Friday, January 26, 2018

Book Review: 'Implicit' by Mark Tiro

California author Mark Tiro opens a new series – The Spirit Invictus Series – with IMPLICIT which has garnered praise from readers and critics as a story that touches on "everything that makes life profound, beautiful, absurd, and heartbreaking," a "heartwarming, profound read about importance of Love and Forgiveness." Having read the second volume of the series before, the temptation to discover the origins of Mark’s was magnetic.

It is always refreshing to find an author who cares to speak to his reader before the story is launched, and Mark does that in a Foreword – ‘This novel you’re looking at tells the story of the journey of Maya Lee’s spirit through her past and future lives… and then back again. It’s a holistic journey. Maya’s soul seems to bounce backward and forward in time, jumping from one lifetime in the past to another in the future, and then back again. This back and forth is the order in which she comes face to face with each lesson. It’s her version of the universal curriculum. And like all of us, she’s always free to accept or resist, as is her choice. Some lifetimes, her spirit gets it. Some lifetimes… not so much. In the universal curriculum, this doesn’t matter one bit. There will always be another forgiveness opportunity or another lifetime—or in Maya’s case, the same lifetime, repeated over again. Each one holds out another chance to choose once again. Groundhog Day for the soul.’

Mark plunges onto the stage where the story will be created – “Office hours don’t start for another half hour,” I told him as I rounded the corner to my office. Students always seemed to spill over my scheduled mid-day office hours. They were always coming early, or coming five minutes before it was over. If any of them had any hope of succeeding after they graduated, they’d have to figure out that most basic fact of life: no one wants to see you enough to let you cut into their lunch, or their martini hour, so please, just, don’t. “Ms. Lee—I won’t take up much of your time,” he told me as he followed me into my office, oblivious. I sat down at my desk, and offered him the chair reserved for students during my regularly-scheduled office hours. “So how can I help you Vance?” I said the words deliberately. Coldly. Then I unwrapped my sandwich, leaned back, and started eating. For the past eleven years, I’d been trying to let go—to forgive. Sometimes it worked. Sometimes it didn’t. And sometimes—like with my student Vance here—I just couldn’t bring myself to even care enough to try. “You see,” he said as he sat down, “Maya, it’s my grade. It is okay if I call you Maya, right?” “Ms. Lee will be just fine, thank y—” He cut me off. Of course he had.

Mark’s synopsis draws us in – ‘The secret to the meaning of life. Maya thinks she’s got it. And it’s about to get her killed. Again. And now she’s upset. Maya’s in a race against time itself. Her past and future lives hang in the balance. Now she has to put what she’s learned to the test. Maya’s had a mystical vision, with the promise of unlimited power. For millennia, it’s only been revealed to a handful of unknown, enlightened masters. And now, she’s tantalizingly close to grasping its ultimate secret. With unforgiving enemies closing in, can Maya uncover it before they find her—and exact an ancient revenge? Or will her stubborn quest get her killed again—this time, with devastating consequences to everyone she’s ever loved?’

This is tense writing, introspective writing, writing that makes a difference in the reader’s outlook and philosophy – and it is a murder mystery!!!!! Mark Tiro most assuredly has a solid niche in the rise of significant writers of the say. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, December 17

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