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Self Convictions Paperback – May 31, 2010

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Book 1 of 4 in the Self Series

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"...I found it impossible to put down!...Brandon Hudson is one of the most arrogant and murderous protagonists you'll ever made for a delicious read!...Self Convictions is the first...I can't wait to see what happens next!" --Kelly Davis from

From the Author

As a child in my early teens, I had first received the idea regarding the basic storyline to this novel. The simplicity of the thought then has intrigued me throughout my life. Although having never completely dismissing its concept, it was not until now that I decided to put all the pieces together into a compelling story about Brandon L. Hudson and his family to come. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be allowed the many abilities of the mind? Telepathy, empathy, mind reading, foresight...there are so many possibilities and questions. If an average human being suddenly became aware of his or her enhanced gifts, what would you use them for? Would you be able to control yourself? Would you take advantage of the ones around you? These are the questions you could ask yourself. I am going to keep you, the reader, guessing and wondering throughout...mysteries unfolding continuously. I challenge you to fall in love with Brandon and his family. To grow with them, feel for them, and wish to be one of them...or, at minimum, to be a friend of the family.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: American Book Publishing (May 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589825918
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589825918
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,383,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I am originally from Minnesota. After high school, I joined the United States Army as an Infantryman. I was deployed 4 times, twice to Bosnia and twice to Iraq. I ended my military career after 12 years of service to my country. I now live in Kansas City, Missouri and I attended Washburn University as an English Creative Writing major.

I am the author of "Self Convictions," "Self consciousness," "Self Conclusions," "Self Consequences," "And the Hand of God," "Because It Feels Good," "A Personal Hell: Don't Ask, Don't Tell," & "Dissecting Sean Connor."

I started writing in the area of Young Adult Literature recently with "Dissecting Sean Connor." The book was written to help teens with the issues of bullying and identity, particularly when it comes to their sexuality. Often times these things go unnoticed or ignored and "Dissecting Sean Connor" deals with the issues that so many young adults don't think they can talk about.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stacey aka Coffey Brown on June 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
From start to finish I was intrigued by the idea of telekinesis in R. J. Hamilton's book, Self Convictions, as I've been in real life. However, the fast paced and sometimes violent journey of the main character, Brandon Hudson, went beyond what I could ever imagine. As his extraordinary powers emerge, one is thrust into a journey as his insanity comes to life through his experiences and the events that occur in the lives of those around him. This story was a page turner that I had to force myself to read at a slower pace. I was eager to finish it the first day because it snatches the reader's attention from the Prelude holding onto it until the very last page.

Brandon is a character that one might envy, love and feel empathy for. He appears at times to be a lost soul struggling with his real powers. Every time I thought one thing was going to happen, the author took the story in a different direction. As each event took place I felt a range of emotions--sadness, fear, anxiety, anger, nervousness and love. The author created an extremely vivid story making it hard to believe this is his first book. I highly recommend this fantasy book to readers looking to get lost in the mind of one with telekinesis. It might make you think twice about wanting the ability to read minds or seek revenge on someone using your mind rather than your hands.

The author challenges the reader to think about becoming at the very least a friend to the Hudson family, feel for them or wish to be with one of them. After reading this story I've decided to watch them from afar.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Julie Clayton VINE VOICE on August 24, 2010
Format: Paperback
Long before Heroes was a popular television series, author R.J. Hamilton was writing a story in his mind about a young man with extraordinary powers. The protagonist of Self Convictions, Brandon Hudson, has the power of telekinesis. Not tamely moving pens across a table, but a great force that seems to come from inside of his head, someone else's voice and unchecked emotions, willing him to commit murderous and appalling acts. As Brandon grows from childhood to early adulthood, he discovers the strength and intensity of his "alter-ego" powers, as well as a growing tension of both loving and hating what they--he--can do. Each act seems more hideous than the last, and yet he manages, just barely, to retain his sanity--and some conscience.

The story moves along at a good clip, so you may have to force yourself to slow down and savor the unexpected and original storyline developments, which I won't divulge -- better that you should enjoy finding out for yourself.

As a first-time author, R. J. Hamilton is a natural writer with loads of talent and imagination; I anticipate that the next installment in this series will be even more compelling and well worth the wait. But please don't make us wait too long, R.J.!
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By Shirley K. on August 28, 2012
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There was a little trepidation at first, but after reading a couple of chapters I could not put the book down. It keeps you wondering what will happen next. Can't wait to read the others!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tanya J. Tjaden on May 16, 2010
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From the second I opened this book...I couldn't put it down until I finished it!! Very intriguing from beginning to end & left me wanting more!! Can't wait until the second installment to be released!!
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