patience, although it takes the whole book to teach him the last.
Newton’s Survival List is the filler and the glue that joins the chapters. The book is very easy to read, each short chapter a different part of his learning. There are some good survival tips for anyone in the book, as well. I would recommend this book for children and teens 8-14, but not exclusively. A fascinating, entirely different type of style and storyline to enjoy.(less)