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Charles Freedom Long

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I write Speculative Fiction about what might be. Psionics, aliens and other worlds, awareness and ongoing communication between the living and the dead as a fact of daily life, and how that might affect the life and philosophy of a world.
(This is where I say I have one piece of paper that says I'm a psychologist and another that says I'm a medium). I've lived and worked in the U.S, Canada, England and Africa. And learned that what we might think is "the way it is," ain't necessarily so. I talk with dead people all the time. So my books are meant to both entertain and crack open new doors of thought, to take readers to another realm of existence, where life continues beyond the change we call death. To provoke thinking outside our normal con
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THE REALITY WE WANT VERSUS TRUE REALITY

I worked in healthcare in a very rural part of West Africa in the 70's. I saw a few epidemics, including one or two that had been "eliminated" and as a result anyone who diagnosed that would be considered a "reactionary" and "enemy of the people." As you might well imagine, neither of those two things was a good thing to be. Denying reality for political reasons is not a good thing. People die nee Read more of this blog post »
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I read the Martian, by Andy Weir, and was inspired to jump into my next novel, and my largest, Earth Escape. I was fascinated by Weir's character in his book, who didn't fit the typical astronaut stereotype, so I decided to go to a whole new level with my character, Jim Tale, who heads up a mission to an exoplanet, a man with demons and ghosts haunting him, and one whose vocabulary breaks down all the stereotypes.
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"Definitive Account" is an accurate description of this 800 page book about the see-saw battle that lasted six months, was fought both on land, sea and air, and made both American and the Japanese leaders alternately depressed and overjoyed . Mr. Fra ...more
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Terrific story telling from both the American and Japanese perspectives. Plenty of unique photos. Clear, distinct maps. Well worth the read. I build historically accurate WWII dioramas and models and this provided a wealth of information.
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Full of details other histories may have missed or omitted. Well written, engaging.
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message 6: by W.

W. Boutwell This is just a word to let you know that Exiles' Escape: Book 2 of my Old Mena and Infidels Series has (finally ) been released.

It is available at AMZ
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1948080001/...

Outland Exile, the first book, is available on AMZ
https://www.amazon.com/Outland-Exil-V...

as well as my own store
https/oldmenandinfidels.com/store

The new book is an immediate sequel to book one. Malila after faking her own death to escapeher utopian homeland must overcome all odds to enterthe Scorched outlands before she is captured by General Jourdaine.

It was a hoot to write. I hope you may enjoy it.

Walt (W. Clark) Boutwell


Thomas Thanks for your friend request, Charles! Looking forward to sharing thoughts on books and non-mainstream psychology. :)


Melinda Hello Charles,
Thank you for your friendship. No doubt our new formed friendship should be interesting. Happy reading my friend. Great meeting you.


message 3: by Mark

Mark Hi, Charles. Nice to make your e-quaintance. Best, Mark


Charles Steve wrote: "I also purchased the Kindle version of "Dancing With the Dead." Steve"

Thank you, Steve. I hope you enjoy it.
Charles


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Laura Thanks for the friendship Charles!


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