Cleanse the Soul

A man in prison claws at the walls around him. Accused of a crime he didn't commit, he thinks on his family, life, and he trembles. His captors wear him down, and pick his defenses apart. Pain and exhaustion come together and make him feel like an animal who has nothing more than the truth to hold on to.
But what happens when he loses that? More

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About Nelson Lowhim

Lowhim served in the US Army as a Green Beret Engineer and graduated from Columbia University. He's been published in LA review of LA, Nine Line Anthology, and Afterwords.
Born in the bubbling cauldron of Tanzania, where he picked up his first pen at the age of two and chewed. He's progressed much since then. He wrote his first story at 5, a knockoff of all the prince-saves-princess stories he'd read at the time. Life did not rest. It took him to India, then frigid Michigan. The shock, according to parent-sources, was a character building exercise. Lowhim, however, only remembered clenched fingers trying to write. Shorts about teen angst kept him going.
Soon he was hitchhiking the mountainous American West where the outlaw locals kept his journal full of color. It wasn't long before he joined the US Army where the detritus of Babylon only furthered his literary ambitions. Iraq wasn't done with him. He would return, an engineer in 5th SFG. When he returned from this trip, he finished his first novel.
Released upon the world, he attended Columbia University. He spent his free time writing and working with other authors. He graduated and has since been penning some of the most ambitious novels this side of that Pluto rock.
Lowhim currently lives with his girlfriend in the Bronx. You can visit his blog at:

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His novels are: When Gods Fail (the series), The Struggle Trilogy, Tree of Freedom, and CityMuse

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Review by: Catherine G. on Feb. 20, 2015 : (no rating)
I managed to find a coupon code to get Cleanse the Soul, a short story by Nelson Lowhim, for free today. To explain a little bit about it. The story opens and we find a man called M, who is a captive in a particularly brutal prison. Waking one day, he has no idea why he has been brought here and his no idea about what he has done wrong. Tim comes along and the interrogation begins. M gets little impression of what he is supposed to have done wrong, but Tim pushes for a confession.

I felt that this was written very well. Though I didn't feel connected with M or even completely understand what he was feeling, I think that the author has done a good job in relaying to us what type of condition he is in. It's kind of disgusting at times, but the author has obviously thought quite a lot about what M might be going through and his particular feelings at each point in time. We go through M's fears, confusion, desperation and depression. There are a lot of aspects that aren't explained by the end of the book, but I felt that very little information works well in this story. In a strange way, I think that makes it more relatable. When he mentions his missing family, he doesn't think about anything specific, so it could almost be anyone in that position, missing their family. With the little information we have about the arrest, it could almost be any one of us arrested under misinformation and accused for a crime we did not commit.

Overall, I felt that it was a good work. 4 stars.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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