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What’s the connection between a platter of jumbo shrimp at your local restaurant and murdered fishermen in Honduras, impoverished women in Ecuador, and disastrous hurricanes along America’s Gulf coast? Mangroves. Many people have never heard of these salt-water forests, but for those who depend on their riches, mangroves are indispensable. They are natural storm barriers, home to innumerable exotic creatures—from crabeating vipers to man-eating tigers—and provide food and livelihoods to millions of coastal dwellers. Now they are being destroyed to make way for shrimp farming and other coastal development. For those who stand in the way of these industries, the consequences can be deadly.
In Let Them Eat Shrimp, Kennedy Warne takes readers into the muddy battle zone that is the mangrove forest. A tangle of snaking roots and twisted trunks, mangroves are often dismissed as foul wastelands. In fact, they are supermarkets of the sea, providing shellfish, crabs, honey, timber, and charcoal to coastal communities from Florida to South America to New Zealand. Generations have built their lives around mangroves and consider these swamps sacred.
To shrimp farmers and land developers, mangroves simply represent a good investment. The tidal land on which they stand often has no title, so with a nod and wink from a compliant official, it can be turned from a public resource to a private possession. The forests are bulldozed, their traditional users dispossessed.
The true price of shrimp farming and other coastal development has gone largely unheralded in the U.S. media. A longtime journalist, Warne now captures the insatiability of these industries and the magic of the mangroves. His vivid account will make every reader pause before ordering the shrimp.
Genre: environment, non fiction
Other books in the series:
When 29-year-old Flora Robson reversed her car into Tom’s Audi she had no idea who he was. Only after she has started to fall in love with him does she discover the gorgeous blue-eyed Tom is the man who is trying to close down her hairdressing business. It seems that Tom will stop at nothing to get what he wants, but Flora is not giving in to anyone. Can she win the battle against her multimillionaire enemy or will her feelings for him get in the way? Follow Flora’s hilarious journey of love, hot chocolate and marshmallows, and the man who changes everything.
Genre: romantic comedy
Other books by Lynda Renham:
A quiet Sunday morning for Inspector Marco … A routine call about a body in the river in Cardiff …
But when he discovers the dead man’s tongue has been amputated Marco realises it’s nothing but routine. More murders in the Polish community take Inspector John Marco and his team into the East European immigrant community and the murky world of people trafficking.
But what is it that links all the deaths together? When the evidence points to one of the city’s criminal and the involvement of a gangster from Poland Marco faces the challenge of gathering evidence from a close knit and secretive community.
And why do the Polish Secret Service seem to be interested? When Marco finds himself entangled emotionally its impossible for him to think clearly. In search of an answer Marco travels to Poland only to find himself implicated in a murder and hoping he can avoid another.
Racing back to Cardiff he hopes he has enough to unravel the case and arrest the perpetrators.
Genre: crime thriller
Other books by Stephen Puleston:
Are you ready to unlock the beast?
Sofia Capriola has just returned from a semester abroad when she runs, quite literally, into Simon Treviso, an alluring and otherworldly Humanities professor at her local university. The sudden intensity to which she is drawn to him is startling, but even more so when she discovers there is more to the man than she would have ever imagined. The sexy Italian is an incubus!
Sofia learns that Simon has suppressed his dark, animalistic side for over six hundred years – but when he recognizes her as his mate, the lock he keeps on himself begins to weaken. Determined to encourage and release true his nature, Sofia must also navigate the dangerous new world opened to her – after all, Simon isn’t the only creature who goes bump in the night.
This book is the first book in a serial and is not meant to be a standalone title.
Genre: paranormal romance, vampire romance