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I've been all over the world embracing the mysteries that others shun because I've always felt the need to run toward the scary parts of life instead of away from them.
I've been inducted into the Sabertooth Vampire Clan in Paris, journeyed on an epic quest to find the real Dracula that ended in a Romanian forest, and bought a demon house that frightens me to the bone. But sometimes it’s the encounters with people that affect me the most from crackheads in Reno to gangbangers in St. Louis and crazed fans in West Virginia.
During my travels I've learned more about this world and the one that awaits all of us far more than anyone should. I've been given a spiritual key that unlocks unknown doorways and what I experience when I open them seems to be letting me know that I shouldn't.
Come along for the ride.
About the authors:
Zak Bagans never believed in ghosts until he came face to face with one during a terrifying incident in a Michigan apartment. Not the passive type, Zak set out to learn more about the paranormal. In 2004 he produced an award-winning documentary film that changed his life and the lives of many others when he captured one of the most shocking pieces of paranormal evidence ever. Now the host of two top-rated paranormal television shows, Bagans has conducted hundreds of investigations into the unknown, becoming intimately familiar with the places ordinary people will not go.
Kelly Crigger is not a paranormal investigator, but has been intrigued by the paranormal for many years and has conducted several investigations alongside Zak. He is the author of three books, including Title Shot, and over two hundred internet and print articles. Crigger retired from the US Army in 2011 after 24 years in uniform.
Middle-aged men like me are under siege, beset on all sides by personal ambition, internal expectations, familial pressure, disillusionment, uncertainty, and legacy. It’s a constant battle to balance the needs of the self and the needs of others and a struggle to discover which ones really take priority. Some win this battle and some tragically lose.
Curmudgeonism is a state of mind, unwavering, unapologetic, and uninterested in what people think. We are the proverbial old dog that can’t be taught new tricks because we know the old tricks are tried and true. We have firm beliefs that can’t be shaken. Free trade is good. True leaders are rare. Happiness is a luxury. Golf is a waste of time and we don’t have enough years left to be unproductive. We don’t apologize for our views because we’ve spent half a lifetime developing them. Theory and idealism sounds good in school but only until it becomes cost prohibitive and the real world determines ground truth. Curmudgeons are uncaring about what people think and have low expectations on the world because it’s done little more than disappoint us. We’re middle aged and tired of looking, acting, feeling the way people want us to, so we’re breaking out and being who we were meant to be; irascible curs who make the world a better place through brutal honesty. We see this as our duty and take it seriously.
Buy the ticket. Take the ride.
Laurel Arley, named after the mountain Laurel that only blooms in June at high elevations, abandons her stay-at-home-mom lifestyle to grow Trinity, a corporation dedicated to capitalizing on her discovery. Almost overnight, cars fly and city-states can be built on platforms and parked high above international waters to make their own laws and determine their own destinies. Asphalt, rubber, combustion and jet engines become obsolete and terra firma land loses value. Trinity and its magnetite engines cause massive unemployment, economic turmoil, and a redistribution of power as oil prices drop to pennies. Like the internet and drones, technology removes human restrictions and replaces it with boundless creativity...which isn’t always good.
Tampering with the magnetosphere has consequences and before long, the field cannot sustain all the pressure put on it. When it collapses, letting deadly solar radiation in, what’s left of the human race is forced to burrow underground. The housewife who revolutionized the world becomes the woman who destroyed it and goes on a desperate journey to reverse the damage.
Reverse Polarity is the story of a family’s struggle to stay a family after their world-changing discovery of magnetite, a mineral that interacts with the magnetic field and allows mass to float effortlessly inside the magnetosphere the same way a submarine displaces water. Magnetite becomes a burden that rests squarely on the shoulders of a Coastal Virginia mother who cannot stop her profit-crazed business partners...or herself.
Forced into sexual slavery as a ‘comfort woman’ for the Japanese Army, Ki-Hwa is shipped to the South Pacific island fortress of Rabaul to be the mistress of a legendary Cavalry Officer. Allied Forces pummel the island in preparation for an inevitable invasion. Paranoia grips the garrison when Admiral Yamamoto, the architect of Pearl Harbor, is killed in an Allied ambush shortly after leaving Rabaul and fingers are pointed in every direction.
Within this chaos, life for Ki-Hwa and hundreds of others in the comfort stations is survival of the fittest. Once a farm girl afraid of her own shadow, Ki-Hwa discovers people are callous, sadistic, and deceitful and must find the strength to resist the mighty and unforgiving Empire along with her one true friend. But when an imposter threatens to unravel the group's carefully laid plans she is forced to make an impossible choice between guaranteed security and a shaky promise of freedom.