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Something is Missing by Elliott Baker:
When I was a child, I got stuck on the ‘why.’ I was that kid. I’m surprised my folks didn’t discover a creative use for duck tape. Wait, is it duck tape or duct tape? Just looked it up and it’s called both, but I think it closer to its original usage to be called duct tape. Any way, J a recurring question was “Why, if people have so much more power than I, do they not appear to be happy?” If I have the power (money) to buy an ice cream cone, I seem to be happy, at least for the moment. What is missing? In my exploration, I’ve found that there are three words in that sentence that invalidate the meaning of the sentence ‘ for the moment.’
I’ve spent a lifetime researching ‘happy’, and for the most part have been successful creating that elusive emotion. Relating what I’ve learned and how it connects to my book may not be possible and this blog attempt may be nothing more than finger exercises. The underlying theme of The Sun God’s Heir trilogy is power, its uses and abuses, but more than that, the inherent weakness of power to bring us lasting happiness. Of course, part of the problem is always in defining the words. The definition of ‘happy’ for a five year old is different than that for a forty-five year old. So there is no consensus on the term. I know, I looked it up. My degree is in history. I’d like to say that I was focused, driven, and totally fascinated by what humans had done before, but nah, history seemed like the least painful way for me to get through the exercise since it was mainly reading and once Mrs. Walker introduced me to Walter Farley’s The Black Stallion in the sixth grade, I’ve loved reading.
So here we have some historical figures, Roman emperors, and the like, seemed to have a great deal of power. Very few, if any found what they were searching for. Their discontent is obvious. Greater power didn’t seem to be the golden ticket. There were a couple whose power looked pretty encompassing. So. If not power, then what?
Please remember, that I do not have a degree in psychology although as a reader, I’ve encountered the term. As Alexi Panshin in his wonderful Hugo award winning book, The Rite of Passage, might call me a ‘generalist.’ Below is Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.
Looking at the one on the top begs the question and its answer, “What the hell am I supposed to be doing? I have no clue.” Now these beautifully colored layers are Mr. Maslow’s ideas which have found some consensus. With the advent of the scientific revolution, we began to look for consensus. We’re still looking.
The figure above is represented in two dimensions. I think we’re missing a dimension, maybe two. This is where the fantasy comes in. Stuff we haven’t found consensus on by using scientific method, with observable, predictable results, isn’t allowed to claim our attention. We are deep in the glorious complexity and minutiae of the physical plane. A plane that holds the least power of them all. Like four dimensional beings playing in a two dimensional world.
Design or chaos. And by design, I don’t mean the old guy with the white beard waving his hand and in seven days presto changeo. Uncertainty is terrifying and so we attach labels and drive others toward consensus to reduce that fear. It’s actually very comforting when mom says it’s eight-thirty, time for bed. We complain, but uniform, reliable restrictions are very comfortable.
For children. I’m not attacking, just exploring.
This nest is getting boring. Other than the worm or two, and some good squabbling with my brothers and sisters, nothing much happens. Wonder what if I step over that ledge.
In RETURN, book one of The Sun God’s Heir trilogy, my protagonist and antagonist both have gobs of power. They’re brothers, but not in this lifetime. In a lifetime three thousand years ago when they were disciples of an enlightened pharaoh. A man who introduced the concept of one deity rather than the multitude of accumulated good luck charms folks were trying to bribe. He managed to create a peaceful society for about twenty years and then failed by dying. But he left the idea behind and although you can’t touch an idea, it appears they are more powerful than the largest bomb we’ve been able to make.
Did I mention that in my working world view, reincarnation seems to fit well? There are a couple of billion folks who take it for granted, but consensus hasn’t arrived yet, primarily because it challenges other consensuses. Wow, there’s a word. One of my favorite concepts is that of balance. Balance implies potential. Within potential resides all power, namely, that of change. As a child, life didn’t appear ‘fair’ to me. The balance was off and left me uncomfortable. I hadn’t formed any theories of ‘how’ yet, but I couldn’t balance the handicapped child. Did he do something bad? How bad could it have been to land him in that wheelchair? None of the forthcoming parental answers to this ‘why’ made that feeling of discomfort go away. And yet, somehow, I knew there was an answer. Whoever or whatever made that glorious sunset, the one that lit me up, couldn’t be whimsically cruel.
In my teens I came across reincarnation and at least for the moment, the world came into balance again. What if we are responsible for every erg of energy that comes to us, both positive and negative. Wait, Tiggers don’t want to be responsible. Never-the-less, the idea allowed me the balance to continue exploring. I spent seven years as a practicing hypnotherapist and nothing I encountered during that time disabused me of the concept of reincarnation.
So my two characters, brothers, formed an enmity three thousand years ago. One has incarnated normally as the son of a prosperous merchant in Seventeenth century France, and one has forced re-entry into physicality. For the purposes of fiction, I love the concept of reincarnation. Not only do my characters have the entire known world to move around in, it’s possible for them to encounter each other in different time periods wearing different identities.
I am very grateful to you, my readers, and will do my best to maintain as narrow a focus as I can. I am doing what excites me the most. Sharing my thoughts with you. Have a great day.
About The Sun God's Heir: Return, Book 1:
The Sun God’s Heir is a swashbuckling series, set at the end of the seventeenth century in France, Spain and northern Africa. Slavery is a common plague along the European coast and into this wild time, an ancient Egyptian general armed with dark arts has managed to return and re-embody, intent on recreating the reign of terror he began as Pharaoh. René Gilbert must remember his own former lifetime at the feet of Akhenaten to have a chance to defeat Horemheb. A secret sect has waited in Morocco for three thousand years for his arrival.
For three thousand years a hatred burns. In seventeenth century France two souls incarnate, one born the child of a prosperous merchant, the other, determined to continue an incarnation begun long ago.
In ancient Egypt, there were two brothers, disciples of the pharaoh, Akhenaten. When the pharaoh died, the physician took the knowledge given and went to Greece to begin the mystery school. The general made a deal with the priests and became pharaoh. One remembers, one does not.
The year is 1671. René Gilbert’s destiny glints from the blade of a slashing rapier. The only way he can protect those he loves is to regain the power and knowledge of an ancient lifetime. From Bordeaux to Spain to Morocco, René is tested and with each turn of fate he gathers enemies and allies, slowly reclaiming the knowledge and power earned centuries ago. For three thousand years a secret sect has waited in Morocco.
After ages in darkness, Horemheb screams, “I am.” Using every dark art, he manages to maintain the life of the body he has bartered for. Only one life force in the world is powerful enough to allow him to remain within embodiment, perhaps forever. Determined to continue a reign of terror that once made the Nile run red, he grows stronger with each life taken.
Title: The Sun God's Heir: Return, Book 1
Author Name: Elliott Baker
Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy
Release Date: January 2, 2017
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Praise for The Sun God's Heir: Return:
A great read! From the first sword fight I could not put it down. Adventure, romance, action with just the right amount of his history and mysticism. The main character Rene displays all the qualities a true hero should; loyal, smart, humble, and a ferocious warrior all opponents will fear before their end. I could not help but feel fully immersed in the story. One of the best reads I can remember, I am eagerly anticipating the next book in the series!! ~ Jason Battistelli
The Sun God’s Heir is a page turner. The development of the characters made you really care what happens next to each person, good or evil. The descriptions of the ships, homes and countryside transported me into the era and made me feel like I was one of the onlookers or a part of the story itself. The moment I finished I had to have the second book to see what happens next. Fabulous!” ~ Karyn Krause Cumberland, Esquire
The Sun God’s Heir is a fascinating combination of historical period fiction, sci-fi, and political intrigue. Elliott Baker weaves a tale that one would have to be catatonic not to enjoy. The character development ranks among the best I’ve read; truly, by halfway through the book I found myself thinking like Rene (the main character) in my own daily life. This is the sign of mastery of character depth which is so often lacking in contemporary fiction. And the pacing! Rarely does a book seem to move at the speed of a movie without feeling haphazard. I applaud Elliott for pulling that off, as only an experienced screenwriter or playwright could. If you like a quality story that bridges traditional genre boundaries, then the Sun God’s Heir is for you! ~ Joshua Bartlett
Meet the Author:
Award winning novelist and international playwright Elliott B. Baker grew up in Jacksonville, Florida but has spent the last thirty-five years or so living in sunny New Hampshire. With four musicals and one play published and produced throughout the United States, in New Zealand, Portugal, England, and Canada, Elliott is pleased to offer his first novel, Return, book one of The Sun God’s Heir trilogy. Among his many work experiences, Elliott was a practicing hypnotherapist for seven years. A member of the Authors Guild and the Dramatists Guild, Elliott lives in New Hampshire with his wife Sally Ann.
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