Book spotlight: 1969 and Then Some by Robert Wintner

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Book Details:

Book Title: 1969 and Then Some by Robert Wintner
Category:  Adult non-fiction,  215 pages
Publisher:  Yucca Publishing
Genre:  Memoir
Release date:  February 2015
Available for review in:  print, mobi (for Kindle), audiobook
Will send books:  USA & Canada
Tour dates:  Nov 9 – 27, 2015
Content Rating: PG-13

Book Description:

1969 & Then Some is a memoir of the 60s and the influence of those years over the decades that followed. Romance, psychedelic insight and motorcycling evolve with the narrator maturity, such as it is, and non-compromise on morality and the undying spirit of adventure in nature.

While the 60s is often discounted or as ephemeral—as a social aberration—1969 & Then Some offers keen insight to lingering values that cannot be separated from significant segments of the most significant population group alive today, the baby boomers, many of whom still hold sway in key areas of social and cultural evolution.

Buy the book here:   Amazon

Robert Wintner author pic

Meet the author:

Robert Wintner lives and works on Maui with his wife Anita, seven cats and Cookie the dog, who came in emaciated at 14 pounds, unable to stand. Cookie at 60 pounds raises a ruckus on the beach or in the living room in her continuing drive to make the world a happier place. The entire family eats well, stays fit and enjoys good health under blue skies.

Connect with the author:    Website    Facebook

Tour Schedule:

Nov 9 –   #redhead.with.book – review of Brainstorm / giveaway
Nov 10 – Kimberly’s Bookshelf – review of 1969 and Then Some
Nov 11 – Dab of Darkness – audiobook review of Brainstorm / author interview / giveaway
Nov 12 – Olio By Marilyn – review of Brainstorm
Nov 12 – Library of Clean Reads – review of Brainstorm / giveaway
Nov 13 – The World As I See It – review of Brainstorm
Nov 16 – Worth Getting in Bed For – review of Brainstorm / giveaway
Nov 17 – Dab of Darkness – review of 1969 and Then Some / giveaway
Nov 18 – Room With Books – review of Brainstorm / giveaway
Nov 19 – #redhead.with book – book spotlight of 1969 and Then Some / giveaway
Nov 19 – Deal Sharing Aunt – review of 1969 and Then Some / giveaway
Nov 20 – Worth Getting in Bed For –  review of 1969 and Then Some
Nov 20 – The Avid Readers Blog – review of Brainstorm / author interview
Nov 23 – Olio By Marilyn – review of 1969 and Then Some
Nov 24 – Deal Sharing Aunt – review of Brainstorm / giveaway
Nov 24 – Amazon Reviewer – Review of Brainstorm
Nov 25 – Room With Books – review of 1969 and Then Some / giveaway
Nov 25 – Maddie & Books – audiobook review of Brainstorm / giveaway
Nov 26 – Essentially Italian – review of 1969 and Then Some / giveaway

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Book review: Brainstorm, A Memoir of Love, Devotion, and a Cerebral Aneurysm by Robert Wintner

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Book Details:

Book Title: Brainstorm, A Memoir of Love, Devotion, and a Cerebral Aneurysm by Robert Wintner
Category:  Adult non-fiction, 185 pages
Genre:  Memoir
Release date:  February 2015
Available for review in:  print, mobi (for Kindle), audiobook
Will send books:  USA & Canada
Tour dates:  Nov 9 to 27, 2015
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (No sex, a few 4-letter words, none misapplied. Some real life scenes and death potentials.)

Book Description:

Brainstorm is a first-person narrative of incidents leading up to, through and after a cerebral aneurysm and hemorrhage in the immediate family. The action includes the dramatic process ongoing in trauma centers designed to process sudden occurrence of aneurysm, cerebral hemorrhage and morbidity. The American Medical Association estimates that 3% of all populations have aneurysm that may or may not leak—about 3½ million people in the U.S.

While the procedures and protocol for sudden onslaught are rote and fundamentally unchanged over the ages, hygienic and technological advances have reduced hazards. Death and debilitation statistics are still daunting, and Brainstorm factors a new component into the procedural mix, whereby a conscientious and healthy husband and wife seek participation in the process, to no avail.

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Robert Wintner lives and works on Maui with his wife Anita, seven cats and Cookie the dog, who came in emaciated at 14 pounds, unable to stand. Cookie at 60 pounds raises a ruckus on the beach or in the living room in her continuing drive to make the world a happier place. The entire family eats well, stays fit and enjoys good health under blue skies.

Connect with the author:    Website    Facebook

REVIEW:

(written by Robin Schoenberger)

Robert Winter’s Brainstorm is an eye-opening tale of living through a life-threatening medical emergency.

The author effectively relates his frustration of not being in control and just wanting to receive straight answers from the medical personnel involved in his wife’s care. The way an experience shapes how you react was another aspect that came through in his story.

From the moment you receive a shocking diagnosis to the point in which you come to appreciate the care you’ve received. You could practically feel what they were going through.

It wasn’t until halfway through the book that the story about his wife’s aneurysm and subsequent medical intervention began.  There was also some mild profanity and crude language.

 

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Book review: Reef Libre: An In-Depth Look at Cuban Exceptionalism & the Last, Best Reefs in the World by Robert Wintner

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Book Details:

Book TitleReef Libre, An In-Depth Look at Cuban Exceptionalism & the Last, Best Reefs in the World by Robert Wintner
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction, 266 pages
Genre: Nature, coral reefs
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Release date: February 2015
Available for review in: print with 1 hour DVD or ebook (mobi for Kindle – but does not include DVD)
Will send books:  USA & Canada
Tour dates: Oct 19 to Nov 13, 2015
Content Rating:  G

Book Description:

Cuba reefs host apex predators and coral cover at optimal levels. While Cuban reef vitality may be linked to economic default and no shoreline development, no agricultural pesticides or fertilizers and limited human population growth, the Castro regime is aggressively developing its reef potential.

Seas to the south are now 100% shark protected.

Most Cuba travelogues advise “getting off the beaten path,” but Reef Libre examines that path, to see where it might lead as things change. Will Cuba reefs remain protected? Or is this perilous age of natural decline a last chance to see a healthy reef system?

Robert Wintner and the Snorkel Bob Jardines de la Reina Expedition herein provide narrative insight with photos and video. First stop is the baseline: Havana urban density. Down south at Cayo Largo, reef collapse seems imminent with 600 guests changing daily, and the phosphate-laden laundry water flowing directly to the deep blue sea. Will Cuba’s Ministry of Tourism step up with the Jardines de la Reina paradigm? Rising from the Golfo de Ana María, Jardines is a thousand square miles of mangrove estuary, for ages compromised by constant extraction of its biggest predators, taken as food. Protected, it now rises on the world reef stage.

A DVD comes with the book in a paper sleeve glued to the inside cover. Reef Libre, the movie, runs about an hour.

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Robert Wintner author pic

Meet the author: 

Best known as Snorkel Bob in Hawaii and around the world, Robert Wintner captures Cuba above and below the surface with urgency and hope. As a pioneer in fish portraiture, Wintner demonstrated social structure and etiquette in reef society. Reef Libre goes to political context, in which human folly will squander Cuba’s reefs as well—unless natural values can at last transcend political greed. As pundits joust over who did what to whom and why, Wintner ponders reef prospects in view of political changes.

Robert Wintner has authored many novels and story collections. Reef Libre is his fourth reef commentary with photos and his first overview of survival potential in a political maelstrom. He lives and works in Hawaii, still on the front lines of the campaign to stop the aquarium trade around the world.

Connect with the author:     Website  ~   Facebook

REVIEW:
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How could Communism lead to redemption in nature?
This interesting question whet my appetite for the explanation Mr. Wintner outlines in this book.  Having snorkled and studied marine biology around the world, I was excited to see Robert Wintner’s book about Cuba.  Cuba has been on my “to-do” list as a  project for a documentary, as I am a documentary photographer.  This book serves both as a travelogue and educator in the field of marine biology, Cuban politics and lifestyle of the Cuban people today.  He also wrote about local tourism and the devastation being caused in other parts of the world due to the destructive nature of the aquarium trade.  I enjoyed both the images of Havana viejo as well as the many full-page layouts of the different fish species and corals found in the Cuban reef system.
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“With uncompromised reef ecosystems, marginal acidification, limited coral bleaching, no hideous effluent and no fishing pressure – including no electronic fish-finders that devastate species in other places – Cuba reefs will draw, and that draw will benefit the Cuban people.”
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The writing style was simple, informal English, written much, I suspect in the way Mr. Wintner would carry on a conversation.  I felt that this did not detract from the book’s message.  I would recommend, however, (for future books) that the text be divided into two columns when on the same page as I found reading the long lines back and forth a little laborious.
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The book came together with a DVD entitled “Reef Libre – The Movie”.   The dialogue was much the same as the book with excerpts from the book in the movie version.  It was very interesting and I really enjoyed learning about fish species that I wasn’t familiar with.  The explanation about the lion fish infestation in the carribean was new to me.
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I will be passing on this book and DVD to another snorkler who plans to return to Cuba and I am sure he will enjoy it as much as I did.
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