Welcome to the Sunday Salon!
I managed a book tour and three other reviews last week in spite of crushing responsibilities at work!
In my reviews, thriller writer Jeffrey Cohen talked about his book, The Killing of Mindi Quintana, Stephanie Wincik discusses Down Syndrome in Making a Case for Life, Gwyn Cready time-traveled in her romance, Flirting with Forever, and Thomas Steinbeck dwells on early California history in his novel, In the Shadow of the Cypress.
Didn't get around to visiting lots of blogs to make as many comments as I'd like.
Here it is 5:30 a.m. and I'm back in Toronto visiting. The birds outside woke me up and I knew it must be early morning and time for this Sunday Salon! Another long trip back home later today!
My current read, among several, is a thriller I picked up from our rotating used book library at work, Sahara: A Dirk Pitt Adventure (Dirk Pitt Adventures) by Clive Cussler. This mystery is about heavy pollution from the Niger River in Mali, Africa into the ocean, creating an uncontrollable red tide that is multiplying and absorbing all the oxygen in the water, threatening plant and animal life on a global scale. The source of this awful contamination is unknown and the indomitable Dirk Pitt is sent up the river to find out. The search leads him into the Sahara Desert and more trouble from a ruthless French industrialist with a nuclear waste disposal factory in the middle of the desert that is more than it seems.
This is fiction, but it reminded me of the present day so far uncontrollable spill of oil into the Gulf of Mexico from a broken oil pipe, which is creating a similar threat to ocean life and damaging the Louisiana swamps and the southern coast. Cussler's book was reprinted in paperback in June 2009, but reviews for the book go back to 1992. I found it prophetic of how industry and pollution can seriously affect the oceans.
Think I'll head back to bed for some more shut-eye. The birds have gone quiet.
What did you read last week?