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BookCoverImage275LAMB’S BLOOD is a novel based on the U.S. blood industry and its complicity in Anastasio Somoza’s exploitation of the Nicaraguan people, which helped to provoke the Sandinista revolution in the 1970s. Set in Washington, D.C., Boston, and Nicaragua in 1978, the story follows American journalist Mark Marino as he connects three murders with a Boston-based blood company and a Nicaraguan dictator. Marino lives with the knowledge that he allowed officials to lie to him when he was a war correspondent in Vietnam. He feels in some way responsible for the millions who died during that conflict, one of whom was his own brother. A decade later he witnesses an assassination attempt and a murder at Washington National Airport and, recognizing an opportunity to redeem himself, he resolves to bring the killer to justice. His mission leads him first to Boston, where he is reacquainted with two colleagues, Tony Rosati, and his daughter, Rina, with whom he falls in love. They discover a link between the killer, Carlos Tortue, a Vietnam veteran and former Green Beret of mixed Haitian and Nicaraguan heritage, and a Boston-based manufacturer of human blood products. Tortue then kills a policeman and a journalist in Boston and escapes to Nicaragua with Marino in pursuit.

Marino covered the Managua earthquake in December of 1972 and is no stranger to Nicaragua, He immediately tries to find two men he met at that time: José Velasquez, a fellow journalist, and Padre Las Casas, a Roman Catholic barrio priest. Both are sympathetic to the Sandinista revolutionaries. Rina Rosati joins Marino in Managua and Las Casas arranges for them to meet with a rebel commander who allows them to accompany him and his comrades on a raid against a clinic that trades in peasant blood for export not knowing that Tortue is also involved in the operation. https://www.createspace.com/4094843

41nBF4isKUL__SL500_AA300_-4STOKING THE EMBERS OF WAR is a historical novel set in Portland, Maine, 1789-90. The American Revolution has ended and all that remains of the war’s inferno are smoldering embers in the memories of most who survived, but passions ignited by the conflict still run thick and hot through the veins of the wounded.  The people of Falmouth Neck saw their town burned at the outset of hostilities, and a contingent of Falmouth militiamen participated in the Penobscot Expedition, which resulted in one of the worst disasters in U.S. Naval history.  The people on the Neck split off from Falmouth in 1786 and incorporated Portland. In 1789, an unregistered sloop is captured while anchored at Cape Porpoise and taken to Portland.  There are four people on the vessel: J Jackson of Massachusetts; T Bird of England; H Hanson of Norway; and an African boy.  The ship is the Mary, an English slave trader, and its master, Captain J Connor of England, has been murdered and thrown overboard off the coast of Africa.  Jackson is immediately released; Hanson is tried for aiding and abetting but is acquitted.  Bird is tried for Connor’s murder and is convicted; the only one held accountable for the crime.  On June 25, 1790, he is escorted to the gallows by U.S. Marshal Henry Dearborn who will later be appointed U.S. Secretary of War by President Thomas Jefferson. The story is narrated by Jeremy Haggett whose brother, Lewis, was killed during the Penobscot Expedition.  The Haggett brothers are the only fictional characters. https://www.createspace.com/3615621

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PORTLAND NECK: The Hanging of Thomas Bird is a non-fictional account of the first death sentence handed down by a U.S. District Court judge under the authority of the United States Constitution. It took place in Portland, Maine.  Thomas Bird, 40, an Englishman, was tried for murder and piracy in Portland’s First Parish meetinghouse and was hung from a gallows at Bramhall Hill on June 25, 1790, though he swore in his dying statement that he was innocent.  The execution was carried out by U.S. Marshal Henry Dearborn, who would later be appointed Secretary of War by President Thomas Jefferson.

Captain John Connor, master of the slave ship Mary, was murdered and thrown overboard off the coast of Africa.  The Mary’s crew then sailed to the coast of Maine.  When captured by Portland’s Naval Officer, there were but four people aboard:  Bird; Hans Hanson, 19, of Norway; Josiah Jackson, 32, of Newton, MA; and an African boy known only as Cuffey.

Bird and Hanson were held in the Cumberland County Jail for nearly a year pending the organization of the U.S. Federal Court system.  Jackson was immediately released and later testified for the prosecution.   Hanson was charged with aiding and abetting in the death of Captain Connor but was acquitted. https://www.createspace.com/3448889

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UNSEEN HAZARDS lurk in forests and fields that threaten those who enjoy hunting, fishing, camping, and hiking.  Pathogens commonly found in wildlife can inflict unspeakable suffering and even death.  Rabies, Tetanus (Lockjaw), Tularemia (Rabbit Fever), Brusellosis (Undulant Fever), Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Borrelia (Lyme Disease), are six of the most virulent microorganisms lurking in nature’s  hidden world patiently waiting for an opportunity to infect the unsuspecting and unprepared.  But knowledge and simple protective measures can shield even the most vulnerable. Don’t be afraid. Be aware!

Unseen Hazards is an 86-page book containing vital information about these perilous pathogens.  Each is described with symptoms, treatment, history, carriers, geographical risk areas, and significant incidence reports.  The book also contains advice provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, on how to avoid vectors such as ticks, and how to properly remove ticks.

In 1993, Rabies was confirmed in 20 deer in the state of New York.  Tetanus is commonly found in the intestines of wild animals.  About 200 cases of Rabbit Fever are reported in the U.S. annually.  There are 100 to 200 human cases of Undulant Fever reported nationally each year with most reports originating in Texas, California, and Illinois.  In 2003 and 2004, more than 1,800 cases of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever were reported each year, but less than 2% of all cases are actually found in the Rocky Mountain states.  Of 27,444 cases of Lyme Disease reported in 2007, 87% were confined to 10 states, including Connecticut and Wisconsin. https://www.createspace.com/3387093

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GENESI GENESIO GENESEO: A Family History is a book about the legacy of two Italian immigrants more than a century after their arrival in America. It is a family genealogy and historical account of the trials and tribulations experienced by Genesio Genesi and his wife, Cesira Giovanna Devoti, from the late 19th century through World War II, a record of how the family’s surname evolved, and acknowledgement of  the rewards reaped by their descendants because of the love and loyalty they had for their adoptive country. Genesio and Cesira Genesi and their children built a solid foundation for those who would follow. As of December 31, 2015, Genesio and Cesira have 78 direct descendants who were born in the United States. Many have served in the nation’s Armed Forces, and one died for his country during the war in Vietnam. They have also contributed in the fields of agriculture, education, administration, medicine, science, law, technology, music, creative writing, finance, transportation, construction, public service, cosmetology, culinary art, home management, child development, athletics, industry and business. https://www.createspace.com/5800408

 

VFPfirstdecade_smallVETERANS FOR PEACE: The First Decade by Jerry Genesio is a history of the founding and activities of a military veterans organization incorporated in the state of Maine in 1985 and granted United Nations Non-Governmental Organization status in 1990. For most of its first decade the organization was dedicated to providing medical and humanitarian aid to the children of Central America, especially the children of Nicaragua and the former Yugoslavian republics, who were being victimized by ongoing violence. The book was published by The Pequawket Press in 1998. It is now out of print. (Note: The organization has evolved and its purpose has changed so dramatically that all but one of its founders and most of its original members have withdrawn.)

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BookCoverImage-223The LAMB’S BLOOD blog posts reports of incidents in the history of the U.S. blood and pharmaceutical industries that are, in terms of moral and ethical standards, questionable at best, and in other instances, unconscionable beyond doubt. Some routinely purchased blood plasma that was harvested from undernourished and in many cases ill peasants throughout Latin America and the Caribbean Basin in the interest of higher profits, others used many of those peasants and incarcerated American convicts as guinea pigs in the development of new drugs. With the sole exception of the victims, everyone involved stained their reputations and disgraced their professions. A guilty conscience, unfathomably low self-esteem, and many years of sleepless nights is the very least we can hope they received in exchange for their Lamb’s Blood products and blood money profits.http://lambsbloodblog.wordpress.com/

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The NATURAL UNSEEN HAZARDS blog is where wildlife professionals, hunters, campers, hikers, anglers, and other outdoor enthusiasts will find interesting information about natural unseen hazards that place them at risk. As my book focused exclusively on Rabies, Tetanus (Lockjaw), Tularemia (Rabbit Fever), Brucellosis (Undulant Fever), Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Borrelia (Lyme Disease), posts regarding these six diseases will be limited to more recent developments and items of interest that were not included or were not available when the book was published in June of 2009. Topics will also include Chronic Wasting Disease, West Nile Virus, Encephalitis, Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, Chagas Disease, Dengue Fever, and other diseases as well as wildlife of particular interest to those who work and play in the great American outdoors. http://naturalunseenhazards.wordpress.com/

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