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"A Writer and a Book With Real Purpose" This is fantastic fiction, an epic poem odyssey, exceptional art (not just talking about my cover) and beautiful music all rolled into one great novel. Christmas When Music Almost Killed the World has depth and meaning like few things I have ever read. Aberjhani always tends to surprise and delight in his work and in this novel he surprises and delights in such a beautiful way. --LEV(Luther E. Vann) Art For Life Oct 15, 2009 --5 Star Reader Review Lulu

"The World of Aberjhani" Any book by Aberjhani is a must have. His writing is impeccable. If it's in print by him I own it and I treasure it. Do yourself a favor, enrich your life through the art of the genius writer Aberjhani. Marcia Miller Twiford Sep 16, 2008 --5 Star Reader Review Lulu

"Christmas When Music Almost Killed the World." Aberjhani. Google that name and another world will open up for the reader and seekers of excellence in the literary sense. Over the years I have discovered, when I read Aberjhani, I find his words come at the reader with an intensity not many writers can boast of being able to do. He holds nothing back within his growing and impressive list of literary and poetical accomplishments. I have just recently finished reading just such a work of unpolluted art by Aberjhani. It is a novel which cannot be pigeon-holed within a convenient genre box. The title of this most creative book is "Christmas When Music Almost Killed the World." From the strong, eye-catching cover showing two black angels to the last page, you will find yourself on a journey the likes of which will not be easily forgotten.


The novel's protagonist, Danny Blue, has a revelation which comes to him in a dream-like conversation with Valerie, his dead ex-lover, in the beginning of this work. This stunning work is first and foremost a tale of self-awareness and murder in the guise of mass suicide, which will lead unwitting and duped participants into thinking they will receive everlasting karma. This is a powerful, frightful journey which takes place in a community which goes by the name of Froggtown. This exciting new novel from Aberjhani challenges the reader to hold fast to himself as he is introduced to a myriad of colorful characters, not the least of which is the diabolical superstar musician, Jimmy Redfyre who holds Satanic-like control over his followers. If Redfyre is the villain in this breathtaking novel of good vs. evil, his main adversary is another musician who goes simply by the name of Ruzahn. From there the story begins to wind its way into the psyche of the reader. The die is cast after Danny Blue's supernatural instructions by Valerie. Danny, aided by a cast of diverse and visionary characters -- including the musician Ruzahn -- go about the business of thwarting the immoral plans of Jimmy Redfyre.


Within the pages of this grand novel you will be taken on a surreal journey, but with reality nudging the reader in unexpected forms. From the phenomena of a semi-faith-based suicide, or known in Froggtown as "dying dirty" begun by Danny Blue's confidante and lover, Valerie who was -- before she accepted her fate to "trans-evolve" -- an exceptional artist, with a mystique and allure about her which transcended mere mortals. There are supernatural powers at work in this book. Jimmy Redfyre has co-opted those psychic ability into his music in order to embed certain connotations which, at the climax of a long-awaited multi-media concert production, will send millions world-wide to their deaths in the most massive suicide pact known to mankind. Danny Blue, with the help of Valerie, who appears within his consciousness, his friend and musician Ruzahn, along with others, race against time and forces beyond their wildest imaginations to stop the planned imbedded messages from Jimmy Redfyre's music; thereby saving millions of lives worldwide Redfyre and his legions plan on destroying. "Christmas When Music Almost Killed the World" is a compelling read. It is fraught with complex and diverse plots, a subterranean and evil mission squaring off against those who have it in their power to stop the madness, if they only have the time and the will to venture into Jimmy Redfyre's lair; knowing they may never come out of it alive.


"Christmas When Music Almost Killed the World" kept this reader spellbound and amazed, once again, at the talent of its author, Aberjhani. It is money well spent if you decide to take a gamble on this marvelous read.
Jerry P. Bolton --5 Star Reader Review

From the Author

The Birth of a Novel

Rising suicide rates, technological advances, a seemingly deadly lack of regard for boundaries of any kind in various forms of media, and a deep passion for the creative arts all inspired me to create the novel now known as Christmas When Music Almost Killed the World. It started with the musician-prophet Ruzahn, who actually did not have a name when he first appeared in the story "That Poem Is Not My Brother," dressed as follows:

"...in uncovered skin and color flowing between bronze and cinnamon. Face of African lines richly sculptured, his head tilted back with eyes arrowed skyward seemingly seeing people praying just beyond the nonvisible moon, his hair a vibrating mass of afro tangled with stray dreads and locks of ebony like feathers and knives, the whole structure of his muscles linking with a harmony nonchalant and also ethereal."


As characters will sometimes do with authors, Ruzahn refused to go away at the end of the story. He chose to hang around--for years­­-- and give me his musical opinions on everything from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to lost souls stuck between worlds and the astonishing power that icons of popular music can wield over the lives of those who might place too much faith in them.  More than anything else, he wanted to share the story of a young man named Danny Blue and the ingenious art student named Valerie Hyerman who had been his girlfriend before something very odd happened that placed her on one side of a mystery and him on the other. The more I listened, the more intrigued I became by Ruzahn's description of another musician named Jimmy Redfyre, who sounded like the exact opposite of him, and the more concerned I became about Redfyre's intentions to do something I had never considered might even be possible. As I let myself disappear altogether inside the world of Ruzahn and Danny Blue and his friends, I found myself needing to understand the meaning of everything I learned.


At one point, I had to force myself to stop listening in order to concentrate on writing Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance and The Wisdom of W.E.B. Du Bois. Before transferring my attention completely, I wrote a lengthy short story that I assigned several titles, including The Black Skylark Z-Ped Music Player, and set it aside with the idea that I would do something with it after the work at hand was done.

Years passed before I remembered to pick it up again. It happened one day when I started singing a song that I realized was not mine but Ruzahn's. It wasn't hard to guess that the song belonged somewhere in the story, and that very likely other songs would soon follow. They did, some by him and some by Jimmy Redfyre. I needed to know what they meant, and the only way to find that out would be to write the novel.

--Aberjhani    
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