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
Soul of the Beast takes place in 1886 during the time of the British Empire. At the time, many Irishmen were convicted of the same felony. Their crime? Stealing food to feed their starving families. For punishment, they were sent to the penal colony in Australia. Below are excerpts from an online article on the subject 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 … around 50,000 prisoners being of Irish origin… minor thefts [like stealing food to survive were the predominant reasons for the Irish convictions]… Continue reading
A gigantic diamond plays an important part in Soul Of The Beast and Awakening Of The Beast. How big can real diamonds get? No one knows for certain.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, the fictional diamond is 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 which means it may not be a diamond at all. If that’s true, then what is it? The answer is in Awakening Of The Beast, the second book in the BEAST series.
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The main characters in Soul Of The Beast and Awakening Of The Beast, are forced to go without sleep for days. Below are excerpts from the website SLEEPIO:
[How long can we survive without sleep? We don't actually know. What we do know is sleep, like breathing] is a fundamental human requirement. It has even been said that one could survive for three times as long without food as one could without sleep. [One animal experiment] found that depriving rats entirely of sleep resulted in their death, or near-dying state, within 11-32 days…
Tsunamis: Killer Waves
[Excerpted from National Geographic online.]
The Indian Ocean tsunami generated by the most powerful earthquake in decades [occurred] on December 26[. It] is believed to have killed more than 150,000 people and made millions homeless, making it perhaps the most destructive tsunami in history.
The epicenter of the 9.0 magnitude quake was under the Indian Ocean near the … Indonesian island of Sumatra…. Within hours killer waves … slammed into [coastlines] …snatching people out to sea, drowning others in their homes or on beaches, and demolishing property from Africa to Thailand. …
What Causes A Tsunami?
• A tsunami is a … great sea wave…caused by an underwater earthquake, landslide, or volcanic eruption. More rarely, a tsunami can be generated by a giant meteor impact with the ocean. Scientists have found traces of an asteroid-collision [3.5 billion years ago] that they say would have created a giant tsunami that swept around the Earth several times [and covered] everything except the mountains …
Thugs were very real. They were an Indian assassin cult. Their name for themselves was Thuggee, but the British called them Thugs. Here is what the Encyclopedia of the Unusual and Unexplained says about Thugs:
No organized cult of killers has ever murdered as many people as the Thuggees. In the 1830s this Indian secret society strangled upward of 30,000 native people and travelers as sacrifices to their goddess Kali… Continue reading
In SOUL OF THE BEAST, there is an ancient map that shows an ocean separating India from the Asian continent.The map is fiction, but the ocean was real and is called the Tethys Ocean.
The ancient ocean existed until the land mass of India shifted north and collided with Asia. When India and Asia came together, that eliminated the ocean and forced the land up. This elevation of the land is known today as the Himalayan Mountains. The movement of continents is called continental drift or tectonic shift and is still happening today.
Tectonic drift didn’t just happen between Asia and India. If you look at a map of the world, you’ll see that the continents of Europe, Africa, North America and South America fit together like large pieces of a puzzle. That is because they were once part of a single and much larger land mass called Pangaea. (See the map above.) Unlike the collision of the Asia and India continents eliminating an ocean, here the movement of tectonic plates created large bodies of water and split the “super continent” into smaller continents.
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Climbing Mount Everest is extremely dangerous. Jon Krakauer wrote “Into Thin Air”, a true life account of his disastrous climb to the top of Mt. Everest. What he experienced was beyond dangerous. Below are exerpts from his book that speak for themselves.
…a boulder the size of a small television came rocketing down from the cliffs above and smashed Andy Harris’s chest. It knocked him off his feet, slammed the wind out of him, and left him dangling from the fixed lie in a state of shock for several minutes. Had he not been clipped in with a jumar he would have certainly fallen to his death.
Chen Yu-Nan…crawled out of his tent to evacuate his bowels shod only in smooth-soled liners of his mountaineering boots- a serious lapse of judgment. As he squatted, he lost his footing on the ice and went hurtling down the Lhotse Face. Incredibly, after falling only 70 feet he plunged headfirst in a crevasse, which arrested his tumble. Sherpas who had seen the incident lowered a rope, quickly pulled him out of the slot…(the) radio crackled to life: it was Jangbu reporting in a panicked voice that Chen had stopped breathing. Continue reading