Category Archives: Behind the Scenes

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Background: John Sexton, His Curse, His Mates

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John Sexton is a central character of Soul of the Beast and the person who tells the story. He was born into an aristocratic British family and grew up with all the benefits of wealth and social status. His life was perfect until the Curse began.

The Curse. One by one, the adult men of the Sexton family die mysteriously. After the last Sexton adult man dies, the sons die on the first day of their eighteenth year.  John Sexton is the next to turn eighteen. With his doom just months away, John attempts to escape his fate by sailing to South Africa and hiding among the gold fields.sob-goldmines

David is John’s mate and the son of a poor South African farmer. He has a claim in the gold fields near John’s. When miners attempt to kill John, David fights them off and saves John’s life. The two become mates and work their claims together. When John sails to Australia, David goes along to protect him.  sob-thuggees

Mick Kelly is another of John’s mates. He is the son of an Irish convict sentenced to ten years of forced labor in Australia.  Mick’s mother and father both die, and he is forced to live on the streets of Derby. Mick teaches himself to read and, with his street smarts, becomes a reporter for the local newspaper. Mick says, “A good reporter knows where the bodies are buried.”

Want to know more background to Soul of the Beast? Post your questions and comments below.  I’m ready to answer any questions you have about the book.

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What is Destiny?

Destiny plays a large and subtle part in the Soul of the Beast, Destiny is the invisible force that controls history  and, through a series of preordained events, leads to  inevitable outcomes. The words Destiny and Fate are used interchangeably but have a subtle difference. With Destiny, events and outcomes are determined by the inherent nature of the universe  and “fixed in stone”.  With Fate, events and outcomes are determined by the actions of people or a force, such as a god, and can be changed. Fate in ancient times was represented by the image of three women weaving the  lives of humans into a fabric.

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What is the Tower of Babel?

The second book in the Beast series, Awakening the Beast, talks about an ancient building called the Tower of Babel. This comes from the Bible and the book of Genesis 11:1-9. Below are excerpts from Wikipedia that explain more about the tower:

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WHAT IS THE TOWER OF BABEL?

The story of the city (and tower) of Babel is recorded in Genesis 11:1-9. Everyone on earth spoke the same language. … People [built] a city and a tower with its top in the sky, to make a name for themselves… God … remarked that as one people with one language, nothing that they sought would be out of their reach. God … [made the people speak] in multiple different languages). Unable to] understand each other … the people drifted apart and ) scattered …over the face of the earth… they stopped building the city. [The name of the city was Babel from which we get the word babbling.] Continue reading

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What Is A Jackal?

The Jackal plays an important part in Awakening The Beast. However, the animals in the story are fiction. Real jackals are much smaller and none of them are pure black or have blue eyes. Below are excerpts from Wikipedia about real jackals.

ATBjackal1The jackal is a small- to medium-sized …[dog-like animal. There are] three species: the black-backed jackal, the side-striped jackal of sub-Saharan Africa, and the golden jackal of northern Africa … Continue reading

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Are Dragons Real?

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The immediate response from most of us is NO.

st_george2Then why are Dragon myths in  cultures all around the world? There are the Chinese dragons and the English story of St. George and the Dragon. The Bible talks about a dragon in the book of Revelation.  The aborigines of Australia have a verbal history about a dragon like creature that they hunted to extinction. Native cultures in North, Central and South America have legends of dragons. The most famous example is the Aztec god, Quetzalcoatl.

Dinosaurs are dragon like creatures. Could dragon myths be a cultural memory about dinosaurs?  For people to remember dinosaurs, dinosaurs and people would have to exist at the same time. Scientists tell us that’s impossible because dinosaurs  were extinct long before man walked the earth. Dinosaurs lived up until 250 million years ago. Man has only been on the earth for 5 million years.

The experts are wrong about this, and it’s easy to prove.Because DINOSAURS ARE ALIVE TODAY.  These living dinosaurs are so familiar that we don’t recognize them for what they are. Below is a partial list of living dinosaurs with their pictures.  Look at each picture and ask yourself, could this be a living dinosaur? The answer for each is obviously yes, and the fossil record confirms it.  Continue reading

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PYRAMIDS

Pyramids play a major part in Awakening the Beast. Below are excerpts from an article on pyramids in Wikipedia.

WTBKheops-Pyramidpyramid … is a structure whose outer surfaces are triangular and converge to a single point at the top… The base of a pyramid can be [3 or 4 sided] and has at least three outer triangular surfaces… The square pyramid, with a square base and four triangular outer surfaces, is a common version.

…Pyramids have been built by civilizations in many parts of the world…. the Great Pyramid of Khufu [in Egypt is] the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still remaining. … The largest pyramid by volume is the Great Pyramid of Cholula [in Mexico.] Continue reading

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Sacrifice

Animal (and human) sacrifices  have been a terrible reality of many cultures for thousands of years. Below are excerpts from Wikipedia about the subject.

Animal sacrifice is the ritual killing of an animal as part of a religion. It is practiced by adherents of many religions as a means of appeasing a god or gods or changing the course of nature.  Animal sacrifice has [been a part of] almost all cultures, from the Hebrews to the Greeks and Romans … Ancient Egyptians [and] Aztecs.ATB Sacrifice

[Human sacrifice has been practiced by many cultures. The reasons include:

Idol worship.]

death of a king, high priest or great leader; the sacrificed [humans] were supposed to serve or accompany the deceased leader in the next life…

…times of natural disaster. Droughts, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, etc. were seen as a sign of anger or displeasure by deities, and sacrifices were supposed to lessen the [god's anger]…

The Aztecs practiced human sacrifice on an unusually large scale; a sacrifice [was] made every day to aid the sun in rising… the dedication of the great temple at Tenochtitlán [required the sacrificing of thousands [of people]….

The Phoenicians of Carthage were reputed to practice child sacrifice…, there is archaeological evidence of large numbers of children’s skeletons buried … with sacrificial animals.

Human sacrifice still happens today as an underground practice …Human sacrifice is no longer officially condoned in any country, and [is now] regarded as murder.WTB Animal sacrifice5

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Valley of the Kings: Cemetery of the Pharaohs

The Valley of the Kings plays a large part in Awakening the Beast. it is the burial site (cemetery) of the ancient Egyptian Pharaohs and royalty. The best known pharaoh to be buried there was Tutankhamun, better known as King Tut. Tutankhamun Coffin

Below is an excerpt about the Valley from the Supreme Council of Antiquities [http://www.sca-egypt.org/].

Nestled in the cliffs on the west bank of the Nile [River is the] Valley of the Kings, home to the tombs of the great pharaohs… (1550 – 1070 BC). They are hidden within a wadi (or valley)… Continue reading

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HOW BIG CAN DIAMONDS GET?

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How big can diamonds get? No one knows.The biggest real diamond ever found was the Cullinan diamond. It has 3106 carats and weighs 1.33 pounds (or 621.35 grams).

In the Soul Of The Beast, there is a fictional diamond the same size and weight as a bull. The average weight of a  Angus bull is 2500 pounds or 1,825 times larger than the largest known diamond.The Soul Of The Beast diamond is  impossibly large, and  may not be a diamond at all.  That leads to the question:  WHAT IS IT?  The answer is coming in Awakening The Beast, the next book in the BEAST series.  

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Were Starving Irishmen Convicted For Stealing Food?

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 Soul of the Beast takes place in 1886 during the time of the British Empire. At the time, starving Irishmen  were convicted  for stealing food to feed their starving families. They were sent to the penal colony in Australia. Below are excerpts from an online article by Independent Australia. You can read the article by clicking on the link.

In the early [1800's], …Australia became the first [British] colony to build a society [based] on the labour of convicted felons…Between 1787 and 1852, more than 150,000 convicts were transported to eastern Australia with around 50,000 prisoners being of Irish origin… SOB convicts on Shipminor thefts [like stealing food to survive] predominated [as the reasons for Irish convictions]… Continue reading