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Beyond the Will of God: A Jill Simpson Mystery [Kindle Edition]

David Biddle
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Somewhere in the heart of Central Missouri, mysterious music filters through night-darkened farmland. The murder of an Amish teenager launches a police investigation that leads to a great deal more than a simple homicide. Elvis is seen roaming the countryside. A young, drug-addled clairvoyant arrives in the area, confused about the power improvisational psychedelic music has over human consciousness.

Police Sergeant Jill Simpson teams up with Philadelphia tabloid reporter Franklin Harris to tie all of these issues together. They will stumble into mysteries far more important than anything they could have imagined.

"Beyond the Will of God" is a murder mystery rolled up in the secret of music and then wrapped in questions about the power of the human mind. This is a thriller mixed with magical realism and speculative metaphysical fiction…totally off the literary grid. It's a blend of a Tony Hillerman mystery with Carlos Castaneda's Yaqui Sorcerer along with a good dose of Field of Dreams for Boomers who know how potent the right kind of music can be and that questions about the magic of human consciousness still need answering.

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From the Author

I wrote this book as a way of using allegory, myth, and symbolic storytelling to get at what are essentially the unsayable mysteries of the mind and the power of music. As with music, a good story resonates in the head. Music and words are vibrations. One travels through the air into the mind. The other travels by light through the eyes and then into the mind. Music and beat are all about the human soul. They tether us to time and the universe of emotions. Stories connect us to what is possible but still a mystery. Stories are always about the power of mystery.

About the Author

David Biddle has been many things in his life: a laborer on a duck farm in Missouri; a chef's assistant; a solar energy technician; an energy conservation educator; a kitchen manager at a Skid Road shelter and cafeteria; a student at Reed College; a graduate student in energy and public policy; a project manager for an engineering consulting firm; and an environmental planner specializing in recycling issues all over North America. Through all of this he has published articles, commentary, and essays in everything from The Harvard Business Review and RAIN Journal to BioCycle, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Kotori Magazine. He was a contributing editor with In Business magazine for over a decade. He has also published fiction in a number of online magazines including WildViolet, ToastedCheese, and Sleep. David currently serves as a contributing writer for Talking Writing, a unique and thought-provoking online magazine for writers and readers (TalkingWriting.com). "Beyond the Will of God" is his first novel. He also has two books of short stories available through Amazon.com -- "Implosions of America" and "Trying to Love." He lives with his wife and cat, McLovin, in Philadelphia.

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  • File Size: 559 KB
  • Print Length: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Flat Branch Press; 1st edition (December 28, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008AQ57UY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #633,500 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wild ride June 22, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Great summer read, we all know how hearing a song can take us back in time to an exact moment in our lives, take that times a hundred and enjoy this mystical, musical, mysterious trip.It brought back memories and moments I had long forgotten as I am sure it will to so many more readers , Enjoy
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST BOOK OF THE SUMMER June 18, 2012
By Johnnie
Format:Kindle Edition
Wow is an understatement of how this book grabbed hold of me. It was so powerful I read it all in one day !
A truly thought provoking story that had me contemplating life in ways I never imagined.
The author may call it fiction but I call it mind expanding magic for the soul.
I think if it were baseball the author has hit a home run out of the park with this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind Blowing June 29, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Can music transform and transcend? Is it possible that experiencing the loud thrum of melody, rhythm, and beat can elevate us to a plane of surreal existence between life and death? Beyond the Will of God will make you believe that it can and does. Part paranormal thriller, part sci-fi mystery, part magical realism, and mostly just plain mind-blowing fun, this book will keep you guessing (and turning pages) until there's nothing left but to ponder the bewildering feeling you've just discovered a new path to understanding the great mysteries of life.

David Biddle has done an incredible job of researching every aspect of his novel: law enforcement, journalism and event reporting, mind-altering drugs, the lives of his famous musician characters, the music itself, and especially the complicated scientific elements that permeate the book. It was exhilarating to eavesdrop on a brilliant mind at work.

I loved this book, and cannot recommend it strongly enough.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Unique, Psychedelic Story August 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I just finished reading Beyond the Will of God, and I really enjoyed it! The book was interesting and unexpected in a lot of ways. I especially liked how David Biddle integrated music throughout the story; it added something extra to the book. As well, the story kept me guessing until the very end. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the psychedelic experience and likes to read mysteries.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Going, going, gone! August 12, 2013
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Like a legendary major leaguer pointing to center field on an 0-2 count, David Biddle sets an almost unachievable goal with Beyond the Will of God: A Jill Simpson Mystery, and that's before we even get past the title. Before you read this book, read Mr. Biddle's "From the Author" piece on Amazon in which he talks about "allegory, myth, and symbolic storytelling." Biddle is talking vibrations, the nature of human perception, the soul, emotion, all the big mysteries. And that's cosmic mysteries, not the kind the hard-boiled detective or crusading cop solve. So how do you take the yin of expanding consciousness and intra-dimensional travel and cram it against the yang of a revered, insanely-popular, convention-filled genre like the classic detective mystery? After all, there are rules to be followed, right? Well just as yin and yang do not actually negate each other, so too the juxtaposition of psychedelic enlightenment and gritty, methodical police work contribute to a whole that masterfully exceeds the sum of its parts.

Our very first clue to the method behind the madness is Cecil the scientific-minded researcher exploring worlds that no self-respecting scientist would touch with a 10-foot pipette. "OK," the skeptical reader thinks, "maybe this IS doable. Just so long as we don't get too complicated." What follows, of course, is a shotgun blast of random complexity. If Biddle had a chance in hell of making this all work, it just went up in smoke. But just in case he pulls it off, let's keep reading. And off you go: never really believing he can do it without somehow "cheating" but wholeheartedly rooting for Sergeant Simpson every step of the way. In the end of course, Biddle is true to both the yin and yang.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating September 22, 2012
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Author David Biddle refers to this novel as weird and he's right, but trippy would be a more accurate description. In many ways, it's a baby boomer generation book, for those who, even if they never tried hallucinogenic drugs themselves back in the day, were familiar with the lingo, the raves from those who had taken trips, and the philosophical issues that their experiences raised. He mixes altered states of consciousness, musical sensibilities and beloved icons from the sixties and seventies into what is primarily an intriguing murder mystery story. It's certainly different and, for some, possibly mind-expanding.

Blurb: Police detective Jill Simpson is investigating the murder of an Amish teenager outside of Columbia, Missouri. Tabloid reporter Frank Harris has been sent into the heartlands to interview a clairvoyant who claims she is having an affair with Elvis. As these two work first separately and then as a team, the storyline twists and turns to include bigger questions that will change their lives forever.

Biddle has done a massive amount of research into the effect of hallucinogenic drugs, government research into using them for remote viewing spy missions and their place in shamanistic societies. What has emerged is a thought-provoking book that primarily presents the idea that if we achieve a state of consciousness free of the body, then death isn't a problem; in fact it's irrelevant--sounds right to me. The question is, how to achieve it? These characters use hallucinogenic drugs in more than mind blowing ways. Corruption in the police force, media and church is another theme woven into the story, as is how easily people can be lead into illogical behaviour by charismatic characters.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Confusing book!
If you want a confusing book full of unnecessary four-letter words and a confusing story line then this is the book for you. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Betty Key
1.0 out of 5 stars Was the author high while he wrote that book?
Or did he just want to express the kaleidoscope of an LSD-induced journey ?
I have thought hard about being the first to give the lowest possible rating - I'm usually not that... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Cloudy
5.0 out of 5 stars Writing Outside the Lines
In an article on his website (DavidBiddle.net), David Biddle says of "indie" authors that "Our job as writers is to go into the weird realms of the imagination and try to make... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Nancy Bevilaqua
2.0 out of 5 stars I wish I had liked this book
It just didn't do it for me. I am a fan of many of the musicians who figure in the book and saw a number of them in concert. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Susan
5.0 out of 5 stars The Missouri, Music, and Mushroom Murders
Beyond the Will of God: A Jill Simpson Mystery book review

Biddle, David. 2012. Flat Branch Press. No place. [sort of appropriate]. X +368 pages. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Thomas B. Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
One of the better books I have read in a long time. The author clearly put his heart into this project and it paid off. Great book!
Published on September 6, 2012 by Bobby Tzu
3.0 out of 5 stars Weird and intriguing
Good read in the start but gets a little monotonuos. I read and read as soon as I got it but now can not seem to be able to pick it up and finish
Published on August 14, 2012 by Lu
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond the Chaos
Great read! Somehow manages to bridge the divide between reality and fantasy, leaving us in a peaceful place where community and possibility are closer to our understanding and... Read more
Published on August 2, 2012 by mwulff
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this
Great read. A must read for anyone with an open mind who has been affected by music. It is a wild ride and I loved it. Not for the faint of heart or the cynical:)
Published on July 31, 2012 by Larry Stanier
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings you back, takes you forward
David Biddle has created a piece that will both send us into the wild western hemisphere of our pasts, and urge us to think beyond the present--to a state of consciousness where... Read more
Published on July 12, 2012 by louis black
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More About the Author

I'm the author of BEYOND THE WILL OF GOD and two collections of stories, TRYING TO CARE and IMPLOSIONS OF AMERICA. I'm also a contributing writer and columnist with TalkingWriting.com. I write a column for Kotori Magazine as well called "These Altered States." As a freelancer I have published with everyone from The Harvard Business Review to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Kotori Magazine, and BioCycle. In addition, I was a contributing editor to In Business magazine for over a decade. My fiction has been published in a number of online magazines including WildViolet, ToastedCheese, and Sleep.

BEYOND THE WILL OF GOD is a quirky mystery about altered states of consciousness and the secrets of loud guitar music. If you're tired of the same-old-same-old, this novel may be perfect reading for you and your Kindle or iPad or computer (remember, you can download the Kindle Reading App to your computer or mobile phone to read all Kindle Store books). BEYOND THE WILL OF GOD is also available as a paperback here at Amazon or at CreatSpace.com. Check out my story singles here for just $0.99 as well.

IMPLOSIONS OF AMERICA is my most recent book. Read the sample pages. These are nine stories about everything from public nudity, fishing, political protest, love, desire, beautiful girl friends, and sitting around a trailer waiting to eat. Everyone of us is the ghost of a Wendell or Angeline West. Read the book and you'll understand.

I am currently working on another collection of stories and three separate novels about life and love in suburban America guaranteed to look at sex, love, and marriage in provocative ways that you probably never thought you'd encounter. Stay tuned for the first in this cycle, BEAUTIFUL MORNING BLUES, in 2014.



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