Reviewer David W. Menefee: David is a Pulitzer nominated American author, ghost writer, screenwriter, book editor, and film historian. David’s career began as a writer and marketing representative for the Dallas Times Herald and the Dallas Morning News. His books have appeared under various imprints and in a variety of categories, such as biography, travel, historical fiction, mysteries, and romance. Two books by David were named among the 2011 Top 10 Silent Film Books of the Year: Wally: The True Wallace Reid Story, and The Rise and Fall of Lou-Tellegen. His most recent releases include Sweet Memories and the 1950s romance trilogy, Can't Help Falling in Love, Come Away to Paradise, and Catch a Falling Star (with co-author Carol Dunitz). David lives in Dallas, Texas, USA.
Author: Bill Douglas
Author: Bill Douglas
Do not be fooled by a book entitled 2012 The Awakening. If you are inclined to avoid reading scenarios of doom and disaster to befall mankind on or after December 21, 2012, the title could mislead you and cause you to miss a thrilling, multi-layered suspense story of the highest order.
Bill Douglas, one of the
most remarkable writers of our generation, exhibits craftsmanship
that ranks with the best of the old masters. He deftly pens highly
detailed stories that engage your consciousness, while steering a
spotlight onto stepping stones that light your way into a world swept
by the tumultuous winds of old-fashioned melodrama. In 2012 The
Awakening, Bill blends his boiling pot with vividly defined
characters caught in a whirlpool of intrigue. This is no tempest in a
teapot. Think A Tale of Two Cities catapulted into the midst of real,
modern day events.
The underlying story current flows around a feminine awakening that struggles to embrace our planet in late December 2012, when a new page in human history is set to turn at a time when a cosmic event occurs that scientists refer to as the “Great Leap Forward.” An extraordinary cosmic alignment of the Earth, the sun, and the Milky Way are heralded to bring a change in the electromagnetic energy making up all things, and some people expect that energy shift to affect an evolutionary leap forward for the human race.
Ravi Shyamalan no sooner
wins the Nobel Prize for Economics than her life tears in two. Her
acceptance speech in front of an audience of professors and media
drifts away from her prepared notes. She vents, “Something is very
wrong with our world, and yet at the same time, something is very
right about it, and about us.” An uncomfortable audience erupts
into unexpected chanting. Distracted, her heart pounds. She
surrenders to the vibrations of well-being spreading through her
body. What she then tells the crowd veers from economics to her
encyclopedic knowledge of history, divinity, philosophy, and
sociology and into a shocking tirade about global spiritual problems.
What she does not know is that high-ranking government officials are
watching, and her speech has more than upset their plans to control
the populace’s thinking.
Thus, the stage sets for an outpouring of political intrigue, counterplots, and layer upon layer of mounting suspense, as government forces are dispatched to find Ravi and squelch any further dose of reality she might try to foist upon the American public. Ravi has upset the gamma waves they so carefully orchestrated with their media manipulations, and the phenomenon she started has spread too quickly. She must be captured and silenced. Nothing less than an order from the Vice Presidents lights the fuse in a countdown battle between Ravi and the portentous powers that be.
If you have felt growing
depression that no amount of antidepressants, overeating, binge
drinking, or compulsive shopping can overcome, you are falling victim
to the effect of our global consciousness rising to a cohesive state
that will climax around the end of 2012. Bill Douglas uses actual
news reports, Presidential directives, United States patents on mind
control technologies, media quotes, Congressional records, and quotes
from the Bible and other gospels to whip the reader’s feelings into
an uncomfortable sensation that the world’s worries are playing out
right before your eyes, and that the front and back covers of his
book are mere handles that hold together the truth about what is to
come. 2012 The Awakening reaches sublime proportions by packaging
these facts together with a thrilling story that will keep you
enthralled from page 1 to 344.
Bill Douglas’ third novel, The Gardeners, is said to be on the edge of his consciousness, and should arrive in 2012. We can only hope that paper mills are still operating and that we are all still around to savor the story. In the meantime, read 2012 The Awakening and stock up on canned soup and bottled water. Better still, buy 2012 The Awakening and store the book with your survival gear to read by candle light once the power grid crashes and you are hiding in your secret storm shelter from martial law and the Peace Keepers searching houses from door to door. You may need the book then to fully understand what has just happened.