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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.”

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THE ANCIENT OCEAN

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 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. The elevation of the land is known today as the Himalayan Mountains. The land movement is called continental drift or tectonic shift.

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THE TETHYS SEA

In Soul Of The Beast, John and his mates are shown an old map with a large body of water between the continents of India and Asia . The sea was real. It’s called the Tethys Sea. It existed up to 65 millions years ago when the continent of India shifted north (continental drift) and collided with Asia. SOB.pangea2But the map is impossible because, according to the experts, the sea was gone long before men walked the earth. There was no one around to draw the map.  Are they right?

Here are the “facts”  taught by the scientists: Continue reading

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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.

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