Preface & Overview
This book is a complex work, yet deceptively simple to read. There are 3 interweaving storylines…each with corresponding, alternating, small chapters. It was written this way to provide easy-to-assimilate small chunks for busy readers; while allowing the story to unfold in a logical manner. The work is separated into two small books:
Book II Messengers of the Gods.
It is a Michener-esque view of
While the plight of the Tibetan people is a central topic, it is an allegorical example for our lives The book operates on many levels, providing accurate insights from the point of view of people from various unique cultures & socio-economic groups; and therefore, should be appealing to a broad audience.
While it is classified as Parody, it is good to remember that the best Parody reflects accurate facts in order to highlight societal ills. Throughout written history, Parody has served a vital purpose. How else does one elucidate, safely, about the lack of clothes on the Emperor….and the court? ;-)
The 1st storyline starts in chapter 1. It is an adventure storyline (in real time) where the main character Thomas is engaged in a self exploration journey through his adventures in
The 2nd storyline is about the people that REALLY control our world… "The Shadowmen" …..and how economics, industries, countries, and politicians are run by them. These are short chapters, and their timeline is simultaneously concurrent with the 3rd storyline, beginning in chapter six, after the two main storylines are firmly established. This is a ‘bird’s eye view’ perspective of events that occur in the 3rd storyline. This is not an ‘evil plot’ view; just an explanatory nod to the stratification of human influence/control over each other, and our world.
The 3rd storyline is a Modern-day Siddartha Story, starting in chapter 2, Mirrors Hermann Hesse’s documentation of Buddha’s younger life….only in today’s culture...i.e. how to achieve enlightenment (aka Increased Awareness of life, etc; bringing calm and happiness) This story starts at its end; where the protagonist has crashed physically & emotionally from his frustrating journey through life…’successfully’ pursuing the American Dream (aka “The American Delusion,” or, “L'illusion Américaine, une Parodie de Vie.” It’s purposely not clear who/what has happened in chapter 2; this storyline jumps back to his beginning, actually beginning in chapter 4. This storyline illustrates what Westerners can learn from HHDL, The Dalai Lama
So while this book sounds, and is, complex; it reads easily, due to concise chapters that allow the reader to set it aside at logical breaks, thus fitting it into busy schedules. In effect, it adapts to an A.D.D. existence; while simultaneously attempting to show the readers a way to change that by “Living the Change” But a warning: “Michener-esque” means the reader has to ‘allow’ the author to adequately ‘set the stage,’ for a complex story. Chapters 1 thru 6 do this. So, please be patient; you won’t regret it :-)
There are a couple climaxes, & many revelations, in the book. The first climax comes when the 1st and 3rd storylines meet. The end of the 1960’s timeline ends where the real-time story starts. When Tom crashes, he ‘picks up the pieces;’ then leaves on his self-exploration journey to
Enjoy, and “good Life” to you !
Ps: This EBook has been provided Free of charge, due to the fact that American’s “Need to Know,” and the “Need for Action” for
2) Also, with our presidential election in full swing, AND, an Economic Depression on the way, reading this Ebook will help in understanding the full reasons behind the turmoil; and avenues for possible solutions to the critical problems facing Americans.
Accurate knowledge, and decisive actions, in 2008….by all of us…are crucial. The facts in this book, presented in an entertaining way, should help in these endeavors.
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for his Inspiration and selfless commitment to the betterment of life.....
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