Fran Lewis: reviewer - Curse of the Kalingan: Shobha Nihalani
The desire to live and not die will cost one young man more than what he would ever expec...moreFran Lewis: reviewer - Curse of the Kalingan: Shobha Nihalani
The desire to live and not die will cost one young man more than what he would ever expect. One battle between the Kalings and the Mauryan Emperor, Ashoka, would forever change things. Some would regal in the end result. Many dead bodies strewn and many corpses to bury. But, Ashoka was devastated and pledged to never seek, start or wage a war again. But, there are those that would disagree and to make sure that no one else could break what he promised or vowed his Navatnas or The Nine, guarded their powers, knowledge and spent thousands of years to create and ensure this peace. But, no one realized that one of the Kalingan warriors rose from within the corpses and would promise to seek revenge and avenge the Kalinga Empire at all costs. First on his agenda was to destroy and kill the Nine whose knowledge to rule the world changed more than just his fate or destiny.
When the past becomes intertwined in the present and the Nine are at risk in present time on young man whose life was hanging in the balance would sell his soul to a voice that would haunt him forever and turn him into a merciless killer. With his life on the line he vows that he will keep his word to this faceless voice if his life is spared. As he was lying in a hospital bed hooked up to life-support machines someone comes in, his parents too and a shaman performs something so graphically depicted that the feint of heart might turn their heads but the rest will know that one young man, quite learned in martial arts would now have the power to take down the Nine and kill them one by one.
Enter the cave of The Nine and meet Dr. Kuruvella and Professor Gupta and hear the voice of the monk who arrived hoping that he would solve their problem. The time is near, their fate decided and the final steps begin. Handed a pyramid, taking it in both hands the professor sees a shining white beam emanating from it before handing it back to the monk stating the he has brought shame to The Nine. But why? Next, the Dr. and finally they handed over the pendants around their necks giving over the reign to three young people who will hopefully be able to overcome the evil and bring back the good. What happens next will surprise you, as these two are no longer needed.
Enter Vayu King our young man who promised to avenge the Kalings when facing death. His power we learn is limitless, as he has already created racial strife, poisoned water and created a powerful army called the Kala Yogis who obeyed him without question. Vayu was more than just possessed by the power and was determined to destroy the millennia and old secret society created by Ashoka and which existed as the Nine. He wants it all: the power, the knowledge of all things existing and the wisdom. The Kalinga warrior knew this was his plan and he wanted the control and had the power. Could anyone be stronger that every man on earth? Would he succeed?
One woman decided to take on a position that would cost her more than must her former life. Within the confines of a mental institution nurse Tara would meet a man or maybe an illusion that would summon her to bring an object to the Lomas Rishi cave and then her mission will be explained and understood. Why her? She was the first one to replace a member of The Nine. The illusion or Mr. Bose would remain within her mind as a voice as we find out more about Vayu, his training, his dealings with the Golden Group or those out to destroy the Nine who Vayu has been commanded to kill.
As Vayu walks the campus of Calcutta University his goal is to rid the world of Dr. Kuruvella and Professor Grupta. The outcome you won’t believe as this man walks in, takes the lives of these two men and no one is the wiser. But, three people are about to learn a deep dark secret, will be forced to give up their lives, as they know if and become part of The Nine. Tara, the nurse now longer has control of her thoughts as Dr. Bose has entered her mind, relates his wishes and expects her to follow them. What she learns from this faceless voice allows Tara and the reader to know that The Nine was appointed as “the guardian of all knowledge.” This knowledge is powerful, defiant so that scientists can understand it. Imagine this knowledge kept within the confines of the minds of nine people. Nine Masters who live among the people but go unseen. As the voice continues it explains to Tara why she has been chosen, what she will add to the Nine and what will happen if the wrong people are in control. Their identities kept secret yet they were found. The Chintamani crystal carries all of the knowledge and now Tara has the responsibility to guard it and keep it safe. Forensic expert Zubin is next to be recruited and what he learns about his father’s past leaves him no choice but to agree to join The Nine. A dead body or the ghost of one explains it all as he learns just what is an illusion and what is real. Next, Lise whose job was to take care of an elderly doctor and the end result in his death, so gruesome, results in some startling revelations for this young girl. Dr. Halver was a professor Asian Studies and now he is gone. Lise would learn about the magic of the nine, the powerful stone and the Chintamani fragments. She was now the knowledge keeper: the soul of the Nine. Finally, Akash or DJ Akash is the next to replace one of the dead members. With his bodyguard the monk he would take a journey he would never forget. Called the Trinity: Tara, Akash and Zubin were enlisted to stop one man.
As the three new recruits enter the cave and learn more about The Nine we find out that their secret is in the Chintamini crystal that acts like a transmitter. Imagine all of the knowledge of this world and its sciences in the wrong hands. The council updates it understands on a regular basis and you might think that belonging to the Nine is like belonging to a cult. Each of the new recruits were recruited for different reasons beyond their control. As Zubin would take the place of his father and honor him, Tara would take the place of Dr. Halver and finally Akash would replace Dr. Kuruvella. As you read chapter 30 the author shares the history behind the battle that caused the Kalingan to seek revenge, why Ashoka decided to create a society that would be at peace and why they needed to protect what they knew. But, one young girl would not heed the warning of the Monk, defied what she was told and became a pawn in the hands of Vayu. What happens to Lise you will have to learn for yourself as you might consider what she did a betrayal of her powers or just a young girl being naïve. Able to read minds and although sensing he was evil, she discounted her fears and the end result could take her life or the knowledge that is stored within her mind.
As Tara, Zubin and Akash race to save this young girl before it’s too late, we learn that Zubin now has the power to heal, Akash the spirit and Tara the mind. But, can their combined powers save Lise and will it be enough to overpower the evil that has already spread?
But, there is much more as Tara and Akash are often insulting to each other and facing one monk named Na-khi we hear the voices of all three argue, doubt and inflict pain. With Akash doubting the power of the monk, the power of the Nine and the fact that they control his destiny, we hear the voice of Zubin and his explanation about why they now have powers finally make sense to the other two and created harmony among the three to complete their task.
Tara is connected to the voice of the one man who wants to control it all. Communicating with her but will they be able to stop him? Illusions, ghosts, deceit, betrayals and harsh realities and three young people and one Knowledge Keeper racing time in order to save the world from more evil. Vayu’s voice is next as he relates his mission, his work for the Golden Group and you might say his delusions of grandeur. But, things heat up in more ways than one, Akash faces evil head on and the end result will change it all. Hear the voice of the spirit as it speaks to Vayu and challenges him. Will the Kallingan warrior stop his “ancient ramblings of revenge?” Has Vayu gone over the edge and lost his sanity?
All three are headstrong and impulsive and find themselves in situations that hinder the mission, The Nine and the need to become humble, organized and anonymous still has be ingrained as one member’s life still hangs in the balance and one evil man will do anything to destroy the very definition and soul of the world sinless, virtuous or good.
Just what the Golden Group created to block someone’s mind impulses to thought you won’t believe as all three face the evil and an ending that will leave readers breathless and on the edge as author Shobha Nihalani takes readers inside the minds of two separate groups or cults each striving for power, neither really concerned with mankind. What is the final fate? What will happen next to Tara, Zubin and Akash? We will hold our breaths, hope that no one steals the crystal and wait for the sequel. The first in the trilogy of fantasy but some might think there is some fact to this science or fantasy fiction. You decide.
How many of you search for happiness and peace and yet you are very still unhappy and unfulfilled? Do you always want more an...moreReviewed by Irene S. Roth
How many of you search for happiness and peace and yet you are very still unhappy and unfulfilled? Do you always want more and more and yet you feel less and less fulfilled? If you are one of these individuals, Alice Hocker’s book Finding Inner Peace: The Key to Happiness is for you.
It seems that from the time we are born, we are seeking and searching for love, acceptance, and a sense of belonging, a feeling of security, to be respected, to feel values, to respect yourself, and to be recognized. Yet, so many of us don’t get all of these things, regardless of how hard we try. We feel frustrated and exhausted, and our quality and meaning of life suffers.
One of the main reasons why we’re so unhappy is because our life is led by our self-centered ego. When we live this way, even our happiness is short-lived. We may get all the things we want, yet we still feel empty. And the more we seek, the more frustrated we become because we are looking for the wrong kinds of things to satisfy us.
We must let go of trying to control everything in our lives and just let everything and everyone be. This can be so freeing and gratifying. It can also take you off the pedestal of the extreme lows and highs of life and help you to live a more abundant life that is directly connected to your inner being.
To achieve this, we have to turn inward for our contentment and happiness and not outside. We have to alter how we perceive ourselves. We need to stay in balance with who we are and our real source. We should also live from a place of gratitude instead of always expecting more and more. When we change our attitude from wanting to gratitude, we will be much happier and much more content. This gratitude will help us to exude more love towards others. And when we give love to others, we will also receive it abundantly.
I loved this book from beginning to end. The reader will be transported into a new orbit of gratitude and self-respect after reading this book. Thank you Alice for writing such a great book!
In the post apocalyptic future, a group of survivors struggle to carry on across the ruined landscape. They...moreReviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
In the post apocalyptic future, a group of survivors struggle to carry on across the ruined landscape. They only want to have a place to live, enough food to eat, and stay alive another day. Inevitably, they are divided into factions, each desperate to be supreme with their own set of rules. Thomas Fremont is one of them. He is a conscript forced into serving the occupation forces left over from the fall -- it mostly consists of useless military criminals of the government -- in the deserted land of southwestern America. Children of the Fall is a series by Nicholas J. Landon with The Wails of Mother Earth as Volume I.
I always try to make a note of the cover and although this one appears basic, it does suit the bleakness of the story well. Children of the Fall is undeniably thought provoking. Through the young Thomas Fermont's perspective, we learn about his harsh life as a slave to the soldiers and his yearning for a better fate. As I kept reading, I realized that this story is more than a science fiction tale. It is unquestionably multi-layered, with a strong, deep plot and dialogue. The characters also contribute to the captivating element of the story; able to evoke different emotions in the readers.
Landon ends it with a perfect twist that will make readers look forward to the second installment as I do. I thoroughly enjoyed it and have no doubt that it will be the same for other readers.
In "Opportunity: Optimizing Life's Chances", Donald Morris has written a scholarly work about how the or...moreReviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite
In "Opportunity: Optimizing Life's Chances", Donald Morris has written a scholarly work about how the ordinary person misses multiple opportunities for advancement or knowledge simply because he or she cannot recognize the true signs of opportunity. The opportunity model is first explained. The elements of opportunity include: time constraint in which opportunities exist, the sacrifice the person will need to make in order to take advantage of the opportunity, the risks involved in the opportunity, the catalyst or trigger and lastly, the possibility of regret or remorse for having taken the opportunity - or not. All of these factors are then set in the framework of the person's overall view of his or his world. The explanations in general are intended to assist the reader in recognizing what the author calls "high-end opportunities." These are opportunities which alter the present and shape the future. The author further contends that if one is trained to recognize opportunities in a timely fashion, one can then recognize rich and productive opportunities while dismissing the trivial, short-lived opportunity which does not move the individual forward.
I think the parts I valued most in the book were the boxed quotes of familiar philosophers throughout the ages. Another important section deals with self-control and self-regulation as a critical component of recognizing and taking advantage of opportunity. There is another section on 'Stumbling Blocks, Pit Falls and Blind Spots' which may assist those who have repeatedly come upon defeat when attempting to move forward. In that section, the author says that being able to predict the behavior of others may assist the individual to predict the success of any given opportunity. This is a scholarly book which would be useful in classes of business, social sciences and philosophy. (less)
Set in the late 1880's, "The Woodcutter" by Steve Bartholomew is a fascinating study of the attempts of...moreReviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite
Set in the late 1880's, "The Woodcutter" by Steve Bartholomew is a fascinating study of the attempts of the US Government to take care of the Native American population. In this story, journalist Dana Reynolds has lost his job in San Francisco and has obtained a job in Virginia City. He hopes to avoid the controversy which cost him his last job but almost as soon as he arrive at his new post, he is assigned a controversial story in Greenfield, Nevada. Dana is to meet a man named Wovoka who is a medicine man but much more. He is also known as the Woodcutter because he is a strong and powerful man. Almost immediately, Dana develops a hunch that the Indian agent in charge of giving US goods to the Indians is taking a more-than-generous cut of both goods and money prior to sending it on to the tribe. The Native Americans also suspect this. They begin to do circle dances, just prior to a solar eclipse and this frightens the agent so much that he attempts to undermine Native American rituals and practices in order to make the Indians "citizens."
Bartholomew develops intriguing characters without advertising. We begin to understand the ways in which the characters think and feel so that we feel we are right there in the story, wanting to cheer on Dana as he attempts to make things right for the Paiute Indians. This is a book which just may catch you by surprise and capture your interest to the very end.
Pearl is a wonderful nostalgic historical fictional novel of the early years of Pearl Buck. The story weaves the story of the life and background of t...morePearl is a wonderful nostalgic historical fictional novel of the early years of Pearl Buck. The story weaves the story of the life and background of this wonderful writer and author. It is an inspiring and spell-binding book, one that will be read and re-read by many.
The story begins when Pearl is quite old and disabled. She feels like a black pearl but not a white one, as when she was young. She is living in an old Vermont Farmhouse all alone. All she has are her memories. She feels like her life is getting close to the end.
Then the story weaves back in time to when she lived in China. Most of the story focuses on her home life and how they moved a lot because her father was a missionary. Her Dad wasn’t home a lot either. So, her mother had to take care of the family on her own. Pearl also remembers her teachers and what an important role and influence they had on her formation as a writer. She felt completely indebted to them for who she became later.
She was always a writer first and foremost. She kept a diary from a very early age. One of Pearl’s favourite pastimes was to sit down and write about her experiences and feelings. Some of her journal entries are contained in the book. They are warm-hearted and the reader is able to see what she felt at the time and what was going through her mind. There are quite a few gems of wisdom in the book as well which the reader could take to heart, such as Never stop educating yourself, When you come to a fork in the road, follow your heart, and so on.
What a splendid book! I enjoyed reading it from beginning to end. It transported me to a world of the writer and how at the end of one’s life one should take stock looking at all the good and difficult things. It is also a ponderous book that feels a bit like a memoir. All the reader has to do is to sit back, grab a java, and be transported into Pearl’s world and feelings. Thank you Ron for such a wonderful book!
The Pen & Muse Review (A&BP Rates The Book): Becoming: The Life & Musings of a Girl Poet Brown provides us with a refreshing look at her li...moreThe Pen & Muse Review (A&BP Rates The Book): Becoming: The Life & Musings of a Girl Poet Brown provides us with a refreshing look at her life through her words. A muse in her own rite, Brown takes us on a literary journey that inspires and awe as you travel down the winding words that she weaves. Those who love poetry very reminiscent of Maya Angelou will love Brown’s poetry. This is the second in poetry books that I have read and always enjoy them. I could say that I would love to pick a favorite poem, but you will find as much as I did that poetry — it’s words takes us on a journey, a journey so incredible that we cannot have a favorite. If you are looking for beautfully written poetry than look no further with Brown’s Becoming: The Life & Musings of a Girl Poet.
Once Upon A Storm takes place in New England during the 1960’s at the time of the antiwar protest and civil rights moveme...moreReviewed by Readers Favorite!
Once Upon A Storm takes place in New England during the 1960’s at the time of the antiwar protest and civil rights movement. A hurricane was bearing down on Cape Cod; it was the final night of the four day Jazz and Folk Festival. A girl (Felicity) was found wandering on the beach, naked, injured and disoriented. In the era of Peaceniks, Woodstock and Flower Children, they just figured she had a little too much to drink. A burned out yacht was found drifting in the bay with three bodies on it. The authorities wanted to question Felicity. Only she had left town with Buddy Ames, a black singer who was at the festival. Now the search was on to find her. The police were looking for her along with the brother of the yacht owner, her father, and uncle.
The reader is quickly swept up in this fast paced mystery. They will encounter racial tension, the sexual movement, deceit and betrayal. Each character is well developed. They are easy to relate to. This is one of those special books that needs to be read slowly to savor every single page. Once Upon A Storm is filled with romance, intrigue and mystery.(less)