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Eden Shrugged Paperback – October 28, 2015
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The Amazon Book Review
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Piece of Cake PR Editorial Review
"A compelling new erotic novel that forces readers to redefine God and the rules of engagement in the game of love. Masterfully crafted by Eamon McGhee Jr. "Eden Shrugged" takes the reader deep into the intimate life of one family's love, passion, desire and loyalty pushing readers out of their comport zones through alternative interpretations of the Scriptures and unconventional social values. But it isn't without purpose -- McGhee's narrative was intentionally constructed to wake readers up to the innate connection between sexuality and spirituality in an effort to return humanity to a place of true love and peace. While nobody will deny erotic fiction's huge boom in popularity, both readers and critics are currently crying out for wholly-unique narratives that do not recycle the same old stereotypes. Thankfully Eamon McGhee Jr. is stepping up to the plate with gusto -- transcending fiction with a story that leaves the reader redefining every shred of their existence. We can't turn on the news without having to swallow the ugly truth that hate and discord has torn society apart. We have lost touch with ourselves and our ability to love, tolerate and promote peace. It's all due to humanity's departure from our primal essence -- the sexuality and spirituality that grounds us in our true purpose. The book was written to compel readers to sit up, recognize the truth and begin their own very personal story of healing. In short it urges each and every reader to declare their own spiritual and social Emancipation Proclamation."
Barnes and Noble Reader Review( 5 Stars)
"This adult book (fiction erotica) quotes the Scriptures, conflates sexuality with spirituality and makes the human condition seem beautiful. The story uses the Scriptures to turn the tables and judge the judgmental to show that there is something fundamentally wrong with religious fundamentalism. It sarcastically suggests that religious fundamentalists should be placed in a faith-based psychotherapy program to help them pray away the fundamentalism -- totally RAD. The author combines God, religion, family, love, humor, explicit sex, and some very strong human emotions and presents them all as a social political message in a bottle. The uninhibited nitty-gritty characters in this genre bending fantasy take you on a wild ride that transcends traditional values. Discovering God through primal urges --wow what a concept. The plot is built on a series of coincidences that stagger the imagination. A beautiful fantasy about love, tolerance and redemption with a great hope filled ending that presents the reader with the spiritual (non-Si-Fi) version of may the force be with you. Great read"
AMAZON READER REVIEW (5 STARS)
"A beautiful contemporary erotic book that does not recycle the same old hollow narcissistic thrill seekers. The author manages to humanize and spiritualize intense sexuality claiming that sexiness is next to Godliness and God created orgasms to get atheists and agnostics to call out his name. Using idiomatic street vernacular and vulgarity the wild characters in this story expose the twisted values of the religious fundamentalists for what they really are -- hatred. These uninhibited characters defined sodomy exactly as stated in the bible: i.e. pride, gluttony and not taking care of the poor (Genesis 19 and Ezekiel 16:49). The plot is complex, engaging and heartwarming -- filled with refreshing insights and profound rationalizations. This story is not for prudes nor voyeurs. It provides many surprises as it unfolds into a surprise happy ending. It also provides a hope filled message for society that even the Pope would endorse. I love happy endings."
OUTSKIRTS PRESS LITERARY EVALUATION
Evaluation by Larry S. Gray, author of The Armageddon Project and Cydronium Chronicles.
"You have a terrific writing style. I can tell you have done much planning in crafting your work, especially the way you have thought out the characters and movement that happens in the story, and this takes a lot of work and a good deal of patience. It's not an easy thing to do these days with everyone rushing to get a piece of the writing thrown on Amazon. Your pros is very nicely written with details that capture the reader. Right from the start your plot was very engaging and I found myself really connected with what was going on. You threw family, relationship, coming of age, love, sex, romance, tragedy, humor, and some very strong human emotions into the literary pot and stirred it briskly, and out came a tasty and succulent stew. Your take on using so called dirty words for their opposite purpose is strange but refreshing. It actually makes sense. Your story moves, these uninhibited characters of yours just take life as it comes and it works. It's easy to have too much going on too soon -- not in your case. Your plot is slow and methodical and you use your dialogue to move the plot along. With that being said, you really do a nice job of slowly making your way through the story with the details and a certain voice (yours as the author) that allows your reader to really interact with the characters (who are all round and very nicely developed). Your characters are life-like and I love it when I leave a story feeling that I personally know all of the players. You have a realistic plot and for me that makes it an enjoyable story. You have crafted a quality piece of writing and to you I say --good job."
AFFLUENT MAGAZINE PRESS RELEASE
"An epic erotic novel of biblical proportion that explores the inherent connection between spirituality and sexuality as it chronicles the lives of three generations of modern-day Mary Magdalene(s) -- a mother a daughter and a grandmother and two soul-mate lesbians in one family. The story describes their struggle to overcome the oppression and persecution of today's judgmental religious fundamentalists. A prayer that they all said daily ("Dear Lord please protect me from your followers') helped them to survive and triumph in the end."
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