Recent Reviews for Gary Val Tenuta
Ash: Return of the Beast (Book) - 12/11/2011 7:36:55 PM|
Riveting occult crime thriller
5 out of 5 stars
Ash: Return of the Beast is a dark and compelling journey into the world of magick and the legacy of Aleister Crowley. The author has done excellent work in researching the life of the occultist, once called "The Wickedest Man in the World", and the world of dark magick. It is a very interesting read for those aspects alone, but more than that, it weaves a modern occult thriller, that contains shocking elements, with historical facts for a truly unique, fast-paced tale that commands the reader's attention and doesn't let go for a moment.
The story weaves effortlessly back and forth between the work of the detectives and the FBI, and an enigmatic rock star and his death-metal band Mega Therion, as a serial killer unleashes an intense rage upon members of the priesthood. Demonic forces rise as practitioners of dark magick summon them forth. The story is descriptive, unforgiving, and disturbing, as it races along a perilous course to a shocking ending.
Ash: Return of the Beast will appeal to anyone with a fascination with the occult, the paranormal, murder mysteries and police procedurals. The colorful main characters, with deep secrets of their own, bring the reader along on a macabre journey that spirals outwards to all kinds of intriguing places. From rock 'n roll to the very depths of the underworld itself, Ash is a wild ride into a shadow world you won't soon forget. Brilliantly conceived and executed - I couldn't put it down!
– Rai Aren, co-author of Secret of the Sands
The Ezekiel Code (Book) - 3/29/2010 10:29:45 AM
If you enjoy spending time with likeable characters and despicable bad guys, The Ezekiel Code by Gary Val Tenuta will swallow you whole. The incredible coincidences involving the English alphabet and the resulting synchronicity with the rest of the universe is so well put together, you'll begin to wonder: is it really coincidence? And there are numerous other revelations and insights into the origins of things we take for granted that will raise your eyebrows. Gary brings the characters to life with great style. I appreciated that he devoted so much attention to the antagonists. The dialogue is consistent and believable throughout. Settings are described with the perfect amount of detail. His action scenes challenge your ability to read fast enough. The final sections will have you turning pages furiously. Overall, a fantastic concept for an epic story.
The Ezekiel Code (Book) - 1/31/2010 1:06:40 PM
Brilliant! Tenuta gives Dan Brwon a run.
The Ezekiel Code (Book) - 2/1/2009 11:24:05 AM
Gary Val Tenuta's "The Ezekiel Code" is a fascinating read, and well-timed (2012 is vast approaching). Some may shy away from its length, as it is over 600 pages long. Still, the chapters for the most part are quick, and I found it compelling to "read just one more chapter"...
The story in of itself is interesting. The only parts I found slow were the few where I felt as though something had been explained to another character before, thus myself, as the reader. Other parts were where codes were set out for new characters once again during a conversation, but honestly, I'd rather have it set out for me once again than have to flip back to find a relevant part in the text. This is pleasure reading after all! :)
Having read this book while stories of Nostradamus is playing on the television made me feel like I took a crash course on Mayan Mythology, Greek Mythology, studies of Ancient Egypt, Numerology, etc., etc., and more, all at the same time. We learn how the famous "Area 51" ties in, as well as "outerbody experiences" and taking control over our "Third eye". Fans of Star Trek, Dan Brown, Dr. Who, The X-files, and a myriad of other entertainment venues will find at least one, if not several things, to relate to in this book. And even those who are not fans of these venues will become fans by the end - the last 200 pages went quite quickly for me, a non expert in any of these fields. I definitely felt like I learned some things after reading this well-crafted novel.
There are no coincidences. We are all connected. The author brings science and research from all over the world together, and downloads them into Zeke Banyon's (and the reader's) third eye, as we wait with baited breath to find out the fate of our precious world.
The Ezekiel Code (Book) - 1/10/2009 10:52:35 AM
After taking over as director of a homeless shelter, seminarian dropout Ezekiel "Zeke" Banyon stumbles upon a mysterious document listing a strange series of phrases and numbers in his predecessor's office. He and Angela Martin, a recently hired employee of the shelter, become fascinated with the odd phrases and codes. They set out on a journey which leads them to believe that the English Alphabet may in fact be a cipher of some kind; that built into the very fabric of the language itself are coded messages that have been there for centuries. But where did this code come from? What message does it contain? What are the implications to humanity?
Zeke and Angela soon find they are not the only ones interested in discovering the secret of the code. Other more nefarious and conspiratorial organizations' power and future are in Zeke's hands. Some want to protect him while others want him destroyed.
Gary Tenuta's Ezekiel Code has elements of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code as well as the adventure of Preston and Child's The Ice Limit. Mostly, however, this novel is like an entire season of the X-files packed into one book. Tenuta covers a lot of ground and topics including: acoustic levitation, out of body experiences, area 51, ancient Catholic Church and Jesuit secrets, Mayan calendars and predictions, Isis and the great pyramids, Gematria, parallel universes, the Illuminati, conspiratorial organizations, parallel universes, electronic voice phenomenon, and more. This requires a fairly high suspension of disbelief factor by the reader and Tenuta does a good job integrating these diverse concepts into the story.
While English Gematria, which is the assignment of numerical equivalents of words usually associated with Hebrew, is the main concept driving the Ezekiel code, the pace of the novel can occasionally be interrupted by its frequent appearance. Regardless, I found myself engaged throughout the story and googling a number of the curious and fascinating concepts raised in order to learn more about them. Gary has clearly done considerable research in writing this novel. Fans of the X-files will enjoy The Ezekiel Code.
The Ezekiel Code (Book) - 12/7/2007 6:58:43 AM
This is one of the best books I have read this year. Yes, it is close to 700 pages, but it is by no means a slow read...indeed you will be closing in on the last pages and saying 'I want more!'...
The Ezekiel Code is a compilation of so many philosophies, theories, New Age, including Mayan and Biblical prophecies.
It is, in short, amazing.
Zeke Banyon, who once studied for the priesthood, now runs the Seattle Gospel Mission - a homeless shelter. Zeke finds his new assistant Angela Martin, at Gospel to be more than an assistant - she organizes his offices, and even brings Zeke a computer to get in the computer age!
As Zeke's desk becomes clearer, he sees the last manager's old desk calendar - it is full of numbers, doodles - strange sereis of numbers.
Together, Zeke and Angela start a journey that encompasses a mystical code and a mystery that needs to be solved to save the world.
Synchronicity - one of my favorite words...It comes to play in this book - when Zeke and Angela need the information for the next steps, the right people needed for them to proceed come.
You will find yourself playing with the number code and even google many of the references -
You don't have to be an expert on anything, or to have read anything on the subject, just sit back and fasten you seat belt and you are going to be dazzled.
The Ezekiel Code (Book) - 8/24/2007 9:31:02 PM
I found this book, even at over 600 pages, to be exciting and hard to put down. The characters are engaging. I especially enjoyed the interplay between Zeke and Angie. Theirs is a charming love story in the midst of ever changing and at times very dangerous exploits. The story is fast paced - hold on for a fast and furious ride! Part mystery, part sci-fi, part adventure and 100% original. Don't miss this one!
The Ezekiel Code Excerpts, Prologue Through Chapter 12 (Short Story) - 12/20/2008 9:17:08 AM
thanks for posting this.
Harvest Moon (Short Story) - 7/9/2008 3:29:03 AM
Great story; well penned! Love the dialogue! :)
A Bite Out Of Time (Short Story) - 7/4/2008 9:09:31 PM
How fun was that!
Wittily written and vividly enjoyed. Great tale of blood and fangs, sensuality and music. You sure you don't want to write some erotica, Gary? I bet it'd come out quite different.
Good on ya Pali!
A Bite Out Of Time (Short Story) - 6/30/2008 3:12:23 AM
Wow man, great story.
Look forward to reading more. Really reels you in.
A Bite Out Of Time (Short Story) - 6/1/2008 4:06:39 PM
Love this vamp story, Gary! Really grabs ya! Man, these red stilettos really do get around, don't they???
Another fan, Lila
A Bite Out Of Time (Short Story) - 6/1/2008 8:44:17 AM
beautiful, gary. well done! and what a perfect ending...
A Bite Out Of Time (Short Story) - 6/1/2008 6:52:41 AM
Gary - You old bloodsucker you! Double punched us by that FABULOUS ending!! Val is most proud!
Your fan, ellen aka Anastasia
Coincidence or Synchronicity? 4 Amusing Examples from Personal Experience (Article) - 8/10/2012 3:00:17 AM
My life and worldly events have been tied synchronistically time after time after time and time again. I didn't consciously seek these connections but there have been so many that I could not help but become aware of these connections. I came to realize that these synchronistic and serendipitous events were signs - signs that lead me to a more profound truth.
2012 and 11:11 – A Pregnant Combination (Article) - 12/23/2010 9:27:25 PM
Hi my name is Lou aka: Sci Fi Lou. I write sci fi music and stories. And boy all I can say is "Holographic Consciousness" in infancy stages, getting ready to be reborn! "2012 & 11:11", kinda like a twilight zone episode but possibly real! Ck out my website if you like superdimensionx.com peace!
2012 and 11:11 – A Pregnant Combination (Article) - 8/26/2009 7:54:16 AM
Excellent article Gary!!
11:11 is all over the place for me and I know that for me and others this is no coincidence - time to get ready!
Your excellent article as well as your magnificent book The Ezekiel Code should be requisite reading for all -
They Came From Venus Eighteen Million Years Ago (Article) - 10/4/2008 10:19:00 AM
Thank you for that fun-filled fantasy trip into the realm of mythology.
They Came From Venus Eighteen Million Years Ago (Article) - 10/1/2008 7:53:04 PM
I guess one could argue their existence... Ancient manuscripts are only as much worth as their translations.
I'd still like to take a ride in that time machine of yours, Gary. May I pick the destination?
Book Review: The Spaceships of Ezekiel (Joseph F. Blumrich) (Article) - 7/9/2008 7:14:02 AM
Great review Gary! Your book, The Ezekiel Code got me thinking about this subject, and I will look into this book - just amazing to see the words by such a credible author!
If anyone is interested in this subject, The Ezekiel Code is for you- or if you want one of the best reads ever codes, spaceships, 2012, secret organizations, etc. It's a WOW! See my review of this book here on AD!
Coincidence or Synchronicity? 4 Amusing Examples from Personal Experience (Article) - 5/15/2008 7:37:02 AM
Reading a work by Gary V. Tenuta is an experience in synchronicity.
He is not only an amazing author, but a gifted metaphysician. By his articles, he makes us aware of the fact there are greater powers at work and when we realize the 'synchronicity' of the Universe, it makes our awareness we are all intertwined. And that gives us Empowerment -
Another Bravo from Gary -
For those who have not yet read The Ezekeil Code, get a copy - it is one of the best books I have ever read. Whether articles, short stories, MORE BOOKS, keep at it Gary. Your talent and ability to put things together for us to see the bigger picture is amazing.
Coincidence or Synchronicity? 4 Amusing Examples from Personal Experience (Article) - 5/15/2008 6:20:04 AM
Sitting here reading your words, made me realize a lot of coincidences that I have encountered. Most were not noticeable to me until now. Great excerpt, Gary!
Attention all POD authors! Amazon Threatens POD publishers! (Article) - 3/29/2008 6:07:52 PM
Gary, I posted a similar article on my MURDER BY 4 blog http://www.murderby4.blogspot.com/ with links to the article you mention as well as articles published in Publishers Weekly and The Wall Street Journal. I hope this gets the attention of it deserves.
Author of Silenced Cry
Attention all POD authors! Amazon Threatens POD publishers! (Article) - 3/29/2008 4:23:05 AM
This is to do with Amazon's Booksurge v the rest of the POD industry. The Amazon.com press release page is blank - no comment, I see.
If this is true, some POD writers I know are uncertain whether this will affect us or not, because a lot of our books are sold by third party sellers anyway.
But if you check Amazon.com, the Publish America books have had their buttons switched off already. It hasn't happened in the UK yet.
I think the announcement to do switch the buy button off or else is nothing short of blackmail. So come on, then, Amazon: out with it. What are you up to and why?
Close Encounter with the Black Triangle UFO (Article) - 8/15/2007 10:14:52 AM
Very interesting report. Thanks for sharing. Malcolm Watts
Moving On (Poetry) - 8/11/2008 9:34:34 PM
We all gotta go someday. It's nice to know that kind people will miss us.
Assorted Haiku (Poetry) - 8/11/2008 9:32:11 PM
I love Ku's. These here are light hearded and very likable. Keep 'em coming.
A Visit From Wish (Poetry) - 8/11/2008 6:42:20 AM
Another amazing poem, Gary -
Many thanks for sharing with everyone!
Assorted Haiku (Poetry) - 8/11/2008 6:28:02 AM
Gary - Once again, you show your genius - Amazing poetry designed to be succinct and carry a big thought.
Keep 'em coming -
A Visit From Wish (Poetry) - 8/11/2008 5:33:02 AM
I Love this poem gary..It's just beautiful!!
and maybe true...
thankyou ..and I guess I had better be careful of what I wish for..
regards from catherine walker
Assorted Haiku (Poetry) - 8/11/2008 5:30:02 AM
Hi gary, this is cathy walker from the tweleve maranatha forum ( alias "synchronicity"..(we've talked before) thanks..and I love what I've read of your work..well done..the people at tweleve also found you very interesting ..why did you stop going there..?
anyway another synch..a man at a place called adland has been talking about haiku poetry recently and lol and behold here I see that you are featuring it here as well..is that your own work or from a japanese master..? it's wonderful.
..if it is yours or if you are very interested in this subject then can I introduce you to a new forum and someone who loves poetry..?..they are not experts or word smiths like you ..gary
..but just a few ordinary people interested in poetry..the haiku must have really captured his interest..which it does seem to do in it's beautiful simplicity... doesn't it.
maybe talk to you soon back at tweleve in the maranatha forum..?
I'm sure the crew there..the "old questers" would love to hear from you again. ..you know we've been working on this for almost 3 years now..still no signs of a brakthrough no signs of the key!!..frustrating it is..very frustrating
regards from catherine walker