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An Amazon TOP 500 REVIEWER Reviews The Cicada Survival Guide

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I woke up to some blessing this morning. Robin Lee, who wears Amazon’s coveted “TOP 500 REVIEWER” badge, has read “The Cicada Survival Guide” and given it a professional review. You can see the book’s review page here: http://amzn.to/10Vk4lc.

Robin said the following about the book:

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“Biological Weapons”

This author wrote an excellent novella in a unique way..It is a mixed recipe, of an escaped man made virus, government conspiracy, cover-ups, and the emergence of Brood II….Which Scientists predict this year, the Cicadas will be in colossal numbers….It’s not just a survival guide, but a possible real depiction of an ecological disaster…This story is dark humor, intriguing, gross, thought provoking and real horrifying….The characters could have been fleshed out more but for this part of the story they are not the main point……Each new chapter is told from the characters view point…..

Through the yrs a biological infectious agent has seeped into the fungus of the trees…The Cicadas have been feeding off this for 17 dormant years….It has been named “Troma” and the bugs are brand new mutations, that Americans are unaware of…This new species smells the scent of blood and seeks it out…If you have a open cut, you better hide, because this is a blood born pathogen of death….The symptoms are: severe itchiness, complete disintegration of your body, eventually takes command of your brain and drives you insane….It takes 72 hrs for the full effect….
This is not a zombie novel because the infected don’t reanimate, they just become deadly killers in every way….

Warning: If you see a large Cicada with bright red blood colored metallic wings, instead of their green ones, you better run fast…..

This novel was just excellent.I hope this author thinks about continuing this as a series for the summer it has really great potential..I personally would like to see a Part 2 and 3……

Free Book on Amazon: The Cicada Survival Guide

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Any day now, billions of winged insects will rise up and swarm over the entire East Coast? Are we ready?

Troma is ready for us. She’s been underground for 17 years, while inside of her a deadly virus is slowly turning this queen cicada into a cannibalistic mastermind with one goal: To infect the human race.

It’s them against us in this fun sci-fi novella, which also includes the adventures of a CIA agent, Russian counterspy and unlucky FBI officer as they battle the swarm. Recipes are included for those inclined to culinary adventure.

Thank you for your consideration. Info about the book is here http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CNKZ0GO.

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About the author:

M. Eigh was born in China and, before getting an MBA, he received a BSc from China’s prestigious Tsinghua University, where most modern day Chinese ruling elites obtain their academic pedigree. But the alma mater is about the only thing he has in common with the techno-dictators of today’s China.

In his younger days, M. Eigh was a published poet in Chinese; at the age of fifteen, he won the first-place award in a prefecture-wide youth literature competition. He can be found at http://m.eigh.com.

He’s on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/by.m.eigh.

He tweets at: https://twitter.com/m_eigh

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Readers say:

“This author wrote an excellent novella in a unique way.”

“creepy fun with spy overtones.”

“I survived, and I want to read more!”

“Gripping plot!”

“Such an interesting story.”

“Waiting For Part 2 & 3, If Available…”

The Silver Lining of a Swarmageddon: Cicadas Are Perfectly Edible

Well, the full title of this post should be “The Silver Lining of a Swarmageddon for a Third World Country.” According to a White Paper released by UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), insects are perfectly edible and should make up a good portion of mankind’s diet. If everyone in America substitutes a beef burger with a handful of insects once a month, our collective carbon footprint will be reduced by a whopping 5%! (Not an official statistics, just my own guesstimate. )

The FAO report, entitled “Edible insects: Future prospects for food and feed security” and available online at http://www.fao.org/docrep/018/i3253e/i3253e.pdf, unequivocally lists cicada as one of the premium choice of an insect diet. On page fifteen of the report, it states, under the heading of “The role of insects”:

(Many more recipes are offered in The Cicada Survival Guide.)

It is estimated that insects form part of the traditional diets of at least 2 billion people. More than 1 900 species have reportedly been used as food. Insects deliver a host of ecological services that are fundamental to the survival of humankind. They also play an important role as pollinators in plant reproduction, in improving soil fertility through waste bioconversion,and in natural biocontrol for harmful pest species, and they provide a variety of valuable products for humans such as honey and silk and medical applications such as maggot therapy.

In addition, insects have assumed their place in human cultures as collection items and ornaments and in movies, visual arts and literature. Globally, the most commonly consumed insects are beetles (Coleoptera) (31 percent), caterpillars (Lepidoptera) (18 percent) and bees, wasps and ants (Hymenoptera) (14 percent). Following these are grasshoppers, locusts and crickets (Orthoptera) (13 percent), cicadas, leafhoppers, planthoppers, scale insects andtrue bugs (Hemiptera) (10 percent), termites (Isoptera) (3 percent), dragonflies (Odonata) (3 percent), flies (Diptera) (2 percent) and other orders (5 percent).

The FAO report is literally littered with the word “cicada”, “cicadas” and “cicadidae.” Apparently, in many countries or regions, cicadas constitute part of people’s regular diet. The report cites Lao People’s Democratic Republic, island of New Guinea as examples of places where people eat cicadas. The report even showcases the “diversity” of insects that go into people’s diet in the Central African Republic, where cicadas and crickets, along with some minor bugs, constitute a whopping 8% of their insectile diet.

Now that we’ve got the “are cicadas really safe to eat” question out of the way, it’s time to get prepared for the sarmageddon. As Confucius says, if you can’t beat ‘em, eat ‘em!

Tomorrow, I will post a killer cicada recipe. Or you can check out the many fascinating cicada recipes recorded in my Sci Fi novella, “The Cicada Survival Guide,” now on sale on Amazon.

M. Eigh

Cicada Recipe: Cicada Poppers

Serves four.

Ingredients:
•    1 & 1/2 cups cicadas, peeled and cleaned
•    2 eggs, beaten
•    1 cup cornstarch
•    1/2 cup panko (Japanese) bread crumbs
•    3 cups vegetable oil

(Many more recipes are offered in The Cicada Survival Guide.)

Directions:
•    Place the cornstarch, eggs and bread crumbs in separate containers. Coat the cicadas with cornstarch; then eggs, then bread crumbs.
•    In a deep frying pan or wok, heat oil to about 400°(if the oil starts to smoke, you’ve heated it to too high a temperature.) Fry coated cicadas in few batches, for 5 minutes or until golden brown each. Drain on paper towels.

Serving:
Serve the poppers with ketchup or cocktail sauce.


(Many more recipes are offered in The Cicada Survival Guide.)

Cicada Recipe: Double Sauteed Nymphs

The young cicada nymphs harvested mid-molting offer the most tender texture and deserve a cooking method that best preserves their natural moisture and injects a balanced blend of flavor.
What can better achieve that end than the double sauté method?

(Many more recipes are offered in The Cicada Survival Guide.)

Cookware: This dish is first parboiled in a deep pot and then fried in a wok.

Serves four.

Ingredients:
·    1 tablespoon of sake or cooking wine of any type
·    2 tablespoons of canola or other type of vegetable oil
·    6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
·    1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root.
·    1 thumb-sized fresh ginger root. Flatten it between two cutting boards, or simply smash it flat with a cleaver
·    2 cups large cicada nymphs, peeled and cleaned
·    1/2 cup soy sauce.
·    1 tablespoon brown sugar
·    1 teaspoon rice vinegar
·    1 tablespoon Chinese miso or Japanese miso paste
·    2 stalks finely chopped leeks

Directions:
·    Place flattened ginger root in a deep soup pot. Add two quarts of water and bring to a boil. Place cicada nymphs into the boiling water, turn down the fire to low and let the pot simmer for 5 minutes. Drain when done. Caution: Never put any salt in the pot, as salt will dehydrate the nymphs and rob them of their natural moisture.
·    Heat the vegetable oil in a wok, then add the minced ginger and chopped garlic. Add soy sauce and give the mix a good swirl and stir before you add in the drained nymphs.
·    Add sake or cooking wine and keep stirring over high heat. Add brown sugar and vinegar and stir. Finally, add miso paste and stir vigorously.
·    Add chopped leeks and stir for 30 seconds.

Serving:
Double sautéed nymphs go well with brown or white rice, cuscus, quinoa, nan or roti.
Enhancement tips:
Double sautéed nymphs can be easily spiced up when placed onto individual serving plates. Simply sprinkle Japanese Nichimi Togarashi (seven-flavor spice) to taste.
Double sautéed nymphs go well with pretty much all alcoholic beverages.

check out many other cicada recipes in The Cicada Survival Guide.

The Cicadas Are Coming!

The cicadas are coming. Brood II Periodical Cicadas are coming!

A swarm of Brood II cicadas brought down an elevator in an apartment building, turned a Secret Service agent into a murderer, attacked a CIA agent on the steps of the Capital Hill … More importantly, they were carriers of something lethal.

Do you want to know why the government has launched a massive aerial insecticide spray in an attempt to wipe the cicadas out? Do you even know how to defend yourself with taser shakes? If you don’t, better pick up a copy of “The Cicada Survival Guide” today.

For those brave enough, a victory can be celebrated with a feast on these bugs. Delicious and battle-tested cicada recipes included!

Pick up a survival guide today.

Cicada horrors and delicious cicada recipes go really well in this book!