'Amanda's War'

'Amanda's War'

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'Amanda's War' by Bill Etem

The action begins with a subplot - the shooting of an industrialist's bodyguard. The industrialist had been receiving threatening letters from extortionists. After the introduction of the 4 main adult characters - Haakon and Maria Sovant, Pamela and Sergio Molina - all bodyguards who are all ex-CIA agents - we meet young Amanda Molina and her two-year-old brother, Al.

The novel unfolds with narrative in the present and with a few flashbacks into the lives of the main characters.

'Amanda's War' is similar to Robert Altman's film '3 Women,' starring Sissy Spacek and Shelley Duvall, in the sense that both deal with the theme of people changing after traumatic incidents. At the end of 'Amanda's War' the reader is left to speculate if Haakon has changed, after a traumatic incident, because of benevolent natural forces or because of malevolent supernatural forces. I'm not saying there's a right answer. I mean it's just fiction, just a work of the imagination, and I haven't bothered to invent an ending to the novel which clarifies the matter. I'm more interested in giving readers something to think about rather than tying up the story with a lovely ribbon and a pretty bow. I want something which will linger, something which will live on with the reader after he / she finishes the novel. Obviously love is wonderful and beautiful when it comes naturally. Now if the intoxicating euphoria of love is obtained by witchcraft, by sick, twisted sorcery; by hellish, unholy, diabolical and infernal practices, well, it's still an intoxicating euphoria, but the love will come at a terrible price. So, of course, all of this talk of beautiful love and sweet euphoria and dark sorcery is a way for a writer to enliven his Young Adult novel, and those of us who write novels ask readers to please suspend your disbelief for awhile, and indulge us with your fleeting credulity as you sample our spells and enchantments...

Product Details

BN ID: 2940044269316
Publisher: Bill Etem
Publication date: 07/31/2012
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 398,173
File size: 349 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

You say it sort of like how u say Billy Tem, but not quite. Had lots of jobs. Once taught mathematics and coached a little football at Notre Dame - the high school in Los Angeles not the University in South Bend, IN. B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Minnesota, now living in the Minneapolis - St. Paul area. Lived in Mexico for 20 months, mostly in Oaxaca. Spent 4 months wandering round Europe after college. Lived in Los Angeles for a few years before running off to Mexico. Chapter 3 of 'Constitutional History of the Western World' reviews the basic evidence in favor of Christianity. I suppose non-Christians might want to read this chapter first. No doubt I haven't covered all of the evidence for Christianity but I think I covered most of the basics in that chapter. Chapters 1, 2, 5, 10 and 11 of that book deal with evidence, damning evidence for the most part, pertaining to the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church. The most important questions concerning this evidence all pertain to a similar theme. Have both Rome and Eastern Orthodoxy fallen away from the True Faith? Are both heresies which lead people to perdition? 'Review of Christianity' covers lots of topics, such as the need to explain Christianity in a concise manner. Christianity claims to be the new covenant which God writes on the hearts of His people - Jeremiah 31. 31-34 - so, on the one hand, you want to keep it brief - if Christianity can be inscribed on human hearts then it must be somewhat simple and concise! But, on the other hand, you don't want to ignore problems and complexities which must not be ignored. Everything is very very simple if the Roman Catholic Church is God's True Church, the Church which Christ founded on a rock. If so, then to attain heaven and escape perdition you need only remember to always obey Rome - don't ever rebel against God's True Church! You can't lose, you see, you will never be cast into hellfire, you will never suffer eternal banishment from heaven and eternal exile in the darkness of perdition, if you could just have enough sense to never rebel against God and God's True Church. But then, on the other hand, if Rome leads people to perdition, because Rome has fallen away from the True Faith, because Rome has fallen into heresy, and Rome is simply not the Church which Christ founded on a rock, then you'll want to steer clear of the Roman Catholic Church, and of course you don't want to join some other church which also leads people to perdition, because it too has fallen away, fallen into heresy, and is not God's True Church, not the Church which Christ founded on a rock, but is just another fallen church which the gates of hell have prevailed against - to recall Matthew 16. 13-19. So it's good to look into the evidence for Christianity. And it's good to investigate these churches. You want to be smart. You want to know what you're getting yourself into...the more you look into Christianity the more it resembles a huge bomb! I mean, obviously, we have two main cases to consider: Case 1 - Christianity is trustworthy: there will be an apocalyptic showdown, the Antichrist will show up some day, there will be a great tribulation, Christ will return to destroy the evil-doers etc., and Case 2 - Christianity is a huge superstition: it is untrustworthy. Case 2 is easy enough to understand, and so is Case 1, but Case 1 has some complications. There are some twists in the plot. Like I was watching this movie called 'The Big Bluff' the other day on You Tube - talk about twists in the plot! SPOILER ALERT! The murderer, or rather the evil guy, the guy looking to murder his rich wife and make off with all her millions, didn't actually murder her, but he framed himself in this other murder case, and now the cops got an open and shut case saying he murdered his girl friend, this hot brunette, when in fact this other guy murdered his hot brunette girl friend...anyway, concerning the plot twists with Christianity, and again we're operating here in Case 1, the scenario where Christianity is trustworthy, so you can trust Christ's words in Matthew 13. 49-50 where He said the angels will be sent out at the end of the age to separate the righteous from the unrighteous and to toss the unrighteous into the fire - that's simple enough to understand - but you have to remember 2 Corinthians 11. 13-15 (Satan masquerades as an angel of light and his supporters masquerade as ministers of righteousness) and 2 Thess 2 (Antichrist, a falling away which precedes the Second Coming of Christ, lots of deluded people) and Revelation 14. 6-11(three good angels show up) - I mean, talk about huge problems if deluded people take it into their heads that they are on God's side, when in fact they are on the devil's side, talk about huge problems if these deluded people think they are on the side of the good angels when in fact they are on the side of the evil angels, and then if they take it into their heads that God wants them to throw all those who oppose them into fire, recalling Matthew 13. 49-50...well, if Christianity is trustworthy, if you can trust scriptures such as Matthew 13. 49-50, 2 Corinthians 11. 13-15, 2 Thess 2, Revelation 14. 6-11 etc., then you can see how Christianity resembles a huge bomb ready to explode. If you insist Case 2 is true, if you insist Christianity is untrustworthy, then you're insisting Christianity has enslaved millions or billions of minds, and perhaps you're saying mass enslavement of millions or billions of people to a superstition is an unhealthy situation, possibly even an unhealthy situation with destructive potential. Getting back to my bio, I'm not really into pushing my books, marketing them in some sort of energetic manner. I'm just not interested in marketing techniques utilizing Facebook, Twitter, blogs etc. When I finish a book I look around for ideas to start another one. I was thinking of writing another comedy - 'Warrior Girls' and 'Single Mom's' are comedies. And 'Guilty Pleasures and 'Rock Island' have elements of comedy. You know how a lot of comedy relies on sarcasm, like when House, Hugh Laurie, comes out of the medical building at midnight and his boss says - 'working late, are ya? and then House goes, 'Nope, got some hookers up in the lab.' So that's pretty funny, but his boss is probably thinking he's a sarcastic jerk for saying that, for making fun of her and her question. But perhaps she needs to lighten up a little and admit Dr. House is a funny guy. Alistair McClean's 'HMS Ulysses' is an entertaining book written in an impassioned literary style. It would be easy to write a funny parody of it. And Jules Michelet was a great writer / historian. It would be easy to write a funny parody of his literary style, because it is so unique, so idiosyncratic, so impassioned, and so easy to make fun of. But I sense there's something mean and just not kosher about mocking people like MacLean and Michelet. Frank Calliendo is very funny, like when he makes fun of the way Charles Barkley says the word 'terrible'. On the one hand you tend to think Charles needs to lighten up and not get angry when a guy mocks the way he talks, but on the other hand, if a guy just doesn't like it when another guy makes fun of him and his speech pattern, then you're thinking he should lay off and stop making fun of him - it's just super super hard to be funny if you're not mocking someone or not working blue....getting back to my bio, I'm a pretty worthless singer, I mean, perhaps, if i put all of my heart and soul into trying to imitate Paul Stanley when he sings 'Lick it Up' off of the 1983 album 'Lick it Up' from KISS, I'm not totally worthless, I mean it's easy for me to imitate Paul Stanley when he's singing: 'No need to wait for an invitation, you got to live your life like you're on vacation' but other parts of the song are tough for me. I'm not too bad, imho, at imitating Iggy Azalea when she plays a trash-talking prostitute in that video with T.I. 'No Mediocre' - 'Heard he want lay it down on Iggy Iggy gave it to him twice now he want a diva Mike Bibby three...pardon me Whitney rest in peace but i don't think none of these bitches is f*$&@ng with me, u want a billboard bitch stop runnin' in place, heels on me sayin' give me six inches of space...' I suppose you wouldn't be super super impressed if I was to tell you that I'm not too bad at imitating Iggy Azalea in the easier parts of 'Fancy' and 'Work'. That's weird how I'll be trying to sing some song and I sound really lousy and my voice is cracking while trying to reach notes that aren't all that high, whereas professional singers sound fine or bluesy when their voices are hoarse and cracking, look at that video on You Tube of Fleetwood Mac from 1977 singing 'Go Your Own Way'. Stevie Nicks is looking really gorgeous - and even though her voice is cracking a lot she still sounds great - she's staring down Lindsey Buckingham at the start of the video, all the commentors on You Tube - don't you just love all those well-mannered classy and polite commentors on You Tube? - all the commentators are on her side in this lovers' quarrel between Stevie and Lindsey. No doubt Lindsey - don't forget that Stevie is the chick and Lindsey is the dude - and Stevie married and divorced a guy named Kim in 1983, but that's a story for another time, no doubt Lindsey should not have put in that part about Stevie, 'shacking up is all you want to do,' but Lindsey is really pouring out his heart to her in this song, just pouring out his heart to her...so then we get to 'The Chain' and everything seems like it's cool again, or at least the last 45 seconds of 'The Chain' have you thinking that everything's cool again between Lindsey and Stevie...getting back to my bio, I'm a better dancer than a singer, but i know i have to remain humble and down-to-earth, i know i can't get overconfident, i can't start thinking I can be some superstar dancer, some megastar shaker and twirler without even having to practice...I have to practice, that's for sure, that my friends is something you can count on, that's something you can accept as an undeniable 100% certified sure-fire guaranteed fact. Look at J Law and Bradley Cooper in that one flick about psychos, they both had to practice hard just to be average dancers....What else is there in my bio which is newsworthy...got straight A's in Latin in college. Skipped the 8th grade, had everyone fooled into thinking I was some sort of genius who didn't need the 8th grade. Then I got a C in algebra first semester of 9th grade. I didn't even know enough to know that that was pretty embarrassing. I was like one of those people that Jay Leno would quiz on the street, i was like some hot-shot college grad who didn't even know in what city the Berlin Wall was in, but that was a funny segment because Jay Leno's usually funny and people had no shame for being clueless, they didn't care that they didn't know if the Great Wall of China was in China or in Australia or in Paris or in Peoria...I have no shame with some stuff, like I really don't care that I suck at remembering the lyrics to songs. Half of my problem with singing 'Lick It Up' and 'No Mediocre' is that I can't remember the lyrics. Too much binge drinking in college, perhaps, maybe, I don't know, but sometimes my memory is just worthless. I can handle simple songs like 'Happy' from the Rolling Stones. 'I need a love to keep me happy, baby, won't you keep me happy?' If you can remember that you basically got half the song memorized, but something like Ricky Martin's 'Livin La Vida Loca' and Lady Gaga's 'Poker Face', 'Applause' and 'Bad Romance' and Katy Perry's 'Teenage Dream: 'You think i'm pretty without any make-up on, you think I'm funny when i get the punchline wrong, i know you get me so I'll let my walls fall down, downnn, before you met me I was a wreck, but things were kinda heavy, you brought me to life now every February you'll be my valentine, valentine...' stuff like that takes me lots and lots of time to memorize, and then I still botch the lyrics...Anyway, enough of all this wallowing in humiliation and self-deprecation...I say 'Amanda's War' should be classified in the Young Adult genre, even though there's a scene in it where a naked guy is in a bathtub with the naked wife of another guy. So you're probably saying: No, No, No, No! That's not YA, that's not a Young Adult novel! That's for adults, not teens, not for 13-year-olds. And I'm like: Yes, Yes, Yes, it's YA because the bathroom scene is described in the past tense, there's no explicit steamy romance, no erotic descriptions, no sexy dialogue, in fact there is no dialogue given at all in that scene, its like that scene in Herodotus where the guy spying on the naked queen is caught by the queen and she gives him an ultimatum, she says: 'either you murder my husband the king and marry me, or else I'll tell my husband you spied on me, and saw me naked, and then he'll execute you in a way that will be very unpleasant for you.' That account doesn't sound very YA either, but no one with any sense would say that 'The Histories by Herodotus' - one of the greatest books ever written - is too racy for 13-year-olds...But, perhaps, I'll have to reconsider. You could always read the novel so that any knee-jerk reactions to accounts of the novel that you might have don't lead you permanently astray. I admit I might be wrong. Perhaps its not YA. Why should I cling to a dogmatic position if it's wrong? Maybe I'm wrong or maybe maybe maybe I'm not wrong. I admit the action moves slowly at first, and it takes some patience to wait for the plot to unfold, and this might disqualify it from being a Young Adult novel, but it's just not a steamy romance, it's just not, it's just not about sex. 'Amanda's War' is about love...It's an OK book for patient 13-years-olds...


You say it sort of like how u say Billy Tem, but not quite. Had lots of jobs. Once taught mathematics and coached a little football at Notre Dame - the high school in Los Angeles not the University in South Bend, IN. B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Minnesota, now living in the Minneapolis - St. Paul area. Lived in Mexico for 20 months, mostly in Oaxaca. Spent 4 months wandering round Europe after college. Lived in Los Angeles for a few years before running off to Mexico. Chapter 3 of 'Constitutional History of the Western World' reviews the basic evidence in favor of Christianity. I suppose non-Christians might want to read this chapter first. No doubt I haven't covered all of the evidence for Christianity but I think I covered most of the basics in that chapter. Chapters 1, 2, 5, 10 and 11 of that book deal with evidence, damning evidence for the most part, pertaining to the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church. The most important questions concerning this evidence all pertain to a similar theme. Have both Rome and Eastern Orthodoxy fallen away from the True Faith? Are both heresies which lead people to perdition? 'Review of Christianity' covers lots of topics, such as the need to explain Christianity in a concise manner. Christianity claims to be the new covenant which God writes on the hearts of His people - Jeremiah 31. 31-34 - so, on the one hand, you want to keep it brief - if Christianity can be inscribed on human hearts then it must be somewhat simple and concise! But, on the other hand, you don't want to ignore problems and complexities which must not be ignored. Everything is very very simple if the Roman Catholic Church is God's True Church, the Church which Christ founded on a rock. If so, then to attain heaven and escape perdition you need only remember to always obey Rome - don't ever rebel against God's True Church! You can't lose, you see, you will never be cast into hellfire, you will never suffer eternal banishment from heaven and eternal exile in the darkness of perdition, if you could just have enough sense to never rebel against God and God's True Church. But then, on the other hand, if Rome leads people to perdition, because Rome has fallen away from the True Faith, because Rome has fallen into heresy, and Rome is simply not the Church which Christ founded on a rock, then you'll want to steer clear of the Roman Catholic Church, and of course you don't want to join some other church which also leads people to perdition, because it too has fallen away, fallen into heresy, and is not God's True Church, not the Church which Christ founded on a rock, but is just another fallen church which the gates of hell have prevailed against - to recall Matthew 16. 13-19. So it's good to look into the evidence for Christianity. And it's good to investigate these churches. You want to be smart. You want to know what you're getting yourself into...the more you look into Christianity the more it resembles a huge bomb! I mean, obviously, we have two main cases to consider: Case 1 - Christianity is trustworthy: there will be an apocalyptic showdown, the Antichrist will show up some day, there will be a great tribulation, Christ will return to destroy the evil-doers etc., and Case 2 - Christianity is a huge superstition: it is untrustworthy. Case 2 is easy enough to understand, and so is Case 1, but Case 1 has some complications. There are some twists in the plot. Like I was watching this movie called 'The Big Bluff' the other day on You Tube - talk about twists in the plot! SPOILER ALERT! The murderer, or rather the evil guy, the guy looking to murder his rich wife and make off with all her millions, didn't actually murder her, but he framed himself in this other murder case, and now the cops got an open and shut case saying he murdered his girl friend, this hot brunette, when in fact this other guy murdered his hot brunette girl friend...anyway, concerning the plot twists with Christianity, and again we're operating here in Case 1, the scenario where Christianity is trustworthy, so you can trust Christ's words in Matthew 13. 49-50 where He said the angels will be sent out at the end of the age to separate the righteous from the unrighteous and to toss the unrighteous into the fire - that's simple enough to understand - but you have to remember 2 Corinthians 11. 13-15 (Satan masquerades as an angel of light and his supporters masquerade as ministers of righteousness) and 2 Thess 2 (Antichrist, a falling away which precedes the Second Coming of Christ, lots of deluded people) and Revelation 14. 6-11(three good angels show up) - I mean, talk about huge problems if deluded people take it into their heads that they are on God's side, when in fact they are on the devil's side, talk about huge problems if these deluded people think they are on the side of the good angels when in fact they are on the side of the evil angels, and then if they take it into their heads that God wants them to throw all those who oppose them into fire, recalling Matthew 13. 49-50...well, if Christianity is trustworthy, if you can trust scriptures such as Matthew 13. 49-50, 2 Corinthians 11. 13-15, 2 Thess 2, Revelation 14. 6-11 etc., then you can see how Christianity resembles a huge bomb ready to explode. If you insist Case 2 is true, if you insist Christianity is untrustworthy, then you're insisting Christianity has enslaved millions or billions of minds, and perhaps you're saying mass enslavement of millions or billions of people to a superstition is an unhealthy situation, possibly even an unhealthy situation with destructive potential. Getting back to my bio, I'm not really into pushing my books, marketing them in some sort of energetic manner. I'm just not interested in marketing techniques utilizing Facebook, Twitter, blogs etc. When I finish a book I look around for ideas to start another one. I was thinking of writing another comedy - 'Warrior Girls' and 'Single Mom's' are comedies. And 'Guilty Pleasures and 'Rock Island' have elements of comedy. You know how a lot of comedy relies on sarcasm, like when House, Hugh Laurie, comes out of the medical building at midnight and his boss says - 'working late, are ya? and then House goes, 'Nope, got some hookers up in the lab.' So that's pretty funny, but his boss is probably thinking he's a sarcastic jerk for saying that, for making fun of her and her question. But perhaps she needs to lighten up a little and admit Dr. House is a funny guy. It's hard to be funny if you're not mocking someone or not working blue....getting back to my bio, I'm a pretty worthless singer, I mean, perhaps, if i put all of my heart and soul into trying to imitate Paul Stanley when he sings 'Lick it Up' off of the 1983 album 'Lick it Up' from KISS, I'm not totally worthless, I mean it's easy for me to imitate Paul Stanley when he's singing: 'No need to wait for an invitation, you got to live your life like you're on vacation' but other parts of the song are tough for me. I'm not too bad, imho, at imitating Iggy Azalea when she plays a trash-talking prostitute in that video with T.I. 'No Mediocre' - 'Heard he want lay it down on Iggy Iggy gave it to him twice now he want a diva Mike Bibby three...pardon me Whitney rest in peace but i don't think none of these bitches is f*$&@ng with me, u want a billboard bitch stop runnin' in place, heels on me sayin' give me six inches of space...' I suppose you wouldn't be super super impressed if I was to tell you that I'm not too bad at imitating Iggy Azalea in the easier parts of 'Fancy' and 'Work'. That's weird how I'll be trying to sing some song and I sound really lousy and my voice is cracking while trying to reach notes that aren't all that high, whereas professional singers sound fine or bluesy when their voices are hoarse and cracking, look at that video on You Tube of Fleetwood Mac from 1977 singing 'Go Your Own Way'. Stevie Nicks is looking really gorgeous - and even though her voice is cracking a lot she still sounds great - she's staring down Lindsey Buckingham at the start of the video, all the commentors on You Tube - don't you just love all those well-mannered classy and polite commentors on You Tube? - all the commentators are on her side in this lovers' quarrel between Stevie and Lindsey. No doubt Lindsey - don't forget that Stevie is the chick and Lindsey is the dude - and Stevie married and divorced a guy named Kim in 1983, but that's a story for another time, no doubt Lindsey should not have put in that part about Stevie, 'shacking up is all you want to do,' but Lindsey is really pouring out his heart to her in this song, just pouring out his heart to her...so then we get to 'The Chain' and everything seems like it's cool again, or at least the last 45 seconds of 'The Chain' have you thinking that everything's cool again between Lindsey and Stevie...getting back to my bio, I'm a better dancer than a singer, but i know i have to remain humble and down-to-earth, i know i can't get overconfident, i can't start thinking I can be some superstar dancer, some megastar shaker and twirler without even having to practice...I have to practice, that's for sure, that my friends is something you can count on, that's something you can accept as an undeniable 100% certified sure-fire guaranteed fact. Look at J Law and Bradley Cooper in that one flick about psychos, they both had to practice hard just to be average dancers....Half of my problem with singing 'Lick It Up' and 'No Mediocre' is that I can't remember the lyrics. Too much binge drinking in college, perhaps, maybe, I don't know, but sometimes my memory is just worthless. I can handle simple songs like 'Happy' from the Rolling Stones. 'I need a love to keep me happy, baby, won't you keep me happy?' If you can remember that you basically got half the song memorized, but something like Ricky Martin's 'Livin La Vida Loca' and Lady Gaga's 'Poker Face', 'Applause' and 'Bad Romance' and Katy Perry's 'Teenage Dream: 'You think i'm pretty without any make-up on, you think I'm funny when i get the punchline wrong, i know you get me so I'll let my walls fall down, downnn, before you met me I was a wreck, but things were kinda heavy, you brought me to life now every February you'll be my valentine, valentine...' stuff like that takes me lots and lots of time to memorize, and then I still botch the lyrics...Anyway, enough of all this wallowing in humiliation and self-deprecation...I say 'Amanda's War' should be classified in the Young Adult genre, even though there's a scene in it where a naked guy is in a bathtub with the naked wife of another guy. So you're probably saying: No, No, No, No! That's not YA, that's not a Young Adult novel! That's for adults, not teens, not for 13-year-olds. And I'm like: Yes, Yes, Yes, it's YA because the bathroom scene is described in the past tense, there's no explicit steamy romance, no erotic descriptions, no sexy dialogue, in fact there is no dialogue given at all in that scene, its like that scene in Herodotus where the guy spying on the naked queen is caught by the queen and she gives him an ultimatum, she says: 'either you murder my husband the king and marry me, or else I'll tell my husband you spied on me, and saw me naked, and then he'll execute you in a way that will be very unpleasant for you.' That account doesn't sound very YA either, but no one with any sense would say that 'The Histories by Herodotus' - one of the greatest books ever written - is too racy for 13-year-olds...You could always read the novel, so that any knee-jerk reactions to accounts of the novel that you might have don't lead you permanently astray. I admit the action moves slowly at first, and it takes some patience to wait for the plot to unfold, but it's not a steamy romance, it's just not about sex. I didn't plan 'Amanda's War' to by a Young Adult novel. I suppose I planned it to be a literary tour de force. I use a lighter bouncier literary style in Guilty Pleasures, Warrior Girls and Single Moms, a style that comes more naturally to me and a style that doesn't require years of revising to make readable.

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This author has trouble with pertinent background info and with just junk backfill, and we're given plenty of it! And then such plain nonsense as guards getting drunk at night, while on duty, working outside in below zero temps to stay warm. Which would happen first - their being fired or frozen to death. Oh, and this was with the ultra rich boss's approval - why would anyone need drunk guards??? And, then there are two ultra rich women that help the people who are on the run, and the two by themselves are able to operate a huge old fancy refitted cargo ship - yap, just a crew of TWO. Cut out all of the pure horse dung and you could have a 10-20 page decent story, but this is trash. Sorry to give such a bad review, but to tell it as it is, this one really stinks!