Bill Etem. Ex-Math teacher, ex-office worker, ex-lot of stuff. Ex-Football Coach at Notre Dame - at the High School of that name in Los Angeles, not the University in South Bend, IN. B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Minnesota. I'm living in the Minneapolis - St. Paul area. Before Minneapolis I was in Mexico for 20 months. Before that I was in L.A. for three years. I've traveled all round France, Germany, Italy, Greece, Austria, Switzerland... Canada...most of the 50 states in of the USA. As for living for 20 months in Mexico, it was mostly in Oaxaca. So far my writing has only earned me a stack of rejection letters. Therefore I spend a lot of time trying to improve my books - trying to make everything very professional - so we'll see what results from all the hard work.
I don't know how often I'll visit this site - and I don't need more email - so use snail mail If you want to contact me, such as to leave a comment - positive or negative - constructive or otherwise - on any of the books I have published here. Please address these to me not to my relatives. I can't promise I'll respond to every comment - a SASE always helps. My address:
133 Crosstown Boulevard
Chaska, MN 55318
It's a chore to edit `Constitutional History of the Western World'. There is a minor problem in that Smashwords doesn't like italized titles, and it's a hassle to put quotation marks aroud the title of every book I quote. I've been converting scripture references from Roman numerals to Arabic. I used Roman numerals in the beginning because tons of classic books use Roman numerals, and youngsters need to know how to read classics...Yes,Isaiah Lix. 20-21 just doesn't work as well as Isaiah 59. 20-21. And, I know, Ezekiel 36. 24-28 is easier on the eyes than Ezekiel xxxvi. 24-28.
If you want something more concise than the 400,000+ word `Constitutional History of the Western World' then have a look at my two attempts to paraphrase it - `The Archangel Michael vs. the Antichrist' and `The ABCs of Christianity'.
`Amanda's War' is not a preachy novel in any way, though there's a connection between it and my non-fiction via I Samuel 15. 23 `rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft' because `Amanda's War' deals with the theme of witchcraft, and `Constitutional History of the Western World' deals with religion and rebellion. There are other connections between my fiction and my non-fiction. It would be best to let the reader discover these for himself rather than for me to conduct a university extension course on these subjects in my bio section. But I should say a few things: in `Amanda's War' we are introduced to a character named Haakon Sovant. That's a nom de guerre: he's pretending to be someone that he's not for purposes useful in espionage and in his work as a body guard. Body guards are needed to protect a rich guy from some gangsters. The rich guy is receiving their extortion letters. Extortion letters are somewhat like religious books. The Koran has Allah threatening non-Muslims and insincere Muslims with hellfire if they don't convert and become good sincere Muslims. The New Testament is a document which is filled with terrifying threats. We're made an offer we can't refuse! Note for example all the threats being made in Matthew 5. 22, Matthew 7. 13-14, Matthew 25. 31-46, Luke 16. 19-31, Galatians 1. 8, II Thess 1. 7-9 etc. I'm a Christian and I'm not complaining about the threats. I'm just saying they are threats and people should be aware that they exist and they are threatening. Of course this is Old News to most people.
In the microcosm, in `Amanda's War', Haakon Sovant, the ex- spy and current body guard - and of course there's a natural connection between body guards and guardian angels - in any event, Haakon Sovant, the man with the nom de guerre, suffers a traumatic experience. And then he changes because of this traumatic experience. The novel leaves the reader asking: does Haakon Sovant change because of benevolent forces or because of malevolent forces?
In the macrocosm, where not merely one fictional character changes - but where lots of real people change - where billions of people change during the traumatic experience known as The Great Tribulation - see Daniel 12. 1 and the Book of Revelation for more info on this - one is led to ask: are these billions of people changing because of malevolent forces or because of benevolent forces?
on Nov. 28, 2012 :
A huge document that I use as an encyclopedia rather than a cover to cover read. Word count is boosted by a large number of quotes but this works well as it builds confidence in me that I am getting not just Bill's opionion but that of many differnt and varied people.
4 stars for sheer volume and amount of useful info presented. 5 stars if there were internal hyperlinks to help navigate the near 1000 pages.
(review of free book)