Know Thy Self (A review of Book Three)

Know Thy Self by Ethan Howard (Opportvnvs Adest Series Book 3)

Know Thy Self
by Ethan Howard
My rating: 5 stars
 
Series: Opportvnvs Adest –BOOK 3
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Book Three edition (March 20, 2017)
Genre: Fantasy
Paperback: 254 pages

It is the year 2020. Rex Talion and his Quid Pro Quo have pushed the unsuspecting population to the brink of the greatest war the planet has ever seen.

Regina Tate is the only one aware of Talion’s insidiousPLANS and the impending Degan invasion. For this reason, she and her son Dante have been marked for death by the most unlikely source.

Quentin, the man from the stars sent to Earth on a mission to save the planet has ultimately ignored his responsibilities. The powerful Vestigare with a dark secret has entered into a relationship with Regina and this action may spell doom for the planet and all of existence.

Experience the explosive convergence as these three characters uncover revelations aboutTHEMSELVES and others that will lead Earth on a collision course towards destruction……

Know Thy Self by Ethan Howard
(Opportvnvs Adest SeriesBOOK 3)

Know Thy Self (Opportvnvs Adest Series Book 3)The planet is teetering on the brink of a war of cataclysmic proportions and doesn’t even realize it. People are being blindly led like lambs to slaughter by Rex Talion and only one woman knows the truth. “They” are coming and “They” will be unstoppable and “We” will need a miracle toSURVIVE.

Regina, a woman of deep personal convictions knows too much, so she and her son must die. For anyone who still believes we are alone in the universe, on this plane of existence or any other, prepare to become part of the End as an inter-galactic battle between good and evil is being staged on the chess board called Earth. Discover possible truths behind the faiths we cling to. Are the Powers we believe in actually alien beings seeking to test our resolve? Do we deserve toSURVIVE as a species?

As the players line up, the parallels between religious beliefs and alien tampering are terrifying. Has Talion come to cleanse the earth or is he evil run amok in a world seeking instant gratification preparing us to become his minions in hell? Has our true savior been among us? Quentin was sent to save our world, but he fell in love. Has he lost his way, misunderstood his mission? What role will Regina take on and how did this God-fearing woman become the warrior she is and finally Dante, a young and innocent child, who could he become and what would he stand for? Has the primordial soup boiled over leaving the truth of the world exposed, just as it is ending or will humans be givenA SECOND CHANCE to get things right?…not if Talion has his way…

KNOW THY SELF could be Ethan Howard’s best addition to the Opportvnvs Adest Series as he rains chaos down on a clueless world eager for the pleasures of life. The simply brilliant imaginings from his mind have been shared and trust me the action is non-stop, the betrayals are brutal and the revelations can be heart stopping. From start to finish, this tale is amazing, rich with details that only add to the chaos and turmoil as Earth becomes the tennis ball in final match forSURVIVAL.

Its time to meet another author, spread your reading wings and take flight into the world Ethan Howard has created. Mr. Howard has thePOWER of suggestion down pat as he leads his readers into a world of what ifs, whys, and cause and effect as time runs out on humanity.

Enemy of The Human Race (A Review of Book Two)

Enemy of the Human Race (Hostis Humani Generis) by Ethan Howard (Opportvnvs #2)

Enemy of the Human Race
by Ethan Howard
My rating: 4 stars
 
Series: Opportvnvs Adest –BOOK 2
PUBLISHER Imprint Publishing (March 30, 2016)
Publication Date: March 30, 2016
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Book Two edition (March 20, 2017)
ISBN-10: 1544713177
ISBN-13: 978-1544713175
Genre: Dark Fiction
Print Length: 297 pages
Available from: Amazon
A once young child of strong religious background and faith is now a man full of unparalleled malevolence.

Rex Talion is the great deceiver and he carries the mark of the Degans. He is the Anti-Life for planet Earth, the third and final great evil foretold in Degan prophecy to pave the way for the most terrifying life-form the universe has ever spawned, the Discarded One. The otherworldly allies Talion has gathered to set hisPLANS in motion will stop at nothing to see the planet fall.

Hostis Humani Generis chronicles the loss of innocence, the deconstruction of an individual’s humanity and the creation of a madman.

Enemy of the Human Race (Hostis Humani Generis)
by Ethan Howard(Opportvnvs #2)

Enemy of the Human Race (Opportvnvs Adest Book 2)He was once a well-loved little boy. Born to wealth and privilege, there was nothing he couldn’t have, but hisPARENTS raised him in the faith of their church, and his heart was filled with light and goodness. But his life, his goals and his memories changed when his parents died one fateful night.

No longer did he believe in goodness. No longer did he believe in God and no longer did he think his life was anything less than a living nightmare. He became a student of people, life control andPOWER and his name became Rex Talion. One of the most powerful and wealthiest men on earth, he was now guided by a monster, an evil power that became his mentor and his quest was to conquer the entire world.

With the calculated manipulations of alien beings, Talion was on his way to dark greatness and any means available, any pawns in play would be his vehicle to darkPOWER. But was Talion really just another puppet dangling from the jagged wires of an all-powerful evil?

ENEMY OF THE HUMAN RACE by Ethan Howard is a terrifying journey into the madness of a man who had it all and gave it up to become the master of his own dark malevolence.

Ethan Howard’s world is raw, primal and very soulless as Talion sinks further into the madness of his own machinations. What drives one man toward the light and goodness? What pulls another into the abyss of hell, reveling in the pain of others inSEARCH of the ultimate power? Mr. Howard creates monsters from other worlds, voices in the dark and bloody violence and depravity of every kind.

Tread carefully through the maze that is veiled in darkness as we witness the fall of good and rise of evil told in bold strokes with no sensibilities left unscathed. There are times the fall may beSLOW and painful, others when it seems to drop with the speed of a broken elevator, one thing for sure, the descent is terrifying. You may find yourself watching for things that go bump in the shadows…intriguing writing, demonic scenes, horror fans, this is for you!

A Fun Interview with Mercedes Fox

Hello out there.

One of the many enjoyable things about writing is getting to know new people. Here is an April interview with fellow writer and blogger, Mercedes Fox:

Why do you write?  The sheer joy of creating stories and characters. This an outlet for an over active imaginative mind that never stops thinking about endless possibilities.

When did you decide to become a writer?  I thought about it for years, but when I truly decided to write was in 2012 when I came home from the Middle East and realized it was time for a new challenge.

How long does it usually take you to complete a book?  6-7 months.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?  Talking to my wife in the kitchen about writing and she said “Why don’t you start writing? There’s nothing stopping you.” I started that night.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?  Best time for me is late Friday and late Saturday night. After I have spent my time with family and everyone is tucked in, I start writing.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?  I have read hundreds of books for enjoyment in the past. Now, I go back and STUDY them. Meaning, I look HOW someone writes. Tone, foreshadowing, structure, etc.  Alan Moore, Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson, H.G. Wells are just a few of my teachers.

Do you listen to music or watch TV/movie while you write?  I listen to music on my iPod. I enjoy all kinds of music, but for writing the content I have, it is very specific. Smashing Pumpkins, Deftones, Godsmack, 311, Godsmack, Sevendust, CKY, Korn, Papa Roach all put me in a creative state of mind. Go figure.

What have you written?

Tales of the Unexpected

Starry Messenger

Enemy of The Human Race

Know Thy Self

End of All Things

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just seeing where an idea takes you?  Always outline the plots first. Create profiles and detailed histories on the character—even if I do not show the histories to the reader. Once I know the characters inside and out, the dialogue is considerably easier to write.

Do you design your own book covers or have someone else? If you use someone else would you tell us who/website?  Julia Sage is my designer. She is terrific. Detailed, professional, timely, and patient. Oh, and she is a nice person too.

Julia Sage Photography and Talent Promotion   @juliasagephotography

Is there any marketing technique you used that had an immediate impact on your sales figures?  Scheduling book signings with local book store. Great way to interact with the public and actively promote your product.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?  Keep writing. Write for yourself. SOMEONE will read it and SOMEONE will like it.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he do that is so special?  Quentin is very complex and we can all relate to him. Yes, he is an alien with great power but the reader can see his/herself in him. He is isolated, lonely, and full of doubt. He questions authority and is confused by his own action. He rebels and does the very thing his superiors tell him not to do. I think there is a little of Quentin in all of us.

Where do your ideas come from?  Traveling the world. Reading everything I can. Talking to diverse people and getting their opinions on life itself. Staring up at the sky and just imagining.

What is the hardest thing about writing?  Devoting the proper time to do it and balancing the rest of your life.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?  Coming to the end and saying goodbye to the characters.

What is your favorite movie or TV show?  Favorite movie: LA Confidential.

Which writers inspire you?  Too many to count but I will give you one: Alan Moore.

What is the current book you are promoting?  All four books in the Opportvnvs Adest series are now out. Binge reading at its finest.

  1. Starry Messenger
  2. Enemy of The Human Race.
  3. Know Thy Self
  4. End Of All Things.

Who is your favorite character in your book and why?  Quentin, for the reasons I stated earlier.

Who is your least favorite character and why?  Dante Tate. He is a ten-year-old boy who I wish was not such a little pain.

Do you have any formal education in creative writing? If not are you planning to go to school?  Studied creative writing in college.

If your book were made into a movie, whom would you cast?

Quentin: Idris Alba

Regina Tate: Ruth Wilson

Rex Talion: Jason Isaacs

What is your next project?  Opportvnvs Adest series created an entire universe of worlds and characters. I am finishing a encyclopedia ( A-Z) with every character, world, weapon, item, directly, or indirectly related to the stories.

The other project (and the most enjoyable) is a timeline for my alternative universe. This ambitious time line begins 4.6 billion years ago and ends 2020 CE.  It gives you a crash course on the Opportvnvs Adest Earth. Everything from the pyramids to the Kennedy assassination is in there. Unexplained, weird things throughout history are explained.

Who is your favorite fictional character and why?  Professor John Robinson from the Lost in Space. He was the perfect blend of brains and brawn. He was brave, heroic, and a family man.

If there was one thing you could do to change the world, what would it be?  Homelessness.

Who inspires your writing?  Alan Moore. Richard Matheson. Ernest Hemmingway. Henry James. Ray Bradbury. Ian Fleming. Phillip K. Dick. Lewis Carroll. Virginia Woolf, H.G. Wells. Mary Shelly. John Wyndham. Isaac Asimov. Stan Lee.

Where do you come up with your stories?  By studying history. I tried to explain the unexplained by putting a science fiction/fantasy twist on it.

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?  Casino Royale. Ian Fleming created one of the most iconic, most imitated, characters in the last one hundred years. And it turned into a billion-dollar movie franchise. Not bad.

What is one great lesson you have learned as a writer?  Save your work in several places! Including on a pin drive. Listen to your editor. I started out with Latin titles for my books. I did a live interview and host and audience could not pronounce the names.

Do have a favorite car or truck model?  BMW 325i.

Do you ever feel self-conscious when writing love/sex scenes?  No. It is a natural instinct in all creatures on Earth. Whenever I write a scene like that, I make sure it fits the story and not just gratuitous smut.

What are some of your favorite books and why?  The Martian Chronicles. Frankenstein. Old Man & The Sea. Portrait of a Lady. The Iliad. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. A Tale of Two Cities. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. The Day of the Triffids. War of The Worlds. I, Robot. Rabbit Run. Lord of the Flies. Just great reads.

Are you currently reading a book or just finished one?  The Dictionary of Imaginary Places by Alberto Manguel. This fine piece of literature catalogs fantasy lands from literature around the world.

What do your readers mean to you?  They keep me in line. They deserve a good story and no shortcuts. Ever.

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And there you have it.

Thank you, Mercedes for an enjoyable interview. I encourage all indie writers out to do these. Not only are they fun, but the extra expose cannot hurt. Heck, if it gets one more person to read your book, then it is a win.

See you next time.

Peace.

EH

Every Indie Writer Needs A Good Cover Artist

Hello out there.

Been awhile since I spoke to you. Why is that?

Glad you asked.

I have spent weeks and weeks searching for a cover artist for my Opportvnvs Adest series..

It is a long and arduous process. You know what you want but dammit you can’t draw! You meet someone and it sounds good but in the end they don’t deliver on the promises. Others are not professional and “space” meetings. Some forget deadlines. There are those who disappear after initial contact. They don’t return phone calls or texts.

Almost sounds like dating.

Well, my search is over.

Julia Sage came to my rescue and I could not be happier.

Ms. Sage is a professional artist and photographer in the San Diego area with a good reputation. I was a bit skeptical at first meet but all doubt was erased when I took a look at her portfolio. Her work is timely and flawlessly executed to my specifics.

That is a fancy way of saying she put up with my last minute changes!

I could not be happier with the results.

Recommendation to all of you indie writers (like me): DO NOT SETTLE. Keep looking until you find the right one to convey the message you want on your book cover. Do yourself a favor and see if Ms. Sage is artist for you. https://www.facebook.com/juliasagephotography/

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Below are the covers to the science fiction series called Opportvnvs Adest. All four books are available on Amazon  and anywhere else you want to look.

If you like mystery, the unexpected, fantasy, and a story rich with characters, and enough drama to last a lifetime, then this is the story for you.

You will not regret it.

 

p.s. I got rid of the Latin book titles because nearly fan I encountered stumbled over the pronunciations. It was good advice. Thanks.

Until next time. Be good to yourself.

Peace.

–EH

 

Enemy of the Human Race

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BOOK TWO OF THE CONTROVERSIAL SCIENCE FICTION SERIES

A once young child of strong religious background and faith is now a man full of unparalleled malevolence.

Rex Talion is the great deceiver and he carries the mark of the Degans.  He is the Anti-Life for planet Earth, the third and final great evil foretold in Degan prophecy to pave the way for the most terrifying life-form the universe has ever spawned, the Discarded One.

The otherworldly allies Talion has gathered to set his plans in motion will stop at nothing to see the planet fall.

Hostis Humani Generis chronicles the loss of innocence, the deconstruction of an individual’s humanity and the creation of a madman.

The journey continues March 26 2016 on Amazon, Kindle, etc..

The Starry Messenger and the Enemy of the Human Race now walk the planet.

Earth is on the doomsday clock.

You have been warned!

 

 

 

 

The Anti-Life Manifesto (The Prequel to Book Two)

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My name is Rex Talion and I am going to destroy the world.
It is going to be just the opposite of that T.S. Elliot poem. The world is going to end with a bang, and I will be the one to fire the shot heard throughout the universe.

I am filled with hate.

Hate is the most powerful emotion of all, and the only one that matters in the universe. I have tapped into its energy, and I will use it to fuel my determination and my intellect.
I am the world’s richest man and I have supernatural allies who have the power to level a galaxy.
I have the means, motive, and opportunity and nothing is going to stop me.

Nothing.

When I was a child, the world tried everything in its power to kill me.
It began when my biological mother inexplicitly abandoned me at birth. For that reason I hate her without knowing her. I do not know where my real mother is, but it is of no consequence, because if she still lives, she will die alongside of everyone else on this planet shortly. It was because of her that I ended up living with Richard and Mary Thurmond, two of the most sadistic, abusive parents who ever existed.

The Thurmonds beat me every day until I bled. They locked me in my room day and night without heat in the winter or cool in the summer. I took my meals with no utensils and I was forced to use my closet as a toilet while they screamed obscenities at me from the other side of the door.

I wondered what I had done to them to make them so hateful toward me. I thought if I was so terrible, so evil of a child, perhaps I did not deserve to live. But I decided it was not up to me to take my own life. They were my parents. They gave me life (or so I thought at the time) and it was their right to end it.

The Thurmond’s must have been frustrated with me because I remained alive. Or maybe they thought I needed to suffer some more. It does not matter because they gave me my own personal servant.

Stegman.

This man introduced me to a different kind of suffering.

Calling that filth a pedophile does not do him justice. How many years did he use me as his own sex toy? It got to the point where I actually looked forward to his “visits” because I knew there I would get some relief from the daily beatings by the Thurmonds. When Stegman’s “love” became unbearable, I longed for the whippings from my so called parents again.

With nowhere to go, once I learned to read I turned to the only book allowed in my room.  I actually believed the things it said. The power of prayer. Miracles. God protecting the innocent and the weak. I waited for him to come down to rescue me from all the evil.

I waited and I waited.

Then I waited some more.

Nothing happened.

The pain and misery increased, but I endured. I endured and became stronger. Eventually my resolve and my strength caught the attention of the monsters that roam this planet.

Degans.

They told me my life, my world, and the entire universe is built on lies. They told me the blurred lines between good and evil are only a matter of perspective. They told me there is no God. Only a power hungry being called Yar who pretended to be one. They told me I can use all the terrible things that happened to me and become the most powerful human who ever lived.

I believed everything they told me.

They gave me their mark and I set out to become what they said I could become.
It was not easy, but I perfected my mind and body. Fortunately, the Thurmond’s were billionaires and their money went to me after their deaths. With my wealth and assets, I did become the most powerful man who ever lived. But I could not let it end there. No.

There had to be more. I was too angry.

I still am.

This world has to pay for all the things it did to me. The abuse, the misery and the lies. I decided the cycle of life on this planet must end once and for all.
I learned there are more monsters out there than just the Degans, and many of them feel as I do. They, too, hate this world and want to see it end.
I have bonded with these beings and we formed a group.

The Quid Pro Quo.

Together we are going to destroy Earth.
But first, I am going to make every living soul on this planet feel as I did on those cold, dark nights, waiting for the next horrific thing to happen to me. They will look up at the sky for hope, but they will only see darkness. They will pray for a miracle and be greeted with death.

The beauty of all of this is many will recognize the things as they happen. They will open up to the last chapter in the bible and icy fear will overwhelm them. They will convince themselves that it will turn out good for them, that they will win in the end. They will clutch the book of lies as I once did as a child. The difference between me and them is that I will live. I will do what no other could. I will give the masses famine, disease, war, and when they cannot bear it any longer, when they are ready to peel the flesh from their bones to make it all stop, I will give them death with all of the malice I can muster.

They will die.

All of them. I will endure, and I will be their destroyer.

I have studied every great leader, conqueror, and despot who received the Degan mark in exhausting detail. I know them better than they knew themselves. Julius Caesar was generous to his enemies. Alexander the Great was the greatest conqueror the world had ever seen, but he openly desired peace. Genghis Khan failed to see the full picture. The man refused to spread his empire beyond Asia. Napoleon was a brilliant tactician who allowed his passions to be whipped up into such a frenzy that it ultimately led him to get careless on the battlefield. Adolph Hitler was charismatic and powerful but he craved positive reinforcement with every breath he took. He allowed his need for attention to fuel his paranoia and prejudice to unbalance his perspective.  All of it led to his undoing.  These insecurities and weaknesses are things that do not plague me.

I am strong where they were weak. Where they were strong, I am even stronger.
I have spent years perfecting my plan and it will be executed with subtlety and expert precision. And it will all be done from my office at Talion Industries.

I will use my wealth to aid the masses. I will gain their trust by solving the world’s petty problems. Poverty, unemployment, and lack of healthcare will become things of the past. The have-nots will begin to have. The disenfranchised will be a part of society once more.  All of this will thrust me into the limelight. The people will want to see me, hear me, and as much as I loathe it, touch me. They will want to know about me, my origins and my motivations for doing these things.  I will give them what they want and they will love me for it. They will give me awards and adoration which I will humbly receive.

All of this will be done in the light, while in the shadows I will be planting the seeds for their destruction.

I have begun to ally myself with all the greedy men throughout the world who seek power. I will make them even richer and they too will foolishly love me for it. Together we will form a power block that will eclipse any that has gone before.

It will be called the New World Quorum.

The Quorum will control the world’s commerce, economy, religion, and medicine. No country will be allowed to go to war without our permission. The flow of information through print and electronic media will be circulated by us. Nothing will reach the public that is not approved by the group.

The Brotherhood of Death, Freemasons, Mafias around the world, the Templars, and even the Second Vatican Council will have no choice but to fall in line under my leadership.

Those that do not will die. Anyone who gives the slightest hint of opposition will be eliminated. It is that simple.

They are only a collection of humans while I have the Quid Pro Quo and thousands of Degans at my disposal.

Two groups. The New World Quorum and the Quid Pro Quo. Both run by me. The one with humans will be used to control the world, and the other with the assemblage of monsters will destroy it.

I am aware of the special individuals charged with safeguarding this planet. The Quid Pro Quo has spoken often of them. Only they have the will and the might to oppose me. I have already developed a plan to remove them as a threat. They have no idea what I am doing and they will never see me coming until it is too late.

I will not fail. It has been preordained. I am the one in the Codex Gigas that fulfills the Degan prophesy. The third and final great evil. The human who will pave the way for the Discarded One.

The world will experience Nirvana and then the Great Divide. I will follow those events with the Day of Reckoning and the Twilight. Phase One will come to fruition by 2016 and will conclude with Phase Two in the year 2020.

Earth will not live to see another year after 2020. I am the anti-life for all those on the planet. I am death with a smile. The helping hand that carries a dagger, and after Earth is laying in smoldering ruins, I will unleash my hatred on the rest of the universe.

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The story of Rex Talion continues in Hostis Humani Generis (Book Two of the Opportvnvs Adest series) scheduled to be released March 20, 2016.

Don’t you dare miss it.

You have been warned……..

EH