Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Book Review: 'Owl Eyes: A paranormal Experience' by Bob Nosler
‘I see Owl Eyes living in many people’
Pacific Northwest author Bob Nosler attended the University of Oregon, is a second generation business owner and served in the United States Navy Submarine Service from 1966 - 1970. He has published two books set in the Canadian wilderness – FRONTIER WORLD and now OWL EYES.
The story opens with a well-scribed Prologue that is set in the year 1809 in Canada where the author shares ancient Indian culture and shamanism. It is in this section that the concept of the paranormal aspect of this mesmerizing is brought to our attention – the Shaman and the various sacred stones, on of which predicts the future of a child named Owl Eyes who will have strange powers that the following novel reveals. As the shaman states, ‘You must be very proud...young Owl Eyes has been chosen to live until the end of tie…he will see the future, and he will live the future. Your flesh has been chosen by the Ancient Ones to bring retribution to many generations. If only the white man would respect us.’
From this mysterious beginning we jump to the present and the outline of the plot is sound – ‘Three American scientists, Mike McCord, his wife Donna and their business partner, Marty Relson, team up to search for the dietary ingredient that produces world class trophy moose in the Yukon Territory. If they can isolate the protein, the synthesized version could be worth millions as a replacement for growth hormones in beef cattle. To acquire the best specimens, the trio needed access to a wide variety of native vegetation, so Mike hired veteran outfitter and guide, Karl Thomas to provide a float trip down the famous Caribou River. Suffering from a recent back injury, Thomas assigned two native brothers, Little Eagle and Owl Eyes, to guide the American scientists. For various reasons, the young guides did not get along with the three Americans. "We woke up one morning and everything was gone," Donna explained. "They took everything. They took the canoes, the food, they even took our boots. Then they came back to kill us." The trio is forced to kill both native guides, which leads to criminal proceedings in the Canadian legal system. The younger brother, Owl Eyes, has the power of the Ancient Ones and, in the form of an apparition, nearly drives Marty Relson to a mental breakdown. As a spirit, Owl Eyes' appearances are usually preceded by the odor of rotting flesh and the temperature dropping to a clammy fifty degrees Fahrenheit. After several encounters with Owl Eyes the apparition, Marty is driven to the point of committing murder. Thinking he is finally free, Marty finds that Owl Eyes has even greater powers when he stuns Marty in the final chapter.’
Strong writing with a definite respect of ancient traditions of ancient cultures and their descendants makes this adventure more than simply a paranormal tale: it brings respect to cultures we have ignored. Recommended.
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