In Soul of the Beast, John and his mates are captured and taken somewhere to be sold as slaves. What is a slave?
The usual concept of a slave is someone who is owned by another person, much like a horse or a dog. The slave has no rights and must do anything the slave owner tells him or her to do. The owner can punish the slave as often and as severely as he or she chooses. The owner can kill the slave for any and no reason. Using this definition, many people throughout history were in fact slaves even though they were called something else:
The ancient city of Ur was real and is important to Awakening the Beast. Ur was located in the southern Arabian Peninsula and mentioned in Genesis as the home of Abraham. It was an ancient city of the Sumerians, the earliest known civilization. The remains of Ur were found in the 1920’s by an archeologist named Wolley.. Continue reading
Himalayan monks play a huge part in the Beast Series. This is part of the collection of monk photos I assembled during my research for the books. The collection is extensive and very interesting. The photos come from National Geographic and other online sources. To see the rest of the photos, click here: MONK PHOTOS.
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.
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.
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.”
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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.
(Regarding a poker game) It’s not cheating when all the money on the table is yours. (Mick)
When there is only one choice, choose it. (Mick)
When you got people afraid of you, you’ve got real power. (Mick)
Getting you in won’t be hard. But getting you out, that’s the tricky part. (Mick)
(Also about a poker game) That wasn’t cheating. That was livening up the game. (Mick)
The only remedy for a bad defense was a good offense. (John)
Living on the streets teaches you where the bodies are buried. (Mick)
The live dog is better than a dead lion. (Mick quoting the Bible.) Continue reading
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:
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
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.
The 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
The immediate response from most of us is NO.
Then 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