Posted: Friday, September 21, 2007

Gavin Axel Lee, 18, graduated on Aug. 31 from boot camp at Fort Leonard in Wood, Mo. He is training as a health care specialist-combat medic at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas.

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Top three winning pairs in the Juneau Duplicate Bridge Club's four-table game on Sept. 12 were Elizabeth Blecker and Morgan Landry; Phil Pallenberg and Rory Darling; and Noni Kristjansson and John Gaguine.


Las Vegas author C.D. Williams, former Juneau resident and author of "Palawan," received a five-star book review on Sept. 7 from Midwest Book Review, in Oregon, Wis..

Williams was a Juneau resident from 1978 to 1994 who owned homes first in Lemon Creek and then in the Lakewood Section of Mendenhall Valley. He was the chief of Health Services Branch at the U.S. Coast Guard 17th District Office from 1978 to 1984. He also was risk manager with the city from 1984 to 1991. From 1992 until he relocated to Las Vegas in the fall of 1994, Williams was an independent insurance adjuster with Northern Adjusters Juneau office.

In Las Vegas, Williams was in the real estate business until December 2001, when he decided to try his hand at writing. After taking a number of creative writing courses and practicing writing short stories, he completed my first novel.

The first edition of the novel came out in April 2006. According to Williamsn, he was not happy with it. He did some work on the book, and the second edition came out in October 2006.

Midwest Book Review describes "Palawan" as "a riveting action/adventure novel."

It further wrote, "Ruthless Islamic terrorists, hapless missionary hostages, a millionaire's daughter, seasoned mercenaries, and lethal Borneo pirates are all key elements in 'Palawan,'" said Midwest Book Review. "An exceptionally engaging read from beginning to end, 'Palawan' is a deftly written story of friendship, courage, life, death, love, and a struggle for survival that begins in the Philippine jungle, continues to unfold in the lights and glitter of Las Vegas, and ultimately reaches its unpredictable resolution in the high desert country of Arizona. Very strongly recommended for community library collections and personal reading lists for those who appreciate compelling action/adventure fiction, 'Palawan' is the debut novel of C.D. Williams and will have the reader looking eagerly toward his next title."

For more information, visit Williams' Web site at

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