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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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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)

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Is Climbing Mount Everest Dangerous?

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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.everest8 Continue reading

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Can Monks Really Disappear?

tibetan-monk1When a monk in Soul Of The Beast disappears, he blocks people from seeing him through mind control.

Mind control is part of our lives everyday and so common that we accept it as normal. Our minds are controlled through advertising, propaganda, movies, television, radio, stirring speeches, bad news, good news, what we’re taught in school, and even gossip from a neighbor.

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HIMALAYAS

The Himalayas play a major part in Soul of the Beast and Awakening The Beast. The beauty of the Himalayan Mountains can not be communicated through words. Enjoy the photo essay. SONY DSC

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Sir Edmund Hillary First person to climb Mt Everest

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First person to climb Mt Everest

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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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Tigers

Tigers Live In  the Himalayan Mountains as well as  rain forests, evergreen forests, mangrove swamps, grasslands, savannas, and temperate forests.

tigers1[Tigers are the] largest of all the Asian big cats…tigers typically hunt alone and depend primarily on sight and sound rather than smell …to stalk prey. A tiger can consume up to 88 pounds of meat at one time…tigers give birth to 2-3 cubs every 2-2.5 years. If all the cubs in one litter die, a second litter may be produced within 5 months.

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Volcanoes

Volcanoes are among the most amazing natural events on earth. They play a large part in Awakening The Beast, the next book in the Beast series. To make volcanoes come alive,  I’ve put together a photo essay on volcanic eruptions.

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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.

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Zhong rules! Go Tigers!

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

Are Volcanic Lakes Dangerous?

Volcanic lakes can be very dangerous, especially when there is volcanic activity. “Nature” posted an article online that discusses the hazards with a focus on Lake Kivu in Africa.

A lakeful of trouble: Africa’s Lake Kivu contains vast quantities of gas, which makes it both dangerous and valuable. … Lake in an old volcanic crater or caldera, Iceland

In late 2001, Mount Nyiragongo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was growing restless. Plumes of smoke issued from the central crater, alarming volcanologists in the nearby city of Goma. Then, on 17 January 2002, lava fountained from a fracture on Nyiragongo’s southern flank. The molten rock snaked down the sides of the volcano and razed the centre of Goma… the lava streamed into nearby Lake Kivu, generating a plume of water vapour that clouded the area for days1.

More than 100 people were killed and nearly 300,000 people fled their homes. The only obvious refuge for the displaced people was along the shores of the lake. But Kivu poses its own threats. Beneath its placid surface, the lake contains 300 cubic kilometres of carbon dioxide and 60 cubic kilometres of methane. A disruption to the lake — such as a bigger, closer eruption — could cause a gas burst, with potentially deadly consequences for the roughly 2 million people who live along Kivu’s shores… Continue reading