In this collection you will meet the investigative reporter, Mike Neilson, who is almost at the end of his Cyprus trip when he trips over the story he came to find.
Then there is the young Istanbul artist who's backward father helps her compose her last work. Her story won the Editor's Choice (highest prize) award in a competition held by AuthorStand.
Mete is someone you will have read about in news stories concerning the Kurdish rebellion in southern Turkey. He has fled to Istanbul where women in mini skirts and peasant blouses give a whole new meaning to the word sex.
Then there is Ibrehem, a young Turkish soldier already traumatized by his tour of duty attempting to put down the Kurdish uprising-- who now faces the prospect of shooting his own Turkish neighbors.
In the novelette at the end, there is Sec. of Defense, Blocker who must plan for the annihilation of every Islamic population on the planet.
Much of the information in the stories resulted from my years working in the Middle East. There are insights that one does not glean from the most careful watching of the 'news'.
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About the Author
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.