Kings of a Lonely Kingdom

Earth Day Essays, Poems, and Musings on Nature

Non-Fiction - Environment
208 Pages
Reviewed on 10/27/2021
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

Author Biography

David Mahood is a sustainability consultant, environment writer and poet. He holds a BA from the College of Wooster, and an MBA in Sustainability from San Francisco Institute of Architecture. His articles have appeared in numerous publications including Interiors and Sources, International Ecotourism Society, The Environmental Blog, NEWH Magazine and Living Green Magazine. His poetry credits include Writer's Cramp, Fifth Street Review, and Prick of the Spindle. He attributes his environmental epiphany to a desperate act of consciousness back in 1998. David published his first book, One Green Deed Spawns Another on November 27, 2017. This is his second book.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite

Kings of a Lonely Kingdom: Earth Day Essays, Poems, and Musings on Nature by David C. Mahood is a compelling, passionate work on the environment and its possible future. This amazing kaleidoscope of poems, essays, and thought processes is a culmination of writings by the author since the age of 9, when he expressed his thought on the very first Earth Day in 1972, which is my favorite part of the book, along with mentions of Bruce Springsteen. He was gifted with the drive and desire to seek positive change in the environment. It's as if it were encoded in his DNA over the years. It's obvious that his passion is deep and natural, and existed long before it became fashionable or trendy. His written work on climate change shows the ever-increasing urgency on the subject. For those concerned with animal welfare, you will be engrossed and informed when he talks about penguins, wolves, and butterflies, and how a fight for clean energy is justice won for the environment and humankind.

Mahood's book will be especially meaningful to those who actively and sincerely celebrate Earth Day, as he reflects on how it began and how it's evolved over its 50 years. Nature and sustainability run through these pages, all through the lens of balance and practicality. Besides his own thoughts on Earth Day, he includes the thoughts from today's young and young at heart. This volume expresses cleverness and wisdom that you can treasure for a long time to come, and it would make a special gift to give someone for Earth Day. It's nice to have a retrospective from someone who's been on the front lines. I love his writing on hope. If you are perhaps oversaturated with data on environmental issues, Kings of a Lonely Kingdom by David C. Mahood will provide a breath of fresh air and renewed energy to take up the cause and give the environment the voice it deserves.

Francie Kelley

In short, “Kings of a Lonely Kingdom” is a thorough, tough, yet heartfelt examination of our climate crisis and severe loss of biodiversity worldwide. Told through the eyes of a scholar, a child, a poet, a storyteller and a lay-person who has educated himself deeply on the subjects, David Mahood wears all of these hats well, creating a book that effectively speaks to a diverse audience, and guides the reader toward an in depth understanding and subsequent plan of action.

Mahood wrote his first book (well, booklet) at the age of 9 when he was in 4th grade, two years after the first Earth Day. It was clear to him even then, that the planet was in trouble and he offered his voice and commitment toward a sustainable future, and has not deviated from that path since. Now in his second book on the topic, he awakens his readers through a series of Earth Day essays, personal poems and well documented facts, stating first, what is, then provides tools, insights and direction toward real solutions.

It is difficult to reach the “blissfully unaware”. For those who know Earth Day, and think it is simply a reminder to pick up trash, we have a long way to go. Mahood potently educates the reader on the effects of long-term climate change, subsequent environmental injustice and of the first real stewards of the planet, the Native Americans who embody the wisdom of living sustainably on the earth. He courageously calls out corporations and industries who have more than carelessly contributed to the degradation of the earth. “What hell hath we wrought upon this ecosystem?”

“Kings of a Lonely Kingdom” is a book of fierce honesty, coupled with hope and guidance toward a sustainable future and the healing of the planet. Certainly this should be required reading for all, and included in school curriculums for middle school through college.

Charlotte

If you want to know anything about the Monarch butterfly, David Mahood is the man to ask. His knowledge, understanding, and distress about the Monarch is both impressive and disturbing. Anyone who reads Chapter 6 will want to rush right out and purchase a couple dozen packets of milkweed seeds (if they’re even available for purchase). David invites the reader into his own backyard for an intimate view of how we can all become environmental activists and help save the endangered Monarch butterfly. We cannot ignore the plight of this beautiful creature if we care at all about the environment.

Charlotte, 12/6

Alicia

The experiences, connections and knowledge the author has gathered through his years is impressive. It’s evident his passion for planet earth began early, role modeled by his parents’ practices and stimulated by his historic homeland. David has a talented way of expressing his concerns by weaving facts and personal experiences that leave the reader contemplating how to take better action to preserve precious earth for future generations. This is a read that remains on one’s conscience. 10/13