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The Lucky Man – An Act of Malice

Recent release by Author, Monika Martyn

A Review by fellow author – Sir Peter James Dotcomé

The Lucky Man – An act of Malice is the work of Monika Martyn and the story is set in Hawaii and surrounds in contemporary times.

Monika says the story was inspired by a ‘beached whale in Mexico.’

About The Author

Monika is a cocktail of dynamic business achiever and an uncluttered free spirit!

In her teens she emigrated from Austria to Canada, where she achieved phenomenal success in the cosmetic industry, allowing her to retire young and now Monika enjoys a nomadic and minimalistic lifestyle with her Husband.

Apart from her life in Canada, Monika has lived in Panama, Colombia, Mexico, and Europe.

It is not difficult to appreciate that Monika would write a book like ‘The Lucky Man…’ given her life experience and especially her travels. There is more to this though. She mentioned in her blog post entitled “Uncomfortable”: “If you want to make anyone uncomfortable, simply tell them that you own nothing. In a second, their eyes roll slightly inward as they compute the idea of what ‘nothing’ could mean and that you must be joking: they’re waiting for the punchline that what you’re saying can’t imply the same nothing that means nothing.”

As Monika has spoken of herself in this way, we would be safe to surmise that she is essentially a ‘Free Spirit.’ One who delights herself in every nuance and essence of the life that surrounds her, and who finds unnecessary baggage stifling.

Given the above, Monika was more than qualified to write this exciting story.

Genre

The story is fiction, thriller, and has healthy helpings of action and adventure.

Story Flow

I read an e-manuscript of The lucky Man and found the story easy reading. If it were not for time constraints, I would have got through reading in a day. Through eighty per cent of the reading it was brisk and found me excited and intrigued. The other twenty percent, where Monika was dealing with describing the lesser important issues of story, it was slow, but never boring.

In Part Four “One Down,” the flow takes an abrupt ‘detour’ and I went through the next few chapters feeling cheated that I never found out what happened to Jack languishing in his canoe! However, “One Down” is very interesting in itself; introducing a new location and four additional characters, who at the time, were floating on a self-made raft and then returning to an Island where they had been shipwrecked for many years. They found an unconscious Jack in his canoe and I felt happy that I was connected to the main story once more.

Part four moved briskly with a brief interlude of sex in the ranks and a little under-radar planning by two of the characters, Rose, and Mark. The only link missing in Mark’s plan was a lack of suitable transport to affect it.

Jack’s arrival on the island saved his life and solved Mark’s transport issue.

With Marks’s departure and safe arrival in Mexico, he was able to initiate the rescue of the group on the island and this culminated in an assumed happy ending. I say assumed, because there is no detail provided about a joyous reunion with Jack and family, especially his distraught mother, or for that matter, the return of Kai’s beloved canoe, ‘Kilo.’(Boo-hoo, I’m such an emotional sucker.)

I was never on the ‘edge of my seat,’ but was hooked and had, by choice,  to keep reading.

The Plot

The plot was well thought out, but lacked sufficient tight twists, which might have savored the story with little more mystery. The characters were suitably chosen each fitting well into their parts. Sequence of events was seamless.

Characters

From my viewpoint there are, three primary characters: the Protagonist, Jack, Myra, Jack’s Mother and Kai The security Boss. A solid support cast consisting of: John, Jack’s Father, brother Michael, Brody, (Jack’s best buddy), Wayne, and Bruce, two thugs. Finally Mark, Ron and Rosie, the shipwrecked islanders, followed by a host of others in bit parts.

Monika gets kudos from me for her character portrayals.

Jack is a super athletic type, tall, handsome, raised with a silver spoon in his mouth. A strong personality whose exceptional looks caused him to magnetize all women. He struck me as well-meaning and generous, but typical of those to whom all things come easily, he treated the women in his life with a relational indifference, focusing only sexual conquests. Jack gives the expression, ‘love ‘em and leave ‘em’ new meaning. His exploits, especially cheating on Brody, led him on a slow spiral downwards, until, when his life was severely endangered, he repented to the winds of his wicked ways; all the while promising to make good to ‘someone up there.’

Myra is a typical besotted mother, having favored Jack, over Michael, her younger son. Yet she is a strong determined woman who never stops believing her son is still alive.

Kai, the young security boss, is a simple, dedicated, loving husband and Father, caring for his Father, over and above the costly support of his own family. He is dedicated to his job and a man of integrity, who is also compassionate toward Myra and the loss of her son. Considering the inclusion of the shipwrecked Islanders, there is a fair list of characters, but the reader is never confused as to who is who in the milieu.

General

Monika is a master of the English language and pays attention to detail, sometimes lingering a little too long in this area. Her ability to make her description so effective is such, that it forms a canvas in one’s mind; this is a delightful experience, as it makes the tale live. Her technical knowledge of ‘adrift in the ocean’ with its see-saw of terrors and gentle calms; the fish and the ability to secure them in the scene of desperation left me feeling as if she was writing her autobiography. Jack’s shifting mind games, as he fights for survival, caused me to mouth alternately, “Your Karma has come to visit Jack,” to “Hang in there man, you gonna make it!”

Read it or skip it?

I read the e-book version but would have loved to read the book instead. Read it? Yes, yes, yes! My prayer is for it to hit the Best-Seller lists, not just for Monika’s sake, but for the many that would be gifted by its read.

As a writer, I not only loved the read, but learned much from Monika’s inimitable style.

Well done, go ahead now and reap your pot-o-gold Monika!

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Weekly Word of Wisdom

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Freedom

My freedom is a matter of my choice, no one else on this planet can give me freedom. I might be released from prison, but that is not the essence of freedom, because there are those who, whilst imprisoned, experienced freedom. There are those who cannot find freedom after being released from prison or without ever having been in a physical prison.

I can be enslaved in multitudes of prisons in this life. Toxic relationships, soul destroying employment, poverty, fear, anxiety. The list is endless.

By contrast the quintessence of freedom is not found in multitudes of expressions. It is essentially in my state of  mind and it’s a state which understands; water flows in the direction of least resistance until, over  millennia, sometimes, overcomes the resistances in its path.

 I allow my mind to follow the line of least resistance, thus freeing my journey in flowing to my destination. Many times, in pursuing  that approach, I also overcome the resistances in my path.

Through all this, I am the captain of my ship and my decision must be final.

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‘Tanamera’ – By Noel Barber

Tanamera

Book Review: ‘Tanamera’ – Noel Barber

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First Published in The United Kingdom in 1981.

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Why Tolerate?

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Tolerating a situation whilst you take time out to evaluate you position is strength. If you tolerate because you fear an attempt to change, this is weakness

When I’m forced to tolerate issues in my present situation, I look for the benefits of tolerating them, because I know tomorrow will become the now and those issues would have lessened or disappeared altogether.

As with anything in life, toleration comes with unfavorable and favorable results. The unfavorable is: feeling you have no choice; the favorable is: looking for benefits in the situation and using these benefits to extract yourself from the intolerant position.

Tolerating a situation whilst you take time out to evaluate your position is strength.  If you tolerate because you fear an attempt to change, this is weakness.

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Why Ireland?

Ireland is not only a land of great beauty, but also a land steeped in history and folk-lore.

Wicklow is the Garden County of Ireland and there is beauty everywhere.

Who would have thought of a Fairy forest?

Nestled away in a group of trees are little dwellings belonging to Fairy folk. there no instructions suggesting the best time to visit. Do Fairies only make themselves visible at early evening or late at night? Do they ever allow themselves to be seen by anyone, or only to those who believe in them, like children?

Fairy Store
Fairy Tree House
Story of the Fairy Forest
Free Wee Library

Then we have the ‘Wee Library.’ Libraries are normally buildings of a rather somber nature, where silence reigns, not with out good reason, of course. But the Wee Library is located on a the street corner outside the doctor’s rooms in Newtownmountkennedy. Here you borrow a book, without being a member, and simply replace it when you done. No email address, no proof of address required! Could this be the smallest library in the world?

Even in this time of lockdown restriction, one can easily find interesting places, on route to your permitted visits, this is the nature of Ireland. Bearing in mind that Ireland is an ancient land, some sources suggest going back to 10,000 – 8,000 BC ( Origins of Ireland – Wikipedia.) one cannot be certain to what extent archeological discoveries have revealed treasures as yet unearthed.

Where’er you walk
Where’er you walk
Cool gales shall fan the glade
Trees where you sit
shall crowd into a shade
Trees where you sit
shall crowd into a shade

Where’er you tread
the blushing flowers shall rise
and all things flourish
and all things flourish
Where’er you turn your eyes

Where’er you walk
Cool gales shall fan the glade
Trees where you sit
shall crowd into a shade
Trees where you sit
shall crowd into a shade.

http://www.songlyrics.com/aled-jones/where-er-you-walk-lyrics/

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Weekly Word of Wisdom

Alone in a Corner

When I was a little boy, teachers ridiculed me and I was often told to stand in a corner. I felt ashamed of myself;  then one day a kindly Angel took me, by the hand, to a mirror. “Look at yourself, you are beautiful, you need never be ashamed of yourself; besides if you don’t love you, how will you love others?” Life has been wonderful since the Angel came into my life and I left the corner forever!

The corner of a classroom is a place of shame and loneliness, if you choose to stay there, you will always feel guilt, shame and fear. The miracle is – you have a choice; stay of leave.

A little boy was in his class when the teacher announced, “Class, all stand in honour of our leader, Vladimir Lenin.” the class stood except Aleksandr. “Why are you not standing Alexandr?” The teacher screamed. “I don’t like him,” the boy whimpered. The teacher beat the boy unmercifully and taking him by the ear thrust him into a corner. “You will learn respect or else!”

The following morning the teacher made her announcement and all the class stood, including Alexandr. “So,” the teacher sneered, “You are learning respect yes?” The boy replied, “Teacher I am standing on the outside, but on the inside I am sitting.”

The little boy chose to stay out of the corner on the inside by standing for the leader on the outside.

All our best choices are made from within; this way, we live another day when its convenient to make other choices

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Politics and Politicians

I read on a newsfeed, this comment: “Politicians are an evil necessity.” I looked up the definition of ‘evil’ in Merriam Webster and this is what it offered: “morally reprehensible sinful, wicked.

If I look at these four words I could come up with this conclusion: None of them are based on a law of any sorts, but rather more inclined to have their origins in tradition and custom. In certain institutions and organizations traditions are set as rules. In other words, if you wish to belong to a particular institution or group, you will be required to follow their rules.

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Weekly Word of Wisdom.

A Fork in The Road

Which Way?

“There is no tragedy in life, only a fork in the road ahead. Tragedy is no more than a fork in the road demanding a change of course in our lives.

A fork in the road demands we take one of three directions. Go back into the cave of our past, go right to continue without change in our steps, go left into the steps of change and opportunity”.

Sir Peter James Dotcome

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The Vicissitudes of Life

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“Oh! That the vicissitudes of life would come,

A preamble to a higher elevation

To worlds more real and dear

From whence we derive more virtue and pleasure!”

ENOCH JOHN

 Friday, February 15, 2008 *

I suppose that you and I would better understand the meaning of vicissitudes of life as mishaps, troubles and woes we encounter along life’s journey. Or maybe, simpler still, the ‘ups and downs of life.’

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Uncomfortable

A post from Monika Martyn. https://monikarmartynauthor.wordpress.com/2021/03/08/uncomfortable/

Historic Grade 2 listed mansion in Swannington, UK.

If you want to make anyone uncomfortable, simply tell them that you own nothing. In a second, their eyes roll slightly inward as they compute the idea of what nothing could mean and that you must be joking: they’re waiting for the punchline that what you’re saying can’t imply the same nothing that means nothing.

Others may nonchalantly glance over their shoulder to see their belongings and that your nothing has nothing to with their everything. After all, what is life for if not for gathering stuff? 

When we are born, people already bring us stuff. Baby clothing, toys, food. As we grow up, more stuff comes our way. We receive a collection of items to make us happy, to make us fit in, to help us live comfortable lives, and to shape us into unique individuals. Those articles are often given out of love. 

There is also a constant trade and evolution, perhaps. Pink bikes are exchanged for ice skates, blue bikes are exchanged for balls, dolls are replaced with sweaters and lipgloss, real cars and trucks replace the Tonka trucks and Matchbox cars taking up space attic or basement. Of course, some of us collect those items forever because they are too precious to part with.

Monika publishes stimulating and interesting articles off her blog site. Visit her site: https://monikarmartynauthor.wordpress.com.