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Prophecy of Power gets another rave review

March 11, 2010 Leave a comment

Prophecy Of Power was written by Andrew Parker and is available for purchase at; 

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/4657 

This is the debut novel for Andrew Parker with a follow-up entitled The Doomsday Preachers due out later this year.

Jacob Droutman was raised in New York along with his older brother, who mysteriously vanishes one day and is never heard from again. In adulthood, Jacob becomes a rabbi and though he practices and preaches his faith on the outside, inside he questions everything, including the Jewish concept of God and whether he is following the right path. In a twist that seems too coincidental, Jacob is handed a packet by a beautiful woman and invited to a seminar on Revelations and its prophecies. After the seminar Jacob has more questions than answers but the stakes suddenly become clearer as Jacob realizes the answers he seeks may lie in Israel, or at the end of a bullet.

I have to say that when I began reading Prophecy Of Power, I was skeptical as to whether I would enjoy it. But as I read on, Andrew Parker’s story spun an amazing web of lies, deceit and cover-ups and I was quickly ensnared. The book is very fast paced and I caught myself gripping the edge of every page anxious to get to the next. Andrew’s lead character Jacob, is real and down to earth and I could not help but want great things for him.

I anxiously await the release of Andrew’s next book The Doomsday Preachers, and I will be watching this author’s career closely, cheering him on in all his endeavors. I am giving Prophecy Of Power a 4-spider rating and recommending this book to all who enjoy a great mystery. Though the book could use some polishing I believe that with the right people behind him, this budding new author could become a huge literary force…Look Out World, Andrew Parker is on his way!

CK Webb

http://webbweaver-zelda555.blogspot.com/

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2010 Review for ‘Prophecy of Power’

January 29, 2010 Leave a comment

I’m always delighted when I come across a debut novel that blows me away. There are some reviewers that feel they need to be more critical of an author’s first work, focusing on an in-depth analysis of all the technical components of the work. It’s a given that every first novel is going to have some flaws. To be honest, I read to enjoy a story not dissect it. However, we’ve all read a book where the flaws make it hard to focus on the story. Prophecy of Power is Andrew Parker’s first novel, but it is so captivating, I was instantly drawn into the story and kept enthralled until the last page. Actually, I’m still enthralled and anxiously waiting for him to finish the sequel. I read others reviews of this book before I picked it up and while they were favorable, several did make a point of focusing on minor technical flaws. For me, if there were mistakes, I was too mesmerized by the characters and story to notice.

Prophecy of Power brings to life parts of the Book of Revelations in a very timely manner. Parker takes the mysticism out of the bible’s final book and gives it modern relevance. The central character, Rabbi Jacob Droutman has led an unassuming life. As he discovers he is questioning his Jewish beliefs and exploring his curiosity of other religions, he becomes entangled in murder, missing persons, government deceptions and cover-up plots by religious powers. He begins a journey that will put his life and others in jeopardy as he tries to solve a mystery that could reveal who the final world power is that signals the end of days. There are those who will do anything to find the answers and others who will stop at nothing to keep them hidden. Parker has written an enigmatic page turner that will have you holding your breath as you wait to see what happens next. Five out of five stars.

Warmly,
C. Carter Martina

http://cc-chronicles.blogspot.com

Always believe in yourself and follow your dreams!
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Where is America?…

December 31, 2009 Leave a comment

The United States has lost its unique position in the world and needs its young president to restore trust and self-confidence. Arlington Cemetery: the rising death toll in Afghanistan and Iraq, an ailing economy and an unpopular presidency have weakened many Americans faith in their country.

Time stands still for the dead at Arlington Cemetery, but history marches on. In Section 60, the dead of Afghanistan and Iraq are buried each week. The names of the latest to be interred are still being carved into marble headstones.

For now, a “temporary grave marker” of white card marks the final resting places. Over the course of the coming months and years, the sodden earth in front of Dively, Pucino and Frazier will be filled with more young Americans. They will join the 464 in Arlington who have been killed in the current Iraq conflict and the 116 others in the cemetery who met their end in Afghanistan – about a tenth of the total American dead.

President Barack Obama visited Section 60 last month, a fortnight before he decided to send 30,000 more troops to fight in what has now become his war.

In 1989, Francis Fukuyama wrote of the “end of history” being reached with the triumph of liberal democracy. That year, however, the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan sowed the seeds of al-Qaeda and in the next, Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait set the stage for the fateful invasion of Iraq in 2003.

It was in 1941 that the magazine publisher Henry Luce declared the 100 years that ended the last millennium – and provided most of the 330,000 occupants of Arlington Cemetery – to be “the American Century”.

In 1999, the Washington columnist Charles Krauthammer wrote that the United States was as powerful as imperial Rome and that the world appeared to be on the cusp of a “Second American Century”.

Considering the attacks of September 11, 2001, the continuing Afghanistan and Iraq wars, the biggest global financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s and the economic rise of China, that now seems like hubris.

For most Americans, the Aughts – as a 1999 poll in USA Today dubbed the first decade of the 21st century – began with the 9/11 attacks. More than 60 of those killed that day at the Pentagon, which is visible from the cemetery, are buried in Arlington.

The Aughts ended, perhaps, on November 4, 2008, when Mr Obama was elected to be the country’s first black president, making it a short decade – the Bush decade – of only seven or eight years.

But the thwarted al-Qaeda terrorist attack on Christmas Day aboard a Northwest Airlines Airbus 330 from Amsterdam to Detroit was a reminder that Osama bin Laden and his followers did not stop when Mr Bush left office. And the alarming failure of the American intelligence agencies to “connect the dots” on 12/25 just as they failed to do on 9/11 illustrated that, in some senses, little had changed in eight years.

In seeking to contrast himself with his predecessor at every turn, Mr Obama has certainly tried to open a new page of American history. He apologised to Europe, stating in Strasbourg that “America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive”. He told the Muslim world that America has “not been perfect” and that his election would “restore” the “respect and partnership” that once existed.

Perhaps most strikingly of all, he reduced the notion of “American exceptionalism”, the term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville to denote the special position in the world of the US by dint of its history and values, to mere patriotism. “I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism,” he said, in an unfortunate comparison with two countries that lost their empires.

This has been music to much of the world’s ears. From Oslo to Damascus and Beijing to Caracas, there has been celebration at the end of what Hubert Védrine, then French foreign minister, described in 1998 as America’s “hyper-power” status. The unipolar world, it seems, ended with the Aughts.

Certainly, the past decade has culminated in what is now a crisis of American confidence. Gallup found that just 25 per cent of Americans are now happy with the way things are going for their country, compared with 69 per cent a decade ago.

Capitalism, having been shaken by the collapse of Enron, appears to be foundering after last autumn’s bank crisis, triggered by the obscure sorcery of credit default swaps and the outright fraud of Ponzi schemes masterminded by the likes of Bernie Madoff.

Trust in government was severely eroded by the absence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq in 2003. Torture at Abu Ghraib and the Guantanamo Bay prison fuelled a sense felt by many that America had lost its moral bearings. The aftermath of the Hurricane Katrina disaster of 2005, in which bloated corpses were left for days in the waters that engulfed New Orleans, wounded the American sense of self.

Although Mr Bush gave himself a shot at redemption by stabilising Iraq with the 2007 surge, much of America is wondering whether Afghanistan will become Mr Obama’s Vietnam – the war that still haunts the country’s imagination.

The hope engendered by Mr Obama’s election has given way to intense fretfulness. Despite government spending soaring, unemployment recently reached a 26-year high of over 10 per cent.

It appears that Mr Obama will get his historic healthcare reform Bill – meaning 30 million more Americans will be insured – but the measure was rammed through the Senate on a razor-thin party-line vote and most believe the country cannot afford it and that it will not work.

Many Americans have already had enough. According to Gallup, just 47 per cent of Americans approve of Mr Obama, a stunning drop of nearly 20 points since his inauguration, making him the least popular president at the end of a first term since polling began. The pollster Frank Luntz found that 72 per cent of Americans felt the same as Howard Beale, the barking-mad anchorman of the 1976 film Network, who declared: “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this any more.”

This accounts for the rise of the conservative anti-government Tea Party movement, which has led to protests against big government throughout 2009, and to the popularity of Glenn Beck, the commentator whose weeping
rants on Fox News have sent his ratings skyrocketing to more than three million.

Mr Obama’s dramatic address in Cairo and use of his full name of Barack Hussein Obama cut no ice with Major Nidal Hasan, a US Army psychologist and radical Islamist who slaughtered 13 at the Fort Hood base in Texas last month.

Two of Hasan’s victims are among the newly buried in Arlington, which is open to all serving and retired service members on their deaths, though the families of most opt for local cemeteries.

Although Mr Obama was elected largely on the basis of giving some magnificent speeches and not being Mr Bush – and won a Nobel Peace Prize to boot – he has already found that this is not nearly enough to succeed as president.

Thus far, his humble overtures to engage with Iran and attempted rapprochement with Russia have yielded little or no result. The promise to close Guantanamo within one year will be broken – and maybe not achieved within two.

Mr Obama was humiliated at the Copenhagen climate change summit, when Wen Jiabao, the Chinese premier, sent in a mid-level official to deal with the United States president and blocked any meaningful deal being achieved. The unspoken message was that this was China’s century, not America’s.

But the demise of America in the Aughts is based as much on wishful thinking in Europe and elsewhere as it is on facts. And while there is a danger of Mr Obama’s apparent belief that America is no longer the world’s sole superpower becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy, the States is much more than its president, be it a Bush or an Obama.

Although the anger at the summer “town hall” meetings on healthcare was widely condemned as illustrating a loss of national civility, in fact they demonstrated a passion and a fervent desire to be involved that were signs of a healthy body politic.

Americans want politicians to be accountable for what they say, even if they have won Nobel prizes for their eloquence. They need their trust in government to be restored. During this economic crisis, they want a hand up but not a hand-out.

Despite all the trials of the decade and the potent – and continuing – threat posed by radical Islam to liberal democracy, Americans combine resilience, resourcefulness, hard work and patriotism in a way that is unique.

This year, the US military met its recruiting goals for the first time since the draft ended in 1973. The economic downturn undoubtedly played a part in that. It also indicated, however, that despite the very real possibility that they might end up in Arlington Cemetery’s Section 60, there is no shortage of idealistic young Americans who believe that their country is worth fighting for and will eventually prevail.

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Why didn’t Obama go to the anniversary of the Berlin Wall?

November 18, 2009 Leave a comment

Barack Obama as president of the United States decided to stay away from Berlin as the city commemorated the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall? In contrast, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown both made the trip to Germany, while President Obama decided to send his Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. Yet he flew Airforce One at great expense across the Atlantic to Copenhagen in a bid to secure the olympics going to Chicago!

Is it shameful when the US president can’t even be bothered to show up at a ceremony marking one of the most momentous events of modern times?  

Rich Lowry thought so and wrote in his column for National Review, “Obama’s failure to go to Berlin is the most telling nonevent of his presidency.”

Barack Obama’s absence from Berlin today can be explained by three key factors:

1/ Obama is uncomfortable with the idea of American greatness

The fall of the Berlin Wall was the direct result of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher’s determination to confront and defeat Soviet communism. Barack Obama is distinctly uncomfortable with the notion of celebrating the successes of American global power. Practically every speech he has given on foreign soil since taking office has been marked by an apology or apologies for America’s past. A recognition of American leadership, especially an acknowledgement of Ronald Reagan’s leadership, would have been an awkward moment for a US president who seems ashamed of American greatness and exceptionalism.

2/ Obama attaches little importance to the advancement of human rights on the world stage

The Wall’s downfall symbolized the defeat of a brutal ideology, Communism, that enslaved hundreds of millions in Europe. It marked the end of a dictatorial regime in East Germany that oppressed its own people under the auspices of an evil Empire. Barack Obama simply does not view the world as Reagan did, in terms of good versus evil, as a world divided between the forces of freedom on one side and totalitarianism on the other. For the Obama administration the advancement of human rights and individual liberty on the world stage is a distinctly low priority, as we have seen with its engagement strategy towards the likes of Iran, Burma, Sudan, Venezuela and Russia.

3/ Obama is keen to appease Russia

The Obama administration has gone to great lengths to avoid doing anything to offend the Russians, as part of its “reset” strategy. This was exemplified by its monumental surrender to Moscow by reversing the American policy of installing Third Site missile defences in Poland and the Czech Republic. In effect, Barack Obama threw key US allies in eastern and central Europe under the bus in order to placate Russian demands. The White House no doubt calculated that Obama’s presence in Berlin would be interpreted by hawks in Russia as provocative triumphalism on the part of the Americans. Embarrassingly for President Obama, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev actually showed up at the Berlin celebrations, while the leader of the free world was nowhere to be seen.

So is  the striking absence of the leader of the most powerful nation on the face of the earth from ceremonies marking the fall of the Berlin Wall yet another damning indictment of Barack Obama’s world leadership and weakness in foreign policy?

 

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‘Prophecy of Power’ book review by Simon Barrett

October 30, 2009 Leave a comment

Prophecy Of Power… Will It Come True?

Andrew Parker is new to the book world and Prophecy Of Power is his debut novel, and, in my opinion he is off to a very fine start. The subject matter is an interesting one, and is the second novel I have read in recent weeks that uses the bible as a backdrop to a suspense thriller. This tactic is not an easy one to make work well. It is with great care that an author must tread. The reading public are a fickle group and it is all too simple to rile up certain factions. One only has to look back at Dan Brown and Irving Wallace to see the backlash that works of fiction that have a religious undertone can unleash. Andrew Parker though, does it with aplomb.

Our main character is a New York Rabbi, Jacob Droutman. A man slightly different from his fellow Rabbi’s, a man who is not neccaseraly questioning his faith, but is always seeking additional knowledge, there is always more to learn, it may be outside of your own faith, but it is all of potential interest. One such opportunity arises when he is invited to attend a lecture on the hidden meanings of the  biblical book of Revelation. Dr. Stewart Renton will explain the modern day meaning of the last book of the Bible – the pamphlet reads.  Jacob feels drawn to attend, while it might be nothing, offer no new insights, what possible harm could there be in just listening?

It is while at the lecture that Jacob meets a pretty young lady, Ayn. It is no chance encounter, for some reason he has been selected, but for what? Even Dr. Renton seems to be singling out Jacob during the lecture. Ayn gives the Rabbi an envelope, the contents of which are both baffling and intriguing. A series of newspaper clippings about 3 young students who mysteriously disappeared in Israel while on an archaeological investigation. Even stranger, the three had left clues that they had made a very significant find, one that had world wide consequences as well as a huge biblical significance.

The clues all seemed to lead to the book of Revelation, but what does it all mean? Is there a clue in Revalation that predicts the future of mankind?

Upon returning home Jabob finds his landlord dead, killed execution style, and his own apartment ransacked. Even stranger, he seems to have become a man of interest to the CIA and various other agencies. Why would a lowly Rabbi be of such interest?

One thing is clear, the three missing students are the glue, and the clue, are they dead or alive? It is with this determination to find out what happened to the three students, that Jacob basically walks away from his responsibilities in New York, even selling his beloved car, and heads to Israel to investigate.

To share more of the plot, would be to spoil it. Prophecy Of Power is an action packed thriller and well worth seeking out. It is also the stage setter for Andrew Parker’s next novel. Prophecy Of Power has a fine conclusion, and stands alone as a work of fiction, but I also know that there is a great deal more to this story than we learn in this first book.

I am hoping to interview Andrew in the next few days, and you can bet your bottom dollar that the subject of sequel is going to be a prime subject for discussion.

Take Prophecy Of Power out for a test drive, you will not be disappointed, I suggest that you order your copy from Amazon. It is also available in E-Book format here, and Andrew has a web site with additional information.

Simon Barrett; http://www.bloggernews.net/122658

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Mankinds Search for God…

October 27, 2009 Leave a comment

Regardless of where you live, you have no doubt seen for yourself how religion affects the lives of millions of people, maybe yours too..

What does this great worldwide variety of religious devotion indicate? That for thousands of years mankind has a spiritual need and yearning. Man has lived with his trials and burdens, his doubts and questions, including the enigma of death. Religious feelings have been expressed in many different ways as people have turned to God or their gods, seeking blessing and solace. Religion also tries to address the great questions; Why are we here? Where did we come from? What does the future hold?

As a consequence we usually follow the religious ideals of our parents, religion has become a matter of tradition and more often than not where we are born. In many countries now, through immigration and population movement, people of different religions share the same neighbourhood. Which you would hope would lead to meaningful conversation of faiths rather than hatred! Certainly world history must give us pause and make us wonder what role religion has played in the many wars that have devastated mankind and caused untold suffering. The Crusades, the Inquisition, the conflicts in Northern Ireland, clashes between India and Pakistan, and the many conflicts in the Middle East.

So how did many of these religions begin? In almost every religion, we can find a central figure to whom the credit is given for establishing the ‘true faith’. Some of these were iconoclastic reformers, others were moralistic philosophers, some myth and folk heroes. What they said and did and the writings they left behind was embellished and formed the religion.

The expansion of scientific knowledge called into question many of the religious teachings. All of a sudden, God and religion seemed outdated to many. The severest blow was no doubt, the theory of evolution. In 1859 Charles Darwin, published the ‘Origin of Species’ and presented a direct challenge to creation and the teachings of religion.

If there was no God, then life must have started spontaneously by chance. For life to have come about, somehow the right chemicals would have to have come together in the right quantities under the right temperature and maintained for the correct length of time. For life to have begun these chance events would have to be repeated thousand of times. Evolutionists call this the ‘big bang’ but even they, admit the probability of atoms and molecules falling into place to create one simple protein is 1 followed by 113 zeros.

So I think order and design not only in the universe but in creatures that interact with one another and the environment would lead to a creator. Almost every part of our human body, the brain, the eye, the hand, shows design so intricate that science can’t explain and also the intelligent design of the water-cycle, photosynthesis in plants, the amazement of a fertilized egg and the beauty of birth.

 So I suggest there is a God… but it leads to the question; Does one God want all religions to worship in different ways or one way? If it is one way, which is the right way…….

 

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Is it right to pursue Stem-Cell Research?

October 19, 2009 Leave a comment

Does it go against your own religion and faith to agree with stem cell research…President Obama recently lifted the ban on federal funding into embryonic stem cell research and signed an Executive Order to bring the change that so many scientists, doctors, researchers, patients and loved ones have hoped for…

He is a man of faith, and believes we are all called to care for each other and work to ease human suffering.Is he right or is there conflict between religion and science in this delicate subject?

Being in a wheelchair myself since 1985, I welcome any progress where cancer, alzyhmers, or spinal cord injuries will be a thing of the past.

I’ll concentrate on my own condition, ‘A disease that cannot be treated’ was how an Egyptian papyrus referred to spinal cord injury more than 3,500 years ago.

 One late Saturday night in October 1985, I was driving home with my girlfriend, we took the normal route home. It was a winding road, that had sharp bends and a low speed limit. I was already thinking of taking my dog out on Sunday and how busy work was going to be on Monday. Then to my horror a park car on a bend made me swerve and hit a lamp post, the next thing I knew was I couldn’t move and was being cut out of the car…In ‘emergency’ I knew the worst already, when the cord is damaged, the muscles below the injury level do not know what to do without commands from the brain. The higher the injury, the more life-threatening it is likely to be. The two vertebrae closest to the brain, C1 and C2, this tragically was where Christopher Reeve broke his neck and was made reference to by President Obama that in his life time ‘didn’t get the chance. I am C5, and I don’t suppose I’ll get that chance either…

In World War One, 80% spinal injured soldiers died within 2 weeks, by 1980 more than 90% were surviving thanks to the research and understanding of a German doctor called Guttman.

 But now can more be done to make it possible for people to walk again or is it morally wrong and against the word of God? The use of human embryonic stem cells, like the use of cells from a fetus, is problematic because they are derived from human embryos, which entangles them in controversy over abortion and because of this the Catholic church and other religious groups oppose research.

They say an embryo was a person, and a person has a right to life…So can God and science come together, or are the scientists playing at being God already, they can already duplicate an exact replica in the animal world or design the baby of your choice, boy or girl, blue or brown eyes…

There are thousands every year who will end up in a wheelchair, or someone you know will have cancer…So is it ethically and morally right to pursue stem cell research for the good of mankind?

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