A Conspiracy of Spirits may be the book of the decade. It grips us in the first sentence and compels us until the end. Through the fiction genre, the author fleshes out the issues facing our imperiled world at this time. Through his research, he entwines meaningful quotes of respected enlightened minds such as Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Carl Jung, and offers up journalistic quotes that enrich our understanding of the story's circumstances.
Bill has done his research. His fiction contains a bird's eye view of geopolitical relationships that control our economic, environmental, governmental and even our personal spiritual worlds through less than free media owned by the corporate world.
Bill talks about the pressing environmental war for survival without shoving it down our throats or preaching but by using a yin (giving) attitude available to someone who has bothered to self-contemplate.
Yes, his ability to, oh, so simply describe that tai chi relaxes the muscles on the bones - which it surely does - combined with his knack for building suspense, all in one book, demonstrate the way he weaves his very modern story through its vibrant life.
Finally, what's most impressive is that the book offers answers to some of the questions his plot brings up. Many writers and journalists outline flaws in our economy. What's different about this book is that the author points to very realistic and simple-to-execute answers to our dilemmas and how to turn our status quo greedy ways into world balance. Unlike most novels, where we are left to our own thoughts to conclude what to do, Bill spells out how to making the changes that will allow us to live synergistically with our resources and each other, all in a believable present day American presentation of loyalty, trust, family, faith, spirit and humanitarian concern for all people.
Diane Gold aka Peaceful Impact
December 31, 2012
A Conspiracy of Spirits - Wall Street vs. The 99%: Has your soul ever screamed that to remain normal is insane? You are not alone.
Carol Liane Brouillet
It was not a small surprise to find that at the center of the story is a practitioner of Tai Chi, breathing, becoming one with the great Tao, accessing important truths and breathing or conspiring with others connected by their own love of life. In his introduction, Bill elaborates:
"Conspiracy, literally translated, means to breathe together. It is of the same Latin root as spirit, or more precisely spiritus--breath. The ancient Chinese word Qi, literally translated, also means breath and life energy, or spirit.
"However, unlike the Western concept of spirit, which is seen as an individual's life force, the Chinese believe that this force is shared by the entire web of life, connecting each one of us to--everything."
The plunge was swift and icy cold into Arctic waters, endangered polar bears, the diminishing ice caps, and the dangers posed by methane gas released from the ocean floors which could trigger irreversible climate change. From the Arctic to Southern California, from Northern California to Scotland to the state of Kansas, unlikely individuals' lives become entangled through dreams, visions, murders, high technology, mystic insights, art in a struggle over control over new energy technologies that could save the world from the domination of the oil, nuclear, coal industries.
The characters are multi-dimensional, filled with paradoxes, surprises, humor, idiosyncrasies, strengths, weaknesses, unusual knowledge, paranoia, illusions, innocence, a range of ages, ethnicities, backgrounds, miraculously brought together to avert catastrophe and assist the metamorphosis of civilization to serve rather than destroy the planet.
The Wall Street Occupations were a fantasy a year ago, then a vision, then a reality, and now a threat to be reckoned with, using all the instruments the State can drum up to disperse and neutralize a movement, animated more by love, solidarity and outrage that if quelled, is likely to reemerge in a more potent form. The occupations have mirrored the novel by bringing together disparate people united by the deep recognition that the vast majority is threatened by the criminal, collusion of a small percentage of the world's population which has corrupted and used the world's most powerful institutions to rob, bully and threaten the majority of humanity into poverty and slavery, and the ecological devastation of the remnants of the world's remaining life support system for the power and profit of the few.
Knowledge and love can multiply into powerful forces under the right conditions. A Conspiracy of Spirits - Wall Street vs. The 99% is a unique gift of love, commitment, knowledge, hope to fuel and empower trust, solidarity, understanding in this time of challenge and transition. I find it very hopeful and inspiring, and an irresistibly good read, as well!
A Conspiracy of Spirits: Wall Street Vs. The 99% by Bill Douglas This unique novel may be introducint a new and much needed genre: the mixture of fiction with universal spiritual concepts and nurturing our hurting earth. The novel has characters with similar visions in different parts of the world, awakening to the great needs of people and nature to all participate in the healing of the earth to save our civilization before it is too late. The fascinating novel is imaginary but also has numerous spiritual underlying references which are known to all peoples throughout history and are now of GREAT importance to our generation to be a part of the tiny percentage of change that it takes to point the world into the shift that will save us and the larger population...we are at the tipping point and we MUST pay attantion to the universal truths hidden in this novel and save our home planet and ourselves before it is too late. Very interesting, well crafted, and unique... an enjoyable and also disturbing read.
This is such an important book. And it's a page-turner, too. I learned so much. There were times when I couldn't put it down. And I teared up every few pages. As a couple of other reviewers wrote, this would make a great movie. It's very cinematic
I used to wonder if global warming was really human-made or just a natural cycle. Then, I became convinced that humans were definitely changing the climate, but I thought it wouldn't affect me in my lifetime. Recently, a spate of information from various sources has convinced me that catastrophic climate change is here now. It is a factor in many international and national news stories every day. And soon it will have an impact that I can barely imagine on my personal, sheltered, middle class American life.
But we have a way out! If we will only be smart enough to take it. Before it's too late.
Everyone should read this book.