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Times To Try The Soul Of Man Paperback – April 6, 2015
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About the Author
Kenneth Weene is a peaceful man, a psychologist and author by inclination. However, when confronted by the evils of this world, he arms himself with the best weapon at his disposal, the written word. Ken is also author of Widow’s Walk and Memoirs From the Asylum, both published by All Things That Matter Press.
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Nick, the narrator of the novel, has a few redeeming qualities. He's loyal and respects people with ethics, such as Jose Figurés, the president of the Lower East Side Latino Community Center. But Nick has some real issues. He has a lack of respect for women that verges on misogyny. He's drawn to them when masturbation “is just not enough” and his private nickname for the woman he seems to like the most is “Lard-Ass.” He's a reporter for a local newspaper, but hates his job and doesn't respect his boss (a woman of course). He longs for top level recognition (a Pulitzer) but doesn't like the process of writing. The book contains flashbacks to a horrible upbringing that explains some of his problems, but most seem to come from a lack of maturity.
Despite all of Nick's internal problems, the most serious issues he faces have to do with the corrupt and powerful people whose toes he has stepped on. Fortunately, he receives some help with these from Mo, a friend in the Mossad (Israel's version of the CIA). Espionage is what keeps the pages turning, but the best books are about characters who change and in this one we get to watch Nick grow. He has major problems and we're never sure how many of them he'll solve. That's what makes the book a great read.
Steve Lindahl – author of Motherless Soul and White Horse Regressions
When looking inside of yourself you often see something different than what the world sees outside. Learning who you are and hoping to find a place within this complex world takes time, energy and critical thinking. One young freelance reporter seems to be floundering, unsure of his goals at times, finds himself in many tenuous situations and often walks away from people feeling they cannot help him achieve whatever goals he’s set out for himself at a particular time.
Freedom of press is every reporter’s right and the right of every American except for those working for a high school newspaper. Told that the topics he wanted to write about were inappropriate and not acceptable this young man decided to take a real stand. The end result was he was thrown off the paper. So, much for expressing your opinion. But, this did not stop him from pursuing his goal, getting the funds from his father to go to school and graduate with a journalism degree. Nick is frivolous in many ways and using women to appease his anger, frustrations and desires seemed to be the way he found acceptance and understanding from others.
From Michelle, Melinda, Sue and many others in no particular order he used them to fulfilled his needs and at times although reflecting on his actions he discounted the fact that maybe he might be hurting not only them but himself. Going to Peru and eye opening as a group of Israel men took him under their wing and he learned more than just the definition of trust and loyalty but survival skills too. Not realizing whom these men were might have been okay at first but a harsh awakening let him know they were Mossad.
Living in a place called Alphabet City Nick would become involved writing a story to help save the City Center. Although his editor refused to give him anything but fluff pieces for this local magazine dealing with hometown news, Nick risks it all to help the man who gave up his life for his community. Getting involved with the center helped him meet Melinda. Learning more about the politics and who was involved and behind the sale of the center, those who could pull strings quietly and not be seen, would place him in danger. Trying to learn the real identity of a man named Hunter, who supposedly bought the center and had the highest bid, would endanger more than one life and cause someone close to him to be targeted.
Government corruption, police on the take, a mayor who was dishonest, women that flocked to him when he cried or needed help, and one young man that would risk it all for a friend named Jose. But, when the end result if revealed would Nick back off? With the help of Mo, his contact from the Mossad would he be protected and safe? When things came to a boil the Feds came in, took away the Latins and their families and it ended the safety net of the community and the violence was just starting.
When someone’s life is taken why does Nick continue on as threats come his way and his life might be in danger. But, his goal is to get that one story that would place him above the others but what happens is disheartening as politics wins, corruption prevails and someone close to him just might be the one who doesn’t want the answers revealed. As the high rises go up and someone leaks that the structure is unsound will the entire project fail or will they build it anyway? The Mayor, Bumaste, the contractors in Alphabet City and the cops are all in on the take and one man is sacrificed, as a project must be completed at all costs. But, when Jose’s wife approaches Nick and challenges him to find the answers needed will he step up? With the help of Helen his trusted as he called her second wife in the office, will she and Nick prevail? A community torn apart and seven men wrongly accused because the police needed scapegoats and those higher up did not care about these men. The end result would put more people in danger, would prove what Nick was willing to do to help others and possibly estrange him from some he thought were his friends.
A tape that was sent as a warning. But, how did they know? Author Kenneth Weene takes us inside the mind of a young man so tormented, twisted and unsure of himself at times that he resorts to prowling at night, drugs, women that he pays for and living scared, confused and never really knowing just who or what he is or wants. Why was the Mossad in New York? What and who were they following and why? Flashing back to his childhood when his mother told him she was leaving and never coming back. Holding back the tears so she would not see him upset and reminding himself that she often found herself in the hospital but her prime concern was someone in her life and her children did not fit in at all times. One woman would take him in stride, possibly see some good in him and maybe they would embark on a life together. But, can Nick change? Will drugs and beer rule his life and be the only way he can function? Where does he wind up at the end? Why does his father always come through for him?
An ending that will remind everyone how vulnerable we are to attack and that your government and all of us must remain vigilant as a terrorist attack can take place and the horror of 9/11 comes through with an explosive and volatile ending provided by our author reminding us that although this is fiction of what he wrote was based on a real murder in Alphabet City, a trip to Machu Picchu, a Mossad Connection and the reality of September 11th. One young reporter, one man who fights for what he believes one man who found that it might be time to Try and Find the Soul of Man or himself. An interesting character that many can relate to and some might find hard to understand at times. With a connection made at the end that might change it all for him author Kenneth Weene hopes that readers will understand where Nick finally winds up and if there is any chance of hope in his life.
A definite must read.
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