Hello faithful readers!
I have been MIA recently as I've taken a much-needed break from blogging as our family traveled from WA to NY for some family vacation. It was an awesome trip, filled with family bonding, good food, and some relaxation time - but it's good to be back, sharing with you on this little piece of blogosphere.
And what better way to come back than with a book review?
The Poet’s Secret by Kenneth Zak
In The Poet’s Secret, Elia Aloundra, a young lit student, sees the reclusive poet Cameron Beck recite a poem at a campus pub before he vanishes—for a second time. Ten years earlier, Beck had dropped from the public eye leaving only an acclaimed collection of odes to an anonymous muse and a decade of speculation over his disappearance.
Elia sets off in search of Beck, longing to know the man whose words have moved her so, hoping perhaps the ghost poet will unveil the secret to eternal love. What she doesn’t know is that as her quest begins, Beck is perched atop a cliff on a remote Caribbean island and about to attempt suicide. As Elia faces off with Beck’s protective circle on the exotic island hideaway, the same island where decades earlier a Spanish shipwreck entombing mystical Aztec relics was found, she finds herself swept up in the mystery of the muse. What Elia cannot fathom is that Beck’s secret will change both their lives forever.
Author Kenneth Zak conceived of The Poet’s Secret in a taverna on the island of Crete. At the time, he was on a three-year sabbatical—an adult “time out,” recovering from a life that had left him feeling hollow. For months he wrote, swam with sea turtles in the Aegean Sea and disappeared into the remote, antiquated Greek village of Avdou. He dedicated himself to “living in the present,” and says, “So many miracles happened during those months. I experienced a cleansing, a healing and an awakening, and I began to perceive light and water and imagery and words and the people around me like never before.”
Ken eventually returned to California, and then traveled to Bali, Mexico, Costa Rica, Thailand, Cambodia and South America, following the sea and surf with laptop in hand and continuing to write. As an avid surfer and free diver, Ken’s life “has always been about the water. On so many occasions water has saved me, water has healed me, and water has reset my compass when I have been spinning in some uncontrollable vortex. So for me, my life and my love seem to be tied to returning to the great aquatic source, again and again, maybe just to fill the chasm that still exists in me, and maybe to some degree still exists in all of us.”
The Poet’s Secret explores this great aquatic connection, spinning a suspenseful tale of passion, heartbreak, healing, life and love. Each chapter of The Poet’s Secret begins with a short poem, causing the reader to slow down and contemplate —to be present in the moment—before continuing on the narrative journey.
Here's the book trailer:
Sounds good, doesn't it? An eery, suspenseful, romantic story - sign me up! :)
Here are what critics are saying:
"More than just a good read. This is a book to savor." -Kim Fay, Edgar Award Finalist author of The Map of Lost Memories
"Golden Heart Finalist" -Romance Writers of America (romantic suspense)
"A beautifully crafted gem of a story." -Dirk Cussler, best selling co-author of Dirk Pitt adventure novels with Clive Cussler
"A richly detailed novel suffused with exotic mystery and romance." -Judy Reeves, writing provocateur and author of Wild Women, Wild Voices
Read about the author, Kenneth Zak, on his website www.kenethzak.com