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SLAVERY

SLAVERY- 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 and treated much like we would a horse or a dog. That is not saying a slave is no better than a horse or dog because all humans have infinite value. But the similarity of a slave’s treatment  to animals is a terrible truth. 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 history and society called them something else:

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Ancient City of Ur

sumerian1The 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

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HIMALAYAN MONKS

tibetan-monk1Himalayan 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

 

 

 

 

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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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RIVER BLINDNESS

 

SOB Blindness 2In Soul Of The Beast, John and Mick meet a blind beggar without legs and with completely white eyes. Why were his eyes white? A likely cause is RIVER BLINDNESS. Below are excerpts from an online article about River Blindness from infoplease.com . To read the  article click the link: http://bit.ly/PlnyPb.

River blindness is caused by a parasitic worm [that enters the human body through the bite of a black fly. The fly lives in fertile areas near rivers. Each adult worm produces millions of larvae that [migrate] throughout the body… When the worm enters the eyes, it causes … blindness… The disease shows symptoms one to three years after the [bite.]

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Mother Teresa and the Poverty of Calcutta

Mother Teresa was one of the greatest humanitarians of all time. She gave her life to comfort the people suffering from the horrific poverty of Calcutta. Below are excerpts from the online biography by Bio.TRUE STORY.

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SOBMother-Teresa12Baptized on August 27, 1910, in Skopje, Macedonia, Mother Teresa taught in India for 17 years before she experienced her [call to care] for the sick and poor. Her order established a hospice; centers for the blind, aged, and disabled; and a leper colony. [In 1979 she] received the Nobel Peace Prize for her humanitarian work.

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WHY I WROTE SOUL OF THE BEAST

 

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The Soul of the Beast there is an ancient myth hidden in the Himalayan Mountains. For centuries, men have searched for the Soul believing that it will give them powers and eternal life to its possessor. John Sexton’s grandfather finds the key to finding the Soul. He gives the key to John to keep it from an assassin cult. The assassins murder the grandfather and pursue John and his mates to kill them and take the key and the Soul’s powers for themselves. John and his mates are in a race for their lives that takes them across continents. Neither John nor the assassins realize their every move is controlled and part of a war between unseen forces.

 

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I wrote SOUL OF THE BEAST because of the high numbers of teens, and adults, who can’t read or read poorly. That has always bothered me. Then came the day when I walked through the Young Adult section of a bookstore. The main shelves were filled with comics in paperback form with meaningless stories and quick art meant for mass production.  Solid fiction like Treasure Island, Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter was relegated to side shelves where it was harder to see and find.
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If Soul of the Beast  is something you’re interested in reading or giving as a gift, you can buy it online in both paperback and ebook. Simply click Amazon.com . 

 

Still not sure you’d like it? You can read the first chapter for free. Simply go to my website, wesphelan.com, Click on Soul of the Beast Excerpt . (It’s below  the main banner with the dragon at the top of the page.) Read the first ten pages. If that doesn’t capture your interest, then thanks for looking. I’m betting you’ll want more.

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Pangaea: The Supercontinent

 From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

SOB.pangea-continental-driftPangaea (pan-JEE) was a supercontinent that existed … approximately 300 million years ago.[2] It began to break apart around 200 million years ago.   The name Pangaea is derived from Ancient Greek [words]  pan meaning “entire”, and Gaia meaning “Mother Earth”.[4] The name was coined during a 1927 symposium discussing the theory of continental drift. A scientist named Wegener postulated that, prior to breaking up and drifting to their present locations, all the continents had at one time formed a single supercontinent. Originally, this theory was rejected because it was thought that nothing could move a landmass as large as a continent. We now know that continents do move. [The movement] is called continental drift or tectonic plate movementThe break-up of Pangaea continues today in the Red Sea Rift and East African Rift.

The progression from a single supercontinent to the continents of today is shown in the pictures to the left.

If you found this interesting and would like to leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you. You can post your comments below.

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Welcome to the Home of the Beasts!

SOB Monk HimalayasWelcome to my book blog and the website for my novel Soul Of The Beast . I’m Wes Phelan, the author.

Soul Of The Beast was first published by Clemson University Digital press. You can purchase the book through  them by clicking the following link:  www.clemson.edu/cedp/cudp/pubs/phelan/index.html.

Soul Of The Beast has  also been published by Amazon.com in both paper back and ebook. To purchase Soul Of The Beast, click the link below: http://www.amazon.com/Soul-Beast-Wes-Phelan-ebook/dp/B00FT4PYOE/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1382412928&sr=8-10&keywords=soul+of+the+beast

himalayas2Blogs about the book and related topics are published weekly at this website. http://wes.phelan.com

Awakening The Beast, the sequel to Soul Of The Beast and the second part of the saga, is d currently in the editing phase. I expect it to be published in the spring of 2015. The sequel will address many of the mysteries left unexplained in Soul Of The Beast, and reveal more mysteries that will make ATB another fascinating read.

In the more distant future, I intend to dust off and publish my first novel, Medicus Studentus: Chronicles Of Underwoood.TibetanMonk5 This is a totally different story about the real and not-so-real life of a reluctant medical student.

If you enjoyed Soul Of The Beast, please tell your friends. Let them know they can read the first chapter of the book for FREE on this website! Simply click SOUL OF THE BEAST EXCERPT in the bar beneath the red banner.

Zhong rules! Go Tigers!

Himalayan TigerIf you have any comments or questions, you can post them below.  I’d like to hear from you!

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POISONOUS SPIDERS OF INDIA

The characters in the upcoming novel, Awakening the Beast, encounter a poisonous spider. I thought it would interesting to do a photo essay about the poisonous spiders of India. The spider at the top of the page had to be the inspiration for the movie,  Lord of the Rings.India Spider PanicWTBspider5WTBspider6WTBspider7WTBspider10WTBspider10WTBspider12WTBspider13WTBspider14WTBspider15WTBspider16WTBspider19WTBspider20WTBspider21