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The Remaining Book Series Review

I would like to give a very serious thumbs up to DJ Molles author of The Remaining series of zombie apocalypse books. DJ Molles is a relatively new author who has taken the zombie/apocalypse genre by storm since debuting his first indie novel The Remaining in 2012. Since then he has published three more books in the series, Aftermath, Refugees, and Fractured and two novellas Trust and Faith. Just recently he announced that he has been picked up by Orbit in a publishing deal. Major props go out to this young author and his success.

So far, he hasn’t released all the details of how long the series will be, but there will be at least one more full-length book in 2015. I suspect he will probably extend the series out to at least seven novels, but only time will tell.

The first book of The Remaining series, focuses on a single hero/protagonist, Captain Lee Harden, who is part of a secret government program that has him go into a bunker under his house, anytime there is a national emergency to ensure that the there is a continuity of operations should the government collapse. I don’t want to spoil any surprises, but let’s just say he must go into action when a virus destroys most of mankind leaving it up to him and his fellow survivors to begin the rebuilding process for the United States.

It is a unique idea for a beginning book of a series, and each book thereafter both widens the scope of world he shares as well as the depth of the characters. The main character Harden is both believable, likable, and at most times invincible, and you root for him the entire time.

The books are not epic in length, but they might seem shorter because Molles keeps you engaged throughout each novel.

I have not read the novellas yet, but the novels are 5/5 star books that deserve a spot in your reading queue. Read The Remaining. If you don’t think it is worth reading the second book Aftermath, I would be very surprised.

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The War of Art Book Review

A Warrior Scholar Blog Post #6

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

Folks, I apologize for the prolonged absence from the site. I had to have ankle surgery last week, and it has laid me up a bit. Since I will be off my feet for a while, I figured this would be a good time to focus on some scholar and literature based posts. Don’t worry I will continue to post the WOW for you, but I will be sitting these ones out.

Before my surgery, I ordered a book I had heard about in passing a few times called The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. Now, if you don’t know the author, Steven Pressfield, I would suggest you become very closely associated with him. He is most well known for The Legend of Bagger Vance, The Gates of Fire(my favorite), and Killing Rommel- all excellent books. The War of Art is different than those because it was written for you. This book is written for every person, in particular, anyone out there who needs a quick read/kick in the pants, to getting on track, to accomplishing his or her true purpose here on Earth. If you have not read the book, buy it now, read it, and share it with others. There are very few books for which I give that recommendation, but this book is head and shoulders above the rest, excellent.

You could probably read this in one sitting. Its approximately 165 pages (many of them short). I read one of the three books a day, so I could absorb the material better. One rainy Sunday afternoon and you will be off to share your gift with the world.

The War of Art is broken down into three parts, Books 1, 2, and 3. Book 1 focuses on Public Enemy #1 of all people, especially those who create, Resistance. Pressfield breaks down all the horrible ways that Resistance stops a person from accomplishing or sharing their gift with the world. The thing that stops you from writing that book, dropping those pounds, helping others, or making a deep commitment to the ones you love. Resistance is always there, it is always trying to prevent you from doing the tasks that make you truly happy. It can be overridden.

How does Resistance make its appearance? Through self-sabotage, procrastination, short-term gratification, self-medication, and victimization, to just name a few. In other words Resistance can attack us at so many different angles. However, all is not lost.

Book 2 is called Combating Resistance. Pressfield’s main message here is to take your passion and make it a job. Even if you aren’t in it for the money, treat it like a job. Show up everyday, put your time in, and work it out. He puts forth many different ways of thinking about your passion that defeat Resistance. Accept challenges, be patient, embrace fear, and master your craft. It’s easy to tell yourself that ‘it’s too hard’ or ‘I’ll do it when the timing is right’. Whether you are wasting time or doing what you love, time marches on.

Book 3 is called Beyond the Resistance. I can see some people will be intrigued by Pressfield’s interpretation of a higher plane and others will be turned-off by it. Bottom line, this section implores you to embrace your ‘talent’, not to waste it. I personally enjoyed this section of the book, but thought the first two sections of the book more valuable. I love the last page of the book and the last line especially hits home for me:

“Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.” –Steven Pressfield ‘The War of Art.’

Read the book. You will not regret it. It is short and powerful. Add it to your reading queue, and if you want to get moving on your life goals, read it today. This book sits on my desk as a reminder, to get after it.

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

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