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Product Details

  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Inner World (June 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615475957
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615475950
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,843,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Christopher Hawke delivers dark and insightful imagery interwoven with philosophy and spirituality. . ."
                                                                                     -Wake Forest Literary Society

"Inventive and chilling, Unnatural Truth bends the rules of storytelling to the breaking point."
                                                                                      -Colorado Book Review

From the Author

Christopher Hawke's debut novel, Unnatural Truth--a surreal psychological thriller focusing on the perception of reality, addiction and mental illness established Hawke's unique talent for storytelling. His second novel, Altered Selves is a 21st century fable about what it means to have a soul and the power of true forgiveness.
Following his passion for teaching and utilizing his career in information technology and marketing, he is co-owner of Community Authors a one-stop author services company.
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Christopher Hawke's debut novel, Unnatural Truth--a surreal psychological thriller focusing on the perception of reality, addiction and mental illness established Hawke's unique talent for storytelling. His second novel, Altered Selves is a 21st century fable about what it means to have a soul and the power of true forgiveness.
Following his passion for teaching and utilizing his career in information technology and marketing, he is co-owner of Community Authors a one-stop author services company.

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I believe this one statement is the heart and soul of Unnatural Truth.
Patricia Harreld
I'm shaking while writing this review, and I'm greatly looking forward to the next few hours I'm likely to spend absorbing what it is I've read.
The Pirate Monk
You know you have read a really great book when it gets into your psyche so much that you just can't stop thinking about it!
Lucky 13

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lucky 13 on June 9, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I loved this book because it was so much more than your average fiction book. I read this book 3 times and got something new out of it every time! It was chocked-full of philosophy that will have you questioning your own beliefs. You know you have read a really great book when it gets into your psyche so much that you just can't stop thinking about it! Highly Recommend...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Pirate Monk on December 26, 2012
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Over the course of my literate life, I'm confident I've read somewhere between 800-1000 full length novels. Because of this, so very often when reading a new book I can list at least two or three other works from which the author had apparently chosen to "borrow" extensively. Afterall, it's all been done before...right? Well, "Unnatural Truth" is the exception. This book took me places I've never been - places I never would have thought I wanted to go. I purchased it this morning, and I only set it down a few minutes ago after the last words were read. I'm shaking while writing this review, and I'm greatly looking forward to the next few hours I'm likely to spend absorbing what it is I've read. As I said...this is something completely new, but people (myself included) appreciate comparisons when deciding whether to give an unfamiliar author a shot.

The realities portrayed in the book along with my own sense of self being so completely tossed aside to be replaced by the awareness of the protagonist reminded me of Zelazny's "The Chronicles of Amber". Only, this feeling eventually wore off while I was still reading Zelazny, but it maintained itself through to the end while reading Hawke.

The concepts and philosophy can only be compared to Adam's "God's Debris: A Thought Experiment". That is...if "God's Debris" were an unearthed bullet casing and "Unnatural Truth" were a war currently being fought around you as you tried to hide under a bush.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Barr on July 12, 2011
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I wasn't sure what to expect from the title of this text, as it leaves the door open to our imagination. There has been quite a buzz about this author, and I was excited to get my hands on a copy of the book to create my own conclusions. As it turns out they were all true, and this book was a very engaging read from start to finish. Offering insights, and opportunity for self-reflection, I enjoyed reading every page. It has already been passed on my friends, and will surely not end there. Do yourself a favor, and pick up a copy today. It will change the way you think. This young author has found his voice, and is well on his way.

Dr. Charles Barr
Lynn University
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jimi C. Phillips on October 17, 2013
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This lovely book presented wonderful imagery and exploration of altered states of consciousness. A fantastic journey into the realms of the mind.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Harreld on October 14, 2011
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Unnatural Truth is a tour de force about reality. It is written in first person by a character whose name, Brendan McGovern, we don't learn until Chapter 3. I found this disconcerting, but brilliant. Names are usually our first identifier. Instead, readers must learn about the substance of the man and what drives him. His name becomes secondary.

We soon discover that Brendan is schizophrenic. He is also a philosopher, a teacher, and perhaps, a murderer. He writes about all his experiences as if they are real, and yet, like Brendan himself, we can't be sure. Brendan sees demons as part of his reality. Do we chalk it up to his mental illness, or understand it is a metaphor for a truth we all share--that everyone fights his/her own demons now and again, even if we can't see them.

And what is reality? No two people witness a car accident in exactly the same way. As Brendan says in Chapter 14, "In a sense, we all have our own reality and an ever-growing fear of the actuality of ourselves. This is the reality of which we are truly afraid." I believe this one statement is the heart and soul of Unnatural Truth.

After I knew Brendan had hallucinations and sometimes wrote about things that didn't happen except in his own mind, I read the rest of the book wondering if he was in and out of a lucid state, or if the entire book was his imagination. Was anything or anyone real? Did it even matter? I began to feel slightly schizophrenic myself--which is a good thing, a testament to Mr. Hawke's writing skills. I make it sound as though the book drove me crazy. Not so.

The entire book is rich in very original similes.
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