||November 11, 2008
Make a wish, say a prayer, and prepare to dig deeply into your soul. The fate of the world rests in the main character's ability to determine the meaning of the number before the world pays the ultimate price.
Heather Simmons is in a race for time as her past catches up with her and a familiar stranger begins to close in. In her quest to find a connection between 11:11 and the man who wants her dead, Heather discovers the answers are more horrifying than she ever could have imagined. Follow Heather into her nightmares as reality reveals a truth that will affect not only the fate of one woman but also the fate of mankind.
Every chapter is named after a song or band, i.e., Chapter 1; Christian Woman (Type O Negative) Chapter 2; Witchy Woman (The Eagles) Chapter 3; Rage Against the Machine; Chapter 4; November Rain (Guns n' Roses)
This book may be controversial to some religious sects. The humorous dialogue transforms effectively into chilling moments of psychological suspense. Without a doubt, this story will make you laugh, make you cry, and leave you ruminating in a deep state of philosophical wonder. It is a story that each person can see onself in and will be likely to pass it along to someone they care about. The editor described 11:11 as 'The Exorcist Meets the Ghost of Christmas Past'.
A Compelling Page-Turner
After reading 11:11, you will likely ask yourself some questions: Was the novel about an auspicious moment? A chance happening? Was it a story about an apocalyptic, bizarre experience? Merely fantasy? Or was 11:11 a true spiritual journey? It is the reader's choice to decide which - or perhaps all - of these concepts apply after reading Ms. Serrano's debut novel.
A compelling page-turner, 11:11 is a book the reader will not want to put down. Each page offers tantalizing measures of escalating suspense and mystery that fuel the reader's curiosity for what comes next. Ms. Serrano has done a masterful job of using multi-faceted symbolism to weave together a revealing 11:11-related mosaic comprising the pieces of the fragile/complex nature of people's lives and the mystery of the long-standing 11:11 phenomenon.
As the lead character of 11:11, Heather Simmons is not (as the author states) just "in a race for time as her past catches up with her and a familiar stranger begins to close in." It is this reader's opinion that Heather is on a journey to begin life anew and escape a lifetime filled with terrors and tragedies. There should be no sadness felt for Heather's sacrifice - her quest to break free of the tragic bonds of her life. Heather's destined spiritual awakening will present all 11:11's readers with the promise of bringing balance back into their own lives.
A final note. After reading 11:11, along with asking yourself many questions, don't be surprised if you also find an inextricable, unique relationship developing between your inner self and the 11:11 phenomenon.
Thousands of years ago, in the ancient Sumerian epic
of Gilgamesh, Inanna, Goddess of life and royal power,
Queen of Heaven and Earth, embarks upon a seven staged
mystical journey to the underworld where her descent
succeeds upon her removal of a piece of clothing or adornment
at each of seven gates. Ishtar, the Assyrian and Babylonian
counterpart to the Sumerian Inanna, also travels through
seven gates to the underworld, as does the Semitic
goddess Astarte. With the Egyptians, the myth of the
dying God is introduced as the body of Osiris is
dismembered into fourteen pieces, sent to seven worlds which
are without and another seven worlds which are within.
The Goddess Isis succeeds in recovering all the missing
parts except one, the phallus, which she substitutes with
a golden replica of the missing organ. The Hindus gave us
Kali, and the Seven Chakras of the human body. Much later
we are introduced to the biblical, assimilated 'morphic
resonances' of Lilith, Eve, and Mary (both of them).
Aeons later, in a new century and millennium, we come
full circle to witness the trials and tribulations of
Doreen Serrano's alter ego, Heather. Celtic Druids thought
of Heather as a magical plant that opened portals between
worlds, and dwelling on the heath, Heathens later became
known as Pagans; however, Ms. Serrano is much too subtle to
assault our delicate sensibilities with such convoluted,
literary associations as these, but they are there, hidden
in plain sight for the discerning mind to detect in this
cinematic, metaphysical mystery thriller with the ultra-cool,
suitably titled: 11:11
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