ANGENI WITH MARS ROVER

What a thrill!

What action!

After 8 long years of preparation, the Mars rover has landed! But it’s not alone.

Most of you know of Crystal Shade: Angeni, the epic fantasy book Istvan Szabo and I co-wrote. Well our guardian angel’s name, Angeni has landed on Mars with the Rover.

Her previous experience has been in travelling with the last two space shuttles to the space station before the shuttles were decommissioned.

Our little Angeni has brought another vessel down safely.

At least, that is what I’d like to think.

Check out the link to see the authentic documentation from Nasa.

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FATHER ROCK GOES WIDE

I wrote the original screenplay adaptation of Father Rock. The author, heavy metal musician,Terry R Brooks has now released the promo material.

And it is a blast!

We would really appreciate any pointers on how to improve the writeup. And of course, we’d love to have your comments and/or reviews on Father Rock.

To make the read even more enjoyable listen to the way out there tunes, including Terry’s music at:

http://aural-innovations.com/blog/2012/03/terry-brooks-call-me-mr-strange/

Father Rock (Novel, Trafford Publishing 2007)

Terry’s novel Father Rock is an action-adventure, rock ‘n roll battle between the forces of Good and Evil, with nothing less than the survival of the universe at stake.

Robert, a high school student, wonders why the world can’t be full of people who do good things and help one another, and bemoans the pervasiveness of hunger, homelessness, and crime. Robert has a booth at a fair, displaying his artwork with representations of dimensional symbols. He meets a man, Dr. C, who is fascinated with the symbols, pointing out that they are a quantum math form, and assembles others to help Robert decipher the symbols.

Robert sees a vision while in a trance in which he learns that he is Father Rock, who represents all good and positive forces in the universe. But Robert also sees figures in black satanic robes surrounding a sacrificial table, reciting chants to summon the evil Demos, who will face Father Rock in battle on planet Earth. Father Rock’s parents had been killed in an earlier battle with Demos when he was a boy.

To prepare for the battle, Father Rock and his growing group of followers form Team United Worldwide (TUW), whose mission is to unite good people around the world to right all evil. Father Rock is a white-haired robed wizard with a long white beard, described to the members of TUW as, “The ruler of the universe. He is the most dynamic guitar player that ever existed. He has always been and he will always be the force of all good that exists. He has great psychic powers. He is a philosopher, a genius of mathematics, a person who has come to Earth to defend the good forces of all existing things against the evil demon Demos. Father Rock’s weapon to save the world from evil forces is his laser guitar. It shoots laser beams and rockets and creates the sounds of the universe. He shall use his universal music to destroy all evil, and all that is evil in the universe comes from Demos.”

Heavy stuff indeed. So armed with his sonic cyber guitar, Father Rock goes into battle against Demos, whose weapon of choice is a keyboard. But the battle isn’t just mano-a-mano. Father Rock and Demos are each based on their own “stage” on either side of a mountain, and each is supported by his “band”, Father Rock’s TUW members and Demos’ various demons. After a raging battle Father Rock and TUW defeat and kill Demos, or so they think. The story then picks up 15 years later with the return of Demos and a new battle. Who will win this time? Read and find out.

Father Rock is a fun book and in many ways reads like a Power Rangers script. There are lots of colorful characters, like the Muzoids – Spark, Zap, Tink, Zon, and Electro, who are playful and childishly pranksterish, but highly intelligent, fierce warriors. And then there’s Goodtor, the Muzoid’s 60 foot tall robot (of course Demos has his own robot, Eviltor).

But while the story reads like a Power Rangers or some similar youth market tale, it’s important to understand that the book represents much of what has occurred in Terry’s life. As he explains, “75% of my life has been a conflict to survive. Father Rock had conflict to survive. Demos killed his mother and I look at Vietnam as Demos. My father killed himself for my part of a war that I did not want to be in. It hurts me every day and at night it is really bad. So I still fight the battles.” This is a book written by a man who experienced the horrors of war, and was saved, in part, if not wholly, by his music. And at least one of the characters is based on a friend of Terry’s – Dr C is the real life Dr Chisholm. Just as Dr. C studied Robert’s mathematical symbols, Dr. Chisholm studied the math language that Terry wrote.

Good vs. evil is among literatures most common themes, but it’s at the forefront of the entire story. The members of TUW are described as being unified in caring and love. “You are part of a team that cares about the salvation of our world and our universe and all existing things.” One character, Frankie, who Father Rock appointed as operations manager for TUW, is described at length: “He was trained in security, counter-terrorism, and combat. He was a black belt in several martial arts. But Frankie’s most appealing quality was his great compassion for humankind. He had dedicated his life to making the world a better and safer place to live. His moral integrity was unquestionable and he loved to work with young and old people.”

We also learn that Terry’s concern with good vs. evil is absolute, even extending to a willingness to destroy the world should evil triumph. “If Demos won the battle, a built-in termination switch inside Goodtor would automatically obliterate the entire world and everything in it. The team knew instinctively that if Demos ruled the world everyone would be better off dead.”

It’s interesting to read the descriptions of Father Rock, who comes across as a God-like figure. In battle he is able to heal the wounds of his team members and himself. When asked how old Father Rock is, the response is, “They say he has always been and he shall always be, he is the infinite one. He is timeless.”

In summary, we have a fun good vs. evil action-adventure, with more underlying meaning and insight into the author’s life than the writing style would suggest. Terry has been actively trying to get the book made into a film. I can envision it being handled in a number of ways. Just make sure the CGI budget is BIG.

For more information about Terry Brooks, which includes links to purchase digital versions of his albums and the Father Rock novel, visit his web site at: http://www.terrybrooksandstrange.com

Another option endorsed by Terry for purchasing digital copies of the albums is at: https://play.google.com/store/search?q=terry+brooks&c=music

Ebay is the best bet for those wishing to track down the vinyl albums and CD reissues. As I worked on this article I periodically searched Terry Brooks and several sales came up. (Just make sure you select Music as the category or you’ll be inundated with books by the Terry Brooks who wrote the Shannara series).

Tumbling Books Crystal Shade Review

Thank you, David and Tumbling Books for your honest approach and review that takes us beyond the very short YA segment
into the real story of an adult kickass quardian angel.

For the full review check out…

http://tumblingbooks.blogspot.com/2012/03/review-crystal-shade-volume-1.html

WE music video

Finally done up in proper video format I am pleased to announce it’s first run on YouTube.

I present to you ~ we..

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Performed by Dale Swystun formerly of Onyx.

Lyrics by Orlanda Szabo

Produced by Johan and Jonas Johatanson

Artwork by Diane Johnston

3 DAYS ONLY!

  7 Post Meridiem XSS #1 ~  Anno Humanae Salutis
[Kindle Edition]

February 2837, Aalsa Meridon.

Every silent cry may turn to a beautiful song if someone listens, and answers in tones of hope,
but in the year of Man’s redemption, as the clock chimes seven,
a shrill voice answers the last hopeless cry of a civilization.

~ SPECIAL OFFER ~

On February 23, 24 and 25, Anno Humanea Salutis will be free at the links below.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007B3D2F4

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007B3D2F4

Istvan Szabo Ifj. ~ Author, Illustrator
Orlanda Szabo ~ Editor

BIRDS OF A FEATHER

BIRDS OF A FEATHER

25 PAGE FAMILY SUSPENSE ANIMATED SHORT

LOGLINE: The pitfalls and pratfalls of a group of young blue jays on their honeymoon who are hard pressed to get back home
with their sanity and chicks intact.

SYNOPSIS: In late spring, a paired group of blue jays get hitched. With Fred and Mavis in the lead, they all excitedly take flight to migrate north. Their first evening is spent at an ice edged lake where one of the group skips over the water.
As he sinks, the wranglers fish him out of the lake while four moldy old crows hold up marks.

The first day at the bird house resort the restaurant is plagued by bungee jumping inchworms until a phalanx of tent caterpillars eat the place. Then the eggs hatch. The young jay couples are not prepared. Mishap after mishap leads to
a storm that blows two chicks into the horrifying Great Western Waste.
There they narrowly escape a snowy owl on a munchies run.

Over a late afternoon autumn tinged city the flight breaks up. Relieved, Mavis walks into her tree hollow home, serene until the chicks zip in yelling and chasing each other. Fred comes in last and lovingly puts a wing around Mavis.

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BEST LEFT ALONE

BEST LEFT ALONE

20 PAGE THRILLER

LOGLINE: Returning home thirty years after the disappearance of her kid sister,
Tannis faces her worst nightmare when her sister’s spirit makes herself heard.

Of two sisters in a small town, being older by one year, Tannis takes the mom role to heart and takes her work at the post office very seriously. When she comes in to clean, light-hearted Dawn refuses to let Tannis kill her good mood. Tannis shoos out the Sheriff and storeowner who always hang around near closing. She does the paperwork and tidies behind the wicket while the postmaster possessively watches Dawn sweep and wash the floor.

Dawn goes to the store while Tannis goes home and makes supper. When Dawn doesn’t come home and her linebacker boyfriend Keith comes to pick her up, they go to the bar to report Dawn missing to the Sheriff. The postmaster throws blame on Tannis. The Sheriff sends her home to wait for Dawn. Come autumn with Dawn still missing, heartbroken,
Tannis packs up and leaves town.

Returning after thirty years, Tannis hires two teens, Keith’s able-bodied son Alan and Merry’s mouse-like son, Bail to help her convert the old post office into a café/gift shop. When a weird pinkish stain runs up the post office wall into the upstairs bedroom, Keith shores up the foundation without noticing the crack.

Things start moving from where Tannis put them. A dream of violence and blood wakes her in tears, the blood in her dream fades with the sunlight. A massive shift cracks the wall from the bedroom to the basement. Tannis, Alan and Bail freak. Keith investigates a bit of bone and cloth sticking out of the wider crack in the basement. As Tannis touches the cloth, the crack bursts open throwing Dawn’s remains on top of her.
Tannis and Keith know who did it as Dawn is finally laid to rest.

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