Author’s Showcase: Creative Minds at Work
January 31, 2012
Caleb Pirtle III
The Book: Quest for the Ark
The Author: Sean Hayden Terrill
The Story: Quest for the Ark is a modern-day supernatural action-adventure. It tells of the main character Zachariah Riley’s heroic journey of discovery—a tale of love, betrayal, danger, intrigue and inexplicable events.
Historical, Biblical and Aboriginal mythologies are cleverly melded, creating mystery and suspense as Zac follows his quest to find the Ark of the Covenant.
Written with the ring of truth, the story takes readers on an emotional and exhilarating journey, which is interwoven with factual historical events from ancient cultures. Readers are challenged to understand mystical events that seem to be mere coincidence.
Thinking he is loosing his mind, Zac embarks on a quest in which love, despair and conquering the deadliest enemy of humankind—fear—leads to the greatest discovery of all.
From the breaking waves of the New South Wales north coast to the perilous and unforgiving mountain ranges of the Kimberley, Zac searches for the truth as he criss-crosses the harsh Australian outback and is involved in a crumbling relationship with the woman he loves.
His discovery of ancient pyramid ruins in the remote outback is later supported by cave paintings and mythology, which hold pivotal keys in his making cultural connections and unlocking forgotten history. Close to the ruins, Zac finds fresh artifacts, indicating nomadic people are still living traditionally in the area.
Zac endures repeated cross-country missions to the ancient site, which is hidden in the most isolated and inhospitable part of the Australian continent. If he is bitten by a deadly snake or has an accident, he has no chance of getting help or medical assistance in a hurry.
In his most challenging mission, Zac’s all-terrain four-wheel-drive breaks down, forcing him to walk through the desert for three nights while suffering a serious leg injury. He almost dies of dehydration and from the bite of a deadly king brown snake. His physical pain, endurance and mental torment are palpable.
When Zac draws together all his information and evidence, he is confronted with compelling truth about the long – lost Ark of the Covenant – he has unearthed something that has enormous global complications.
Zac also finds his hidden treasure, and the story ends with a twist leaving readers to question, explore and research for themselves.
The Book: Jaguar Sun
The Author: Martha Bourke
The Story: Will that fateful day destroy our world, or did the Mayans have something else in mind?
Maya Delaney knows.
Maya Delaney is just an average sixteen-year-old. She’s busy dealing with exams, her soon to be ex-boyfriend and fitting in.
But Maya’s got bigger problems.
She’s hiding a major secret from her dad and having strange visions she can’t control. In her struggle to figure out who she is, she learns that she is meant to fulfill an ancient Mayan Prophesy and bring forth a New Age on earth.
Will the spirit magic Maya wields be enough to defeat Toltec, an evil society bent on keeping her from her destiny?
Or will that destiny destroy her?
Reviewers have described Jaguar Sun as a book of love and romance, mysticism, action, adventure, and magic. As one reviewer wrote: “Timely and topical, this book is an intriguing glimpse into the Mayan prophesy. Maya Delaney is strong, gunny, and brave. Her entourage is a tremendous asset to the plot, proving humor and backup to Maya. Jaguar Sun is well researched and smartly written.
The Book: Looking Through Water
The Author: Ginnie Karoub
The Story: In Looking Through the Water, it is the summer of 1973 in Tipton, Missouri. Cassie Marvin is a very precocious, imaginative seven-year-old whose whole world consists of a few blocks surrounding downtown Tipton.
Cassie’s home life lacks in so many areas. A relationship with her mother is almost non-existent. The emotional needs of one, the lack of emotions in the other will take you on a journey through childhood fun times and situations that make Cassie mature before her time. Beautiful and realistic, Looking Through the Water is a vivid depiction of the challenges of love, hope, and forgiveness we can experience in life. The poignant novel will touch your heart and inspire you to appreciate the good things in life.
I have enjoyed writing all my books for different reasons but my favorite has to be my new novel, Looking Through the Water. Due to the size of the book I was able to get to know my characters better. The book took over a year to write and during that time I spent a lot of time developing each character, thus getting to know them. When the characters become life-like, it is an awesome experience for the writer.
In Looking Through the Water, the story is beautiful, touching and reaches out to you. That inspiration in writing is wonderful for the writer. It was a true pleasure to be the writer of that story.