Travel as Transformation: Conquer the Limits of Culture to Discover Your Own Identity by Gregory V. Diehl Review

Travel can be fun. It can be a step onto the road of self discovery. It can also be a scary road filled with self doubt and financial woes. Trying to go into the world of travel and live your life on the road can be a daunting task, and yet in Gregory V. Diehl’s novel Travel as Transformation, you get to see first hand the trials, tribulations and wonders that travel can offer you, and how you can get started today. Here is the synopsis:

A daring, intelligent, and unapologetic call to find yourself in wanderlust.
When you travel to a foreign place, do you experience this new life as your old self? Or do you become a new self?

From living in a van on the streets of San Diego, to growing chocolate with indigenous tribes in Central America, to teaching in the Middle East and volunteering in Africa, bestselling author Gregory V. Diehl has followed a worldly and unconventional path. Leaving his home in California as a teenager, he went on to live and work in 45 countries across the globe by age 28. In Travel as Transformation, he uses his diverse cultural experiences as a world traveler to ask the reader to question how their identity has been shaped by the lifestyle they live.

As you delve into Travel as Transformation, you will learn how travel can profoundly influence your perception of yourself. Diehl teaches aspiring travelers to let go of their internal inhibitions and former sense of self. He shares his own moving experiences of transformation across Costa Rica, China, Morocco, Armenia, Iraq, Monaco, Ecuador, and more to encourage travelers to embrace change. He takes the reader on a nomadic journey that examines all of humanity through unbiased eyes.

To travel with a truly open mind is to forget who you were when you started. It is to be constantly born anew, and identify with ways you did not know others could exist. What affirms you most? What would it take to destroy you? Travel as Transformation will give you the wisdom, the inspiration, and the resources to conquer the limitations of your home culture. It’s time to take advantage of everything the world has to offer and become everything you can be.

This was an incredibly powerful book. Filled to the brim with insight and wonder, this book did an excellent job of highlighting the highs and lows of travel. As someone who is interested in travel, it was interesting to see the way the author approached the subject, diving into the differences in cultures, political and societal divides between nations and the impact travel has on you as a person. It allowed me to see what I want for myself in the future and embrace the idea of change.

A book with heart, emotion and a sense of excitement, Travel as Transformation was a fantastic read that will speak to the inner traveler in all of us. A fast yet evenly paced read, author Gregory V. Diehl does an amazing job of showing the paths we take both externally and internally as we step out of our comfort zone and embrace new and unknown adventures. If you are a budding travel enthusiast, be sure to pick up your copies today!

Rating: 10/10

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Interview with Daniel Eagleton

  1. Tell us a bit about yourself. How did you get into writing?

I’m a writer living in London, which, I suspect, is a bit like living in a Garret in Paris in the 1920s: no money or prospects, but I am at least sustained (on a good day) by my art. I always wanted to write, but spent a long time either gathering invaluable life experience or being worryingly aimless. Still not quite sure which…

 

 2. What inspired you to write your book?

       I had the idea, which I thought was worth pursuing. After that, it’s really a question of trying not to ruin the concept along the way…

3. What theme or message do you hope readers will take away from your book?

The book is really about how dysfunctional and destructive institutions (and the people that work for them) can be. And, I suppose, the effect that has on the rest of us…

 

4. What drew you to the espionage thriller/action adventure genre?

In a nutshell: the often gaping absence of morality, decency or common sense.   

5. If you could sit down with any of your characters and ask them a question, what would you ask them and why?

That’s a tough one. Maybe I’d ask Thomas why he’s so intent on self-destruction. I’m just not sure he’d be able to give me a coherent answer.

6. What social media site has been most helpful in developing your readership?

Social media? I run from it every chance I get, although I realize that might be somewhat counterintuitive. I was on Facebook for a brief moment, but I kept checking it every twenty minutes without knowing why, so I had to disable my account. I’m feeling much better, though, thanks for asking…

7. What advice would you give to aspiring or just starting authors out there?

You’re a solider.

8. What does the future hold in store for you? Any new books/projects on the horizon?

The future holds certain death for us all, but in the meantime I’m writing a historical crime drama set in 18th century London. I’m really enjoying it, but you have to be sure to get your facts right. On the other hand, if a character is in trouble they can’t whip out a smartphone and ask for help, so, dramatically speaking, that’s a plus…  

Exodus ’95 by Kfir Luzzatto | REVIEW

Biblical stories blend with international espionage and high-stakes spy thrillers in author Kfir Luzzatto’s Exodus ’95. Here is the synopsis:

Claire, a young graphic designer, learns a secret that her dying New York neighbor has kept for twenty years: the whereabouts of Moses’ Biblical staff.

Claire needs the help of an Israeli engineer and the money of a Russian oligarch to recover the staff before her body betrays her. But first she needs to stay alive in a race with fanatics, who will do anything to keep the staff from coming to light.

Then the LORD said to Moses: Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground.

While I’m not the kind of reader or reviewer who gravitates towards religious based books, this book actually does a great job of making the story of Moses and his staff more of a driving force for the main plot of the book. The story is rather focused on the story of Claire and her harrowing journey across the world. Thrust into a high stakes game between two powerful and deadly enemies, Claire seeks the help of an Israeli engineer with a special skill set to help her along the way, and there is a surprising twist halfway through the story that will leave readers floored.

The novel was well written, with little to no grammatical errors that I could spot. The story has a great narrative that takes the readers across the world and into the past. Be ready to explore the way the world ran back in the 90’s, and see the political landscape between nations and those who run the countries amongst the shadows. It’s a wonderfully high-octane adventure where no one is loyal and everyone is in danger. With no one to trust, Claire and her confidant must traverse foreign lands and seek allies in order to survive a truly deadly adventure.

Overall this is a wonderful read. The author as a great command over the thriller genre and has created some fantastic characters that make you really feel. The line between hero and villain can easily blur in this story, and soon you will be questioning whether the person closest to you is really on your side. An edge of your seat espionage thriller, this is a fun and adventurous read that everyone should sink their teeth into, so be sure to pick up your copies of Exodus ’95 today!

Score: 9/10

Book Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06WWG6LYL/ref=x_gr_w_glide_bb?ie=UTF8&tag=x_gr_w_glide_bb-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B06WWG6LYL&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2

Backseat in The Dark by Milton Dewar

One man’s bad day turns into a nightmare in author and director Milton Dewar’s “Backseat in The Dark”, a fantastic short story with twists and turns you won’t see coming. Here is the synopsis:

An about-to-be ex-husband is forced to confront his own demons, and something far worse, on his way back home, on a lonely stretch of road.

This short yet thrilling read takes the reader on a journey, as you delve into the angry mind of an ex-husband haunted by his past and confronted with an unexplainable and unbelievable new future. The story was well written, with the story and characters jumping off the page and painting  a portrait of a fantastic short film just waiting to be shot. The characters are real  and bring the dark story to brilliant life.

Overall this is a fantastic short story that needs to be read. With a fantastic setting that brings the story a whole new level of creepy atmosphere and a brief background that sets up a chilling ending, this story highlights the powerful storytelling of author and director Milton Dewar. If you haven’t yet, be sure to pick up your copy of “Backseat in The Dark” today!

Rating: 10/10

Traveller – Inceptio by Rob Shackleford Review

A historical science fiction tale like no other, author Rob Shackleford brings to life a tale of ancient Viking invaders, Saxon villagers and a time travel experiment that puts real lives in serious danger. What would the affect of time travel have not only on the past, but the future as well? Here is a synopsis:

If you were sent 1000 years into the past, would you survive?

Traveller – Inceptio describes how the Transporter is accidentally invented and becomes public knowledge when it sends a subject 1000 years into the past.

A Special Forces team of Travellers is then selected and trained with the intent to send them to Saxon England to explore what could be a very dangerous period of history.

From the beaches of Australia to the forests of Saxon England, Traveller – Inceptio reveals how Travellers discover they need a lot more than technology to survive the trials of early Eleventh Century life.

A realistic look into the lives of our ancient ancestors from around the world, this incredible story takes an in-depth look into the scientific study of time-travel and the ramifications our interference in the past can have. It also does a fantastic job of showing the hardships, struggles and way ancient Saxons viewed the world and life, and the twist of ancient beliefs and the introduction of religion into the region.

The attention to detail and use of great historical context made this such an engaging read. Taking a twist on time-travel science fiction stories and incorporating a detailed look into this time of conflict and bloodshed was thrilling to read, and put into context the struggles of the 21st century. The characters felt personal and did an excellent job of highlighting the way we would view that time period, as well as how they would view us.

Overall this was a phenomenal read, full of twists and turns and a fresh approach to the time travel genre. Filled with great historical references and characters you’ll love instantly, this story reads like an HBO drama, and would translate perfectly onto the screen. If you haven’t yet, be sure to pick up your copy of Traveller – Inceptio by Rob Shackleford today!

Rating: 10/10

If I Was A Caterpillar by Ben Jackson, Sam Lawrence and Danko Herrera Review

From the creators of the hit children’s book franchise Timmy and the Little Fart comes a brand new children’s book that tells the story of chasing dreams and believing in yourself. That story is If I Was A Caterpillar by Ben Jackson, Sam Lawrence and Danko Herrera, and here is the synopsis:

Read along with the caterpillar as it travels around the world trying exciting new activities and having fun! Reading with children is one of the biggest forms of early education, helping to develop young minds.
As a young child, it’s important to believe that anything is possible. If I Was A Caterpillar is a beautifully illustrated children’s book that follows a caterpillar on its journey as it discovers new activities.

Too often these days, children are being put onto tracks that are unachievable or told that a dream is just a dream and to forget about it. One of the most enjoyable things about being a young child is believing that you can fly to the moon as an astronaut or dive under the water searching for hidden treasure.

If I Was A Caterpillar shows young children that you can do anything you want. Your dreams can come true! If you enjoy reading books with beautiful illustrations and love having your child read along with you, then make sure you check out If I Was A Caterpillar!

This wonderfully written and illustrated children’s book helps reinforce the age old idea for children that they can be anything they want to be. No dream is too big, and if you work hard you can achieve said dreams. The artwork was bright and warm to see, and watching the story unfold will surely help children take the message of the story to heart.

Overall this is another strong children’s book from these incredible writers. Full of heart, warmth and a message all children deserve to learn, this is a story parents will adore reading to their children for years to come. If you haven’t yet be sure to pick up your copy of If I Was A Caterpillar today!

Rating: 10/10

Ten Sheep to Sleep by Nidhi Kamra Review

A simple yet beautiful children’s book comes to life in Nidhi Kamra’s Ten Sheep to Sleep. Here is the synopsis:

Sammy Jo counts ten sheep to put her to sleep, but tonight, ten more sheep appear. The new sheep are creating a ruckus. Sammy Jo has to find a way to calm the sheep down, count twenty sheep, and ensure everyone is happy so they can get a good night’s sleep.

Suggested age range for readers: 5-8

This book is the perfect story for parents and children alike. Sharing an important lesson about problem solving, the story features fantastic artwork that features splashes of bright, warm colors and childlike whimsy. As if pouring from the mind and imagination of a child, the artwork compliments a strong children’s story that educates and entertains all at once.

Overall I really enjoyed this story. It was a fun read that I think children will be delighted to partake in. With fantastic complimentary artwork and a strong command of the language and wonder that children’s books need to thrive, author Nidhi Kamra has proven to be a fantastic author that has a long career ahead of her as a children’s book author. If you haven’t yet pick up your copies of Ten Sheep to Sleep by Nidhi Kamra
today!

Rating: 10/10

The book is available on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Ten-Sheep-Sleep-Nidhi-Kamra/dp/1616338601/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1500072496&sr=8-1&keywords=ten+sheep+to+sleep

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Here is the book trailer: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0LCJE3ILuvo