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An awesome portrayal of life in a cult through the eyes of a kid as he grows in a man. The author is brutally honest expressing his thoughts and feelings about some of the very tough moments in his life. It was so sad in locations but without dwelling on those things Benjamin keeps the story moving along. The lies, the abuse and the emotional pain that he endured are unbelievable. But there is also some amazing times. He clearly came through it with a strength of hero that a lot of do not have. I would recommend this book. It really is a amazing read.
1965, Benjamin’s parents: Beth Risha (Jewish, mother) & Ed Risha (Lebanese, father) were married as arranged by was a sign of peace between the 2 1975, Benjamin “Benji” Risha was h & Craig left with her 2 children, but left Benji 1969, Alma/Dyer, Crawford County, AK. The Ridge (Georgia Ridge Rd.). Tony Alamo ([20 September 1934 – 2 May 2017] aka Bernie LaZar Hoffman, Tag Hoffman, Marcus Abad, husband/ adopted father) & Susan Alamo (née Edith Opal Horn, Edith Lipowitz, [25 April 1925 – 8 April 1982] wife/adopted mother) founded the cult apocalyptic ministry later titled Tony Alamo’s Christian 1974, Susan Alamo (wife/ adopted mother) was paired up with Tony Alamo (husband/ adopted father) in arranged marriage by him.He sent Benjamin’s mother to work in the rose fields in Bakersfield, Kern County, CA. She worked long hours coming home with bloody san finally gave in & married e Tony Alamo’s Christian Foundation church now has about 50 lta Fern & Fayette Peeve arrived & donated their 1979, the cancer had started to take its toll on Susan. Chemotherapy was started but to no avail. In 1982 she died at age of ings with Tony went to hell.His dark side emerged, he became a criminal, was abusive, & had his closest followers administered ildren worked long hours, meal was taken away & punishment was unbearable.Uncle Harry Sand & Anna-Sue Sand were told to administer swats to: Louden Sarrgis, Ragner Flashmigen, Dorry 30, Joyce 20, Lonny 10, Jaxon 40, Terry 40, Sharon 30, Leah 10, Layla 40, Allen 30, Tina 30, Josiah 29, Gary 10, Leon 40, Cassandra 20, José 40, Erin 40, Jeanie 30, Jessica 40, Rita 30, Thalia 30, Benji 10, Karen 85, & Miranda pa Tony set fresh rules for the boys/girls.• Boys/girls would always be separated• They could not go to school/church together• They could not talk/walk to each other• There could be no interaction between boy/girls at all for any reason unless there was an adult present• There must always be a watcher following boys/girls• No eye contact between the opposite genders• No smiling at each other• No crying around each other• No note writing to each other…• Anyone who defied these rules would be severely punishedBenjamin’s latest day of school was 6/njamin (17) ran away in 1992 & was able to track down his biological parents.He claims he wasn’t aware of the abuse Tony was committing on the young girls.When Tony wasn’t preaching, he created elaborate decorated jackets for celebrities (Julio Iglesias; Michael Jackson; Bruce Springsteen; others).Richard Church (aka Jim Walh) was wanted for murdering Raymond Ritter, Ruth Ann Ritter, & brutally beating his GF & (10, son).9, 2008, The FBI raided the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries cult compound after reports of kid abuse. Tony was arrested/charged with multiple crimes involving kid abuse & transporting minors across state lines for those ny (Bernie LaZar Hoffman) died behind the US Penitentiary bars in Butner, NC in 2017 at age of 82.I do not keep any type of compensation for reading & reviewing free books from publishers & authors. Therefore, I am under no obligation to write a positive review, only an honest one.Warning: This book includes descriptive accounts of extremely graphic adult content, (violence, murder, or expletive language &/or uncensored ly explicit material (bigamy, virgin, incest, pedophile, rape, minor/adult verbal, psychological, emotional, physical & abuse) which is only suitable for mature readers. It may be offensive or have potential adverse psychological effects on the reader. If you are especially sensitive to this type of material, it is strongly advised not to read any further.An amazing book cover, amazing font & writing style. A very professionally written cult memoir story book. It was quite simple for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a large description list of special characters, settings, facts etc. to hold track of. This could also create another amazing cult memoir movie, a classroom PP presentation, or better yet a paid-per-view mini-TV series or even a doentary (Today; People Magazine; Associated Press). It was just OK for me so I will only rate it at 4/5 ank you for the free author; Wild Blue Press; BookFunnel; PDF bookTony Parsons MSW (Washburn)
The Son of Seven Mothers is a fascinating insight into a globe that we only read about or here on TV. This book was an eye-opening journey from the perspective of a truly innocent young man who was born and caught up in the madness of a cult. Benjamin Risha has a cautionary real and horrific tale and a story of survival, and the lengths people go to control others when you live with religious e book is professionally written but told with a sadness as Benjamin tells the story of being abandoned by his parents abused mentally, beaten physically, starved, and created to go hungry as punishment, bullied by elders created to work long hours as a kid and much more at the hands of the cult’s leadership. I found the book incredibly sad but engaging and hopefully Benjamin and others like him finally search their family’s and engage in a normal satisfied and contented life and place the past to rest. I Highly recommended this book as Benjamin Risha has a sad but an impactful story to tell. I received an advance review copy for free from Wildblue press, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
I’m very interested in this topic. I’m aware that Tony alamo children’s choir performed on neil Young movie “journey through the past” and the Choir is also on the soundtrack. I look forward to reading this book and have been waiting for it for ank you for writing this book! Cheers
A fascinating insight into a globe that we only really know from headlines and over dramatized TV specials, this book was an eye opening journey from the perspective of a real innocent caught up in the madness of cults. Both a cautionary tale and a story of survival, the story is well told and engaging. Highly recommended.
I am giving this book five stars because it truly spoke to me, not only from my experiences growing up, but also describes the covert narcissists currently in my life. I highlighted the book so much I ended up with 93 highlights. I always felt something was wrong during my childhood and into adulthood but felt confused until now. I truly appreciate this book and was able to overlook all the typos. For me, it was worth millions.
This is a amazing book!! The fact is being in a relationship with a narcissistic mother over a long period of time has long lasting traumatic effects that can be extremely catastrophic to the person suffering them.
Fully loaded with so a lot of relaxing tutorials and info about narcissistic, this book gather so a lot of amazing ideas among us! really amazing it was proved as a helpful book for me ! read with much love really amazing it is ! surely recommend it !
I have perused a few books on recuperating from being a narcissist unfortunate casualty, and none of them verged on really affecting my life. This book burrows profound towards center issues, making a pathway for mending to happen.
My anxiety, ptsd, and pain all came back but with clarity to see what exactly happened in the 23 years of manipulation. But it also taught me to love my mom because I almost completely didn't wish to have anything to do with her. But they describe narcissism with so much intelligence and details. Never even knew it was a unchanging disorder and they the abusive mother suffers in funny sense.
I loved this book. I had to read it for one of my college classes and wasn't too excited first, but it ended up being one of my favorite memoirs I've ever read. It's very well written and had no problem keeping my attention throughout. I would definitely recommend this to read, as it will really begin your eyes to the true life of someone growing up under Mao.
Man I really dont know what to say this book was amazing I felt so connected to both TJ and Elijah this story spoke volumes to me because I'm a mixture of both characters I sometimes walk around like I'm ok when I'm really in pain man this book is just the introduction on the a lot of storylines that's to come it opens up your eyes on so a lot of things that's staring us right in the face
I just wish to say that you continue the door to do a lot of social issues. Now you are exploring youth and what they may go through. I love how you tell the story of these two young men, and their struggles. I can't wait for the next book what a set up for what should be something amazing.
This book was fascinating and I could hardly place it down. It certainly provided a broad picture of growing up in China during the cultural revolution and all that entailed. I am not a scholar but the book showed me how not good Communism really is. There is no individualism and the government even monitors your thinking if they can. I can't imagine living in a situation where I would have to watch every word I spoke and everything I did just in case someone turned me in. So sad to see how hard people like the farmers worked and yet they didn't have enough to eat as most everything had to go elsewhere. They were monitored for every small thing. This young man is truly heroic as he has survived. The pain he and his family experienced under this horrible system is unimagineable. Mr. Heng was endowed and is endowed with awesome character, especially given the fact that the people over him tried to tear it down on a everyday basis. I can't imagine having the strength of hero to survive in this climate. The Chinese are such hard workers. Turn them loose and they work hard and create a living. In this system they weren't allowed to work for themselves at all. Thankfully, this has changed. Let's hope the government eventually becomes more democratic along with the economic freedom that has been gained. Bless Mr. Heng and his wife Judith Shapiro. I look forward to another book.
Whenever I read a Jaxon Grant book, I am reminded of why I call him the Godfather of Black, , Urban Fiction and after reading his latest, ‘Tears of the Son’, I am reminded of that reason. ‘Tears of the Son’ is the first book that branched out from the ‘Life of a College Bandsman’ Series. As usual, the Godfather delivers a comprehensive and spectacular book that focus on best mates TJ Shaw and Elijah McDaniel. Set in America’s hottest urban mecca, Atlanta Georgia, TJ and Elijah are thrust into a wide range of adult situations while trying to navigate life as teenagers. Both TJ and Elijah are amazing boys making poor decisions that gives the book a sense of ruthlessness, irony, tactic and uneasiness. Because of those elements, Jaxon Grant has written a book that gives the reader a lot of “edge of your seat moments” throughout the pages. Although this book contains dark moments of controversial realness, Jaxon, balances the tone of the book with affectionate imagery of TJ and Elijah’s friendship. TJ is driven, handsome, y, popular, bold, powerful and a real alpha-male, yet he is vulnerable to Elijah. TJ is operating in the realm of being Elijah’s protector. While TJ is balancing his role as a father, son, and student – he is determined to be the shoulder of strength for Elijah to lean on during his emotional rollercoaster but he feels helpless because “his best friend’ has shut him out. While TJ is fighting for Elijah’s survival, Elijah remains unapologetic for his emotional outbursts and standoffish behavior towards TJ. Elijah knows that his friendship with TJ is indispensable but he cannot obtain out of his own mind the feeling of being inadequate compared to TJ. Elijah continues to mind read and he thinks that he is missing things that TJ and others have such as security, feeling loved, autonomy and accolades. All of those things causes him to act out in ways that comes back to haunt him. As the book nears its end, a misunderstanding and certain act causes Elijah to do the unthinkable. At the same time, TJ is rocked to the core with revelations about another mate Seven and a text notice that sends him reeling. In real Jaxon Grant style, the ending to this book is combustible! As a result, ‘Tears of the Son 2: Risky Games’ will be the anticipated book of the fall. Although this book has 228 pages, it packed a strong punch with a fast-paced, dynamic, energetic and bold story. This book contained relevant messages that speaks to the readers about being black in America in true time. Jaxon Grant novels always takes me out of my comfort location by enlightening and reminding me of controversial and thought provoking realness while at the same time, providing a classy, entertaining and refreshing escapism. I am looking forward to book number 2 to see what transpires with our favorite sons.
I couldn't stop reading. I loved it. The method you create it so realistic it's like I could visualize what was event as I was reading it. It has me wanting to slap TJ & Eli at times lol but that's what I love about your stories contain current happenings and subjects that aren't really discussed in the African American community. My favorite parts are whenever past characters are mentioned or interacting with TJ/Eli. It's awesome how much TJ and Eli are alike it's like they wish to be powerful for each other and don't wish to present their vulnerable side to each other. Those latest two chapters......OMG, what a method to leave the readers wanting more. I overlooked the little spelling mistakes because that didn't take away from the story. Is there a method I can preorder the next book?
This was an perfect book that showed the effects of the 'Cultural Revolution' from the perspective of individuals. The book does not cover the movements in an overall view but keeps with the viewpoint of the individual. I think it would support to have a primary understanding of Chinese history during this era, to fully appreciate what is going on in this more detailed and finer viewpoint. Liang learns of the contradictions in this "sot" society. He does not demonize the Chinese people but shows how they struggled in creating a fresh society. There are a lot of strong photos of his private relationships. The main theme I picked up on was how misguided policies fostered a corrupt culture that was exploited on the ground level, often by people who thought that they were doing what was best for their country.
First and foremost this is just what the doctor ordered. I prayed that you write about these two young men. Thanks for reading your reviews. The book was short. A lot shorter than some of your other works. But just as powerful. I can't wait until the next master piece is ready. Cliffhanger for sure.
Albino Baby Kong. The Son of Kong is directed by Ernest B. Schoedsack and written by Ruth Rose. It stars Robert Armstrong, Helen Mack, Frank Reicher, John Marston, Victor Wong and Edward Brady. Melody is by Max Steiner and cinematography by Edward Linden. The makers wisely realised that to test and emulate King Kong would be folly, especially as this sequel was hurried out within the same year. Instead a more fun approach was taken, and as a effect it’s not half poor entertainment as it happens. After the devastation caused to Fresh York by King Kong, lawsuits are abound for Carl Denham (Armstrong). So when he gets the possibility to go out on the ocean again with Captain Englehorn (Reicher), he grabs the chance. There’s no plans to go near Skull Island again, but a sequence of happenings will see them pitch up there, to be met by a myriad of monsters and The Son of Kong. Little Kong is actually friendly, well to the humans he is because he is grateful to their support when he was stuck in quicksand. However, to other beasts of the island he is not so forgiving. For the first 33 mins it’s all about setting up the action carnage later in the play, characters are introduced, their reasons for being out at sea and etc. Then we obtain to the island and off we go. Kong scraps with dinosaurs, a bear, lizards and mother nature! The castaways are in the mix as well of course, and naturally they are thrust into a perilous life and death situation. And that’s it, barely 70 mins have passed by and it’s nigh on impossible not to be smiling come the close. 7/10
WOOOOW is the first thing that comes to mind. I have waited for this book for a while and boy it did not r people who have not read any of his other boys this is a amazing stand alone book butttttt for his real fans this is one hell of an addiction to the collection.
Like most of the other reviewers, I LOVED this book, and found it completely fascinating. However unlike a lot of reviewers, I believe that the book is well laid out with an organization that in retrospect makes complete sense. It didn't take me more than a few pages to be captured by Connell's skills in presenting the e book's organization (IMO) has five main sections:1) Using the inquest of the war as background, the major people on both sides are introduced. However GAC himself is mostly talked around, this section focuses on who saw him during the battle, and where he was found...2) An extensive background and history of relations and interactions between the tribes, settlers, the government, and the military is presented. Significant incidents are examined in detail. There's a fair amount of tribal culture presented.3) The career of GAC is presented in general historical order - lots of 3rd party quotes, and anecdotal detail4) GAC and the 7th's journey into Montana and Small Bighorn is presented in detail. The battle, told originally via the inquest, is retold as it unfolds.5) The clock jumps forward, and the major people involved are revisited years sically you obtain Small Bighorn twice, first with no context, later with a lot of it. Yes this is an oversimplification, and yes there are a lot of sidetracks and illustrative vignettes along the way. Perhaps this is unconventional, but I totally agree with the blurb on the book - "brilliantly constructed". Above this, Evan Connell's skill with words, his ability to search unbelievable quotes and work them into just the right put and to place the "story" into history makes this a very enjoyable and educational read.
"Son of the Morning Star" was an Arikara name for Gen. George Armstrong Custer. Custer is the central figure of this book. The War of the Small Huge Horn is the central event. But the sweep of the book is much broader than Custer and his "Last Stand". This wonderful, idiosyncratic history is really about the late 19th-Century tragedy of the American West. It may be the best book I have ever read of the Caucasian conquest of the West and the sweeping aside and plowing under of the Native Americans. I will go further: this is one of the best books of American history that I have ever read. And this was my second rst published in 1984, SON OF THE MORNING STAR is not conventional history, nor would it serve as a amazing reference for looking up info of the War of the Small Huge Horn (or anything else, for that matter). It is meandering and discursive. It begins with an acc of Major Reno's sortie, envelopment, retreat, and two-day siege; then segues to "profiles" of Crazy Horse, Custer, and Sitting Bull, before returning to an acc of the Seventh Cavalry leaving Fort Lincoln on May 17, 1876 through its annihilation on June 25; and then concluding with the aftermath and recriminations. Along the way, all sorts of loosely similar topics are discussed, including different previous slaughters (some by the U.S. Troops - e.g., Sand Creek massacre and Custer's own obliteration of Black Kettle's village on the [email protected]#$%a - and some by the Indians - e.g., the Fetterman Massacre), the decimation of the buffalo, Indian names and other matters of Indian lore and ethnography, and the incredibly stultifying life of a U.S. Troops soldier posted to the High Plains after the Civil War. What holds it all together is the fact that it is so superbly written, in a rather understated and limpid of the strengths of the book is its presentation or re-creation of the now strangely alien mind-set of post-Civil Battle Americans. An example (from a journal of one of the officers killed at Small Huge Horn): "Man is the noblest work of God. In this wild region man will ultimately be seen in the full enjoyment of real pleasure, in the possession of happiness obtained by honest labor. For the hives of industry will take the put of dirty wigwams. Civilization will ere long reign supreme and throw heathen barbarianism into oblivion." With but a small kneading and a pinch of self-interest, this philosophical attitude is transformed into unabashed racism, as expressed in a Chicago newspaper: "There is gold in the hills and rivers of the region, and the white man desires to take possession of it. What, to the roaming Yankee, are the links that bind the red man, to the home of his fathers. He is but an episode in the advance of the Caucasian. He must decrease that the fresh comers may grow in wealth."Unsurprisingly, such attitudes informed and influenced official policy. In Custer's own "My Life on the Plains", he quoted a telegram from General Sherman to President Grant, sent shortly after the Fetterman Massacre: "We must act with vindictive earnestness versus the Sioux, even to their extermination, men, women, and children. Nothing less will reach the root of the case." Connell then editorializes: "If one word of this extraordinary telegram is altered it reads like a notice from Eichmann to Hitler."Nonetheless, Connell is even-handed. SON OF THE MORNING STAR is not an exercise in the politically correct or a eulogy for the noble yet sensitive and kind, ecologically-minded Native American. The book contains much on Indian practices that is uncomfortably inconsistent with a now-popular Fresh Age construct of the Indian, including their maiming and mutilation of the dead (giving the word "overkill" a most gruesome connotation) and numerous contemporaneous accounts of extravagantly wasteful killing of buffalo, stripping or de-barking of trees, and firing of the prairie [email protected]#$%!&.So what was the cause of what in famous conception remains to this day one of the worst losses ever suffered by the U.S. military? There, of course, was no single cause, but more so than with a lot of popular happenings of history, the "Great Man" explanation is operative. With Small Huge Horn, the "great" man is the ambitious, brave, romantic, foolhardy, and mercurial George Armstrong Custer. President Grant -- who as a general was oft-criticized for having insufficient regard for human life but who, even so, had long had a low opinion of Custer - told a reporter: "I regard Custer's massacre as a sacrifice of troops, brought on by Custer himself, that was wholly unnecessary."Next question: Was the tragedy of the American West - the sweeping of Native Americans from the Plains - wholly unnecessary? A much various question, to be sure, and one which I am not bold enough to test answering. But for anyone inclined to ponder that question, SON OF THE MORNING STAR provides much grist. It is a superb book, a classic of American history.
It should go without saying that works of fiction are the products of dreams. Someone has a mentaland/or emotional photo of an outcome and from that photo a work of some type is created. Rarely isthat work presented as the dream itself, and rarer still is the dreamer the sole protagonist. Yet, JavierSalazar Calle has done exactly that in Ndura, the Son of the Forest. I have to admit that reading a work proclaimed by the author from the beginning to be a dream derived from the time just before sleep is a strange feeling and one that having read the work still will not leave me. The difference between this work and most works of fiction is that this is told as a first person narrative of a private experience that constantly struggles between normal anxiety, objective observation and outright , what if you were a passenger in an aircraft targeted by a ground-to-air missile flying over theequatorial jungle of central Africa near the border of the Congo, Uganda and the Sudan? What if rebels killed or enslaved any surviving passengers; what if you saw your two best mates killed one in the crash, one by the rebels, while you managed to escape into the jungle? Thus, the scene is set for the author’s imagination and extensive research into central Africa forest flora and fauna, the Pigmy people and his idea of what his reactions would be if he were actually experiencing being marooned for a number of days in a central African forest. The rest is the tale of the trek itself, starvation, fatigue, ants, mosquitoes, snakes and mind wandered away from the story as I read; after all, this was a dream, the story wasn’thappening. I use my imagination to immerse myself into the action and to identify with the characters in the stories I read. Therefore, the action should count for something. When you’re told from the beginning that the story is only a dream, I’m sorry, I can’t obtain into it. Nevertheless, aside from a few, but apparent editing errors, the story was well written and effectively conveyed the anxiety, panic, and other emotions he was striving to achieve in the reader. Because of the emotions his descriptions evoked and because he included a glossary of Swahili and Pigmy words used in the story,I felt four-stars were appropriate. Clabe Polk
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I am well acquainted with the story of Thomas, the twin of Jesus, and of the early Gnostic tradition in the first century Christian Church. The author held very close to these traditions. I would recommend this novel, for that is what it is, a work of fiction, to anyone who wants to fantasize about an early legend within the Christian Church.
I assumed "the illustrated edition" meant a wealth of photos, maybe even one to a page. Not one single photograph. The regular ver of this book has more what does it have? Three fold-out versions of some old paintings of the type once hung behind the bar in different beer joints in North America. Of course, as I'm sure you realize, these paintings don't have one thing to do with the historical war of the Small Bighorn but are just some artists imaginings from back East based on not one thing of historical , this is a king size rip off. What a disappointment. Don't waste your hard-earned rubles on this, just buy the regular version. I want I had.
Not happy just telling us about the Latest Stand, the author fleshes out every small detail he could dredge up about every participant, including a lot of speculative info that has never been confirmed but adds a lot to one's understanding of the time, the place, and the event.
This is a beautifully written book which evocatively brings to life the struggle to survive in the African forest. The plant life, animals and the forest itself are brought vividly to life with the author's careful, sensitive descriptions. It is very simple to imagine yourself walking each step in the narrator's shoes. For anyone who likes to imagine themself on an epic, challenging adventure, this is the book for you. The book is a translation from it's original Spanish and sometimes the choice of language seems a small odd, but it is still very readable and enjoyable.
Paul Ledney, the basic composer on this CD, spent some years in INCANTATION and REVENANT trying to create the ideal of melody to him: stripping of all meaning, pure nihilism and primal id expressed through sonic violence.On this CD, he came close. In the vein of early BLASPHEMY or BEHERIT, this is primitive chromatic riffing with unusual, almost hasty song structures, using his odd way of picking three-note "modal stripes" and repeating them at various positions in the chromatic rrounding this are the cavernous vocals of Ledney himself, which like a whisper created into a roar surge around the music, carrying it like a rhythm instrument of deviant unding very much like the results of a weekend of apostate demons camping in the countryside and, in the midst of their blasphemy, picking up guitars to create unholy music, "Dethrone the Son of God" exemplifies the feral and nihilistic spirit of black metal.
Among the top ten history books I have ever read. This book somehow is not anchored in geograpy, nor sequential time, nor by person, not even thematically and yet it is the most comprehensible book on the American West that i have ever read...absorbing to the point of obsession.
Exceptional. Din't do a lot of review, but this book is unique & derserves mention. Son of The Morning Star delves deep into the personalities of a lot of individuals who took part in this saga. Observations of the participants taken from journals, diaries, and/or letters and other doents were extensively researched by the author. Connell skips around a bit, with a somewhat tangential writing style, but he makes you feel what it was like to be an off reservation Indian, or an Indian scout or a trooper lead by such men as Custer, Reno, Benteen and other cadre. There are superb biographical sketches of key fighters and chiefs like Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, Gall. Lonesome Charlie Reynolds, Bloody Knife, White Man Runs Him, Curley and others of the a lot of scouts who enlisted with the 7th Cav, you feel you obtain to know them. One of them was observed quickly embracing his horse telling it, "I love You" when he thought he was about to be killed only to survive due to a freak change in the focus and direction of the nearby a lot of opponent warriors.
If you like a story with a lot of excitement, anticipation and mystery, this is the book to read. The physical descriptions of the locations visited by the protagonists and how the terrain was woven into the story were so well written, I felt like I was there.
I love stories that are related to the premise of The DaVinci Code, and this book was definitely a pleasant surprise. Loosely based on the legend of Thomas the Twin, it has a much more realistic and charming take on this type of genre. Definitely give it a try!
This book is highly recommended without reservation, (pun intended) to those who are interested in Lt. Colonel George Armstrong Custer's role in the battles versus the Native American Indians in 1876. I had read this book a lot of years ago, and loaned it out, whereupon it grew legs and didn't return; after getting this copy and getting into the story again, I can easily see why. The author is a master raconteur, totally immersed in his subject, and brings this event, and the players on both sides vividly to life. The background about where Custer lived in Fresh Rumley, Ohio, his career as a teacher before his appointment to West Point Military Academy, and his subsequent success in the American Civil War, which saw him promoted to General Officer rank, is as well done here as the seminal happening of his life, that of the Huge Horn Campaign. Reverting to a lower permanent rank after the Battle ended, Custer seems to have been consumed with regaining his lost prestige and perhaps pay, by deeds of valor, or some might say imprudence, in an effort to rise above his humble beginnings. He had "married up" in the social scale of things, and probably never forgot that fact; his efforts were amply repaid by his wife "Libby", who outliving her husband by more than 50-years, spent the remainder of her life in burnishing her husbands photo and supreme sacrifice. The side stories of his subordinates Reno and Benteen add a flavor of the issues that existed with not good communications in the command decision making process, almost like the issues that caused the destruction of the British Light Brigade of Calvary in the Crimean Battle twenty years earlier (see "The Reason Why"). Son of the Morning Star is the type of book that teaches you something fresh on each fresh reading. Regardless of your position on the U. S. government vs. the Native Americans, this is an exciting look at the 1870's in the wild West, the people and happenings that shaped our country, and our national photo and identity.
An perfect read. If you are at all interest in this period of are nation's history, this will give you as detailed an acc of Custer and his life leading to his "problems" on the Small Bighorn. You will also be privy to the lives of those died with him, survived in spite of him, and those who faced him and survived that sad incident. It beings into full focus the issues inherent in settling the west; our nation's inability to live up to treaties with the Indians and the ignorance of those, mostly our military, sent to deal with 's a well written tragedy.Another related book about the period is The Heart of Everything That Is; a biography of Chief Red Cloud.
Javier Salazar Calle weaves an intricate tale of adventure filled with realistic description right in the heart of Africa. Ndura is a narrative of survival that shows how nature itself can become the most challenging conflict. I love books that begin with a map and include useful appendices at the end.
I'll hold this short due to other reviews. I've read other works by Philbrick and Donovan about the war in Montana in 1876. I've also read different works, and spent hours watching videos online. This book by one Connell being the third I've read in regards to the aforementioned. This is my favorite of the 3, and found it fantastic. However, if you're fresh to this subject, I recommend not reading this first! It bounces back and forth between history, and I found it both enlightening and refreshing. Amazing job composing this masterpiece.
For anyone interested in the West and the battle between the US and the plains tribes, this is a amazing read. The book gives amazing insight into the backgrounds and motivations of the principal protagonists: the Custer clan, other officers and men of the 7th cavalry, other American military and Native Americans who participated in the War of the Small Huge Horn and other engagements of this war. The book is well researched and provides a view of the battle from the perspectives of both the whites and Native Americans who engaged in this struggle.
Ndura Son of the ForestI could feel, smell, and hear the forest setting in this awesome story. This is the type of book that is hard to place down. Javier Salazar Calle does an wonderful job of enticing the reader to read more without stopping until the story is finished. Because this is a translated ver of the story, a few errors of English syntax caught my attention. These were so few that the thrill of the story was never compromised. Every chapter is filled with adventures and enigmas of how to sustain life in a put that has enormous challenges. I was fascinated by how the main hero learns to survive in the forest by carefully observing and experimenting. His perseverance was admirable. The definitions that were included at the bottom of the pages created reading this book educational as well as entertaining. I highly recommend this book. This reader gives Ndura Son of the Forestfive stars.
The book is marvellous! It does you to obtain into the history as if you were in full jungle. The one who has not dreamed ever of a related situation? The author exhibits with a clarity and an overflowing imagination as surviving it. I recommend the reading 100 %.
I loved this book and could not place it down. It is a fast read but the author makes the reader feel deeply what every hero is experiencing. It is a story that must sound familiar to anyone who has been adopted or who has given up a kid at birth and it is told beautifully. A book of joy and sadness, rejection and acceptance, secrecy and revelation, and the strength of family ties. Such a memorable book!
I was a small skeptical about buying this book at first since I knew it involved adoption. I assumed I wouldn't have fun it because I couldn't connect to the author.I was wrong. So very wrong!This is a beautifully written book that had me crying tears of sorrow and joy almost the whole time. Dianne uses such vivid language that it transported me to a various point of view and I was able to connect with her and feel everything she surely felt. I rode the roller coaster of emotions along with her as I read. Dianne lets us in to a very intimate part of her life and doesn't keep back on her feelings, opening up to us how powerful a person she is, even though at first she feels lost and scared. We are allowed to explore who she is even as she does.
This story tells about Dianne finding and meeting her birth mother, Betsey. It is various as there is very small mention of her adoptive family. Rather it is all about meeting her birth mother and how she feels about having her secret daughter come into her life and her family's. It is an simple fun read.
Such an interesting story.... I have always wondered how people adopted felt - some have desired to meet the birth parents, some were afraid, some were angry. I don't know how I would feel, but reading this book created me see things in a various way. I appreciate the author's desire to meet her birth parents and how lucky she was that the feeling was mutual. A amazing read for sure......anything that makes you think, place yourself into the story is definitely worth your time to read. Enjoy.
I just loved this warm, happy, and heartbreaking story. I was on the edge of my seat waiting to search out what happens next- through most of the book. Dianne’s love for her birth mom and Betsy’s love for her daughter crossed socially acceptable norms- and was so warm and touching. I couldn’t place the book down.
The young Ramses stared the bull in the face. He was afraid. The bull was so fierce. The young prince turned to his father, Seti I, for help. "You're sending me to my death", cried the young boy. The pharaoh responded "You must become the light of your people, shining like the sun. You were hidden in my hand like a star; today I am setting you free. To shine-or to vanish!" Thus would start the long and vibrant career of Egypt's greatest pharaoh. The first of a five-volume set, Christian Jacq's novel of the life of Ramses the Amazing begins with the king's early life in e supremely confident prince thought he was certain to succeed his father to the Horus Throne, but he was the only one who did. His brother, Shanaar, was the designated heir and he was jealous of his younger brother. His teacher said his name isn't even mentioned in court circles. He was told to leave town. Yet the prince was driven toward power and would never settle for anything less. He had a mate who felt the same way. A fire inside him driving him toward something great. That man was Moses. Even at a young age he began questioning the gods and was troubled by dreams he couldn't would not be simple for the young prince. He would face a lot of obstacles that would place his life in danger. His father was an enigma to him-leaving him to believe he was testing him for greatness and then abandoning him. If he was the Son of Light he would have to war the forces of darkness and they would come from people very close to ancient Egyptian culture the pharaoh was the protector of ma'at, the protector of order. To prove he was worthy of the honor he would have to prove it in the amazing battleground of Egypt. It would be order versus chaos; light versus darkness; and those storm clouds would gather threatening to consume the light before it had a possibility to ristian Jacq weaves together an exciting tale, based on the life of Ramses II of Egypt. This was the time of Moses and we're introduced to him as a young teenage mate of the Prince. It was also the time of the war of Troy and in Greek mythology Menelaus and Helen were forced by a amazing storm to the shores of Egypt. Jacq even has Homer conversing with the Crown Prince sharing his stories and philosophy with him. Finally, there is the living pharaoh, Seti I, who is seen as the gentle and wise ruler imparting his wisdom to his son. It is an exciting beginning to what promises to be one the ancient world's most gloriest of times.
I was thrilled to be able to read C. Jacq's Rameses novels here in USA. He is truly one of the amazing pionneer writers bringing Ancient Egypt to life. That said,the novel is yet somewhat flat as he is painting life as we have imagined it in the mid 20 th . cent. I am wishing for dialogues less brusque , less choppy and with more zest. Could it be the translation? Yet , the novel brings to life long forgotten amazing man and his fenomenal imput to the world's heritage , for which we are simply gratefull.
This is the first in a five part series that really manages to blend history and full-blown fiction. Jacq's Egypt comes alive and jumps off the page, stealing you away to a globe where magic might just be true and all those dry history stores come to life. I was really surprised at who "the amazing guys" and "the poor guys" turned out to be, and found myself really feeling for the characters in the pages. I highly recommend reading the series in order - you might just catch yourself rereading it, like I did ... wow, I just realized how cheezy that all sounds, but they really are amazing books.
I have to admit, I had been avoiding reading this series of novels for the reasons that a lot of reviewers cite here. The language is simple, the hero development is non-existent, the suspension of disbelief is nearly impossible. I suspect some problem may come from being translated from French into English, or just because Christian Jacq is not the strongest writer of fiction. As a reader, I can forgive him for these things.We begin the story when Prince Ramses, second in line for the throne of the Pharaohs, is in scribal school with several friends. He is taken by none other than his father, Seti I to face down a bull. Ramses will either defeat the bull and his fear, or he will die. Surviving the incident, he is left wondering what life will have in shop for him. Several other encounters with his royal father, leave Ramses wondering, and once in a while convinced, that he, rather than his manipulative and decidedly oily brother, Shanaar, will become Pharaoh. There are plenty of plots, campaigns into neighboring lands, battles that quell rebellious vassal states to hold you reading.Ramses, much like the scores of ancient Egyptian monuments that bear his name are larger than life. It is very various from the novels that I am used to reading, such as those by Pauline Gedge, who is the absolute gold standard versus which all other authors are measured when it comes to historical fiction set in Ancient Egypt. I was pleasantly surprised, however, that while French Egyptologist, Christian Jacq is most definitely no Pauline Gedge, I rather did have fun the book for the mindless fun that it provided for me.I have been fascinated by Ancient Egypt since I was about 9 years old. I have devoured every bit of fiction associated to it, both amazing and poor that I could lay my hands on. I also have a lot of shelves lined with non-fiction texts, both for the laypublic and university level papers and books geared toward professional Egyptology. With all of that, I have absolutely no illusions that the Ramses series is anything but mindless is book, is neither historically accurate nor particularly amazing in terms of fiction. It was, however, a very quick read, and I devoured it in a matter of hours. I think Jacq, who is himself an Egyptologist, is just engaging in a fictional romp in a method that maybe Ramses himself would have painted the picture. Everybody, no matter how serious and learned their job is in true life, deserves to unwind and have a bit of fun. This book is just that and I am glad to have been taken along for the ride. For me, it was enough mindless fun to not only have read this book, but ended up purchasing the remainder of the series on my Kindle.
I found this book rather simply written, not much detail or hero depth. As fairly well informed on the 18th and 19th dynaties, I expected more and found a lot of questionable aspects of the book, which do not ring real with history. For instance, Seti I was a hands on guy who clearly was involved with his son from an early age. The idea that pharaohs never saw their sons until the boys were adults...waaa? Anyway, the juvenile method it was written did not intrigue me, so I struggled through it. Read Pauline Gedge instead.
Light reading at best. More for those who like the setting of Ancient Egypt then actual history. Perhaps its young adult style is more from the translation from French to English. The majority of this first volume reads as a coming of age story for a young Ramses. I intend to finish the collection but I understand the style is not for everyone
It's an extremely simple and quick read but terribly misleading. Historically inaccurate. If you read this go into it knowing it's PURE fiction. Honestly, outside of it's misleading, the writing was so remedial I found it uninteresting. More like a soap opera than an opportunity to learn ANYTHING of the time. The only thing historical about this book would be the names Ramses and Moses...which the author does a fine job of @#$%!&?izing rather that bringing to life in a manner that is believable.
This is Zappa's docualbum of his tift with the PMRC, who held congressional hearings on putting smut labels on albums in l the rock track "We're Turning Again," "Yo' Cat's"are digitally recorded, and were some of the first to present Zappa's love affair with modern technology. The playing and writing is great, and the production sounds cutting edge today. The songs are fine but not standouts." Wars" is a montage of the hearings--with Zappa in attack mode--and he samples digital creature sounds to present his contempt for the PMRC fun and games.Just for this track, the album is a huge piece in the late-Zappa ny story: this was one of the first of Zappa's albums I got. I was so ignorant to Zappa at the time, when I saw the word Mothers on the cover, I looked on the back credits, thinking Zappa had rehired Ian Underwood and Motorhead and Jimmy Carl Black.
This album came from a time of congressional hearings and tv debates regarding the Parents Melody Resource Center's (PMRC) and several musicians' clashing definitions of censorship, graphy and proper parenting, so it does carry Zappa's signature political overtone, but his feelings are not rubbed into listeners' faces as they sometimes can be with Zappa's stuff. Some of Zappa's most attractive work is on this disc, specifically, "What's Fresh In Baltimore," a wordless, melodic homage to the artist's hometown. (That's what I like to think, anyway.) The song even features a unbelievable guitar solo, Zappa's best in my ank Zappa Meets The Mothers Of Prevention is funny, attractive and exciting -- your ears alone will bear this true.
This is mostly instrumental, with 3 lyrics songs and also ' wars' which uses dialogue. The synclavier items takes getting used to, but it is marvellous. Jam packed with ideas, a taste of delights to come. 'what's fresh in baltimore' is a gorgeous tune with some prime zappa guitar also alien orifice. yo cats and i don't care are amazing songs and we're turning again is a gem, frank rubbishing the mythology surrounding the 60s legends like hendrix and jim morrison, classic frank insensitivity: "we can pat her on the back when she eats her sandwich". battles contains the senator who pronounces as pawn. 'If there was any method to do away with it, i'd do it'. It's an impressive sound collage. If you can come to terms with the socalled 'sterility' of the synclavier then you'll love this album. Thank you
The cowards die a lot of deaths... the brave only one. Guns of the Magnificent Seven is directed by Paul Wendkos and written by Herman Hoffman. It stars George Kennedy, James Whitmore, Monte Markham, Reni Santoni & Joe Don Baker. Melody is by Elmer Bernstein and Antonio Macasoli is the cinematographer. It's the second sequel to The Magnificent Seven which was based on Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai. Plot finds Kennedy and his assembled group of gunmen hired to rescue a revolutionary from a Mexican dictator. Routine but very watchable entry in the "Seven" franchise. It's nicely cast with Kennedy, Whitmore, Baker and Bernier Casey effective, and the photography from Macasoli is pleasing and makes the Spanish zone feel period Mexico. There's also amazing value in the writing as regards the characters and their hang-ups, while the climax is high on noise and adrenalin. Clearly not a patch on the original film, and when it all comes down to it this movie wasn't wanted or needed. But as it is, it's a decent time filler for those after a bit of standard gunslinging adventure. 6/10
Die Rich... Gold of the Seven Saints is directed by Gordon Douglas and adapted to screenplay by Leigh Brackett and Leonard Freeman from Steve Frazee's novel. It stars Clint Walker, Roger Moore, Robert Middleton, Chill Wills and Leticia Roman. Filmed in Warnerscope, cinematography is by Joseph F. Biroc and the melody is scored by Howard Jackson. Jim Rainbolt (Walker) and Shaun Garrett (Moore) strike it rich and quickly search themselves pursued across the sun scorched lands by cash hungry baddies... OK! It's what can be termed as a not good man's Treasure of the Sierra Madre. It also has Roger Moore in a Western film trying to do an Irish accent! And! It's also in black and white, which when you see how beautifully crisp Biroc's photography is - as the Utah landscapes scorch the eyes - seems such a waste of an opportunity. Yet there's a lot of fun here, some perky scripting and deftly staged action, even some genuine moments of suspense. While Chill Wills pops in for a dandy performance to please the Western faithful. Leticia Roman is a token lady offering, the resolution is a bit of a damp squib, but Walker, Wills and Moore are darn fine company to be in, which in this case is enough to create time spent with this film time well spent. 6.5/10
A truly enjoyable story with some mystery interwoven in the background. If you wish something to read that will entertain you, hold your interest, and inspire you at the same time this is the book for you. It left me in quiet introspection each time I place it down. I wanted to read it in one marathon session but of course, life interrupts. Perhaps it was better read this way, as it is something to be savored – not gobbled down – just because of the insights it creates in you with each time her ‘life’ changes, and what she discovers within her as a result. Not at all what I expected – a special story line – and, as someone else mentioned, a amazing story to read at the beach or have fun snuggled up in bed during personal time. Hoping for more from this author!!!
It was fascinating to follow Grace's progression from an uncertain and somewhat discontented young adult to confidence and fulfilment as she discovered what was truly necessary to her. Each chapter kept me on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen nexxt. Amazing read!
As a fan of 1800's sentence structure and wording, this book had an initial appeal after reading a few passages. Although the story seemed to drag or go a bit hap-hazard at times, depth was developed and there were a few remarkable plot twists as the end. Perhaps what was most appealing though, was what was implied rather than said. This lent to the imagination the ability to conjure up all sorts of imagery that was both intriguing and unsettling. Any book that has me thinking about it days or even weeks later is well worth reading. In the darkness, sometimes there's light, whether justified or not.
This ver is unreadable. It's as if it was translated back from a foreign language edition by a non-English speaker or by a demented computer software program. One example will give you the idea. When Maule is on the gallows, instead of referring to him as "the dying man", the translator calls him "the loss of life guy". It would be funny to anyone who wasn't trying to actually read the book.
This book may have been intended for Sunday School teachers but it is one of the best books on teaching available anywhere from any time. I first read it in the 70's and it holds real today. I know of university professors of education that based their introductory teaching methods course on The Seven Laws of Teaching. It is too poor that some will not be able to see past its original intended audience...
I'm typically a non-fiction reader but sprinkle some fiction in from time to time. This was such a fun story including love, mystery, and gentle moral/spiritual inspirations. The main hero is given an opportunity to discover different "powers" that I think we really all possess, but may want for more of. Being brave is an example. Definitely recommend with a nice cup of tea on a leisurely afternoon.
Aeschylus in Fresh England, the Furies circling in predatory flight. This is one of the amazing Nineteenth Century novels. The story it tells, the questions it raises couldn’t be more timely. The prose is dense and heavy, so reading it can feel like digging out of snow packed driveway on an icy Maine morning, and yet the phrasing often sparkles like single slow falling snowflakes. It’s about the dead weight of the past… or is it dead at all? Do past wrongs, deceits and evils reach out like a skeletal hand from the grave to choke out the life of the living? Hawthorne’s vision of the dark side of human nature is as perceptive and unflinching as Poe or Freud or Lovecraft. The mood and atmosphere is dark, brooding, ominous, Gothic. There are Witchcraft, Curses, a magnificent and menacing house that is almost sentient, breathing, alive, looming in the plot as huge as any character. Is the story really about Slavery? The near genocide of the indigenous people? Is there balm in Gilead? – a satisfied ending to this story? Critics disagree. Each reader must decide. Very Highly Recommended.