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The Superyogi Scenario: Rise of The Unusuals Hardcover – June 4, 2015
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The supernatural meets the spiritual in this unusual, endearing thriller. In his debut novel, Connor may have carved out a new subgenre.
-- Kirkus Reviews
The Superyogi Scenario is a novel with a difference; and in a world replete with novels, this story is a standout. The Superyogi Scenario is exceptional both in its basic concept and in its development: something that crosses genres with a confident combination of action, philosophy, and intriguingly different concepts on what makes a superhero--or, a supervillain.
-- D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
Named one of Foreward Reviews Five-Star "Indie Books We Love" for 2015.
"With this fun book, both yogis and comic-book lovers will be inspired. Entertaining, engaging, and thought provoking, The Superyogi Scenario has something for everyone. Practitioners of yoga will find themselves looking up comics; comic-book fans will be inspired to book a yoga session. Everyone will look for the next installment in this series. The story is extremely well developed, so much so that it seems nearly ready for the silver screen."
-- Foreward Reviews
James Connor's The Superyogi Scenario wraps a superhero tale around a spiritual adventure. Blending ancient Indian wisdom into an international thriller, Connor reinterprets yogic teachings for a new generation in a novel that entertains as much as it illuminates. Grab your yoga mat along with this book, and be prepared for a fast-moving, delightfully different novel.
--Jeffrey Small, bestselling author of The Breath of God and The Jericho Deception
The basic principles and attainments of yoga have manifest in many forms and permutations over the last two millennia across the Indian subcontinent. It is inevitable that they will surface in further unexpected ways in their modern transplanted forms on the Western cultural landscape. The Superyogi Scenario conveys essential ideas of the yogic path with boots and capes"
-- Professor Edwin F. Bryant, author of The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: A New Edition, Translation, and Commentary.
"The Superyogi Scenario is the Next Evolution of The Superhero Story. A perfect 10/10" -- Jay Snook, A&E Editor, Good Men Project
-- Lama Marut, author of A Spiritual Renegade's Guide to the Good Life and Be Nobody.
About the Author
James Connor began writing supernatural thrillers when he won a Raven Society Award at the University of Virginia in support of his creative writing. But it wasn t until two decades later, after completing a three-year isolated meditation and yoga retreat in the high-desert mountains of Arizona, that James felt compelled to publish stories that allow readers to experience deep wisdom gained from his fifteen years of detailed Buddhist and yoga training. Following in the footsteps of his story-telling idols C.S. Lewis, Neil Gaiman, and the Wachowskis, James is a firm believer in combining philosophy with fun. He is also the founder of GoBeyond.org and travels teaching Buddhist and yoga philosophy with an emphasis on meditation.
Previous non-fiction work The Perfection of Marketing was sold in major bookstores including Barnes & Noble.
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Top customer reviews
How they do this, in specific detail, adds fascination to classic thriller elements that keep you turning pages like mad. The hero is everywoman’s dream of a damaged, tender vigilante—you know you can count on him to cut through both evil and bureaucracy like a Gordian knot, no matter what hate-crazed villains or conventional thinkers throw at him. Plus he’s gorgeous and accessible. Strong women abound. Connor’s plot uncovers frightening weaknesses in the world we all inhabit that the villains home in on, intending to unleash devastation on millions of innocent people. The radically refreshing aspect of the Superyogi Scenario is that missiles, rocket launchers, and AK47s (so passé) are not in evidence—both sides use the crushingly powerful abilities of the human mind, developed to the nth degree, to wrest the advantage in this raging battle between good and evil.
Connor does not bore us with lectures or goody-goody people. There’s plenty of glamorous, juicy detail about evening gowns, gourmet meals, sex, and exotic locales. The scene where the heroine learns to fly, and it’s not in a plane by the way, is hilarious. Marvel Comics philosophy made manifest and taken seriously plus all the newest technology adds interest and freshness. This is not your grandfather’s thriller—make way for the twenty-first century! Someone gave me a copy, then I bought my own. And gifted it. Read this book. You’ll love it.
"The Superyogi Scenario" is a real page-turner! Anyone who is thinking about reading this book but doesn't know anything about yoga or Buddhism need not worry or be repelled. This is not a prudish, religious book masquerading as a novel. This is a really fun and action packed ride with fully developed characters and huge potential for a great franchise. Sure, there's plenty of scriptural references which explain the miraculous powers of the superheros and villains, but that just adds to the credibility of the story. This is the first book in a long time that I stayed up late reading because I couldn't put it down. Apparently James Connor is busy at work with the sequel, and I'm psyched to read that one too!
quotes from the the Yoga Sutras which blend seemlessly into the plot. The main characters work with this knowledge and thus work their way to a suspenseful exciting ending. If I shut my eyes and think of this potential, perhaps it's not just fantasy. Could it be my potential ? It's fun to imagine it.
I wasn't sure at first where this was headed because I do not read superhero books but the story is written in the present day with an up to date knowledge of world affairs. James did his homework. The fact that it wasn't all fantasy appealed to me.
I give this book 4 stars because there were a few tedious chapters, specifically the ones dealing with the characters internal transformations, with all the excitement going on, these parts slowed the pace of the book for me. However that being said, those parts would be the first I would re read.
I'd love to see this made into a film, in my opinion, with the right actors, it could be a blockbuster.
I am not at all into yoga, but I do believe meditation is key to inner-peace, so when I first saw the title of this novel, I was expecting something silly but enjoyable, like Jennifer Estep's "BigTime" series, with heroes and villains taking a time-out to meditate and "downward dog" a little bit. That's not what this book was. "The Superyogi Scenario" is like the novelization of a comic book, with the grittiness of a detective novel. The characters are well fleshed out and although they do unbelievable things, they are still very human and somehow, believable.
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I love how the spiritual teachings of Patanjali are woven into the story.Read more