Archive - October 30, 2009

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Review: New Novel By James Ciullo (Venezuela 1969-71)
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Review: The Brides' Fair by Hal Fleming (PC/W Staff 1966-68)

Review: New Novel By James Ciullo (Venezuela 1969-71)

The reviewer, Don Messerschmidt (Nepal 1963-65) is a writer and magazine editor of ECS Nepal, and has published both in the United States and abroad, including non-fiction several books. Here Don reviews James Ciullo’s (Venezuela 1969-71) novel, Maracaibo, that mixes Washington D.C. and international politics with Columbian mercenary intrigue and Venezuelan oil. • Maracaibo by James Ciullo (Venezuela 1969–71) Mainly Murder Press September 2009 312 pages $15.95 Reviewed by Don Messerschmidt, (Nepal 1963-65) If you like fast-paced mystery novels filled with political intrigue in esoteric international settings, with an ex-Peace Corps volunteer character who has gone on (years later) to become a respected US Senator who becomes unwittingly mixed up with assassination and mayhem…, then this is a book for you. At first I thought it was a bit over the top. Could any of this happen? I asked myself. The characters in this novel are too wild (and one . . .

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Review: The Brides' Fair by Hal Fleming (PC/W Staff 1966-68)

Monica Mills (PC/W Staff 1995–01) was the Associate Director at the Peace Corps overseeing recruitment; she also ran the Recruiting Office for the Mid-Atlantic region from 1995 to 1999. At Bread for the World since 2006, Monica has led major efforts on reform of the farm bill and the way the U.S. delivers foreign assistance. Here she reviews another PC/W staff member Hal Fleming’s novel The Brides’ Fair. • The Brides’ Fair by Hal Fleming (PC/W Staff 1966-68) PublishAmerica May 2008 212 pages $24.95 Reviewed by Monica Mills (PC/W Staff 1995–01) A strong sense of foreboding permeates the book The Brides’ Fair by Hal Fleming. A wonderful premise, Fleming chooses a local, annual event where women are chosen as brides in the Mid-Atlas Mountains for his story.  Disparate characters come together at the fair from Americans around the U.S. embassy, to women from a tribal village, to Arab police officers-even . . .

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