Author: Eleni Papanou
A kidnapping. A 24 hour deadline. A shocking ransom demand.
Markos Adams is famous, but not for his flashy guitar chops, leading man good looks or homemade baklava. After a heavily publicized suicide attempt, he tries to get his life and mind back in order. The morning after his return to the stage, Markos’s worst nightmare is realized when his daughter, Jessie, is abducted. The kidnapper contacts him with the terms of the ransom: Markos must identify who he is in twenty-four hours. If he fails, he must commit suicide. Markos races against the clock to unmask the kidnapper and starts to question his sanity when he experiences visions of Jessie singing to him. Is Markos slowly descending into madness, or is he the victim of a sadistic criminal act that will force him to face his biggest fear…that he’ll die before seeing his precious daughter again.
Jessie’s Song is a gripping suspense novel that shows how far a father will go to save his only child and how love and forgiveness are the key to saving Jessie…and himself.
This book falls under the genre of visionary fiction and was written for the reader who appreciates books with a spiritually uplifting theme, minus the dogma.
I’ve been writing poetry since my high school years and earned a Bachelor’s degree in jazz performance. Three wedding bands and one original project later, I shifted over to writing when a friend of mine had asked me to work with him on one of his screenplays. It was during this time I realized I had a natural ability for telling stories; however, I didn’t enjoy writing. I used to call myself a reluctant writer as I did it simply because it made me feel less unhappy.
After I had experienced a spontaneous kundalini awakening, I started to find more focus within myself. The years that followed were tough. I had some pretty intense visions and insights that led me to abandon religion, politics and all forms of ideology. You could say my world-view was challenged, defeated and destroyed. I’m now an empty canvas and prefer to remain in this state. For me, it’s the most creative…and interesting way to experience life.
I consider myself a spiritual rationalist, neither defining nor denying my experiences but rather enjoying them as they happen. One of the messages I had received while meditating best sums up my attitude.
“It’s not about being right or wrong. It’s all about the experience.”
I’m no longer a reluctant writer and have become more compassionate as a result of what happened to me.
I never imagined I’d ever write a book, never mind a series. With my short attention span, getting through one screenplay was a challenge…and I managed to squeeze out ten! My debut, Unison, was my most recent screenplay, and it took place in one setting with few characters. When I had written it as a novel, it expanded into an epic quest. Writing became like magic, and I fell in love with the craft.
I grew up loving Star Trek. The characters and themes captivated me and made me want to do something visionary in scope. But I didn’t know how or in what way. I eventually found my own visionary path when I wrote Unison, which is a classic hero’s journey story. I was able to combine the unique elements of science fiction with metaphysics and spirituality.
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The author asked me if I would’ve been interested to do a review for Jesse’s song. As you can see by the book synopsis, it’s enticing and by the literary awards, it’s good.
Here are my thoughts on Jesse’s song.
First, I loved this book. You can tell the author has a huge love for Jazz. It had such an interesting plot, and what I liked about it the most was the fact that you kept guessing and wondering who the kidnapper was.
I’ve cried in this book and the way Markos had to face skeletons in his closet and reconcile with his ex-wife were both done so beautiful. His love he has for his daughter Jesse, brought more tears to my eyes and the way this author put’s her love for Jazz and music, made it extra special.
Now what I didn’t like.
You really need to concentrate in the book, especially towards the end, it’s a bit confusing, but it does make sense. The voice of this book, or speech as some people will call it, felt a bit unreal. I haven’t heard people speaking that way before. It was a bit annoying at some stages, but not in a bad way.
The complexity of this and the way everything is woven into one another, makes it a really unique and beautiful story. I love Jesse’s song, and I will recommend it to everyone that wants to read a beautiful story, because this, surely was one of them.
I wish you all the best with Jesse’s song, Eleni.