When columnist Norman Fuller received a "prank" telephone call, the last thing he expected was to conduct an interview with the self-proclaimed voice of "Evil." Nevertheless, what he encountered, in a well-appointed New York penthouse office, was certainly not your usual executive. In fact, nobody was there. Nobody, that is, except an eerie voice taunting the journalist with ill-fated stories and recollections. Captured by a bizarre sense of curiosity, Norm is unable to escape the Voice's spell. Nonetheless, the columnist passionately resists innuendoes about humans creating their own wickedness without the aid of the Fallen Angel. A tight plot and astounding insights will compel you to continue. See The Monkey is like an itch you can't quite scratch. Don't expect the surprise ending to provide any soothing ointment. Readers familiar with Nienstedt's books will recognize the philosophical necessity he places on ordinary people to overcome extraordinary obstacles.
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I'll be honest and admit that John is my neighbor. I've known him for several years, and it wasn't until he released his second novel ¿Evil Business¿ 'you've got to read that one also' that I decided to read his books. I didn't really know what to expect in his writing, because John's a corporate, motivational type speaker. I certainly wasn't expecting an interview with ¿Evil¿! I guess what Steinbeck said about the message of the book being based on what the reader brings to it really rang true in my situation. I recently read Larry Winget's book 'Shut up, Stop Whining and get a Life', so I think I started reading ¿See the Monkey¿ with self-help overtones firmly in place. And, that's what I got out of it. Some of the dialog reminded me of so many motivational types of books that I've read, speakers that I've listened to, and yes, those inspirational posters with quotes hung on so many office walls. I think it's self-help from a different angle. When Norman Fuller goes to the NYC penthouse to interview the voice of Evil, he gets more than he bargained for...¿8 Commandments of Evil¿. Why 8 and not 12? That's enough for most people, Evil explains...¿why stop there, I could give you twenty or thirty more¿. But wait, this isn't a self-help book...or is it? Most self-help books simply state the obvious, but this integrated a story, came to a conclusion, and had a surprise ending as well! It says a lot about how society is today, and I keep it on my nightstand and use it for reference. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a change of pace.
I decided to purchase Mr. Nienstedt's book after attending a seminar at which he gave a brief synopsis of his own workshop on personality types and management styles. It was my hope that his intelligence and effervecent verbal presentation skills would be duplicated in his novel. There was no room for disappointment after reading,"See The Monkey, A Tale Of Two Evils". The writing format and book content isn't your typical "Whodunit", where one expends their energy just trying to figure out the whole story before the last chapter. This book makes you think, makes you feel, agree, or disagree, and when you finish, you aren't really finished. That's the best part. The ending is clear and concise, not a cliff-hanger, but you put it down knowing it's still with you, you're still reflecting on the content
A greatly entertaining story with a unique style--provocative and informative. Mr. Nienstedt certainly has a handle on his subject. A MUST under every Christmas tree this season. Thanks for making me think and entertaining me at the same time.