Thursday, October 11, 2018
Book Review: 'The Power of Words' by M.L.S. Weech, Richard T. Drake, T.W. Iain, and Heidi Angell
‘We did this. All they wanted to do was state their grievance, and it turned violent because of us.’
Author Heidi Angell is a bibliophile, lexicomaniac and wordsmith. She is the author of The Hunters Saga, The Clear Angel Chronicles, The Hell School Series and Survivalist Bible series releasing Fall 2018. She also created Royal Prince Vince, Creative Exercises to Inspire, and A Penslinger's Ponderings. As the CFO of OWS Ink, LLC, she provides amazing support to the indie community. Co-author Richard T Drake is the author of the Hollow World series of epic fantasy novels. Co-author TW Iain writes day and night. Co author M.L.S. Weech is a paranormal, science fiction, and fantasy author. He joined the U.S. Navy as a journalist in 2005. He served on aircraft carriers and destroyers. He served in the deserts of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan. He finished his Navy career in 2015 at the Defense Information School, where he still teaches journalism as a civilian instructor. Three fine minds – and the result is this fine book.
Or as the synopsis better explains, ‘In the beginning, there was the word. Some religions state that the very universe was created by words. The nation of America was founded using words. Words established the rights and freedoms this nation enjoys. The first of those rights is freedom of speech, which implies so much more than the right to use words. This anthology contains four stories from four authors. Each story pays tribute to either the ideals held by America’s First Amendment or to the concept that the words people use hold power. These authors took the concept of words, and placed it in futuristic, apocalyptic, and fantasy settings: TW Iain creates a world where citizens only seek to hear the words of others rather than consider their own. Richard T. Drake crafts a world where a leader must speak for the underprivileged masses who simply can not speak for themselves. Heidi Angell tells of a world where humanity itself is dying, and a man strives to preserve what he can in hope that any who survive will have something with which to remember the world that was. M.L.S. Weech brings to life a world where words were taken from society, and a mother plots to give those words back if only for her daughter to be able to speak. The word was the beginning, but it will never end.’
Four authors, four stories, one focus – WORD. This is an ingeniously crafted collection of short stories that push the mind into interstices of unknown places – and assure us it is all right to accompany the authors on these excursions. Brilliant short stories with many levels of meaning – and entertainments!
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