A Thousand Eyes by Junior Burke
Published: May 25, 2018
"... with the smell and smoke and taste still harsh in his nostrils, eyes and throat, he needed to warn others, not just his own kind but all other non-humans. Death was in the air." When Todd Wendt, recovering from the tragic death of his wife, is sent to oversee operations at a regional cement plant in Colorado, news reaches him of a series of vicious animal attacks. Over time, it becomes clear that the attacks taking place in this small mountain town are far from random: Todd, and his company are being targeted...
A Thousand Eyes' is a tale from both the human and animal viewpoints -some in accordance and some at discord.
The wild is taking this new threat "into their own Paws"! An elderly Native American mediator has tried to reason with them. Innocent people are dying. He wants no part of it.
Before leaving the area, he leaves a short note for the one person he feels might be able to help.
This is a graphically violent story of human's, sometimes, negative affect on the animal kingdom.
Although this reviewer agrees with much of the author's intent, I feel it was too graphic - both, in violence and in sexual situations. There is also, quite a lot of profanity.
The author offers a strong message to those who would endanger the environment.
the characters are interesting and scenes are vividly portrayed.
I offer a Three and a half Stars for literary content, beyond my personal preferences.
Junior Burke is a novelist, dramatist and songwriter. In 2004, he founded the ezine not enough night www.notenoughnight.org which for a decade published work by some of the most compelling writers of today. His novel Something Gorgeous appeared in 2005. This work of speculative fiction explored the historical background of the era that spawned The Great Gatsby and was lauded for its invention by the UK's Historical Novels Review.
From 2005 to 2010, Burke served as Chair of Naropa University's Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics and was a literary source for such publications as Le Monde and The London Observer when they presented features on the 50th anniversary of Kerouac’s On the Road. Burke was one of the chief organizers of the first-of-its-kind Poetic Film Symposium held in Boulder in June, 2011, a collaboration between Naropa University and the University of Colorado. His account of the event, "Notice What You Notice" appeared in Bomb Magazine.
In 2013, he co-authored One October Midnight, a musical theatre work, contributing book and lyrics. The musical, based on stories by Edgar Allan Poe, received its world premier at the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival in Hamilton, New York. This year, he will release Spot of Time, a song cycle inspired by classic works by such writers as W.B. Yeats, Arthur Rimbaud and Gertrude Stein.
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