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Product Details

  • Paperback: 365 pages
  • Publisher: Infinity Publishing (January 20, 2003)
  • ISBN-10: 0741413485
  • ISBN-13: 978-0741413482
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (236 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,302,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've had over 50 years of product research, design engineering, product development, manufacturing, product management and general management experience in high volume consumer and commercial hard goods. I've placed over 65 products into production, monitoring pilot production in the U.S., Ireland, France, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Mainland China, so I've enjoyed meeting people in many countries. I am named on over 20 U.S. utility patents as a result, the most recent including color LCD touch display technology, digital alarm clock electronics, fingerprint scanning technology, surgical instrument sterilization and bioterrorism detection technology. I'm a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and I studied at Marquette University School of Engineering and at the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater. I try to write from my experience and expertise. I wrote the Link, Village, and Bridge series of novels to explore an astonishing hypothesis which I developed over a dozen years. Through my novels, especially LINK, I like to let the reader be present right alongside the scientists as they uncover some of the very secrets of Creation, and while test subjects are taken back in time to recall ancestral memories, a process key to proving the existence of the human soul. The Truly Astonishing Hypothesis, a non-fiction, develops the hypothesis further and comments on Dr. Francis Crick's book The Astonishing Hypothesis and Jeff Hawkin's brilliant book, On Intelligence.

Customer Reviews

Do not buy this book if you support a world without frivolous lawsuits.
Ezia
Just completed the book and the story was kinda, mehh, boring and monotone style of writing.
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This book lacks originality from the front cover to the "about the author" section.
SewerCider

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391 of 456 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
Published in 1981, the short story "They Died Twice" by Alan Hathaway included, among other things, a machine developed for the express purpose of delving into ancestral memories. "Link" is a clear rip-off of this now 31 year old classic tale. While this reviewer would nominally ignore such things as there is no such thing as a new idea, the author's insistence of suing a company for essentially the same thing he did in 2003 deserves a low rating.

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As an addendum to the above explanation, as many sites throughout he blogosphere and tumblrverse quoting my wording misunderstand the content and message. In no way am I accusing Mr. Beiswenger of stealing or otherwise plagiarizing "They Died Twice". The purpose was to demonstrate that creative minds can, and frequently do, create works with plot devices that are remarkably similar to one another. Ancient societies have creation stories that are similar to one another in ways that almost indicate that such creation stories could be true. For example, the Maya have story elements that could be confused for the Biblical story of Noah's Ark despite the two cultures never having come in contact until thousands of years after the stories were originally developed. "They Died Twice" was selected as it is an incredibly obscure book that Mr. Beiswenger could not have possibly known about. The only references I've been able to find on this book were a 12 year old defunct website that provided a short summary of the story and, when doing research to find out the publication of the story, was only able to find reference of it in a book called "Literary Afterlife: The Posthumous Continuations of Author's Fictional Characters".
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32 of 42 people found the following review helpful By SewerCider on May 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
It's my sincere hope that Nintendo doesn't sue Beiswinger. The name Link is clearly taken from Nintendo's hit franchise, "The Legend of Zelda". Furthermore there are clearly stolen themes, such as; "fantasy", "fictional", "bipedal", "words", and "a battle between good and evil". This book lacks originality from the front cover to the "about the author" section. It was such a painful read that I now use it for punishment when my children won't go to bed on time. I say, "Get to bed, or else Daddy's gonna' read 'Link' to you." Well, hahahaha, you should see those little scamps race to bed when I say that!! Save your money potential buyers and save your money Mr. Beiswinger, because I'm sure Nintendo is filing the paperwork necessary to take you to court.
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43 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Asher on May 9, 2012
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So i decided to read this book on principal. I wanted to make an informed decision based on both sides of the whole law suit. the fact is, he himself stole a lot of ideas from other people and no credit was given to those individuals in the actual science community. and as some of the others have said the grammer and editing of this book was atrocious. not to mention that the book is almost 10 years old and is still 20 bucks. for a paper back? seriously?
his lawsuit was obviously a play to get sales. and it kinda worked. i did in fact buy the book. so judging the book based on the contents only, this is a horrible, dull book
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50 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Jack Emory Bland on April 20, 2012
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Boring at best with a clear subtext that can only be described as contemptuous and egotistical. Due to the attention surrounding this book and the author, I read it to see for myself if the negative feedback was accurate... and I'm not convinced it isn't. An average book on its own, with a base idea that IS NOT ORIGINAL (contrary to the lawsuits), the book does manage to stand its own regarding the premise but it stops there.

To everyone rating this just because of the controversy... at least read the thing first and decide for yourself. Don't rate the author, rate the book. That said, I found it equally bad regardless...
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful By - on April 25, 2012
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Just completed the book and the story was kinda, mehh, boring and monotone style of writing. Would have been better if the story telling was better written. But at this state it wont work.
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30 of 41 people found the following review helpful By J. Sheer on May 9, 2012
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This hasnt nothing to do with Ubisofts lawsuit. I read this book. This author is no more than a small business writer. He will never get near the lengths of JK rowling, Stephanie Meyer even, and the like.

The name of the book is link. This story is stolen from the movie Abyss, Dance with Wolves, Last of the mohicans and the like.

This story is not even worth more than 30 seconds of your time.

I think this bares nothing to ubisofts storyline. I am so sorry Your book isnt selling mr. Beiswenger.....

Notice these one star reviews will not get you future books published you are famous for a little while, just like the guy who sued JK ROWLING for Goblet of fire only to have his case dismissed........

the same will happen to you. good day.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By taryuken on May 9, 2012
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This is the worst piece of trash ever to have words printed onto it. Do not waste your time reading it.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Romeo Alex on May 9, 2012
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How does someone even come up with something so bad. Seriously recommend a real story. It's called assassins creed. DO NOT BUY THIS EVER...
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