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).

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CRYSTAL SHADE: ANGENI # 9

THE RISK…

Her dreams of the present’s past push Angeni to fight for the future truth that only she can see of who is to rule. There is more at risk than human souls.

 

Angeni has to go against all she has been taught. The beliefs passed down by the elders and the little changes to delve into the past.
By then it was too late, she had dared to allow humans to take up arms and enter into battle. 

A sacred trust broken that not even her mother,
High-Guardian Eve could condone.
 

~EXCERPT~ 

Among the white dunes, brave winged warriors, evil demons, and humans in their shiny armor battled desperately with their crystal weapons to challenge death itself. The old man could still see the eyes of the fallen that knew they had no chance for survival, but were determined to die with courage for something in which they believed. Dignity filled their eyes, even in their last moments seeing the blade of death before it struck them down. But they never failed to bravely face their destiny.

Will Angeni’s path rip apart all that is dear to her?
Make her one against many?
Or allow her to put the pieces back together to usher in an era of clarity between human and Aserian? 

Even as her doubt builds, the Aserian Guardian Angel,
warrior and protector of Eecrys Aredia
 does not know. 

The first volume of Crystal Shade, Angeni will be available on November 11, 2011 via Smashwords, Amazon Kindle and other electronic platforms.
Volume 2 and 3 will be available in 2012. 

Comments and suggestions are always welcome from our fans,
those who are soon to be and all those curious souls
who see life just a little different from most. 

Follow Crystal Shade at:
www.crystalshadeangeni.com
www.facebook.com/crystalshadeangeni
www.twitter.com/csangeni 

Created by Istvan Szabo, Ifj
Co-written by Istvan Szabo, Ifj & Orlanda Szabo
Edited by Orlanda Szabo

 

Orlanda Szabo
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Crystal Shade Readers Speak!

How great is this!

Our first review of Crystal Shade: Angeni, book 1 is out.

I would like to personally thank K. Brondt Kamffer for making the precious time to preview book 1, and for his fine review analysis.

For more information, please read the full preview at http://wbrondtkamffer.com/2011/10/02/crystal-shade-angeni-preview/

Crystal Shade: Angeni, Volume 1, explores the early life of a young daydreaming soul who is destined to reveal the forgotten past of her home world and to seek the answer for the eternal question; what the legendary Crystal Shade really is.

http://www.crystalshadeangeni.com

CRYSTAL SHADE: ANGENI #5

THE THREAT…

 ~EXCERPT~

 Majestic golden and silver eagle shaped craft appeared in the bright blue sky to fly in formation under the beautiful brilliance of the sapphire sun, its eternal glow reflected from their metal bodies and sectioned wings. The craft dove into battle against hideous dark flying creatures. Like dozens of sleek predatory birds, they fought against the evil web-winged enemies. Hunted down one by one, the metal bird craft were ripped to pieces and their wrecks left to explode in the hot white sands…

…where another battle raged…

Among the white dunes, brave winged warriors and humans in their shiny armor battled desperately with their crystal weapons against the Reapers of Darkness. The old man could still see the eyes of the fallen that knew they had no chance for survival, but were determined to die with courage. Dignity filled their eyes, even in their last moments seeing the blade of death before it struck them down. They never surrendered, forcing their demonic enemies to fight for every inch of their land. They knew to retreat or beg for mercy meant undignified death. They were doomed, and yet they never failed to face their destiny.

Hidden between the light and the shadows there is more at stake

than human souls…

The first volume of Crystal Shade, Angeni will be available on November 11, 2011 via Smashwords, Amazon Kindle and other electronic platforms.
Volume 2 and 3 will be available in 2012. 

Comments and suggestions are always welcome from our fans,
those who are soon to be and all those curious souls
who see life just a little different from most.

Created by Istvan Szabo, Ifj
Co-written by Istvan Szabo, Ifj & Orlanda Szabo
Edited by Orlanda Szabo

Follow Crystal Shade at:

www.crystalshadeangeni.com
www.facebook.com/crystalshadeangeni
www.twitter.com/csangeni

 

Orlanda Szabo
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CRYSTAL SHADE: ANGENI #2

This is not a story of elves, dwarves, thieves, werewolves, vampires, magic spells, wizard schools, castles, treasures, or “get the artifact adventure of the brave Knight, one liner thief, wise dwarf and Co.” story. 

Crystal Shade: Angeni’s first three chapters of volume 1 explores the early life of a young daydreaming soul who is destined to seek the answer for the eternal question; what is the legendary Crystal Shade?

IN THE BEGINNING… THE INNOCENCE

 Seven-year-old Grace loves to dream about being reborn as a guardian angel.

 …THE WISH

It’s not like Grace actually wants to die, but she thinks that mysterious life sounds so exciting… 

…THE REBIRTH

until it happens

The first volume of Crystal Shade, Angeni will be available on November 11, 2011 via Smashwords, Amazon Kindle and other electronic platforms.
Volume 2 and 3 will be available in 2012. 

Comments and suggestions are always welcome from our fans,
those who are soon to be and all those curious souls
who see life just a little different from most.
 

Follow Crystal Shade at:

www.crystalshadeangeni.com
www.facebook.com/crystalshadeangeni
www.twitter.com/csangeni

Created by Istvan Szabo, Ifj
Co-written by Istvan Szabo, Ifj & Orlanda Szabo
Edited by Orlanda Szabo

 

Orlanda Szabo
www.orlandaszabo.com
www.twitter.com/OrlandaSzabo
www.facebook.com/orlanda.szabo
http://ca.linkedin.com/in/orlandaszabo

CRYSTAL SHADE : ANGENI

The final run up to the 11-11-11 elaunch of the first book in the Crystal Shade trilogy has happily begun. Every Wednesday I will be adding a post to get more in depth into the Crystal Shade world and characters.

I invite everyone to have a pre-launch sneak peek at the
universe of Crystal Shade.
As well as the extraordinary artwork of Crystal Shade’s
creator, Istvan Szabo, Ifj.

~A thousand stars could tell a thousand stories~

When seven-year-old Grace is reborn as an adult angel, she learns that a prophesied cataclysm known as the Crystal Shade will soon be upon the world. It is discovered that Angeni is special. She is told that her destiny is to champion the peaceful Aserian against the demon hordes. With all hope resting upon her untested wings, Angeni, struggles to understand the web being weaved around both angel and demon. If her suspicions are correct, a hidden power is working to pit angel and demon against each other and themselves. An entity waiting to destroy the survivors
and take the universe for itself.  

Created by Istvan Szabo, Ifj
Co-written by Istvan Szabo, Ifj & Orlanda Szabo
Edited by Orlanda Szabo

Comments and suggestions are always welcome from our fans, those who are soon to be and all those curious souls who see life just a little different from most.

E launch: November 11, 2011

www.smashwords.com
www.amazon.com

More information

https://www.facebook.com/CrystalShadeAngeni?sk=wall
www.crystalshadeangeni.com
www.twitter.com/csangeni

Orlanda Szabo
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New Book and Website

It’s quite the switch from a healing documentary to a sureal fantasy that uproots ancient beliefs and breaks the barriers of the browbeaten mindset of today. Maybe not so strange a jump considering the mental barriers that have been set on us from the time we were born. Unfortunately, those same mental barriers cause the stresses of our time and the inability to even know that this is the root cause of most of the world’s illness seems to make it a no win scenario for mankind.

An open mind is all that is needed to appreciate the Crystal Shade trilogy. Angeni, the first book is nearing completion of the rewrite and first polish. To get a hint of the epic nature of our world my co-writer Istvan Szabo and I would like you to stop in at http:crystalshadeangeni.com

Be great people.

Orlanda

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