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Gentle Mako Entertains with Male Fantasy and Adventure

Timeless story of manhood-before-marriage now available as an e-Book

MEDIA RELEASE - Gentle Mako, a novel by Richard M. Baker, Jr., is being released in Web-e-Book® form as part of a rare collection of Baker’s newly edited manuscripts. The Tri-Screen Connection, LLC, publisher and distributor of the e-book, is providing the technology platform and online shopping website for the Gentle Mako e-book.

Written in 1960, Gentle Mako explores the timeless, universal theme of a young man’s quest to fill his own shoes. Richard M. Baker, Jr. employs a first-person narrative style to effectively invite the reader along for the ride in this delightfully witty, sensitive journey of self-discovery by a young, adult male, prompted by a father who has stumbled too far from himself to turn back…other than through his son.

Mr. Baker peppers Gentle Mako with humor, charm, insight, and poignancy. Through twenty-one year old James Clifton, we explore a world at relative peace between the Korean and Vietnamese conflicts and at the onset of the commercial jet age that narrowed the distance between continents. The author treats us to an artfully descriptive, time-capsule view of Japanese culture and traditions, and a prophetic message of approaching globalism, driving straight-through this potential clash with an anthropological glimpse of life on the small island of Yushima, home to a century-old ama community.

Like other works by Richard M. Baker, Jr., Gentle Mako offers a prescient view of society on the precipice of seismic technological and social shifts - changes born during a period that continue to influence our lives today. The book is richly relevant. Young James Clifton could be any one of us…that is, those who have learned that filling our own involves first walking in the shoes of others.

Web-e-Book® Availability

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Priced at US $4.95 - read on-line, no download or installation required.

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Media Blurbs:

  • “The apartment door reopened. “Oh and James, you'd better kiss what’s-her-name good-bye. After today, you may not have time.”

  • “Being twenty-one, I wanted to argue the point about my youth in relation to what I knew about life. Frankly, I already thought myself a man, and after an afternoon of deep kisses, I bet Stephanie thought so, too, though she, through no lack of trying on my part, had remained (like the Marines), undefeated.”

  • “Big companies are becoming as regimented as the military with the same sort of dullards leading them…a breed sensible people can't tolerate…but no matter. I can't change the times and will leave my complaints out of this. What I want to say is that if I can help it, you won't have to fake your way through a career with a big company. I don't want it for your future wife either, whoever she turns out to be. There has to be something you can enjoy working at, and this trip might help you find it. Understand?”

  • “Her expression was serious. “James, I do want to see you later on and have a long talk, but right now there are complications.”


          “My U.S. Marine Corp Major husband, two small children, a big house, servants, an intricate Japanese garden, my writing--”

  • “She nodded and smiled and I could see a slight gap between her front teeth that made her slightly less untouchable, though no less exquisite, a composite of the beautiful Asian women I’d seen. There’s no need to describe her beyond that. Just imagine the best because she was it.”

  • “I put on my mask and within seconds saw her moving powerfully with the utmost grace, like a shark, I thought, turning with gentle switches of her feet, slowing, starting up with speed, gliding and exploring the seaweed with loving fingers.”

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Publisher, The Tri-Screen Connection