SUBJECTED: Eye of God - a novel (the Prequel)

SUBJECTED: Eye of God - a novel (the Prequel)

by G. F. SMITH

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BN ID: 2940012632203
Publisher: Confluential Press
Publication date: 02/19/2012
Series: SUBJECTED , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 372
File size: 478 KB

About the Author

BACKGROUND

By his own proudly stated admission, G. F. Smith has a fantastic family: a wonderful wife of 35+ years who cares to great measure (a Director of a not-for-profit corporation in charge of a large staff overseeing Supported Living Programs for people with disabilities). They have four remarkable and talented grown children, and several awesome grandchildren (up to five at present), which are all a huge part of their lives.

His writing skills have developed from working in the business world--entrepreneurial to corporate--writing copy, correspondence, training modules, along with consuming thousands of stories, books, and movies over a multitude of years. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management along with other business certifications. He has made a living in the management and continuous improvement of people, projects, and processes over the last several decades. He believes it is immensely important that we ‘give back to life’ through our gifts, talents, and humble contributions.

VALUES & INTERESTS

G. F. Smith’s personal interests, as well as the main themes in his writing include: science, metaphysics, cosmology, psychology, history, and adventure; also at the top are environmental concerns, faith and purpose and causality, the future of humanity, inspiration and encouragement, and the discovery—and sharing—of the best in all of us.

He has loved many forms of adventure along the course of his life: motorcycles, spelunking, fishing, rafting, skydiving, and the sort. He also enjoys museums, reading, writing, movie and documentary watching, hiking, campfires, and family get-togethers. He is also a talented guitarist, enjoys singing, and is an awesome play-doh sculptor (at least according to his grandkids).

DRIVING FOCUS & THEMES

G. F. Smith is also a deeply spiritual person, though admittedly not dogmatic, or proselytizing. He espouses—as do most of us—the fact that he doesn’t know what’s going on down here on this little planet, any more than the rest of us do. However, he fully believes that our ignorance doesn’t necessarily mean that it is all just random, make-it-up-as-we-go-along BS, therefore justifying all sorts of abhorrent behaviors.

On the contrary, G. F. Smith believes that we all have great potential and purpose, and that by choosing to be humble, genuine, honest, respectful, forgiving and giving, we can help make the world a better place for everyone.

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SUBJECTED: Eye of God - a novel (the Prequel) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Blending philosophy and science fiction, G.F. Smith’s Eye of God reminds me of Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaardner. Daniel Jeremy Sayer’s life has included a few mishaps and trials and tribulations, and he’s often wondered if they were chance events or engineered to trip him up. But now he’s ready to grow up and about to embark on an event entirely of his own choice and making. He’s going to sky-dive! Author G. F. Smith makes me almost believe I’m there with Jeremy in the plane. His descriptions of the sights sounds and emotions of skydiving are stunningly evocative, and if “all experiences leave an indelible mark on us” I suspect I am marked now by dreams of sitting on the edge of that plane. Jeremy’s dive goes almost perfectly in this world, but strange things happen in the moment between now and then, and a strange being who might be alien, angel, or figment of his imagination, begins to demand Jeremy see the world differently. Of course, love makes you do that, and Jeremy is just the age to fall in love. “People aren’t just scared about living,” says Jeremy’s Uncle Paul. “They’re scared to make choices about living.” It’s an interesting thought and it underlies much of the philosophical considerations involved in the many backstories to this novel. If the answer’s in the details, the author is careful to make sure we have enough details, and every character’s named and historied. Time passes. Thoughts are pondered. And as the protagonist sits “in a daze, again,” the reader’s invited to follow both memories and musings. The book “delves into the realm of philosophy, metaphysics, and religion even… more going on in life than what meets the eye…” and frustration has its reasons, with even entropy feeding creativity. The lessons learned might be applicable to all too many of us, but the learning’s slow and detailed as author combines fiction with contemplation, and Jeremy combines laughter with deep thinking. At story’s end I find myself comparing everyday life to stepping off a plane, so perhaps I’ve learned something after all. An interesting book, filled with fascinating thoughts, good characters, and a wealth of detail about life, the world, flying, decisions and more—it’s “confluential.” Disclosure: I think I won a set of these three books and this is the first. I hope the review the others later.
peacedanceCR More than 1 year ago
is a bit of a genre bender. A SciFi mix of science and philosophy. Jeremy is a young man just graduating high school and working his way through life under the care of his uncle. He is struggling with all the pitfalls and triumphs associated with living, when guidance arrives. Trouble is, will the guide help or hinder Jeremy's journey?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Review from: Jason Matthews. (Truckee, California) "Writer, Author and friendly personality (usually)" I enjoy books that deal with deep, spiritual and philosophical issues. Since that's my thing, I really enjoyed this book. The main character, Daniel Jeremy Sawyer, leads a very difficult life. I'll mention a few things that happen at the beginning; that he's an only child raised by his uncle and sets out to become a man by sky-diving from an airplane with his closest friends. I'd prefer not to say much more from there or the extend of the real-life issues he ends up facing. Some of these issues are physical realities that could happen to anyone, some of them are borderline out-of-body illusions, and some experiences blur the lines between what is real and the unbelievable. The MC goes by Jeremy as a young person and Daniel as he matures. Like many seriously challenged people, he endures severe hardships and understandably becomes bent on life and on the nature of God. Daniel wonders, how can God exist when so much crap happens to so many people? Subjects include frustration, courage, fear, love, and unseen meaning within life events. Characters and situations arise that help (or force) Daniel to reevaluate his experiences and seek deeper introspection, and as I said before, some of these are out-of-this-world experiences. For readers who enjoy thinking outside the box and looking for hidden meaning in seemingly unrelated chaos, this is a book for you.