Friday, October 9, 2015

The Poet's Secret Book Review

I have a new book to share with all of you called The Poet's Secret written 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.

Declared "a lyrical tour de force" by Foreword Reviews, The Poet's Secret was a Golden Heart Finalist selection by the Romance Writers of America, and is filled with aquatic imagery and subtle conservation and slow movement themes. Drawing influence from Pablo Neruda, Rumi, Wallace Stevens, Paulo Coelho, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Haruki, the author begins each chapter with brief excerpts of poetry from the reclusive poet before moving into the narrative prose.

Kenneth Zak conceived of The Poet's Secret in hovel perched atop a one-table taverna in the hillside village of Avdou, just a scooter ride from the blue waters of the Aegean Sea on the Greek isle of Crete. At the time, he was on a three-­year personal pilgrimage. For months he wrote, read, surfed and swam with sea turtles in the Aegean Sea, dedicating himself to slowing down his existence. 
My Thoughts:

This book is probably one of the most thoughtful and well stated book that I have ever read before. It is laid out in a such a way as to make it seem like you are on a journey with Elia as she sets out to find a poet that she greatly admires. Of course, an even bigger and better surprise awaits her when she finally does find him and it's a huge shocker!

Actually, she was pretty brave in deciding to track him down. I don't think many people would take the time to track someone down that they had never met and she didn't even know if he was still alive because he hadn't wrote any new poems in a long time. Then on top of that, she lands on a fairly private island with no friends and really no idea where to even begin looking for this mysterious poet named Cameron Beck.

What she and him together find out towards the end of the story will be both a shock and a blessing. It's a great story to read and follow as they both finally find some answers to many questions that they have had throughout their lives. Both will get those much needed answers and in doing so open their hearts to other possibilities.

Happy Reading!
About the Author:
Author and poet Kenneth Zak is an aquatic nomad. Years ago he shut down a successful law practice and embarked on a 3 year personal pilgrimage swimming, surfing, diving and writing around the globe in quest of a deeper awareness. He unleashed his creative self in a mountaintop village in Crete where he began his debut novel, The Poet's Secret, continuing work on the manuscript and his poetry in Bali, Costa Rica, Thailand, Cambodia and South America.

Born in Parma, Ohio, he now resides in San Diego, California. The original manuscript of The Poet's Secret was selected a Golden Heart® Finalist in romantic suspense by the Romance Writers of America. Foreword Reviews calls The Poet's Secret "a lyrical tour de force." The poem "Two Bits" from The Poet's Secret previously appeared in Kelp Magazine.
His short fiction "A Promise" appeared in A Year in Ink, San Diego Writers, Ink Anthology, Volume 4 and his short story "Thea" appeared in A Year in Ink, San Diego Writers, Ink Anthology, Volume 8. His contributed articles have appeared in Luxe Beat Magazine and The Ohio State University Alumni digital magazine and he has appeared on Frommer's The Travel Show.
Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product.  All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.