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Anne-Rae Vasquez is currently completing Reveal book 3 of the Among Us Trilogy. Her latest novels are RESIST and Doubt, Books 1 and 2 of the Among Us Trilogy, Gold winner of the Readers' Favorite Book Awards. The Among Us Trilogy questions what is beyond the reality of this world and ties in different supernatural religious beliefs of God, Heaven, Purgatory and Hell, angels and demons apocalypse, spirituality and fantasy by mixing themes from shows like Fringe and Supernatural to create an end of the world religious paranormal mystery thriller.
Her previous novel Almost a Turkish Soap Opera was adapted into a screenplay and later produced into an award winning feature film and web series and was her directorial debut. Her other works include: Gathering Dust - a collection of poems, Salha's Secrets to Middle Eastern Cooking Cookbook and Teach Yourself Great Web Design in a Week, published by Sams.net (a division of Macmillan Publishing).
In her parallel life, she hosts/produces Fiction Frenzy TV, a VLog channel featuring indie artists, authors, filmmakers and musicians. In addition to this, she freelances as a journalist for Blasting News (and previously Digital Journal) and manages a production department.
Almost a Turkish Soap Opera was produced by Joseph Khalil, Sababa Emporium Film Productions.
Almost a Turkish Soap Opera is an award winning feature film, and web series adapted from the novel that captures the turmoil of two young modern Turkish men trying to make a home in the West but finding their lives have turned into a Turkish soap opera. Almost a Turkish Soap Opera, an independent film by Sababa Emporium Productions and AR Films screened and won awards at film festivals and is available to view on Amazon Prime Video. The film reflects on how Turkish soap operas have become very popular in the Middle East and now in Europe and how the West has influenced the Middle Eastern culture. For details go to www.almostaturkishsoapopera.com
on Nov. 19, 2014 :
I was honored to have been gifted this book and compelled to share my thoughts. This series is gripping and leaves you breathless with every twist and turn. In the second installment of this series, Cristal opens a portal to Purgatory. What lies beyond that portal leads to both joy and despair. A struggle begins between technology and spirituality and all that was once believed to be right is called into question. With mysticism and a pair of not-so-trustworthy angels, Cristal and Harry must learn to navigate and make sense of everything around them.
I especially appreciate that this book stands by itself, but can't wait to read the next installment.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
on Nov. 15, 2014 :
I followed the adventure of the characters here from the first book in the series. I honestly thought that like many other "series" books, the second one or the middle one is the most unlikable of among it. But, as always with this author, I am very much incorrect.
The book starts where the first one left off. A good plus for readers who haven't read what the first one is about. It unfolds to a story right in the middle of a trilogy but never lacking the interest-giving and curiosity-making ideas the first book has. If the first book gave me one heck of twist and turns, it never did ran out in this second one. I very much loved the twist with Harry and Serena, considering their first meeting in the book. I am very much curious on Cristal's power, it's limit and it's uses. I am very annoyed (in a good way) about the two angels(?) Kerim and Raffe on what their part is and on what side they are on. I am very refreshed when the author describes what Harry feels when with his new bride. I am very surprised on the way they chose the title of this book, simple but unexpected. The tug-of-war between technology and spirituality and mysticism made this series a very unique among the genre.
Almost all the second book in a trilogy is the most uninteresting one providing as a bridge to the introduction of the first book and the climax on the second book. Don't mistake this book with those other books. This is a complete book which can never be mistaken as a necessity to read to fully understand the whole story, This is a must read because you will enjoy and love the story of this book itself and love it more if you have read the first one.
Kudos for Anne Rae Vasquez for this book and this series. I am very very much interested how the story will unfold on the next one!
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)