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Paradigm Lost: Jamari and the Manhood Rites, Part 1 Paperback – December 8, 2015
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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"Author, R Roderick Rowe essentially takes current day society taboos and makes them the norm in the dystopian society in Paradigm Lost: Jamari and The Manhood Rites Part 1 as far as governing bodies, family make up and sexual preference. He does a great job of integrating events that have happened in our lifetime (i.e. September 11th, ISIS, use of natural gases, etc.) and adds them to the story as history for this society. As far as the role of government and how society is run, readers are allowed to see another, albeit fictional, possibility. The acceptance of homosexuality as a norm in this society and heterosexuality as merely a means to an end is a clever way to address how taboo and unaccepted homosexuality is now.
The San Francisco Book Review says: "He's spent his life as a sheltered youngling of The Tribe. But now, young Jamari is ready to take the next step. Through a series of ritual training and challenges, he is prepared to undergo the process that will transform him from a boy into a man.
"He has no way of knowing what the journey in front of him will hold - but Jamari is willing to do just about anything it takes to serve his tribe as a fully grown adult.
"As he undergoes this rigorous physical and mental training, Jamari also finds himself delving into a new world of self-discovery, as his interactions with a mentor unlock passionate desires he never knew he had. Can Jamari learn to live by tribal code and abide by the Rule of Attachment? Can he perform his tribal duties for the betterment of the tribe?"
4 out of 5 stars
As the author, seeing great reviews on the Kindle page for this novel, and unable to translate the Kindle reviews over to the print version, I'm going to use this box to copy and paste some of the Kindle reviews.
I believe anyone who takes this journey will be captivated regardless of lifestyle or religious concepts. I fell in love with the characters immediately. Jamari is almost a complete contrast to most young men of this generation and perhaps many before. In a sense, I find it to be somewhat prophetic; it is 'unbelievably believable.' :)
There are so many valuable lessons readers can absorb from it. Rowe's writing style is so descriptive that you're actually sucked into this post-apocalyptic world--able to see, smell, taste, hear, and feel everything.
Furthermore, I strongly suggest this book for any parent who has issues about the sexual orientation of their child(ren). I also recommend Paradigm Lost for preteens and teenagers--it's nothing like the lukewarm fiction of Judy Blume... R. Roderick Rowe gives it to you straight from the heart like an arrow in the wind.
WELL DONE. I am certainly looking forward to part 2.
Another review carried over from the Kindle Page for the novel: FIVE Stars! "A Great Read!!!:
From the Author
The book is originally published by RWCollins Publishing LLC. You can contact the original publisher if you are interested in bulk purchases, Book-of-the-Month opportunities, Reading Club, or other discounts. As I move towards a book-signing tour, potential bookstore hosts should use RWCollins Publishing for purchases that will allow buy-back of any unsold product.
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