11th Commandment

11th Commandment

by Mark A. Christensen


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ISBN-13: 9781463606855
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/28/2012
Pages: 190
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

An expert in child abuse, its causes, and prevention, Mark Christensen, a 1981 graduate of Para-medicine from Ohio State University, was a successful paramedic having owned an ambulance service at the age of 24. He had to retire from the business in 1988 due to a spinal injury received in the line of duty.

His experience in the medical field, dealing with life's drama on a daily basis, has led him into writing and the fight against illiteracy through public service. Mr. Christensen is the CEO of M C Productions Global, and resides in Ohio, and Billings, Montana.

Having been married for 10 years, he adopted 7 special needs foster children. The memory of a son who suffered from traumatic brain injury from the age of 3, until his passing in 2005 at the age of 11, inspired Mr. Christensen's daily fight against the horrors of child abuse, going beyond the horrific consequences of these atrocities, Mr. Christensen explores a way for those afflicted to heal. His novel, "The Eleventh Commandment", drives the all-important message, "Thou Shall Not Hurt the Children".

Mr. Christensen's has also produced the novels, "The Seed", "Boy Toy", & "My Brother's Keeper", among various projects in production stages at this time.

The Novel has been nominated for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize.

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11th Commandment 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first, the title seems reflective of religious fiction. But, the meaning of the title becomes clear early on, and the reader understands. Overall, it’s a great title and will be enticing to readers. The first page/chapter of the book is definitely engaging. It hooks the reader in and sweeps her along. The premise of the manuscript is, sadly, very believable. Millions of readers are intimately familiar with the kind of abuse Keith experiences, and the struggle he goes through to rise above it. The tone, facts and information, and language level are all appropriate for the genre. Overall, the premise is appealing and well executed. The author has done very well with POV in this story. He chose to use the first person POV and tell the story through Keith’s eyes. This immediately brings the reader into the mind of Keith as a victim of child abuse. POV is used consistently, and is the perfect choice for the story. This is a well-structured novel. The book ends so powerfully. Overall, though, the plot and structure hold the reader’s interest. The author uses setting well. He describes not only the physical landscape but the emotional setting as well. The reviewer wishes that she could say that the characterization is unrealistic. She wishes that she could say that the author exaggerated the kind of abuse that Keith experienced, and that no one would realistically hurt a child in these ways. Alas, she cannot say that. The author has done an extraordinary job of bringing these characters to life. The reader feels what Keith feels—the fear, the anger, the shame, and the pain. It’s emotionally wrenching for the reader, but others who have experienced similar kinds of abuse will find the journey cathartic. The author has done a great job of not only creating realistic dialogue, but also conveying the tone and emotion behind it. Content: Does the story have narrative drive, emotional power, or original voice? It most definitely has all three. Are the characters believable? Sadly, the characters are very believable. Does the dialogue sound authentic? Yes, it does. Execution: Does the story have sufficient commercial pace and appeal or literary value? The story has strong literary value, as it rises above the descriptions of abuse to promote ¿The 11th Commandment.¿ Quality of Writing: Is the writing on an appropriate level for the target audience to engage the reader for its own sake? The author is a very talented writer who has an engaging writing style. The author is to be commended in his writing of this book. It must have been incredibly difficult to write the scenes of abuse.