Reading The North
books of interest to Alaskans
(Published: November 3, 2002)
Sean E. Thomas
blurb: "Alaska State Trooper Robert Sable watched his wife and son
die at the hands of his enemies and is now on a mission to even the score.
When his investigation gets him into trouble with the Troopers, his
chief assigns him to a Fish and Game stakeout in the Alaska wilderness.
Intent on stopping the mob boss responsible for the hit on his family,
Sable invites him for a final confrontation. When the meeting goes
wrong, Sable must run for his life, with the mob boss's men close
"With his family dead, was life worth living now? The thought of ending
his life here swirled in his head. He looked for his gun, but his
eyes couldn't focus. He tried to pull himself up but failed. A new
thought emerged. He'd join his family, but later. His one mission in life
now was to avenge his family's murder, to kill David Meyers. Darkness
clouded his mind, heart and soul -- Meyers would die."
Sheep Talking: Her Life, Lust and Loves
blurb: "Her real name is Yvette Brown, but they call her Candi Caine.
Her life of addiction, prostitution and sexual perversion eventually
led to helplessness, hopelessness and homelessness. Her story is one
that takes you deep into the mind of the daughter of a hard-working,
loving father and a God-fearing mother."
"I have no idea how I could have done something like this, but I did.
I felt so bad. I wanted to take it back, but I couldn't; it was too
late. Nothing could bring back the puppy. For many years, this act of
cruelty haunted me. Only recently I came to believe that I was a very
emotionally sick little girl. By this time, I knew something was different
about me, and it wasn't good."
Beluga Cafe: My Strange Adventure With Art, Music and Whales in the
Club Books, $16.95)
blurb: "Animal communication expert Jim Nollman has sung with orcas,
plucked a Jew's harp in waters teeming with humpback whales and shaken
rattles in the company of bottlenose dolphins. Now, in this heartfelt
and quirky true-adventure story, Nollman and two artist friends set
out on Canada's vast Mackenzie River delta, electric guitar and underwater
sound equipment in tow, to make music with belugas, the elusive white
whales of the Arctic."
"Hearing a single whale sound for the third time in just a few hours
buoyed my spirits. The call started out as a friendly warble that
made me search the shore, as if I might find a canary flitting among the
flock of terns feeding there. This high-pitched song slowly morphed
into a deep, overtone-rich groan, which started as one long note but
then began to pulse, mutating into a hair-raising sound like Darth
Vader letting loose with a loud belly laugh before heaving his guts."