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"Kermit Heartsong's Illusions, Dystopia & Monsters is a clear and concise summary of the many ways that humans have fouled their own nest -- the planet Earth."
—Nicholas Carroll, Huffington Post Blogger

"Readers can be prepared to be shocked at the truths and how they are, indeed, stranger than fiction. I highly recommend Illusions, Dystopia & Monsters to those interested in politics, current events, and the destiny of humankind on our planet."
—Bri Bruce, Editor - Heart of Steel, Family Portrait, Adventure Inward

 

ILLUSIONS, DYSTOPIA & MONSTERS

Illusions, Dystopia & Monsters: How the Truths Of Our Time May Be Stranger Than Fiction is a unique, captivating and thoroughly disturbing book. The author, Kermit Heartsong, explores the idea of reality as potentially more terrifying than any dystopian film by a direct comparison with over 70 films.

Heartsong's monsters are here and now, but cleverly undercover. His monsters are present day power brokers and high level government officials, with psychopathic or sociopathic tendencies, who are systematically exacting death and destruction around the globe.

If you're ready to break free of the illusions, see the monsters and leave the matrix, then Illusions, Dystopia & Monsters is the book you'll want to read.


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"Kermit Heartsong's Illusions, Dystopia & Monsters is a clear and concise summary of the many ways that humans have fouled their own nest -- the planet Earth."

—Nicholas Carroll, Huffington Post Blogger
 

Kermit Heartsong’s Illusions, Dystopia & Monsters touches upon three seemingly unrelated topics, weaving the three together as a means to tell an alarming true tale that hints at the future of our planet.

Heartsong compares the fictitious dystopian films and novels of our century to the realities of today. The truth is sobering. We are actually living in an age that has matched, if not surpassed, our imaginative dystopian creations. Those worlds we have read about or seen in 1984, The Matrix, Mad Max, and Brazil, and their evil characters, are not dissimilar to those of our world today. Heartsong brings the resemblances to our attention and constructs a discourse that breaks down the walls between reality and fiction.

At times, the author makes it clear that the monsters of our civilization—big wig corporate executives, so-called political leaders, etc.—are actually worse than the monsters of our imaginations. Heartsong makes the point that those monstrous characters of our literature and films, such as Frankenstein, Godzilla, and the Blob, have never caused as much death and destruction as many of the government officials or like individuals in today’s world.

Through myriad examples and evidence to support his argument, from current events to the melting of our polar ice caps, Heartsong presents the reader with fact after fact. He uses humor to entertain the reader, but not as a mechanism to mock. Rather, humor is a catalyst to get the facts straight into our minds and hearts in a way that is easy to digest. The absurdities of today’s government, economy, and the fate of our environment are brought to light in such a way that effectively stirs change.

At the book’s close, the author presents a number of solutions for resolving the conflicts around the illusory, censored nature of our news sources, the acknowledgement and recognition of our human footprint on the planet, and the nature of our government administration. Heartsong calls the readers to action, telling them to unplug from the matrix that is our civilization’s systematic web of illusions, to admonish the monsters that wreak havoc (not as an act of rebellion, but one of awareness), and to aim for establishing a better world for future generations.

Readers can be prepared to be shocked at the truths and how they are, indeed, stranger than fiction. I highly recommend Illusions, Dystopia & Monsters to those interested in politics, current events, and the destiny of humankind on our planet.

—Bri Bruce, Editor - Heart of Steel, Family Portrait, Adventure Inward

 

Kermit Heartsong's Illusions, Dystopia & Monsters uses style, humor and insight to explain the feedback loop of corruption, greed and pathology in the United States political-economic system.

The first part of the book details how corporations have taken control of our system, from the legal concept of corporate personhood promulgated by the judicial branch to the legalized bribery of elected officials who do their corporate benefactors' bidding, with a few salient and timely examples of the ramifications to our economic well-being and our freedoms provided.

The psychopathy of the leaders and how our system attracts and rewards psychopaths is also discussed in the first half of the book -- something that is rarely talked about in the typical analyses offered by either the right or the left.

Where the book really gets interesting, however, is when Heartsong defines the criteria necessary for a society to be classified as a dystopia and proceeds to discuss examples of such criteria as they have been illustrated in literature and cinema. Though the conclusion is dark, it is a compelling and original approach to the issue.

War and the military industrial complex get a detailed review as well with a large dose of black humor.

The last portion of the book explores some possible solutions to get us started on the road to recovery but felt a bit incomplete, which Heartsong acknowledged by stating he would have a more in-depth discussion of such in his upcoming book.

I'll be interested to see what he comes up with.

—Natylie Baldwin, Fiction Writer, Essayist and Book Reviewer
 

Informative and eye-opening, Kermit E. Heartsong’s Illusions, Dystopia & Monsters will make readers question everything they know. A quick, but insightful read, Heartsong weaves three distinctly different topics around one central issue. It is obvious that Heartsong has given the subject much thought and a vast amount of research, lending to his creditability. Numerous quotes and movie/book references help reader comprehension and inject a little humor into an otherwise humorless topic.

In his book, Heartsong illustrates with deft mastery who the true monsters are, the illusions we the people believe, and how our society is more dystopian than we’d like to believe. Each of these stunning revelations is backed up with example after example, leaving the reader no room for debate. And while it seems that America-is-going-to-hell-in-a-handbasket and there’s nothing we readers can do, Heartsong offers insightful solutions, providing hope.

To anyone interested in politics and current events, I highly recommend Illusions, Dystopia & Monsters. In fact, I recommend that everyone should read it instead of passively watching the monsters of today, the government and big businesses, do what they will and tear the country apart.

—Emily Thompson, Reviewer


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