THE WAY LOVE FELT


THE REVIEW

Hummingbirds, Butterflies, Skittles and Angels?  Oh My!

A man and his need for women, power and sex was front and center in my first read by this author. This short story that was developed enough to add a sequel for its protagonist didn't pull me in initially. But, I'm so glad I continued to read.

The protagonist sees a woman that he has to possess. He has an instant connection to her and wants to be her everything from the start. She seemingly feels the same. What follows is the revelation of their shared history and the fall out. 

"A narcissistic sociopath describes a dangerous person who demonstrates traits and symptoms of both narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) and antisocial personality disorder (APD)"

-source, Choosing Therapy

James King was the perfect example of a narcissistic sociopath. There were red flags in the short story. One such red flag occurred during a dinner scene that had him zoning out and imagining...well you will have to read it. I was left feeling that this was just an okay read at this point. The ending of the short was fantastic.

As the short story ended with a killer ending and the sequel began, the author allowed the "King" to flourish. My interest was on high. His background was revealed and it gave a bit of insight of certain events that helped shaped him into the man he would later become. It was amazing experiencing his interactions with women and his "fans". The delusional way he moved through his life was well and colorfully written i.e. the basement scene with his Angel.

I would have loved to know how his family dealt with him and if they saw the red flags in him? How did he go unchecked for so long. I loved the ending of his story. Who was the third?

I did feel that the formatting affected my experience, but not so much that I was fully distracted. I would recommend this to anyone who is a lover of the ID channel. 

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Each of his novels earned 5 out of 5 stars, critical acclaim and sells internationally. The honor of knowing his books are in home libraries in the US and other nations is humbling. Genres: Urban Fiction, Crime, Erotica, Thriller, Political, LGBTQ, & Alternate Universe. 

Abd’ al Halim K. Rashad was raised on Reggae and American Pop music. Born to a Jamaican family residing in Brooklyn, NY, Halim bore witness to the atrocities of life growing up with an abusive father involved in nearly every aspect of crime throughout NYC in the 70s and 80s. 

Halim’s influences are The Almighty, Chinua Achebe, J.M. Coetzee, Alice Walker, bell hooks, Orhan Pamuk, Albert Camus, Samuel Clemens, Earnest Hemingway, William Golding, Spike Lee, Edgar Allen Poe, Robert Browning, William Shakespeare, and V.S. Naipaul. 

While still an aspiring musician and songwriter, Halim found himself following in his father's footsteps to make ends meet and build his name in that world. Arrested at 16, Halim faced 15 years in prison when he was wrongfully accused of attempted robbery (with a litany of charges attached). By 18, the case was dismissed and sealed. He went on to work with many of the big name rap artists of that era, including WuTang Clan, and many more.

 Today, Halim is a father, author, poet, and educator. He has worked with members of Wu-Tang Clan, interned at the legendary Cold Chillin’ Records at the age of fourteen, and taught the art songwriting to many developing artists. As of late, Halim has been writing poetry and novels also. He has completed a collection of poetry titled, "Blurred Rephlekshunz, Vol. I; The Foul Doctrine" which, in fact, took more than twenty-five years to create. At present, Halim is working on a collection of novels, and a part two of the Blurred Rephlekshunz volumes. 


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