Monday, August 27, 2012

Of The Light (Review)

Okay, so I get online and see this email waiting for me. It was from my sister who was asking me if I had seen this review on my book "Of The Light". I said no, and went on to say, but I am now. (Expecting the worst) So I click the link in my favorites folder and there it was. I read it. I was blown away. I was caught so off guard with the words I was reading. I can't even find the words to describe properly how I am feeling about it. Instead of trying, I thought I would post it on my blog.

My mother saw it. She called me. She was practically in tears. She said the words that everyone wants to hear from the people they love, and especially their parents. She said, "I am so proud of you."

She has said that before on a few occasions, but never in the manner she did tonight. Never while weeping.

Here is the review:

"So I've been a big fan of author Carroll Bryant's poetry, music and other writings for quite some time now, but this is the first actual full length book of his I've picked up and I have to say there's no doubt about it, the man can write.

OF THE LIGHT gives an intriguing original twist on the long familiar, "the truth is out there, we are not alone" theme. It was this new idea of the aliens being "Light" beings that were created prior to human's existence and in the true image of a spiritual God, that first caught my attention.

Now, even with this story obviously being of the sci-fi genre, the characters are very real, right down to their flaws. And although I wanted to smack protagonist, Zenakis Vinzant, every time he let his promiscuous flag fly, which is...well, nearly the whole time (the guy just could not keep it in his pants) surprisingly, I still didn't hate him. Bryant was able to skillfully work a genuine sweetness in to the character; giving him an enduring quality that manages to shine past his shallow lack of self-control and bed-hopping ways and illuminates on the close relationships he shares with his family and friends. So basically Zen's a good guy...with some faults. In a word, he's human.

All in all, I enjoyed this fun sci-fi read and would be interested in seeing where Mr. Bryant takes Zen's story from here. And more so, I hope the reader gets to dive a bit deeper into the "Light" culture in the next installment."

Here is the link:

This reviewer even started it off with a quote from the book:

"May the next rose that grows in the heart of your garden of love be without my thorns"

Reading things like this never gets old. I still get goose-bumps every single time.

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