Friday, October 31, 2014

First Twitter Reviews of TRANSCENDENCE

To read an excerpt from Transcendence, follow the link at the tweet below. For background into the making and writing of TRANSCENDENCE follow the link at the tweet below. To view Transcendence on Amazon, go here.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Latest 5 Star Review of REVELATIONS [posted October 29 2014]

Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
"Killing someone and being sorry about it isn't going to cut it. Not even close. And those who fall over themselves to extend clemency ought to visit a morgue and have a look at the reality of a dead body, one that has bled to death" !!
I was fascinated by these lines as I had been among the guilty!! And here began my journey through Revelations.

I doubt that anyone who reads it will have such closed opinions when finished reading it. To my mind it is without doubt, absolutely brilliant! The book is of course the story that has captured the attention of the world the world class athlete Oscar Pistorius and his beautiful lawyer/model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and the events of February 13 2013 and the trial that lasted for so many months which I followed closely.

But this book is so much more if you follow what is beneath the surface. It is extremely well thought out

It explores the South African Courts, the lawyers, the police and police corruption, the media and it's handling of stories, society and the need of people for instant gratification, where we have come from and where we are going. It takes a long hard look at modern day society and we are not such nice people as we lead ourselves to believe!!
It is a book that I will read again and again as I feel it has very deep messages for all of us as a society.

No one will ever know the real events of the night of February 13, but I do believe that the author, together with Juror No 13 have come up with a very reasonable explanation of what took place and they have done this through the most vigorous research which was not without it's own drama's and strange occurrences!! It certainly made me wonder about power, money and what it can do!! I do not want to spoil the story for anyone but do not miss this book, it is truly an excellent and emotional roller
coaster!!


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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Latest reviews of RESTITUTIO

5.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful book 29 Sep 2014
Thank you. Thank you! A truly inspirational book.

4.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended. 30 Sep 2014
Another great read from the series - lots of important questions raised that leave you thinking about them long after you've finished reading.


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Friday, September 26, 2014

Latest Review of RESTITUTIO

By Claire
Extremely balanced , moving and utterly thought provoking. A more philosophical narrative than Revelations which I read before this, yet still punctuated with harsh realities by Nick Van Der Leek and Laurie Pieters-James and commentary by Juror 13. An utterly compelling read that should make us all question the society in which we live and also question ourselves.

More here.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

RESTITUTIO is Oscar Trial eBook #5. So...what's it all about?

The Short Version and the Long Version:

1. Short Description via Juror13:


"This book is not about sheer entertainment.  It's really about reflection, and moving forward. I think anyone who reads this book is going to stop and think about how this ties into their own life."




2. Long Description (via Amazon):


RESTITUTIO was published on 19 September 2014, exactly 7 days after Judge Thokozile Masipa pronounced her controversial verdict; Oscar Pistorius not guilty on the charge of murdering Reeva Steenkamp in his home on Valentine's Day 2013. On the same day RESTITUTIO was published, the South African Police announced the latest crime statistics: 


17 068 people were murdered in South Africa over the past year. That’s 47 people per day; 800 more than the previous year. Reeva Steenkamp, however, will not be counted among those numbers. 


The question RESTITUTIO asks is: 'why not?’ And ‘where to from here’? 

South African freelance photojournalist, Nick van der Leek, and forensic profiler and criminologist, Laurie Pieters-James, have teamed up for the first time to interrogate the subterranea behind the Oscar trial. Additional insights via the popular American analyst Juror13 provide international perspectives to the story. In sum, a trio of analysts means a singular narrative reinforced into an even more powerful, and thoroughly-considered story. 

RESTITUTIO takes the reader on a journey through intellectual rivers and deserts, mountains and storms, until finally a guiding metaphor emerges...and presents us with an Abyss. Whether we float over it or plunge into it depends on how we respond to our own (individual and societal) 'wrongness'. Can we even acknowledge 'Being Wrong'? 


The RESTITUTIO narrative seeks answers on this very central question and then probes an even darker mythos...our prospects for Ernest Becker’s brutal questions on the human condition. Is there an escape from evil for us? And from death (by crime in South Africa, for example)? Is there a way for us to find our way back to real reconciliation and true legitimacy? 


The authors interrogate these questions using the Oscar Trial as a taking-off point. 


Highlights of RESTITUTIO include stories by: 


1. Sonja Raath. The last journalist to interview Reeva Steenkamp, writes candidly about her thoughts, feelings and firsthand experience when she met the couple at the Virgin Active Sports Awards, and her interactions with Reeva afterwards. 


2. Criminologist and analyst for CNN, Laurie Pieters-James. Pieters-James, co-writer of Shattered Lives (the story of Dirk Prinsloo and Advocate Barbie) describes her impressions of Hilton Botha, who she had the opportunity to converse with during the bail hearings, which she attended in person. Pieters-James also provides insight into the (often disturbed) psyches of the fanatic Oscar followers, better known as the Pistorians. 


3. Juror13. Over the past year and a half, South Africans have been in mourning, along with the grieving Steenkamp family. Has justice been done? Disappointment in the spring of 2014 is widespread following the verdict. US-based courtroom analyst and blogger, Juror13 interrogates the grief that societies suffer in the wake of such verdicts. Juror13 also describes her personal experiences of 9/11 and the Newtown Elementary school shooting in Connecticut. How can a nation move forward after such abominations? 


4. Nick van der Leek. The author provides more poignant insights and analysis into the Oscar trial, into its ironies (the victim’s family being less emotional than the accused throughout), but also draws the reader further, far further than REVELATIONS, on a journey to the Existential Abyss...and beyond. 


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