Author crush going on here, guys. You know how I always tell you why I have a particular book here, how it can be the cover that made me curious, the synopsis that did me in, and all that. Today, the book was very interesting. It’s usually moms who are involved in books, but here we have a father and son, and the son is the one doing the saving. Per se, the book is already in. Then I got to know a bit more about the Author, and that’s when the crush happened. Keep in mind that I married a molecular biologist, a genius who has an answer to all and what he doesn’t know, he thinks his way through it, so yeah. I’m into brainy men. Also, I’d like to know if the author pic was taken in…. I want to say Siena, or another Tuscan town. Because I think I ate in a restaurant on the right from that alley, a block away, where I had the best Fiorentina ever. So maybe…
Yo, Anthony (darn it, my manners). Anthony, if you’re out there, would you mind letting me know where the Author pic was taken? The place is familiar, and I have a bet with myself going on.
Long introduction, I know. Finally, here’s the series: The Jonah Trilogy by Anthony Caplan, a Science Fiction series.
Savior ~ The Jonah Trilogy Book 1
A father and son stumble into the secret world of the Santos Muertos, a crime cartel bent on global domination. The son must find his father and keep the secret of the ancient Mayan code underlying the creation of matter in the universe from falling into the wrong hands.
A story of sacrifice and love.
Editorial Review (there were many, I choose this one):
“The use of language is intelligent, and unexpected in today’s thriller/dystopian genres, with turns of phrase that startle with their elegance without ripping the reader away from the plot or descriptions . . . It is exemplary in its stellar use of language, its complex plot and characterizations, its ability to derive truths and fallacies and the thin veil separating them.”
—Diane Nelson, Sand in My Shoes Reviews
The Victor’s Heritage ~ The Jonah Trilogy Book 2
An intricately woven, futuristic tale, The Victor’s Heritage parallels contemporary events. It is 2045. America has been shattered into two countries. Democravia and the Republican Homeland. Peace between the two continental rivals is always fragile.
Rebellious teens seek to forge their own path, but is that always so terrible?
Corrag is one such teen who has been forced into a world that she is ill-prepared for and yet is ready to embrace new ideas and concepts far from the standard “party” lines.
In this latest installment of Caplan’s The Jonah Trilogy, he captures the force of youth, of coming of age, of new awareness that is put together into a tale that never lets up!
Drunken Druid Book Awards
The Saints of David ~ The Jonah Trilogy Book 3
Corrag and Ben are on the run along with members of their renegade theater group — the last of the free brained creative folk against the enslaved people of the Augment and their elite Republican Homeland overlords.
It is 2072, and falling creative information flows in the Augment system mean there is little time to reach full power status and launch the planetary cover before the incoming Oort Cloud asteroids destroy civilization. Corrag and Ben make a run for David’s Tower, an alternative society built on the democratic power of individual stories. Corrag’s father Ricky sets out to find his father’s book that he is sure will answer the deep-seated root of humanity’s evil. These are just a few of the individuals on a quest, drawn to the utopian world of the Tower, built by the man known to his followers as the Saint. David Shavelson, a former owner of a Brooklyn bookstore, is a charismatic visionary leading a community in resistance against the mental enslavement of the Augment system. The Augment leaders know they must crush the Tower or lose control of their destiny. The battle lines are drawn. All the answers will be found in the thrilling roller-coaster finale that is The Saints of David.
The Saints of David, the final book in the Jonah Trilogy series, is recommended for new and prior fans alike, who will find this wrap-up volume a powerful conclusion to Anthony Caplan’s thriller/sci-fi tale.
Old connections are revitalized against the backdrop of disaster in this 2072 story of strange romances, half-humanoids, free thinkers and slaves, and the unAugmented people living outside the new norm who may prove the last bastions of true humanity.
Readers new to this world, as well as those who have imbibed of the previous Jonah Trilogy titles, will all find The Saints of David packed with a flavor of doom and hope that makes it hard to put down and an exquisitely compelling story that leads readers to question many beliefs before they are through.”
Diane Donovan — San Francisco Relocated
Chatting with the Author
A former journalist who has worked on three continents, Anthony Caplan lives in New Hampshire with his family, a small flock of sheep and several dozen carefully tended apple trees. He writes books and teaches high school Spanish. He is a graduate of Yale University and has also worked at various times as a taxi driver, shrimp fisherman and telephone salesman.
Today is Friday, a big yay to it! you want to keep this post handy because it will be needed in a couple of days. Literally. I asked Anthony how to survive Monday Blues, and here’s what he told me.
Monday up ahead. Hold on tight for curves. What do I need to get through the week?
Here’s my list of five sure-fire survivor tips.
1. Good night’s sleep. I usually fall short of a decent night’s sleep. Low energy means your mind’s not as sharp, your reactions not as true. A rested person is a confident person moving in synch with the zeitgeist. Otherwise you feel like a fish either out of water or fighting the current to stay in place. Not good. Get to bed early. Or else rely dangerously on…
2. Coffee. The sensory pleasures alone make this an essential element of my survivor kit. Usually I need to have a couple cups in the morning and it keeps me rolling all day long, or close enough to it. Coffee is the keel of my boat, it keeps me pulling straight in the water through the choppier parts of the routine, the unexpected outbreaks of disillusionment or ennui. With coffee I am a king in his castle; without it, I am on the menu.
3. Don’t compare yourself to others. This is a hard lesson and the key to life-long resilience. There are always people ahead of you in the band. They are the ones who seem to have the Stradivarius put together while you are still stringing the bow and hoping the fiddle will somehow tune itself. Hey, you have a violin, don’t you? Take your time, get it tuned, keep your head up and relax. You’ll figure it out. In the meantime, fake it. And remember, in the long view, we are all playing a tune that’s being called by a conductor we can’t even see. Listen for the cues.
4. Time out for self-reflection. In my first few years of teaching, I would find myself in the bathroom and just stare in the mirror at this figure I barely recognized. How did I get here, I would ask the ghost in the mirror? And how the hell do I get out? What I slowly realized, once I got over the fact that I was not insane, was those moments with myself in the mirror were not a lunatic sort of panic but a very normal realignment. It was me recalibrating, reminding myself that I had a few things going for myself and basically it was going to be all right. Take those times with your literal reflection, or your self-reflection, whenever they occur in the day. Those are the times to let the noises fade away and then simply remind yourself that you’re in your own corner. Everybody needs a fan, and you can be your own number one.
5. Enjoy the moment. Another hard lesson to learn. Every struggle has its reward, every challenge is a gift of God. You have no better place to be. And if you think you do, go find it.
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