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THE SOUTH AFRICAN GOLD RUSH

THE SOUTH AFRICAN GOLD RUSH

SOB Gold Rush2The Soul of the Beast happens at the time of the South African Gold Rush, John Sexton sails to South Africa and hides in the gold fields to escape  death from his family’s curse. Below are excerpts from an online article about the Gold Rush by goldavenue.com/Info .

The initial riches found in South Africa were diamonds, not gold. The first diamond was found near the … northern Cape Province in 1867… within three years, the region [was] alive with diggers … from all over the world [trying] to build up diamond fortunes … Among them was Cecil Rhodes [founder of the Rhodes scholarship] …. Continue reading

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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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Quotes from Soul Of The Beast

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(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)

SOB Himalayas6Thugs don’t leave witnesses, at least alive. (Mick)

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

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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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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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Any comments about diamonds?  You can post them below. I’d like to hear from you! 

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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

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How Long Can We Survive Without Sleep?

 

The main characters in Soul Of The Beast  and Awakening 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…

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Tsunamis: Killer Waves

 

Tsunamis: Killer Waves

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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 …

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Are Thugs Real?

Thugs were very real.thuggee3 They were an Indian assassin cult. Their real 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 Thuggee. In the 1830s this Indian secret society strangled upward of 30,000 native people and travelers as a sacrifice to their goddess Kali…  Continue reading