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Everything Books: 10-12-17

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October 12, 2017 - 12:05am

Holualoa author pens crime novel

“Badge, Bullets and Blood,” a new book by Holualoa author Henry (Hank) J. Silva, was recently released by Dorrance Publishing Co.

Detectives Bobby Olivares and Brent Olson work as partners for the Hawaiian Police Department. Dedicated to solving crimes, upholding the law, and saving citizens, these two find creative ways to make sure justice is served. Sometimes those solutions aren’t always approved by the higher ups, until the cases are cracked wide open and the public is safe again.

Confronted with a murderer who preys on innocent young girls, the two men must use everything in their power to catch him. Just when they think the streets are safe again, they stumble onto a case bigger than either of them could ever imagine. With the Mexican Mafia and Middle Eastern terrorists threatening their lives and Hawaiian citizens, Olivares and Olson have to pull out all of the stops to right the wrongs, punish the bad guys, and restore justice and get in a few gunfights along the way.

Silva was born on Oahu three months before the Pearl Harbor attack on Dec. 7, 1941. He obtained a college degree in criminal justice and followed a police career as his grandfather before him when he became a police officer in 1966. After retirement, he worked for the federal government and owned Ex-Cop Investigations. He also worked as a reserve officer for 18 years and for his last five years, he investigated cold case homicides.

The author lives with his wife of and their rottweiler, “Bullet.” This is the Silva’s second novel with the first being “The Badge, The Balls and The Bull Sh-t.” The 230-page book retails for $17.

Info: Visit www.bookstore.dorrancepublishing.com.

‘A Japanese Kitchen’ hits stores

Muriel Miura recently released “A Japanese Kitchen,” a 272-page hardcover book featuring 170 recipes based upon her family’s treasure of favorites.

Mirua’s niche is Japanese cooking, Hawaii-style, and her guiding philosophy has always been that preparing food should be approachable, fun and family centered. She has shared her knowledge for more than five decades via classes, TV shows, and more than 20 books.

The book explores the essence of Japanese cooking, from zensai (appetizers) to okashi (desserts). There are many centuries-old recipes updated and Westernized to meet today’s tastes and lifestyles, and others that more clearly reflect the 150-year legacy of the Japanese in Hawaii.

“A Japanese Kitchen” is extensively illustrated, and includes detailed background information, cultural insights, and family vignettes, as well as ingredient and recipe indexes, a glossary, and essays on Japanese traditions and celebrations. Food historian Arnold Hiura’s introduction shows how Japanese cooking has evolved in Hawaii.

The book retails for $22.95 and is published by Mutual Publishing.

Info: Visit www.mutualpublishing.com.

Honokaa Public Library book club gathers today

The Honokaa Public Library hosts a book club from 5-6 p.m. today.

This month, the club is reading books by Barbara Kingsolver.

Info: 775-8881.

Teens to compare movie, book

North Kohala Library will show the movie version of Patrick Ness’s book, “A Monster Calls” followed by a brief discussion comparing the book and movie from 6-8 p.m. on Monday at the library in Kapaau.

Teens are encouraged, but not required, to read the book in advance of the film. Books are available from North Kohala Public Library. Popcorn and drinks will be provided.

Info: Call 889-6655.

Travel book club meets

Kona Stories hosts a travel book club discussing “Elephant Complex — Travels in Sri Lanka” by John Gimlette on Tuesday.

The group meets at 6:30 p.m. at the store. Book groups are free if books are purchased at Kona Stories, or a $5 donation is requested.

Info: 324-0350.

FOLK Book Club meets Tuesday

Friends of the Libraries, Kona Book Club meets at 11 a.m. Tuesday on the Kailua-Kona Public Library lanai.

This month’s selection is “The Badass Librarians of Timbuktu” by Joshua Hammer.

The book club next meets in November to discuss “Doctored” by Sandeep Jauhar.

Info: Visit www.folkhawaii.com.

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