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"Powerful and very intriguing! I was hooked and didn't wanna stop reading, but unfortunately I have to sleep every now and then. Very suspenseful and intriguing. Absolutely amazing, I was very pleased by the way the book drew me in, and not to give away the ending, but I was so shocked!! Brilliant!"
-Carol Sue Gregory

This novel was absolutely amazing! It is so much more than what is stated, it is a book of discovery of life! It felt as if I was in the dream world of these characters. No matter what someone's preference is does not is about love and life and it is presented in a very suspenseful and intriguing way. I want more!!!!
-Greg Fugate

A must read and one for your collection. If you love suspense, thrillers, romance, or erotic readings then this is the book for you! I didn't want to put it down. The twists and turns of reality and the dream world will pull you in and not let go until the climatic ending!!!
-Pete Lawson

What starts off as a kind of light-weight suspenseful romantic homoerotic romp soon turns into a full-out dark, sinister mystery thriller. A tale that stuns the senses and leaves you gasping for breath. This is a labryntine tale that is both visual and visceral, and develops at an unflagging pace. Or, in just one word: BRILLIANT!
-Richard Bean

The way Mr. Brooks takes readers inside the mind of a stalker/potential serial killer is so fresh and original, and very intense! And very mind-blowing!! I can attest that no matter how good you are at figuring out who the "culprit" is in other mystery thrillers, you will not figure this one out until the very end, and then it will literally blow your mind; as it did mine!
-Roy Martin

From the Author

I think a lot of all the guys who inspired characters and/or situations in my novel "The Two Worlds of the Mind". And I must say, they are some of the greatest men I've ever had the distinct pleasure to know, both then and now; and I wish there were more men in the world like them! ♥
-Randall Brooks

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 510 pages
  • Publisher: America Star Books (August 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1462626734
  • ISBN-13: 978-1462626731
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,035,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I am the author of two novels, "The Two Worlds of the Mind" and "Von Wyck: The Complete Story By Victor Holocaust", three short story collections, "Conversations At The Party", "Perfect Strangers", and "The Maze", as well as the collections of lyrics, "Von Wyck Songbook Volume 1: 1986 - 1988", "Von Wyck Songbook Volume 2: 1988 - 1991", "Von Wyck Songbook Volume 3: 1991 - 1997" and "Von Wyck Songbook Volume 4: 1998 - 2011".
I've also recently published two non-fiction books, one about my favorite filmmaker Brian De Palma, "The De Palma Rant", and "Ranting & Raving", about politics and religion.
I have been writing short stories, lyrical poems, and reviews for several years now. My field of choice is psychological erotic satiric mystery suspense. I live in Strawberry Plains, where I enjoy the nice, quiet peaceful country surroundings.
Even though I've been inspired by a lot of writers over the years (namely Stephen King, Peter Straub, Mary Higgins Clark, and Jackie Collins), I would have to say the biggest inspiration and influence on my writing has been some awesome filmmakers, like Alfred Hitchcock, Brian De Palma, and Stanley Kubrick.

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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Christopher Blackshere on December 2, 2011
Format: Paperback
Are you interested in an offbeat murder mystery like you've never seen? Randall Brook's enthralling psychological journey teeters on the abyss of explicit sexual fantasies and an ambivalent reality. The author exposes the dangers lurking in the corners of our mind plus the fear of not succumbing to our wildest desires. Elevating thoughts and dreams to the cusp of a broken reality, this story is a demented head job like no other.

It's the story of Brent, a young gay man who is a writer, artist, and musician. Brent has a crush on a straight guy named George. Well, the two men become close friends as their relationship opens up new doors for both of them. Well, Brent sleeps with a mutual close friend of theirs, then eventually another fling comes back to stalk the two. People close to them start turning up dead as this vortex of danger, lust, and mystery shatters the essence of their existence.

The novel is told in broken fragments of time, very nonlinear and bewildering. It definitely keeps you on your toes! It provides some nice insight into the gay mindset, which is quite revealing and interesting. It made me wonder how much of this story was derived from Mr. Brooks actual experiences in life.

Two Worlds of the Mind is very well written and expressed. It is challenging and might push you to the threshold of mental exasperation. The gorehound in me kept hoping for more focus on the murder elements and have the violence kicked up a notch. But, this isn't that type of book. Still it absolutely made for a nice change of pace. There is a heavy focus on sexuality, plus it deals with friendship, betrayal, danger, and just life in general. Part satire, part fantasy, it delves into a complex cerebral vortex like you've never imagined. Or have you? A fascinating scope of the constructs of the human mind. 4.5 stars.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Cook on February 26, 2013
Format: Paperback
If you enjoy a good psychological thriller with twists and turns this is the book for you! Stephen King could not have done a better job of keeping my interest and entertaining my mind. It took me awhile to read, because my son kept stealing it from me because he liked it so well himself. Good job Mr. Brooks. I look forward to reading more of your books. Next time I will have to buy two so I can have one all to myself.
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