#GuestPost – America’s Reality Today by Jamell Crouthers

The concept behind me writing America Under Mind Control was to enlighten people on how much we are controlled mentally on a daily basis. What we fail to realize is society programs and trains our minds to act and be a certain way. Whether we know it or not, we surely don’t take the time to understand the messages being conveyed to us everyday.

From the moment we are coherent and able to speak as little children, there are messages being told to us. While we don’t realize that as children, as we get older, we should start to grasp the concept that the world does anything and everything to control our minds and keep us separated from each other.

Let’s just take the education system for example, which is something I do delve into toward the end of my book, do you remember anything that you were taught in school? Besides the basics of learning the alphabet, learning to write and simple functions of math, how much of what you were taught actually relates to your life?

You ever take the time to question what you were taught in your history books and science books? Probably not because you took everything those teachers taught you at face value. Meanwhile, a lot of it were all lies but at this point, how much do we care?

We were taught to be obedient in school, respect authority, don’t question what you’re being told. You ever catch yourself sitting with someone or in a meeting with people and you have your hands folded most of the time? Yup, that was indoctrinated into your mind and you subconsciously do it now because you did it so much repetitively that it’s ingrained in your mind.

This all works perfectly into a Corporate America environment where you are to respect authority, don’t challenge the big bosses and do what your told. America teaches you to go to college, bury yourself in debt, get a plethora of degrees only to be paying loans back a large percentage of your life which makes you what?

You ever notice you’re not taught the most important aspects of life? Critical thinking, cognitive thinking, challenging yourself and others. The most important things you learn in life you learn on your own or through others, opening a bank account, money management, stocks and bonds, buying a car, buying a home, building and growing your own business. Imagine if we were taught through hands on experiences (which is what life mostly is when you think about it), but that’s not what the rich and wealthy want from you.

Take the time to just think about that alone and then imagine how many other things the wealthy people are doing to control your mind. I tackle things such as music and radio, television, our shopping habits, print media, gun control, technology, credit cards, gambling, student loans, the food you eat, politics, diseases and medicine and many other things.

Until we start understanding and realizing the world around us, we will continue to be average, we aren’t meant to live a life like that. If you have an open mind about life and the world, my book is definitely worth reading, it’s available on Amazon and other bookstores.

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#OMG-Thrilling : A Cry in The Night by Mary Higgins Clark

The blurb reads,

Divorcee Jenny MacPartland’s struggle to support herself and her two small daughters is not helped by her irresponsible ex-husband. But suddenly a new man steps into her life. Rich, handsome Erich Krueger sweeps her off her feet and off to his mansion in the country.

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So the blurb nowhere begins to capture the complexity and brilliance of this book. I had read a Mary Higgins Clark sometime last year (not yet reviewed, much to my dismay) and there are a few authors you know you have to binge read. She is one of them.

This author, somehow succeeds in chilling you simply by the sheer brilliance of her writing alone. I am really looking forward to binging on her other books while I have a Scribd trial in place.

And while I write this review, I realise how grossly inadequate the blurb is to introduce the reader to what a brilliant book this is. Anyway, I hope I can convey that to the readers in the form of this review.

So I picked this book up, randomly among the others on Scribd and then jumped straight into it. Jenny MacPartland works in a gallery and is a divorced mother of two. She has an ordinary middle-class life for a New Yorker and while she isn’t greedy or fanciful, she does dream of a better life for her children.

The first thing she hears from Erik Krueger is,

“You look so much like HER!”

And thus starts the book. Erik is dashing, handsome, and the ‘artist of the century’. Critics cannot have enough of him and everyone wants to catch his eye. But Erik seems to have eyes for Jenny. He showers her with love and affection and indeed, they have a whirlwind courting before Erik decides to whisk Jenny to his farm.

This is where everything begins.

You know you have those books where you know that something that happens is the precipice of something more deeper and more important happening. And Jenny moving from New York is precisely that. Also, Jenny is a dead ringer for Erik’s mother.

I so fear I can’t write without revealing the plot away!! That is how brilliant this book is. Erik is one of the creepiest characters I have read about. When you read a book, some characters are so angelic that you know there is something beneath that veneer and Erik is one of those. Jenny finds herself and her daughters trapped in Erik’s house. His strange ways and the strange happenings in the house confound Jenny but she brushes it off as something which she imagined. And when Erik does the unthinkable, Jenny must act, or lose everything she lives for.

I read most of this book while coming home in a 50 minute flight. And I was so so engrossed in the book. I kept turning page after page after page. Erik and whatever he does simply stifled me. It did not help that I was sitting in an airplane which already has such a controlled environment. At some points in the book, I was positively spooked. I felt as helpless as Jenny and at some points, I really did want her to break away, and leave. But the next instant, Erik would have dashed all those hopes to the ground. And I felt as helpless as before. 

This is a great book. You are clothed in the despair and the helplessness that Jenny feels and also stunned by the confusions that keep coming up. You see yourself siding with Jenny and then questioning whether everything that happened in the book is as it seems. And that is where the book is brilliant.

I only have one fault, that the end is absurd. I didn’t feel the end was handled properly. I didn’t feel like the discovery of what Erik does to be as dramatic as the build up had been. And the end was rather cliche, much like it was suited for a film.

Notwithstanding all of this, it was a brilliant book which really deserves all the praise. I’m happy I read it! Definitely entertained me enough.

 

My Rating: 4/5

4star

#Chilling – Sin Eater (Episode 1.1) (Sin Eater #1) by Pavarti K Tyler and Jessica West

The blurb reads,

From Award-Winning Author Pavarti K. Tyler and Speculative Fiction Author Jessica West, comes a Dark Urban Fantasy serial about evil, and the next step in its evolution.

**This is Episode ONE in a seven part urban fantasy/horror serial**

A Sin Eater who battles demons for souls
A Priest who must protect what he most desires, even from himself,
A rogue Romani mortician with an attitude, a secret, and a powerful weapon,
And a Secret Order of the Church who knows more than they’re saying…

Nikolai Grekh is the last Sin Eater.

Born into a world rampant with demon possession, Nik struggles to keep Hell’s hordes from consuming the world, but he grows weary of the constant battle against sin. Evil grows stronger as more souls are lost. With each new possession growing increasingly violent, Nik fears he may be losing the war.

When Nik confronts a demon he can barely defeat, he reaches out to the only man who can save him. The only man he trusts. The one man he can never have…

Evil has resided alongside humanity since the beginning of time, feeding on our weaknesses, our vices. Our sins. It hungers for our souls, its demonic offspring possessing humans, corrupting, manipulating, using us as unwitting pawns in a supernatural chess match for the ultimate price: life.

The Crucifixion of Christ saved humanity once. What will it take to save us this time?

*contains mature content, offensive themes, and general deviance*

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So this was my first time reading an episodic novel and boy oh boy, I loved it.

Nickolai lives in this world festered with evil. He has the unenviable job of sucking evil from the world and purifying it. But when he encounters something much darker than he expected, he realises he has an uphill challenge.

There wasn’t too much in the book, you can’t expect too much in 45 pages either. But it is brilliantly crafted. Much like the pilot to a series, it captured my attention and hit all the right points.

  • An Interesting Plot
  • Some seeming evil (unveiled)
  • A Troubled Main Character
  • Paranormal

In that sense, the book was perfect. It introduced me to Nik and made me want to know what more is happening. I wanted to know about how the world came to have so much lurking evil and how Nik exorcised these demons to where they belonged. It did make me think on a rather philosophical plane. We live our lives in such a corruptible world. And by that, I mean, it is so easy for our feelings to be messed around with. We play with dark forces and we hanker for the dark in everything we read. Some dark element completes a book. Some grey nuances a character. But has our obsession with the other side led us to lead lives where we systematically seek invitations to flip over? Is the temptation of evil, dark, virulent and negative feelings stronger than the taste of clearer and happier emotions? Has our perpetual obsession with being the “Bad Boy” or the “Bad Woman” led us to belittle a simpler lifestyle?

The book made me think of all of these and I wondered how life was, focusing on what was wrong than right, and wondered who helped us cleanse these rabid feelings.

This was a good book. It is intense and it does make you think. I am delayed writing the review but I cannot wait to dig into the rest of the series.

My Rating: 4/5

4star

 

Such a #Brilliant Children’s Book- Shark Tanked by David Noah Kittle-Pals

The blurb reads

When eleven year old Robert Bailey arrived at his family cottage near Lake Michigan, he expected a normal summer vacation: sand castles, thunderstorms, and mosquitoes. After discovering a treasure chest in an online video game, Robert and his best friend, George Ellison, go on a scuba diving adventure into the Great Lake. On their way to the water, they wander into an old red lighthouse. After an accident breaks a hole into the floor, they discover an underground labyrinth of tunnels, harboring a dark secret. Robert and George must figure out how to save the Lake from the tortured mind of an evil genius.

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I’ve read a lot of books till now. And I’ve loved stories and storytelling since I was a kid. And this book, has very clearly blown my socks off.

When you read a book, you expect the writer to be a certain age. You can try and reconstruct what you think the author is like, depending on how the writing goes. And this is where the book shocked me again.

The author wrote SHARK TANKED when he passed his 5th Grade. I’ll be damned. I was probably a twat just finding my way around books and I remember having just started writing with a pen in school in 5th grade.

What I loved about this story is how simple it is. It is a perfect enabler for children to bloom their imaginations. What is essential as a child, is to keep working on their imagination so that the child finds comfort and pleasure in his/her thoughts. I remember reading so many books and imagining everything. That still helps me today. It even helps me study. That is where this book is so strong.

A reviewer mentioned that she sat down with her son and read this book for many nights. This is really perfect for some mother-child or father-child bonding.

The story is a summertime adventure which changes the lives of two young boys, Robert and George. The story is told from Robert’s point of view. Summer vacations mean a lot to children, especially if they are travelling somewhere. Many times parents underestimate the impact that travelling has on a child and Robert, in a subtle way, demonstrated how important it was for parents to involve their child in travel.

The other thing I really liked about this book, was how it balanced reality and imagination. It was easy to imagine Robert and George being kids of today’s technology obsessed generation. Yet, the whole story, the way it goes, the whole adventure, is excellent imagination. It is hard to believe that this book is written by a child who is so young!

The whole twist with Robert and George finding a treasure chest was very exciting. I still get some sort of thrill with an adventure and the whole prospect of finding some treasure at the end of it. And a pirate’s chest!! I would still love to find one!

The book also, in a way, reminded me of the ill effects of online gaming. And yet again, the author’s age and maturity stumped me. I mean it is bad enough to have children hooked on to online games and not enjoy the outdoors. But to harness their obsession for the Internet and using it as an evil ploy is sheer genius.

Lets admit it!! Jaws has scarred us to sharks for life! When I think of sharks, I think of the Great White with its huge jaws and thousands of teeth shimmering in the light. Brrr!! Scary prospect! And the way the author handled this was amazing.

Another note I want to add, is about the awesome illustrations. They are extremely cute and I looked forward to reading another chapter, simply to find out what had been illustrated. When I first saw that the book had been illustrated, I thought it was a book with MORE ILLUSTRATIONS and LESS STORY. But I WAS SO WRONG!!

This book has a sizeable length of 131 pages which is almost entirely filled with a fun and exciting story. It took me on a ride to my childhood where I used to read lots and lots of books. And I wish that this book inspires many children to visit libraries, read books and discover a whole new world.

I enjoyed the part where Robert discovers that there is more to the lighthouse that meets the eye. I loved that he wanted to explore and also find out the answers to why the lighthouse was interesting to many people.

The only small part I wish had a little more detail, was about the Evil Genius and I wish David takes this as some healthy feedback. I wished that the Evil Doctor had been given some back story and we had a little more of a glimpse into what he was doing and how he started. This will sort of balance out the story for readers.

Although, I give this feedback because I’m an editor and I look at both sides, it isn’t a comment on how BRILLIANT the book is!! Because it really is!!

I wish I could mail the author and tell him how amazing the book is!! I wish a lot more children were as talented and hardworking as he is. So that we could have many more children getting attracted to the world of books!!

 

My Rating: 5/5

5 star

 

Thrilling Fantasy Novel- Morium by S.J Hermann

The Blurb Reads,

High school seniors, Nathan and Alexandria, are looking forward to graduation for one reason. They dream of a life without torment. Because neither one can call home a sanctuary, they face bullies and humiliation without help from their families.

Nathan’s parents are absent and his empty house stokes the anger he carries within. Alexandria has always hidden her pain, especially so after losing her mother and watching her father struggle. She continues to seek familiar relief with the help of a razor blade and her arms bear witness to the quiet agony she suffers. The best friends have each other to lean on, but not much else.

   An extraordinary discovery changes everything. After holding mysterious objects that fell from the sky, the pair begins to exhibit supernatural abilities. In the beginning, Nathan uses his newfound powers for protection, but quickly becomes obsessed. In an attempt to hide his activities from an unsupportive Alexandria, he promises to stop. But he turns down a sinister path and indiscriminately absorbs souls of the undesirable, growing stronger each time. It’s a high he can’t give up.

   Alexandria desperately attempts to bury her powers and struggles with the results of her and Nathan’s actions. They are beginning to drift apart when a mutual friend, oblivious of their supernatural exploits, becomes an unwitting pawn in Nathan’s rising fixation.  

   A series of deadly events and vivid nightmares convinces Alexandria that Nathan is keeping secrets from her. Now, an agonizing decision must be made. Will two people, who once only had each other to turn to, be forced to turn on each other?

   This is the first installment of the Morium Trilogy.

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The major highlight of this book, is that it depicts the major psychological effect that bullying has on children. I often wonder, if a country like the US is at the forefront in various parameters, why does it fail so miserably in controlling ragging or bullying. So many books I read, detail stories of people dealing with their self esteem because of a bully. Everyone cannot be the same. And this book for me, was excellent in looking at that.

I loved the premise of two teens using their powers differently. It made me realise how different everyone’s thoughts were and if you don’t deal with stress, then it can cause you to slide off the path.

Nathan’s transformation because of the powers he gets, sent shivers down my back. We walk a thin line between darkness and light and the sort of negative force that Nathan exuded after enjoying his power, shocked me. It was very well written.

I felt, this book explored the inner thought process one has when one gets unprecedented power. With great power comes great responsibility. While this line sounds very cool, coming from Spiderman, in the movie, you can feel the impact which comes from the thought process, in this book. To use or to not use. This book covers it extremely well.

The only thing I feel is that the end left me in a lurch. I wanted the NEXT BOOK NOW NOW NOW so I could find out what happens next. The book builds up towards the end very well. And I wanted to grab a hold of the author and demand the next book so I could complete it ASAP.

This is a really great read!

My Rating: 4/5

4star

#Thrilling: Spear Mother by Brandon M Lindsay

 

Title: Spear Mother: A Tale of the Fourth World
Author: Brandon Lindsay

Synopsis: 

Sandrena of the Mist Clan has been chosen for an impossible task: to kill an ancient god bent on consuming the Fourth World. Failure leads to the destruction of mankind. Yet even success could end in true death for Sandrena and her five companions. 

Armed only with a magical spear whose power she can’t unlock and plagued by memories of a life she never lived, Sandrena must bind her group together if any of them hope to survive. 

She must become Spear Mother.

 

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About Brandon Lindsay:

Author of the Fourth World fantasy series. The stories Dark Tree and Spear Mother, as well as the story collection The Clans, are now available as ebooks.

 

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This book was a bit of a daze because I hadn’t read any other tale of the Fourth World. What I was really surprised with, was the length and how much the book expected to cover.

The book starts off with 6 companions led by Spear Mother Sandrena. She has vivid dreams of a mission she has to fulfill and a Spear whose powers she does not know of. Her life changes because of these dreams and now she is expected to kill a God. What are the chances of survival? Not bright. What happens next? Can Spear Mother lead her pack to victory? Who is the God they have to kill and why? Who sent them on this mission?

This book covers all that and more. There were lot of small points which highlighted the book for me!

The book talks about different lands and how this one act would bind them all. This got me thinking about how similar it was to our world. We lived in different worlds, oblivious about the other worlds and stubborn enough to NOT co-exist with them. There were people who crusaded against this and there are some who have led their lives thinking their clan is superior. The underlying of this premise was very deep for me!

Also, Sandrena’s dreams. I’ve often wondered about us co-existing in an alternate reality. Just thinking about it even for a short span excited me a lot. The mere thought of an alternate reality gives me a lot of food for thought!

The end was a little surprising. I didn’t expect it. A total curve ball and what a curve ball. I was completely flummoxed. The author tied up the loose ends quite well. I really don’t want to give out a spoiler! That will ruin it completely!

What I do have a bit of an issue with, is the killing of the God itself. It felt a little hurried. When you spend so much time building up for a Mission Impossible, it is acceptable to spend some time, or pages, documenting the execution of the Mission Impossible.

I had my fair share of unanswered questions which is why I was confused about the ratings to give this book. I felt the author was too pressurised to convert this into a short story. It could definitely have had some more punch in terms of writing because there were places where I felt something was missing.

My Rating: 3.5/5

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There were places where I felt the book was BRILLIANT in terms of the concept and the end really blew my socks off. This is a good book, and is currently free, I do recommend this as a short read!

 

 

 

A Second Arthur Hailey: Find Virgil by Frank Freudberg

The Blurb Reads

Second-hand smoke gave Martin Muntor lung cancer … and he’s mad. Very mad. And he’s going to do something about it. 

It’s 1995, and the tobacco industry thinks it’s invincible. But is it? Muntor devises an ingenious strategy to put Big Tobacco out of business, and he doesn’t care how many people he has to take with him in order to do it.

Down-on-his-luck cigarette company investigator Tommy Rhoads has other ideas, though. Both Muntor and Rhoads are smart, resourceful, and motivated — and neither one has anything to lose. They’re full speed ahead and on a collision course to a showdown you won’t forget. 

Read Find Virgil now, and go along for the wild ride.

Woah!! This is one hell of a book!! When I read the Introduction on Amazon (the Author Review here, outlining the history of the book, I knew I had to get it. I read it zip-zip-zip on my Kindle!)

What makes it even better is that it reminded me of Arthur Hailey. Arthur Hailey, in my opinion, is the God of Detail in books. He can spin stories out of the most minute details in books and can enthrall you with how an industry works!

I found so many similarities between this book and between an Arthur Hailey. This book considers the journey of Martin Muntor through the 1990s and his self- declared war against the Tobacco Companies. I didn’t fathom how many cigarettes were consumed in the USA per day! The statistics are/were staggering. People smoking poison, and people dying from simply inhaling that poison. A moot point was that, if someone dies from passive smoking, who is to be blamed? The person who smokes? Or the Tobacco Companies making millions off people who smoke? Or the Government who earns so much revenue off this poison consuming activity, to not have the firmness to shut this industry down? Debates will keep on raging. And passive smokers will keep on suffering. Who pays the cancer bills then if the Insurance Companies desert you? What if you lose social security? Should you be condemned to die, just because someone had a ciggie because it was “cool”?

The book raises important questions about social decay and also about profiteering at the expense of killing millions. Although there may not be many deaths and many smokers may not be diagnosed with cancer, it still doesn’t mean that something which is so harmful, should be allowed to be propagated, expanded and allowed to grow!

The idea that Muntor has to bring down the Tobacco industry is brilliant. His demands make them bend and the company he targets, goes down on their knees. The corrupt CEO, Nick Pratt and his hitman Valzmann, show us the seedy world that exists at the top of Companies where every life is only considered important till the point it brings in revenue, profits, executive remuneration and stock bonuses. It is a selfish approach, but very true. GLOBALLY!

I felt the book would make a terrific movie. I couldn’t wait to find out what happened in the end and I kept turning page after page, looking for one clue, one new twist which would lead the FBI to Muntor. One of the most essential characters was that of a Psychologist who helps Rhoades track down Muntor. Reading about this, I realised, how often we write off people who don’t seem to talk in the same language as us. Even though they may hold important clues to help us evolve.

The END WAS BRILLIANT!! At that point, time stood still. I left all my work aside and kept reading, to discover and find how this epic saga ended. I felt this is a book every Smokers Association MUST HAVE!! So that they can show people who smoke, what happens.

Even though this is a fictional account, I think the author has scratched the surface of something very real. And I don’t think it is a nice view!

This book earns all my praise!!

My Rating: 4/5

4star