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The Lost Secret Of Greek Fire

Greek Fire plays an important part in Awakening The Beast.  It was such a devastating weapon that the recipe was a closely guarded secret. Actually, the secret was so well kept that the formula was lost and never rediscovered. Below is an excerpt from an online article about Greek Fire from www.lordsandladies.org/.

ATB Greek Fire12…There are several possible] formulas for creating Greek Fire. Some accounts suggest that petroleum and oil were used as an ingredient. Other … formulas which seems far more likely include a combination… of ingredients such as Quicklime, Saltpeter, Bitumen, Sulphur, Resin and Pitch. … This terrifying fiery substance stuck like glue to almost any surface and was nearly impossible to extinguish except with sand, salt, or urine. Throwing water alone on Greek Fire only fanned the flames. The history of Greek Fire [dates] back to the 7th century and was first used against the Arabs at their siege of Constantinople of 673. [Greek Fire was used in land and sea battles against the Arabs with devastating results.] Continue reading

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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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WRITING A (good) NOVEL!

 

Dragon eyeThese writing tips are from an unusual source; a guy who studied nothing but science in college and never had an English or writing course (other than the mandatory Freshman English). I also never seriously wrote anything until I was in my 30’s. I have written four novels, and one of them, Soul of the Beast, has been published by both Clemson University Digital Press and Amazon.com.  

Now on to my TIPS…

Have a story worth telling.

Write what you want to write.

Write about what you know. If you don’t know something, you can learn about it. (i.e.-Google it) Continue reading

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QUOTES FROM AWAKENING THE BEAST

QUOTES FROM AWAKENING THE BEAST

Awakening the Beast, the sequel to Soul of the Beast, has been completed. It answers all the unanswered questions in the first book. Awakening the Beast is currently being prepared for publishing on Amazon.com. Below are quotes from the book and a taste of what the book offers.

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I will take your hearts. Then you will watch as I offer your gifts to my god.

Fool, you say the words, but you do not understand.

It was like a monster engulfing the ship.

We cannot wait …We must save ourselves.

When there’s only one choice, you choose it.

I cannot explain what I do not understand.

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In the desert, to share water is to share life.

That was never my destiny.

Like a sea of locusts, they devour everything in their path.

Her body moved in and out of curves to music only she could hear, music her face said was beautiful beyond words. Continue reading

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What is Archeology?

What is Archeology?

Archeology is the study of ancient cultures and people. Below are excerpts  from Wikipedia.

Archeology… is the recovery and [study of what ancient cultures left behind. This includes bones, pieces of pottery, statues, figurines, buildings, pictures.] Archeology studies human prehistory and history from the development of the first stone tools… 4 million years ago up until recent decades.  

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 First excavations

SOBstonehengeOne of the first sites to undergo archeological excavation, was Stonehenge and other megalithic (big stone) monuments in England….

Excavations were also carried out in the ancient towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum, both of which had been covered by ashes during the Eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. …[the towns were complete with] utensils… human shapes,and ancient frescos, (wall paintings)…

Development of the archeological method

William Flinders Petrie… was the first to scientifically investigate the Great Pyramid in Egypt  … Petrie developed the system of dating layers based on pottery and ceramic findings…[and trained] a whole generation of Egyptologists, including Howard Carter who went on to [discover] the tomb of… pharaoh Tutankhamun

The first… excavation to reach wide popularity [was the discovery] of ancient Troy…by Heinrich Schliemann…Archaeology became a professional activity in the first half of the 20th century [when it became] possible to study archaeology as a subject in universities … By the end of the 20th century nearly all professional archaeologists, at least in developed countries, were graduates.

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What is the British Empire?

WHAT IS THE BRITISH EMPIRE?

The British Empire is the world of Soul of the Beast, and the greatest empire on earth in its day . Below are excerpts from an online article about the empire from New World Encyclopedia. Click the link to read the full article.

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The British Empire is the most extensive empire in world history and for a time was the foremost global power. …By 1921, the British Empire ruled a population of [approximately 500] million people… one-quarter of the world’s population. It covered about 14.3 million square miles [which is], about a quarter of Earth‘s total land area. …The British Empire was… “the empire on which the sun never sets” …[because] the empire’s span across the globe ensured that the sun was always shining on at least one of its numerous colonies.

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THE ART OF WAR by SUN TZU

THE ART OF WAR by SUN TZU , the ancient Chinese master of war, plays an important part in Awakening The Beast, second in the Beast book series. There was a recent blog about Sun Tzu. Now you can read excerpts from his book, The Art of War.

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All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.

If [the enemy] is secure at all points, be prepared for him. If he [has] superior strength, evade him.

Pretend to be weak, that [the enemy] may grow arrogant.

If [the enemy] is taking his ease, give him no rest. If his forces are united, separate them.

Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected.

WAGING WAR

Though we have heard of stupid haste in war, cleverness has never been seen associated with long delays.

There is no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare.

Bring war materials with you from home, but forage on the enemy… One cartload of the enemy’s provisions is equivalent to twenty of one’s own.

In chariot fighting, when ten or more chariots have been taken, our own flags should be substituted for those of the enemy, and the chariots mingled and used in conjunction with ours. The captured soldiers should be [treated] kindly… This is called, using the conquered foe to augment one’s own strength.

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WHAT IS A CAMEL?

The camel plays an important role in Awakening the Beast.  They are unique animals that can survive  in the extreme heat of the desert for long periods of time without water. Below are excerpts from Wikipedia on the subject:

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Camels are [a hooved animal with] distinctive fatty deposits [on their backs] known as “humps”. [There are two types-] the dromedary, or one-humped camel …of  the Middle East and … Africa; and the bactrian, or two-humped camel … [of] Central Asia. Both species have been domesticated; they provide milk, meat, [and hair for cloth]. [They] are working animals with tasks ranging from human transport to bearing loads.

The term “camel” is derived [from a] Hebrew [word [meaning] going without… This refers to [the animal’s] ability to go without food or water …

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Sun Tzu, The Man

Sun Tzu was an ancient Chinese military general. His book, The Art of War, is still used today and plays a significant part in Awakening The Beast. Below are excerpts from Wikipedia on the subject.

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Sun Tzu … was a [Sixth Century BC] Chinese military general …. [and] the author of The Art of War, an extremely influential ancient Chinese book on military strategy. …

Interesting story about Sun Tzu

… Before hiring Sun Tzu, the King … tested Sun Tzu’s skills by commanding him to train a harem of 180 concubines into soldiers. Sun Tzu divided them into two companies, appointing the two concubines most favored by the king as the company commanders. When Sun Tzu first ordered the concubines to face right, they giggled …Sun Tzu … reiterated the command, and again the concubines giggled. Sun Tzu then ordered the execution of the king’s two favored concubines.…After both concubines were killed, new officers were chosen to replace them. Afterwards, both companies… performed their maneuvers flawlessly. Continue reading

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Was Calcutta Poverty Really That Bad?

WAS CALCUTTA POVERTY REALLY THAT BAD?

The main characters in Soul of the Beast travel to Calcutta, India and experience the extreme poverty that still exists today. When someone says  the poor of America are rich compared with Calcutta, Americans often scoff.  But Mother Theresa knew this was true and spent her life giving comfort to the poor of Calcutta. Below are excerpts from an online article on the subject by Backpacking Tips Asia:

India is an amazing country to travel in …But unfortunately, the poverty [ in India is overwhelming.] Poverty can roughly be divided into absolute poverty, [what we see in India] or relative poverty [what we see in the United States].

calcutta5Absolute poverty is what you see on television … when they show skinny children from… Africa…the absolute poverty line is $1.25 per day.In other words, if a person is living on $1.25 or less per day, that person is living in absolute poverty. Continue reading