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Warrior (Freelancer Book 2)
Warrior (Freelancer Book 2)
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5.0 out of 5 stars `He loosened his rigid self-control for a moment and dared to hope that his constant visions of Vietnam were beginning to fade.', July 6, 2015
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Washington DC author Terry Irving uses his years of writing news stories for ABC News during Watergate as well as producing stories in Beirut, Hong Kong, El Salvador and all 50 states - television news, magazine articles, standup comedy routines and as one of the creators of online media as fodder for this new foray. With all that under his belt has also gained respect for his books - `War Stories: Tiananmen Square 1989 and Beirut 1982 and The Berlin Wall 1989: Confessions of a Network News Producer, Working Through Depression, On the Road (Time cut 1969 to 2013), `Courier' (which is Book 1 in the series Freelancer of which WARRIOR is Book 2, and now he pushes his Vietnam Veteran Rick Putnam, a man who rides a motorcycle for a national news network in another adventure in which he re-thinks an historical event. With Terry's natural gift of journalism and dealings with the government and other sources of corruption, this story is a natural and he whizzes us through it like a cycle on fire.

To borrow a touch of a Kirkus synopsis of the plot, `Set in 1973, the story centers on the Wounded Knee debacle in South Dakota, in which members of the American Indian Movement seized and occupied a small town within the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. In this fictional version, the activists, surrounded and beleaguered by U.S. law enforcement, are increasingly threatened with the possibility of a final, deadly raid that ends the standoff once and for all. Rick Putnam joins his Native American friend, Eve [Buffalo Calf], in an attempt to sneak badly needed supplies past the blockade surrounding the town. The area is crackling with violence, riddled with various tribal factions all deeply territorial, suspicious of outsiders, and accustomed to spontaneous bouts of violence. Rick, troubled by the political intrigue he encountered (and barely survived) in Book 1, uncovers yet more subterfuge regarding the collusion of the federal government with corrupt officials within the Bureau of Indian Affairs. What follows is an action-packed adventure that includes nefarious government forces, intramural tribal conflict, and motorcycle gangs. Rick Putnam remains the constant through the two volumes of the now highly respected FREELANCER Series: he's still a chain-smoking, wisecracking tough guy haunted by memories of service in Vietnam.'

Facts, well drawn from a synopsis, yet the facts don't begin to explain the drive of this novel, the growing importance of Terry Irving as a writer, how Terry is making Rick Putnam into a that type of `hero' that calls to mind an image of Liam Neeson type acting - all hellfire and brimstone with just enough of a soft spot to include a bit of romance. And he awakens our awareness of the plight of the American Indian in our history - all with the gusto and places us fully into the action to the point we are dodging the same bullets as Rick and his computer hacker housemates. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, July 15


A Boy, a Bicycle and a Stone
A Boy, a Bicycle and a Stone
by Clifford J Hearn
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars `Passing traffic would have seen a glow from his saddle bag.', July 6, 2015
British author and scientist Clifford J Hearn was born and lives in London. Scanning his credentials is like visiting a reference library: BA Lits (London), BTech (Brunel) with Research Labs of GEC; Dounreay Expt Reactor; National Physical Laboratory, Production Assistant BBC London, PhD in Applied Mathematics (Wales), BBC Production Cardiff, Post Doctoral Scholarship in Applied Physics (Harvard), Lecturer in Applied Physics (Durham), Lecturer in Theoretical Physics (Warwick), Research Fellow in Creative Writing (Essex), Royal Society Fellow in Theoretical Physics (Warwick), Coastal Science Fellow (Bangor, Wales), CSIRO Modeling Manager (University of Western Australia), Oceanography Head, (University of New South Wales at Canberra), Professor University of South Florida, Director USGS Modeling Project (Tampa Bay), Professor University of California at Los Angeles, Peabody Scholar in Literature (spent in Amsterdam), and Working Science Consultancies (Singapore, Florida and Hawaii). He has published some 18 books as well as numerous scientific papers - Solid State Physics at the Department of Theoretical Physics of the University of Warwick, and Harvard, fifty reports written for various agencies in Australia and the US, a series of papers at the Department of Applied Physics at Durham, and Royal Radar Establishment, Malvern, Worcestershire, and joint papers in Cosmology at Cambridge authored jointly by Hearn and others. Here then is a man of science who is able to step into the world of fiction with ease, writing with the gift of practiced literary hands.

Clifford writes with a warmth of phrasing and a wispy imagination that while keeping a story grounded in reality of life in England allows him to offer us a tale of magic and fantasy and a profound respect for history, nature and family relationships. As the summary states, `This short story tells the remarkable tale of a set of real events in which a boy on a bike discovers the magic powers of a stone handed down to him from the past. The magic comes from the old people who lived centuries ago in an English woodland. Its powers allow the owner to see the future, and past, and it bestows great wisdom.' Actually there is more to this little story than that - the relationship between an elf-like grandma and her beloved grandson Matt, and the bicycle trips Matt would make to see her before the woods were replaced by Heathrow Airport. And that all ties together in this seemingly autobiographical tale.

`As a boy, Matt would cycle for miles. It was his hobby and escape into a world of his own. Back in the early 1950's British roads were clear of traffic and he could saunter along forgotten lanes and smell the countryside of cows, horses and mud. His mother would ask him to go gleaning if he saw wheat fields that had just been harvested and he would pick up the husks and they went into his saddle bag ready for their domestic chickens next day.' That is the flow of warmth that suffuses these pages and the result is a tender little story that subtly becomes part of our memory bank. And that is the work of a fine writer. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, July 15


American Cat: Becoming Ghost
American Cat: Becoming Ghost
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5.0 out of 5 stars `Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.' - Thomas Paine, July 6, 2015
Attempting to find background on J.TR. Rittenhouse offers only a few suggestions: he/she may be from Seattle, Washington, may have attended Stanford University, but what is know is that this author is a Patriot and American Revolutionary History Enthusiast. And for the time being that is sufficient to sit back and enjoy a tale very particularly apropos for the celebration of the Fourth of July, Independence Day, by revisiting the history of America through the eyes of a cat - Our Cat - born in September 1776 two months following the signing of the Declaration of Independence and how he became a ghost cat living in Princeton, New Jersey. In many ways the story is a parable of the early struggle for independence from British rule and as such it retains enough history and fantasy to make it a book that families will enjoy reading as part of the 4th of July ritual.

J.R. offers a Foreword that awakens us to our own concept of our nation's history: `Despite the Declaration of Independence, the British never gave up a hope of reclaiming their lost colony. For the next three decades, they chipped away at America's sovereignty by blocking our ability to trade with France; hiring ruthless mercenary soldiers from Germany to join the battle against American independence; they even raided American vessels to enslave U.S. soldiers into service in the Royal Navy. In fact, it was not until America's "Second War of Independence" - known to historians as the War of 1812 - that America became truly free. Many Americans fought and lost their lives in this war, too, which finally ended the British attempt at re-conquest. Between 1776 and 1812, the U.S. Constitution had been ratified and five American presidents had held office. But our country was never secure in its new identity until over thirty years later, when these final battles were won in 1812. This tale reflects those early, difficult days of our country, and is meant to inspire readers, young and old, to reflect on that struggle that began with the Revolution of 1776. Our cherished national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner," written in 1812 in the heat of fierce battle, was meant to inspire Americans to celebrate the liberty they had finally achieved. The fight for liberty requires passion and purpose. It is enriched by the remembrance of sacrifice and survival. It took a long time for America to gain our independence. And just as long for Our Cat - our American Cat - to find its way back home again.'

From this informative Foreword we meet Our Cat, following his escapades in the forest and his love of the lake and the birds and the beauty of his land but at the same time mourning the loss of his seven brothers and sisters who did not escape a war fire that destroyed his home. `The very first time he gazed at a silver mug, Our Cat was startled to see himself. He was mottled black-and-grey like the ashes of a cold, silty wood stove. His long spiky hairs stood up on his head, as if he was always walking directly into a big gust of wind. The ears on his head pointed outwards more than they pointed upwards. He had a big darling head. What color were his eyes? All and none. Only sometimes would Our Cat stare at a single thing long enough his eyes to stay a single color.'

Time and war and history advances and Our Cat wanders back to his roots only this time as the ghost, American Cat, who witnessed the true American Revolution in the Princeton Battlefield and General George Washington's leadership during the "Ten Crucial Days."

As the meaning of our history sinks in J.R. offers lithographs and documents and images of that era, bring a touch of gentle pride and memory restoration of the history of our country. It is a gently lullaby, worth of wide readership. Grady Harp, July 15


Human Capital
Human Capital
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4.0 out of 5 stars Greed and familial destruction, July 6, 2015
This review is from: Human Capital (DVD)
Directed by Paolo Virzi based on the novel by American author Stephen Amidon this film is one of those that requires full attention so that the myriad aspects of individual views of a lifestyle and an incident seep in slowly.

The destinies of two families are irrevocably tied together after a cyclist is hit off the road by a jeep in the night before Christmas Eve. The intertwined cast of characters are Dino Ossola (Fabrizio Bentivoglio), a small-time real estate agent who dreams of bigger things, Serena Ossola (Matilde Gioli), his teenage daughter who dates a spoiled rich brat, Carla Bruneschi (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi – beautiful and brilliant as always), an actress who has given up her career to marry a wealthy businessman, Giovanni Bernaschi (Fabrizio Gifuni), her husband, a powerful player, Massimiliano Bernaschi (Guglielmo Pinelli), the troubled son of the Bernaschis', Roberta Ossola (Valeria Golino), a psychologist, Dino's second wife, Donato Russomano (Luigi Lo Cascio), a brilliant drama teacher who is enamored by Carla, Luca Ambrosini (Giovanni Anzaldo), a teenager frowned upon by others, and an anonymous cyclist. They are all shareholders of the human capital. The story is divided into four chapters, seen from the point of view of three characters, plus a final chapter. The score was written and performed by Amy Winehouse. In Italian with English subtitles.

A tough movie to watch but on made with sophistication. Grady Harp, July 15


A Tale of Winter (Conte d'hiver)
A Tale of Winter (Conte d'hiver)
DVD ~ Charlotte Véry
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5.0 out of 5 stars “What a fool honesty is.” ― William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale, July 5, 2015
Eric Rohmer (1920 – 2010) was a genius, a director who was able to make combustible films that leave traces on our minds like the romances in this particular film. A TALE OF WINTER is one of the four seasons quadrant of films that hold him in very high esteem among cinema buffs. Thanks to the efforts of Big World Pictures it is now available on DVD.

Felicie (Charlotte Véry) and Charles (Frédéric van den Driessche) have a serious if whirlwind holiday romance. Due to a mix-up on addresses they lose contact, and five years later at Christmas-time Felicie is a hairdresser living with her mother in a cold Paris with a daughter (from Charles) as a reminder of that long-ago summer. For male companionship she oscillates between hairdresser Maxence (Michel Voletti) and the intellectual Loic (Hervé Furic), but seems unable to commit to either as the memory of Charles and what might have been hangs over everything. The plot centers on Félicie’s shifting allegiances to the three men in her life, with an abortive move to another city, a strange experience in the cathedral of Nevers, and a performance of Shakespeare’s ‘The Winter’s Tale’ among the stations on a roundabout journey that finally brings her face to face with the most basic issues of destiny and faith.

Rohmer gently guides us through the portals of love in all its forms and few can match his gifts. Making this film widely available is a true gift. Grady Harp, July 15


The Lies That Bind (Allison Taylor series Book 1)
The Lies That Bind (Allison Taylor series Book 1)
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4.0 out of 5 stars "I was thinking she was pointing a gun at you.", July 5, 2015
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Canadian born New York author Jeanne Lamb-Carlin lives on Long Island, New York. In addition to her talent as a writer she has worked as a dispatcher for a small shipping company and has been involved in public relations and sales for the Empire State Building Observatory. To date her published books - The Allison Taylor Series - fall in to the mystery/romance category, a realm in which it is obvious that Jeanne feels exceptionally comfortable. In order of both writing and publication the books to date are THE LIES THAT BIND, WORDS TO DIE BY, and SWIMMING WITH SHARKS, with the soon to be released SINS OF THE FATHERS.

Style and craft and how they sere a proposed story are the signals to watch in the first novel of a series. Can the author latch on to our attention without giving the story away? Can an introductory overture (aka Prologue or Introduction in writing terms) serve up themes that will be explained fully later in the book? Can the writer demand we turn the page to discover the unknowns established in a well-scribed Prologue? In Jeanne's hands the answer is an affirmative Yes! Try but a few paragraphs from her opening and see if you can resist: `"I understand that you're angry. And I'm so sorry for what I did. It was a big mistake." "A mistake. Yes, that's what you are. A big mistake," the monster replied, stepping closer, forcing her to back up. "You know, it's interesting. You lie. You cheat. And then you cry and say you're sorry and somehow that makes it all right. Liars and cheaters should not get second chances. I will not forget, and I don't for the life of me understand what you did to make him forgive you." "I apologized. Just as I have tried to apologize to you. What more can I do?" "I can think of one thing," the monster said. "You can die."
The questions arise - ?monster, what deed requires such retribution?, etc.

The plot summary hints without giving away the mystery: `After a messy divorce, Allison Taylor moves with her daughter, Melanie, to the town she spent summers in as a child. Reunited with her surrogate mother, Frannie, and her best friends Elizabeth Meade and Sharon Keller, she settles into small town life, until a love interest she hasn't seen in twelve years shows up threatening to unbalance her calm world. Soon after a murder rocks the town, secrets and lies are exposed, and Allison Taylor no longer knows who to trust.'

And can romance lovers be satisfied with this series? Read how Jeanne leaves us: `"Let's suppose a man is lucky enough to find someone he feels is his intellectual equal. Someone who shares the same interests. Someone he's comfortable with, can be himself with, flaws and all. Someone he's wildly attracted to. Someone he loves." Ally looked up, and seemed to melt just a little bit at his last three words. She didn't say anything, but she was listening. "Don't you think it would border on stupidity to ignore all that just because that someone hates your guts at the moment?" "I'm prepared to make your life a living hell." "I'll look forward to it." Jeanne is a writer who understands the medium, and though the book could use some tightening of plot in places and perhaps not go on quite so long, these are debut minor flaws from a writer of true promise. And of course we will know more about Allison in the subsequent novels. Grady Harp, July 15


Love Out of Time: Can a lost love span a century?
Love Out of Time: Can a lost love span a century?
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5.0 out of 5 stars `My God, I've killed my marriage by boring my husband to death.', July 5, 2015
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Arkansas author Joyce Zeller has applied her talent in different avenues: six novels, writing a food column for a newspaper, blogging her political opinions. But her energies do not stop there - she served four years in The Women's Army Corps in the 1950s, owned a retail store specializing in custom fragrances (she is a professional perfumer and an aromatherapist, creating the Arkansas Sesquicentennial Fragrance, Mountain Air, in 1986), and an historian. Add to this that side of Joyce that is evident in her books, no matter the varying themes, she is a humanist - `the human condition needs love and companionship to survive. If you leave yourself open to the possibilities, you will find someone to love you.'

Though the many themes embraced by Joyce's books have all been successful, in this current book LOVE OUT OF TIME she has written a book that seems like an old fashioned love story suffused with history until you realize that she has tackled yet another challenge - the use of time travel, Other authors are using this theme with varying degrees of sophistication: Joyce succeeds because she keeps her story grounded in a love story and simply enhances that with introducing time travel to push the action forward. Or as she states, `"Love Out of Time" is about a woman whose life has just been shattered. She falls in love with a ghost haunting a beach house on the Jersey Shore, where she's spending the summer.'

The synopsis explains the plot rather well: `Sara Burkhart is thirty-something, with two grown children, and comfortable in her marriage. When her husband without warning, announces he is tired of marriage and has filed for divorce, she's shattered. She rents a beach house in New Kensington, a small tourist town on the New Jersey shore, where she seeks solace and intends to re-invent herself as a single woman. She didn't expect the house to be haunted by two ghosts, Caleb and Thomas, sea captains from the 1860s, when the town was a whaling village; nor did she expect to be sent back in time, to 1865, where she realizes the people there resemble those she's met in present New Kensington. She meets Caleb in the flesh and knows he is the man who was destined to be her one true love, but he's been dead 160 years. When she returns to the present, she learns that the town residents are time travelers who are reincarnated every century with new identities, each time the town is destroyed by a killer hurricane. Will she find Caleb alive here? Can love span a century of time? Soon the colony will shift to another parallel universe. Will she lose him yet, again?'

One of the many reasons this novel works so well is grounding the first portion in a tense dissolution of a marriage in the present, a dose of reality that makes us accept Sara's heartbreak and the set up for the time travel that is coming. It is this sort of balancing of extremes that allows Joyce to involve us in a story that in many other authors' hands would leap too quickly into the world of science fiction, leaving the reader with a seed of incredulity. Not here. Dreams can only be fully appreciated if that dichotomy of emotion is defined solidly before the dream sequence begins. Joyce has mounted a fine novel here - worthy of the attention of both romance devotees and science fiction lovers. Grady Harp, July 15


#hashtagged
#hashtagged
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5.0 out of 5 stars `The trick is not to assume I will play the game like you. Assume only this: that I will play the game like me.', July 5, 2015
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This review is from: #hashtagged (Kindle Edition)
Texas author Kimberly Hix Trant makes her literary debut with this extraordinarily timely novel '#hashtagged'. Kimberly gained a degree in journalism from Texas A&M University and currently is a North Texas technology consultant. She states her first exposure to computers came when her mother, an early champion of technology-based learning, came home with a TRS-80 computer and insisted Kimberly learn to use it. Watching her granddaughter reminds Kimberly that future generations will never know the security and privacy of a life lived offline--and that everything posted online lives on. Or as she states about this book, `We provided the data through social networking sites. We divulged the very secrets of humanity with abandon. They own us now. And they are connected as one all-seeing, all-knowing entity: IT. This is the future Oliver Smith had seen and for which he had been preparing his daughter, Madeline. Maddy does not know it, but she is the key to preventing that particular future. She will follow her father's trail of secrets to find the point where the past, present, and future converge.'

Those if us in the pre-computer, pre-Internet, pre-social media obsession may be perplexed when even in a social meeting place like a popular café or eatery no one is talking, all heads are bent down (near prayer like) with faces lighted by that weird glow from an iPhone or tablet or iPad screen, ignoring those friends at the same table to catch up on the gossip and selfies that barrage the airways in an attempt to connect people. That stage is the platform for Kimberly's novel and for those obsessed with the social media communication the book will hold one degree of fascination, while for those of us luddites with no insight as to the `language' of her story will learn much about contemporary `living' and thinking. In other words, it is a book that will appeal to every one - for varying reasons.

Kimberly distills the plot for us: `#hashtagged is a chilling new science fiction novel about a daughter's journey through her father's past and into a frightening future. This future is something that Oliver Smith has seen firsthand and for which he has been preparing his daughter, Madeline. After Ollie's death, Maddy must follow a trail of secrets that leads her into the arms of her first love, Jagger, the only person that can truly help her fight against a future world governed by artificial intelligence. #hashtagged shows us in terrifying detail the dystopian world we create through every #hashtag, Twitter, and Facebook update.'

The writing style Kimberly elects to use is one of frank, open, seemingly innocence as she opens her book: `My father was a scientist by day and an obsessed computer geek by night. I imagined him some kind of a sailor, and thus, a pirate, riding the nighttime waves of bits and bytes taking a bit here, a byte there. Ollie surfed the digital world long before it was a web-enabled host for trivia and advertising. I sat perched high on a stool in the garage night after night eating a grilled cheese sandwich, my father's specialty, while doing homework on the tight red spiral notebook in my lap. This is my biggest memory of childhood: calling out math problems and answers against the rhythm of those plastic keys striking their mystic commands. The room was lit by the glow of the wall full of monitors. Ollie sat before them, a sailor, indeed, a captain, squinting back into the incandescent glow of the sea before him. Our family had always been just Ollie and me. I had no real memory of my mother, just the impression that comes from faded photographs and left-behind belongings. I was named for her, but my father never called me Madeline, just Maddy.' One would not expect this warmly sentimental style to develop into the science fiction thriller Kimberly creates - and that is a major reason this novel works so well. She seduces us, gains our trust, and then takes on an adventure far beyond expectations. She writes with the surety of a journalist, but also with the style of an important emerging literary figure. Grady Harp, July 15


Still
Still
DVD ~ Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Street violence and psychological deterioration, July 5, 2015
This review is from: Still (DVD)
Simon Blake makes an impressive debut as the writer and director of this edgy, gritty film that is not afraid to take more chances than most. The film is very dark, very slow, and explores the tragedies that happen on the streets daily and yet in Simon’s hands it is mesmerizing, largely due to the cast’s credible performances.

Set in North London, 'Still' is a gritty and atmospheric thriller about the violent disintegration of a man and father. Tom Carver (Aidan Gillen) is a man stumbling blindly towards a crossroad in his life, thrown out of focus by the death of his teenage son Stephen in a hit and run accident a year earlier. His ex-wife Rachel (Amanda Mealing) moves on, a new girlfriend Christina (Elodie Yung) moves into his squalid apartment, but Tom’s life as a photographer is reduced to taking school portraits and drinking excessively and using drugs with his smarmy journalist buddy Ed (Jonathan Slinger). He becomes involved in a feud with a teenage gang after a seemingly harmless collision with a young kid. As the feud becomes more horrifying, Carver's world starts to unravel forcing him to make decisions that will change his life forever. His confrontation with one of the neighborhood gang, Carl (Sonny Green), reveals secrets about his life he has not faced and drives him to perform and act he would have never considered before his son’s death. The ending is a stunningly stark and long moment of truth.

Aidan Gillen is particularly fine in evolving his rather bland character into a man driven to acts by re-molded anger. The supporting cast is excellent – especially the vivid confrontation between Gillen and Sonny Green. It is a long and sad song but it has its merits. Grady Harp, July 15


THE ANGEL OF ANTIOCH
THE ANGEL OF ANTIOCH
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5.0 out of 5 stars `Friend, most religion is a human creation. Faith in the Mighty One is what matters most.', July 5, 2015
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California author Daniel Molyneux has earned degrees in drama (he also studied Shakespeare at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art), economics and theology. THE ANGEL OF ANTIOCH is his debut novel, though his second book ELIAS' PROVERBS is soon to be released. Daniel's writing explores the mysteries of life and death, good and evil, sickness and healing, victory and defeat, faith and unbelief, science and supernatural miracle.

In a telling introduction - Reformers vs. Religious Leaders - Daniel states, `Perpetual conflict rages between official institutional religious leaders, and itinerate outsiders who weld charismatic spiritual power but who lack organizational sanction. Israel's kings and religious leaders were called to lead God's people into deeper relationship with their Lord. Instead, institutional authorities repeatedly led the Children of Israel to worship idols, mistreat the poor and powerless, and pervert justice. Whether prophets, apostles, saints, or reformers these charismatic outsiders suddenly appear throughout Scripture and history, conveying a renewed vision of spiritual depth, justice, mercy, love and peace, calling priests, kings, politicians and all people to repentance. In the name of God they disrupt the status quo, challenging the institutional authorities who have gone astray.'

He follows this with a poignant historical setting of Antioch, capital of the Selucid Empire, two centuries before Jesus of Nazareth and the schism between Greek culture and Jewish culture, ending with `The events recorded in this book take place during Antiochus Epiphanes' reign, but before his desecration of the Jerusalem Temple - 1100 years after the Prophet Moses and 200 years before the crucifixion of Yeshua Ha'Mashiach (Jesus the Christ).'

What Daniel has achieved in this novel is a sense of what is faced by one who would speak truth to skeptics. As the story unwinds we sense the faith, persecution, courage and violence faced by prophets/teachers who challenge contemporary concepts. The synopsis states, `A mysterious stranger, Elias, appears in the Great House of Prayer speaking words filled with power and wisdom. Some believe he is an angel, others a prophet, but the religious leaders reject his words, regarding him as a dangerous fool. The emperor becomes uneasy as the Capital is thrown into turmoil because of the stranger's teachings. Journey with "The Angel of Antioch" as he speaks proverbs, parables and insights. Discover the power contained in a few simple words uttered boldly without fear, and the difference a single person can make.'

While clearly within the realm of `religious writing' this novel is much more - it is an examination of what a man of insight and wisdom faces as he courageously questions ancient ideas and concepts. Daniel has not only researched his period well, he has carefully concentrated on the psychology of religious thought and brings a fresh life into sacred teachings. Few who read this book will fail to find deeply moving concepts for contemplation on the role of institutional religion versus open spiritual thought. Grady Harp, July 15


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