Great fast thriller, well written, main characters sufficiently developed to make them interesting and make you care about them. Had some mystical/par...moreGreat fast thriller, well written, main characters sufficiently developed to make them interesting and make you care about them. Had some mystical/paranormal elements (but I like more). Didn't stop me from racing through the story. Maybe a little too much guy-stuff for me last half (military and fighting gear), but the action was nonstop and there were very well imagined and described non-fighting scenes too. Very good first novel! Will be reading the next.(less)
From my description (no spoilers): In this novelette of the mid-21st century, Tristan, a handsome, charismatic leading man has joined a dysfunctional...moreFrom my description (no spoilers): In this novelette of the mid-21st century, Tristan, a handsome, charismatic leading man has joined a dysfunctional film shoot in the sweltering grasslands below Malibu Canyon. Despotic director Greenman has fired three previous actors in the role, and actor Andrew is convinced Tristan will be the next casualty. But all of a sudden Greenman is on his best behavior with everyone. Not even Michelle, Tristan’s leading lady, notices anything odd – but she’s in love with him. Obsessive character collector Andrew is the only one who notices something is not quite right, and goes to extreme lengths and alienates himself from everyone to discover what is really going on.
I'm releasing this for Kindle first - which you can enjoy on virtually every kind of device, including your computer - just download the free Kindle application and you'll have color Kindle books to enjoy. (less)
Update: It has just come to my attention, through internet searches, that a huge controversy attended the publication of this book during the mid to l...moreUpdate: It has just come to my attention, through internet searches, that a huge controversy attended the publication of this book during the mid to late 1990s due to the fact that Marlo Morgan's journey with these Australian aborigines, and what she wrote about the culture and life and religion of the tribe, were reported to be a hoax. Ms. Morgan at one point admitted that it had been a hoax. However, the book attained tremendous popularity and she continued marketing the book and giving lectures around the world on its subject matter. She claimed knowledge of Aborigine culture through her experiences and her lectures were to help people become enlightened through such knowledge. There was huge opposition and outrage at her book and actions among the Australian aboriginal communities, which organized a protest tour to the U.S. and met with many different leaders to try to get Ms. Morgan to cease and desist her misrepresentations of Aboriginal culture.
I was shocked and dismayed to learn of this, as the book is written so convincingly that I believed the story and stood in awe of what it revealed about the Aboriginal culture. The reports I have written unfortunately do not detail what parts of the information are false and which may be true. Knowing that would be of the greatest help to readers.
Unfortunately there is a steep cultural divide relating to this subject matter. Indigenous groups, both in Australia and the U.S., strongly resent non-native persons "appropriating" native culture and religion and using it for perceived commercial gain. Moreover, they especially object to non-native persons starting pseudo-religious movements using purported native religious rites and customs and turning it into profit-making new-age or "native" spiritual ventures. They consider this to be appropriating their sacred religious and spiritual customs and knowledge and altering and misrepresenting it for their own commercial use.
I do understand and agree with the objections and protests of these Native groups and what has been done with their cultures. We have to remember that in both countries (the U.S. and Australia) the indigenous peoples were conquered, murdered en masse, thrown out of their homelands and for many many years deprived of the freedom to worship (practice their own spiritual beliefs). Their cultures were intentionally destroyed. After all that, it must hurt and offend them to have their sacred beliefs and knowledge misrepresented and ripped off to be used by non-tribal members in non-authentic "spiritual" practices.
In modern society, Marlo Morgan has a perfect right to write a novel, put whatever in it she wishes, and sell it. However, morally and ethically, she does not have the right to perpetrate such a huge hoax on her readers and the Native communities, capitalizing on her readers' ignorance of that culture. If she had couched the entire story in terms of science fiction and set the story on another planet, there would have been no problem with her story. But I believed what she was saying - I had no way of knowing it was false. And so what she has done is very disappointing and dismaying - and a big waste of talent. I loved this book, and I loved its insights. I just wish they hadn't been one thing masquerading as something else.
[My old original post begun liks this:] I've only just begun this book, and the insight it is providing thus far is amazing. Don't let the setting or specific subject matter put you off. The rewards and revelations thus far are incomparable. This is advertised as fictionalized true experience. I fail to see how any of it is fiction, just from the nature of the author's narration. This is one of the rare mind-blowing books that broadens your horizons in ways never imagined.
I have to take my review statement back now. If you are into spiritual journeys, you can read it, but don't give it too much credence. I wished it had been true!(less)
This was a wonderful, surprising, gritty, satisfying book. The first few reviews describe it very well and I won't attempt to describe it further. Ver...moreThis was a wonderful, surprising, gritty, satisfying book. The first few reviews describe it very well and I won't attempt to describe it further. Very very well written.(less)
I loved this book! I just finished the novel and have to comment on what a GREAT story it was, and how sad I was to finish!
The entire theme and setti...moreI loved this book! I just finished the novel and have to comment on what a GREAT story it was, and how sad I was to finish!
The entire theme and setting totally aligned with the subjects and themes I love and am interested in, and the way the author linked everything together with a really complex storyline, with all the gods and spirits and space travelers, the Mandan and other Native Americans and everyone else was masterful.
The novel also really moved me. It was a perfect mix of adventure and incredible ideas and visionary theme. It was a profoundly positive and hopeful novel, also, and presented a narrative of American Indian history and spirituality that is unique. What an amazing amount of research was woven into this story to show the Mandan culture as authentically as possible.
I highly recommend this book to those who love the historic old west, the Native American cultures, science fiction, and spiritual stories. But even if you don't, give this book a try. (less)
This book imparts wisdom through the retelling of traditional stories used by the Lakota to educate their youth in the virtues held to be important by...moreThis book imparts wisdom through the retelling of traditional stories used by the Lakota to educate their youth in the virtues held to be important by their culture. I found these stories fascinating, with a lot of reality and credibility - even those which contained fantastical elements - and each one illustrated the virtues discussed as no mere pedantic lecture could. Some of them were moving.
After each story, the author, Joseph Marshall, tells more anecdotes about that particular virtue either from his own experience, life or family. I loved this book; it showed me the high spiritual and ethical level of the traditional Lakota culture. By contrast, I doubt that European culture ever existed on this level; perhaps only very scantily by some very honorable few men and women. Certainly the level and depth of honor and values throughout Lakota culture, taught in every family, is admirable in the extreme. It made me long for a new civilization based on the best of such values. (less)
This thriller was sleek, smooth, well-written, well plotted, and revealed unexpected depth as the story moved into high gear. I really enjoyed it. I w...moreThis thriller was sleek, smooth, well-written, well plotted, and revealed unexpected depth as the story moved into high gear. I really enjoyed it. I wish that it had been longer so the characters could have been explored more fully - that seemed a bit sparse - yet there was enough there to make the story work very well. In particular, it was great to read a thriller penned by a skilled writer!(less)
The story of this book is incredible. Roger Maxwell came to me a few years ago with the idea of writing a book about stroke recovery. He was a stroke...moreThe story of this book is incredible. Roger Maxwell came to me a few years ago with the idea of writing a book about stroke recovery. He was a stroke survivor in his early 50s who had, through his own initiative, created and implemented on himself a program which enabled him to go from almost completely disabled to full recovery of all physical and mental functions. He was motivated to do so because he was unwilling to accept what doctors were saying - that he might never walk again without a cane. And with the help of his caregiver, wife Kathy, they got going on his recovery. For a few years now he has been fully recovered, become a marathon runner and is a full-time patent attorney.
As I worked on Roger's initial draft, a description of stroke, I realized that it might be much more helpful to write a book to actually provide to others the step-by-step program that he so successsfully used on himself. He was enthusiastic, and so we set about writing the current book. It covers all the most common functional disabilities and problems that stroke survivors face. Each program includes exercises that specifically address the particular area of the body. This program was developed using the latest, most effective techniques and scientific understanding of stroke and brain injury. These techniques are what Roger researched in the months following his return home after having his stroke.
I highly recommend this book because I have seen first-hand the improvement that its methods can produce. If you have a relative or friend who has suffered a stroke, don't let them think they won't ever get better than they are now. Get them this book and help them start getting back their life. As Roger and I like to say, "Don't let your stroke become a life sentence!"
From the author: These two short fantasies reveal a world of fantasy and magic which I like to imagine existed before this more solid, materialistic w...moreFrom the author: These two short fantasies reveal a world of fantasy and magic which I like to imagine existed before this more solid, materialistic world. If you like romance, the forest, a true heart, magic, a touch of longing - and a surprise ending - enter the world of these stories. I hope you enjoy them! (less)
J.H. is a personal friend of mine, and is also the artist who illustrated my book, The Way of the Eagle: An Early California Journey of Awakening. His...moreJ.H. is a personal friend of mine, and is also the artist who illustrated my book, The Way of the Eagle: An Early California Journey of Awakening. His lifetime of experiences are really testament to the fact that there is so much more to life than our modern, physical object-oriented existence leads us to believe. Jon's experiences demonstrate it.
While some might be tempted to doubt some of the experiences that only Jon was aware of, one cannot doubt them when they are verified by the experiences of others around him. Jon is one of those rare individuals who is sensitive to the communications of creatures other than humans, but he also walks more closely to the boundary between life and spirit than many do, and as such, has had some miraculous experiences. He maintains that they are evidence that we aren't alone in the universe. Jon doesn't preach any particular set of beliefs, or advocate just one religion or path to understanding. But his book demonstrates that there are guiding hands and divine presences which may sometimes make themselves known to us - and help us. A fascinating book!(less)
To know what I think, buy the book and read the Foreword, which I wrote! I loved this book - it is one of the most amazing true ghost stories I ever h...moreTo know what I think, buy the book and read the Foreword, which I wrote! I loved this book - it is one of the most amazing true ghost stories I ever heard of. Heart-warming and funny as can be.(less)