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I’m delighted to be participating in author Robert Wintner’s iRead Book Tours for his amazing coffee-table book (and DVD), REEF LIBRE, AN IN-DEPTH LOOK AT CUBAN EXCEPTIONALISM AND THE LAST, BEST REEFS IN THE WORLD.
As part of the author’s tour, there’s also a tour-wide giveaway for a $25 Amazon Gift Card (open internationally). Please see the end of the post for more details on the giveaway. I’m sharing my thoughts on this amazing book and DVD, plus including a book trailer to give you an even better idea of just how awesome this is.
Book Title: Reef 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
Here’s a brief synopsis of the book ……….
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.
The book is available at the following sites: Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Here are my thoughts ………
Author Robert Wintner’s passion for the environment and wildlife shines in his latest coffee-table book and DVD release.
Known as Snorkel Bob, the author leads readers on an amazing journey through the reefs off of Cuba’s shores. He explains how some areas of the world have destroyed the aquatic wildlife, while Cuba has made an effort to save theirs.
There are breathtaking color photos of the reefs and aquatic wildlife throughout the book. The vivid photos showcase the beauty that many will never see.
The story is beautifully formatted in a coffee-table book that will enhance any setting. Visitors won’t be able to resist thumbing through the lush pages. Don’t be surprised if the browsing quickly turns into reading. Not only a delight to look through, REEF LIBRE is entertaining and very informative.
An added bonus of the lovely hardcover book is the included DVD. The hour-long DVD brings the breathtaking wildlife and scenery to life. Viewers can see how the aquatic wildlife and reefs benefit each other. The peaceful movements of the wildlife will mesmerize you. A commentary goes along with the DVD so viewers know more about what they are observing.
If watching fish in an aquarium has ever captured your attention, REEF LIBRE is a must have for your library. With this book readers will have a much better understanding and appreciation for the awesome wildlife inhabiting our waters.
REEF LIBRE is a book (and DVD) all ages will enjoy and marvel at.
Reef Libre, An In-Depth Look at Cuban Exceptionalism and the Last, Best Reefs in the World by Robert Wintner, Taylor Trade Publishing, @2015, ISBN: 978-1630760731, Hardcover, 272 Pages
FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by as part of the author’s virtual book tour in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
|Author Robert Wintner|
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.
For more information on the author visit his website and connect with him on Facebook.
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Thanks for visiting today. I’m still visiting friends and away from my computer a good bit, but I’ll be back before long. I’m including the book trailer for this amazing book so you can see the true beauty of it. Do you find watching aquatic wildlife relaxing? Have you ever dived to observe reefs anywhere?
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