Purple Hearted Man

Most of all, Purple has purpose and, of course, he has his broom.
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Purple has a difficult job: He was placed here to take down the One-Eyed God. It’s his mission and he won’t fail. It’s a lonely road for someone like him—a healer—but he has help. The hippies are his friends: Chloe the yogi, Wheat the candlestick maker, and Berrydream, who is in retail. And he has his tribe: Charlotte, Stranger and Jackson. Eventually, the tigers that roam the city might become allies, too. Who can say, tigers are fickle.

The One-Eyed God is nefarious and powerful. His agents lurk everywhere and the aliens are certainly up to no good. Even the one called Sister can’t be trusted.

But the universe is wise and has given Purple skills. Getting control of his invisibility will help, but that only matters as long as molecular cohesion is maintained. Most of all, Purple has purpose and, of course, he has his broom.

REVIEW
“As I was reading this book, I kept thinking about Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse, which I read, frankly, another lifetime ago. There is a fairy tale aspect to the way this book is presented that allows Jack McDaniel to talk about serious issues without coming across as moralizing. Purple just wants us all to take a step back and consider that all the things we find to be most important are actually fabricated constructs that should be treated with skepticism instead of veneration.

“I’m in the process of rebuilding my vision of the world, and it is a painful process, but it is so refreshing to peel away the veil of colorfully packaged lies. If I ever get lost, I can revisit Purple. Maybe I can sweep some sidewalks with him and steal some of his magic.”
JEFFREY KEETEN

Colorado author Jack W. McDonald is an artist, both visual and literary. His significance in the literary world is only now being recognized – an author who combines an exceptional gift of storytelling with impressive insights to social problems and world concerns. It should be noted that at this time, Jack’s initial three novels - Agents Of The Undertow, Agents Of Hope and Agents Of Change – related the universe of Pan21 – a virus that decimated humanity! Prescient? Hopefully not, but that degree of mind blowing original writing heeds attention. Now, with PURPLE HEARTED MAN, Jack takes on other significant planes of exploration – the disparity of the haves vs. the have nots, homelessness, mental illness, the human condition, ‘the Money God,’ and other concerns – all while creating a mesmerizing, probing novel. The art of Jack McDonald is apparent from the cover image and pervades the pages of this unique and impressive novel. His words are painterly, as we meet Purple on page one – ‘I was born into a mad world – not because of the alien invasion and government conspiracy, not because of the tigers that roamed the city, nor my confrontations with the false god in his temple; these things came later. I was born of the desert, birthed into swirling dust and sand that stung my newborn face. Shockwaves overwhelmed my system and loosened the bindings between molecules, nearly rendering me to dust before I had taken my first breath. My mouth tasted of something metallic that momentarily choked back the screams following my emergence. It was a mad world filled with chaos and pain….From all this destruction: life – creation and annihilation the same act. I was born of the desert into a mad world; Then the world went dark…’ Meeting Purple, the healer, is the initial step in this adventure, well condensed in the synopsis – ‘Purple has a difficult job: He was placed here to take down the One-Eyed God. It’s his mission and he won’t fail. It’s a lonely road for someone like him—a healer—but he has help. The hippies are his friends: Chloe the yogi, Wheat the candlestick maker, and Berrydream, who is in retail. And he has his tribe: Charlotte, Stranger and Jackson. Eventually, the tigers that roam the city might become allies, too. Who can say, tigers are fickle. The One-Eyed God is nefarious and powerful. His agents lurk everywhere and the aliens are certainly up to no good. Even the one called Sister can't be trusted. But the universe is wise and has given Purple skills. Getting control of his invisibility will help but that only matters as long as molecular cohesion is maintained. Most of all, Purple has purpose and, of course, he has his broom. Purple is crazy, but he may be the most sane man in the world.’ This is a wondrous story made profound by a parody of how we are living today – the immense tragedy of homelessness and the problematic ignoring of the problem, the incongruities of inequality that surround us, the closed-eye complacency that must change – all issues that Jack brings to our attention so masterfully. Very Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, March 20

-- Grady Harp

Jack McDaniel (Author)

Jack McDaniel is a writer and artist whose short stories and essays have appeared in various places online and in print, including: Futura Magazine, Tiny Lights, Technorati and Storybook. I currently live in Colorado, but you’re just as likely to find me traveling around to new locales. His first three novels took place in the Pan21 universe and included: Agents Of The Undertow, Agents Of Hope and Agents Of Change. Pan21 was a virus that decimated humanity. Most of those stories take place in the barrio. He has two new novels set to come out in 2020: Purple Hearted Man (January) and Poet Of The Moon (July).

Most of all, Purple has purpose and, of course, he has his broom.

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