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Beyond the Will of God: A Jill Simpson Mystery by [Biddle, David]
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From the Author

I wrote this book as a way of using allegory, myth, and symbolic storytelling to get at what are essentially the unsayable mysteries of the mind and the power of music. As with music, a good story resonates in the head. Music and words are vibrations. One travels through the air into the mind. The other travels by light through the eyes and then into the mind. Music and beat are all about the human soul. They tether us to time and the universe of emotions. Stories connect us to what is possible but still a mystery. Stories are always about the power of mystery.

About the Author

David Biddle has been many things in his life: a laborer on a duck farm in Missouri; a chef's assistant; a solar energy technician; an energy conservation educator; a kitchen manager at a Skid Road shelter and cafeteria; a student at Reed College; a graduate student in energy and public policy; a project manager for an engineering consulting firm; and an environmental planner specializing in recycling issues all over North America. Through all of this he has published articles, commentary, and essays in everything from The Harvard Business Review and RAIN Journal to BioCycle, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Kotori Magazine. He was a contributing editor with In Business magazine for over a decade. He has also published fiction in a number of online magazines including WildViolet, ToastedCheese, and Sleep. David currently serves as a contributing writer for Talking Writing, a unique and thought-provoking online magazine for writers and readers (TalkingWriting.com). "Beyond the Will of God" is his first novel. He also has two books of short stories available through Amazon.com -- "Implosions of America" and "Trying to Love." He lives with his wife and cat, McLovin, in Philadelphia.

Product Details

  • File Size: 899 KB
  • Print Length: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Flat Branch Press; 1st edition (December 28, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 28, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008AQ57UY
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Or did he just want to express the kaleidoscope of an LSD-induced journey ?
I have thought hard about being the first to give the lowest possible rating - I'm usually not that far off the average assessment. But it all seemed very half-baked: The constant rambling on about the drug-induced revelations, not even trying to explain how that stepping from one plane of existence to another is achieved, and a very sketchy description of what those creatures are or want from their state of being. Apart from a shuttle to space - why exactly, not even the author seems to know...

I will not read any more books of this author. Or maybe I should give it another go, should I ever be under the influence...
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If you want a confusing book full of unnecessary four-letter words and a confusing story line then this is the book for you. The author chose to sprinkle the f-word throughout the first few chapters and I found that offensive and unnecessary! He lost me completely when he chose to ridicule God. I admit I didn't finish the book at that point. I do not recommend this book!
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Great summer read, we all know how hearing a song can take us back in time to an exact moment in our lives, take that times a hundred and enjoy this mystical, musical, mysterious trip.It brought back memories and moments I had long forgotten as I am sure it will to so many more readers , Enjoy
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Like a legendary major leaguer pointing to center field on an 0-2 count, David Biddle sets an almost unachievable goal with Beyond the Will of God: A Jill Simpson Mystery, and that's before we even get past the title. Before you read this book, read Mr. Biddle's "From the Author" piece on Amazon in which he talks about "allegory, myth, and symbolic storytelling." Biddle is talking vibrations, the nature of human perception, the soul, emotion, all the big mysteries. And that's cosmic mysteries, not the kind the hard-boiled detective or crusading cop solve. So how do you take the yin of expanding consciousness and intra-dimensional travel and cram it against the yang of a revered, insanely-popular, convention-filled genre like the classic detective mystery? After all, there are rules to be followed, right? Well just as yin and yang do not actually negate each other, so too the juxtaposition of psychedelic enlightenment and gritty, methodical police work contribute to a whole that masterfully exceeds the sum of its parts.

Our very first clue to the method behind the madness is Cecil the scientific-minded researcher exploring worlds that no self-respecting scientist would touch with a 10-foot pipette. "OK," the skeptical reader thinks, "maybe this IS doable. Just so long as we don't get too complicated." What follows, of course, is a shotgun blast of random complexity. If Biddle had a chance in hell of making this all work, it just went up in smoke. But just in case he pulls it off, let's keep reading. And off you go: never really believing he can do it without somehow "cheating" but wholeheartedly rooting for Sergeant Simpson every step of the way. In the end of course, Biddle is true to both the yin and yang.
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Wow is an understatement of how this book grabbed hold of me. It was so powerful I read it all in one day !
A truly thought provoking story that had me contemplating life in ways I never imagined.
The author may call it fiction but I call it mind expanding magic for the soul.
I think if it were baseball the author has hit a home run out of the park with this book.
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In an article on his website (DavidBiddle.net), David Biddle says of "indie" authors that "Our job as writers is to go into the weird realms of the imagination and try to make sense of what is hard for people to understand in any other way than stories and novels. We're lucky. We aren't encumbered by agents and publishers and other door keepers. Our content is not censored. We don't have to follow rules." And he's right. Once a self-published author is able to overcome the initial sense of inferiority and compromise that results from the traditional view that a book can't be very good unless it's been published traditionally, he or she realizes that the possibilities--especially for a truly talented writer--are limitless.

In Beyond the Will of God, David Biddle--who happens to be a one of those truly talented writers--takes full advantage of those possibilities. He's written a very weird book that works, and that playfully colors in- and outside the lines of different genres. Part murder mystery, part romance (verging, at times, on the "paranormal"), part government-conspiracy-type thriller, part parody of the latter, and part lyrical and and haunting meditation on music as a means of tapping back into the rivers of the spirit and the subconscious, Beyond the Will of God is anything but predictable.

Biddle, clearly passionate about music and the people who make it, doesn't see music as simple entertainment or even a "mere" artistic endeavor, and he uses it in the book to explore the possibilities of the human mind and heart (the well-researched role of hallucinogens in all of this also plays a big part, but in the end they're only one possible vehicle, and secondary to the music itself). Music is a delicate root that has the potential to tap into those spiritual rivers.
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