Renaldo: A Tale of World Cup Soccer, Terrorism and Love

The 2018 World Cup kicks off in Russia on June 14, which makes a new book by James S. McCreath interesting and timely. Renaldo: A Tale of World Cup Soccer, Terrorism and Love is set in Argentina in 1978, where a brutal military junta suspends civil liberties for anyone that opposes it.


Distraught mothers of ‘The ‘Disappeared’ parade daily in front of the capital building. In retaliation, violent acts of terrorism shatter what is left of normal life. Only one thing can unite all the people: the World Cup of football.

Two brothers, Renaldo and Lonfranco De Seta chart a different course for their futures. While both brothers fall in love with powerful women, Renaldo, a young soccer prodigy, strives to earn a place on Argentina’s national team. Lonfranco, angry and disenchanted, is seduced into becoming a Montonero terrorist.

From the plains of the Pampas to the boardrooms, boudoirs, battlefields, locker rooms and seething stadiums, ‘Renaldo’ is a love story unlike any ever written, and novel relevant to the times we live in.

It’s a story of love, politics, and culture, and how the bond of sports can overcome. Set against the real world backdrop of the FIFA World Cup, fear of terrorism at sporting events, and rivalry, it speaks to modern concerns.

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Diane Ako

Peace of mind By Diane Ako I like to reflect on life. Sometimes it’s philosophically. Sometimes it’s humorously. For all its beauty, life is far too difficult a journey to take alone. You need the support and connection with others to help carry you along the way. Writing brings me that connection– within and without. It clarifies my thoughts and feelings. It helps me reach out to others for advice, wisdom, or feedback. Your thoughts become your actions. Your actions become you. A wise yogi- Patanjali- said, “Speak what is true. Speak what is pleasant.” Let’s speak of things pleasant to one another and seek some peace of mind along the way. ABOUT Diane Ako joined Hawaii: In Real Life in October 2016. She likes being part of a community of local bloggers – people who like writing and sharing, like she does. Ako is an anchor/ reporter at Island News (KITV4 – ABC) in Honolulu. She previously anchored and reported at KHON2 (FOX) and KHNL (NBC), and at stations in California, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania. She freelance writes for NMG Network's magazines. In between news jobs, in 2017, she launched and ran her own p.r. company, Diane Ako PR. From 2010-2014, she headed the public relations department at Halekulani Corporation, which oversees luxury resort Halekulani and boutique hotel Waikiki Parc. She’s been blogging since 2009 – before Hawaii: IRL, she wrote for The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, the state’s largest daily newspaper, where her stories garnered a dozen journalism awards and an Emmy nomination. Ako has a BA in Communications from Menlo College and an MA in Political Science from University of Hawaii at Manoa. She volunteers as a board member of the Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation, a Shinto shrine maiden at Daijingyu Temple, a citizen-scientist studying shrimp, and a yoga teacher at a senior center.

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