#BookReview By Lou Z-Rod – Chosen Wanderers – A Celtic Saga Of Warriors and Saints By Martin C. Haworth #MartinCHaworth @malcolmdownpub #HistoricalFiction #ScottishFiction #Fiction #ChristianFiction #Celts #Picts #Saga

Z-Rod – Chosen Wanderers
By Martin C. Haworth

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Z-Rod – The Chosen Wanderers is book 1 of a compelling epic saga series set in Scotland during the times of the Picts and Celts.
Find out more in the blurb and the rest of my thoughts in my review. Then discover even more in the links to the websites and Facebook page, where you can find out more about the book and other activities such as hillwalks and retreats and more…
Thanks to the author – Martin C. Haworth for gifting me the book, published by publishing company – Malcolm Down.

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Blurb

Chosen Wanderers is the first book in the Z-Rod series: a gripping saga set in the upheavals of Pictish Scotland in the 6th century. At the initiation of two princes preparing one to rule the tribe, a mysterious power symbol, the Z-Rod, is tattooed on one, unleashing uncontrollable consequences.

Tribal power struggles are further intensified when two Irish saints arrive whose vibrant faith and daring spirit, preserving them through the Scottish wilds, demonstrates to capricious warlords and their powerful druids, an alternative worldview of reconciliation and hope.

Straddling these two worlds is a mysterious bard with prophetic abilities. His revelation has little relevance initially, but later becomes the lifeline to recover a seemingly lost destiny. What significance does the Z-Rod and ‘bearing fire to the north’ have on an exile, and how will anything be achieved amidst poverty and obscurity?

By turns epic and homely, spiritually searching and thoroughly adventurous, this story of great undoing and remaking propels us through multiple scenes and characters in a setting which is utterly convincing in its detail.

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Review

Z-Rod is set in Pictish Scotland in the 6th Century, as well as at the time of the Celts. The author describes Scotland (before it became Scotland as we know it today) in interesting detail in a short introduction. The fact it is set in Pictish times provides something different to historical fiction, the Picts (indigenous people north of the Forth-Clyde divide) and the Christians. The book moves at surprising pace. It sounds more heavy than it really is. It’s pretty succinct and the intrigue surrounding the Z-Rod itself adds to the compelling nature.

There are noblemen and lords within the book and the Z-rod tattooed on one, a symbol of power and authority. The story itself starts with the initiation and readers meet Taran, Oengus, Alpia and Talorgen, then later, Kessog. There’s an air of it being a great occassion with ritual and complexity, as, especially Taran discovers in the wilds of the Pictish north, where the south are a bit more tame and are also starting to dabble in Christianity.

There’s adventure into new lands by boat and faith of reaching destinations safely, there’s also the questioning of the different faiths that are presented within the Picts and the Christian stories as they learn a bit about each other, but not exactly accepting as there are percieved curses, which adds a bit of tension between the factions.

The book takes readers to different Lochs and the River Dee, where there is tribal action, raids and murder. Along the watery adventure, there is also a spot of romance and all isn’t as easy to attract a woman as it first seems… This adds to another dimension to the story and perhaps widens its appeal a bit further, but still with the depth of history by way of the people living in the 6th century, philosophical thought by way of a dream and theology by way of the religious aspects.

There appears to have been a lot of thorough research done right down to the detailing of the different names of places, lochs and the types of people that lived in this time, such as wise old women or witches. There’s a glossary at the back to translate the older words used within this otherwise fictional tale that is also about courage, attitudes, destinys, life.

There is also an excerpt of book 2 of Z-Rod to lure you into more of Taran’s life…

About The Author

Martin Haworth worked in community and church development with an Iron-age Filipino tribe, providing an in depth understanding of pagan belief practices. Under his own business, www.roamingscotland.com, he now helps others connect with Scotland’s landscapes and ancient history, and leads Celtic Christian retreats. This book has arisen from the fusion of these experiences and interests.

Social Media

Website: https://www.roamingscotland.com/blog   There is also a buy link within there that means 10% will go to support a relief project among the Mangyan tribes of the Philippines.  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Z-Rod-Trilogy-101184882165861

Publisher Website: https://www.malcolmdown.co.uk/

Seeing God Through the Camera Lens by Lynn Hayter @Lynn Hayter #debutbook #nonfiction #charity #cancer #acting #Christianity #actors #readers #faith #Holby City #Call the Midwife #Starwars #Eastenders #Grantchester @TheWindsors

      Review of “Seeing God Through the Camera Lens”

by Lynn Hayter

Rating 5 stars *****

                                                               

                                                               About the Author

Lynn Hayter


* Lynn Marina Hayter isn’t the name that trips off everyone’s tongues of a viewer, although you will have seen her in many films & on your TV screens. It however, does when it comes to the world of acting, as she built up her reputation within this field and is very much sought after.
Lynn Hayter has been in this career for over 20 years. She works in Supporting roles/Speaking roles and Extra roles on both our tv screens and film from everything from EastEnders to Holby City to Call the Midwife to Star Wars. This is a very small list from her CV. She has also on been in main roles. She is Christian by faith and has combined acting and her Christianity in one book, titled: “Seeing God Through the Camera Lens”.

 

                                                                              Author’s Note and Blurb

Lynn H book

“I hope you enjoy my stories and photos from my ‘other’ life. Dressing up as a child was never like this, nor was life. But no matter how you dress anything up, you have an interesting journey. Maybe some of the words here will make your journey easier.”

“Little did I know, 20 years ago, that I would have a career in film and television. Little did I know, 28 years ago, that God would use me in very simple, yet profound ways in such a secular industry. If God can use me, He can certainly use you. I hope the few stories that I have handpicked out from thousands will help you see God in your life, no matter how mundane or fancy your life is. If you let God in He  will use you.”                                                             

                                                                          The Review

The book leads the reader through stories and photos of Lynn Hayter playing many roles and is split into 16 sections, each only a couple of pages long and is a short book at 39 pages. It contains a short glossary for anyone to refer to, to provide extra understanding of some of the terms used on film sets. It may be small, but it packs a lot of quality content in about her faith and her life as an actor.

The book’s introduction gives an insight into how Lynn got a passion for film & tv. Beginning  when she was young, getting her first role in Roy Castle’s Record Breakers. She was part of the longest chorus line in the world at that time, aided by Bonnie Langford and Christopher Biggins. It was to be the first of 3 times she got into the Guinness Book of Records. Nowadays she gets many roles within some of the biggest, well-known tv dramas and films (as mentioned previously), working alongside some of the most well-known actors in showbiz.

Within each section of the book, Lynn has entered a few photos of herself in many roles -out on shoots, all dressed-up and ready for Action!!! This however is not a picture book. It has very interesting written content about being on sets and even some advice for budding actors. There is a real sense that Lynn wants people to do well in their careers, since she writes about some of the pitfalls  to watch out for. This is an actor/writer who has learnt a lot over the years and is willing to share with those thinking of entering into or are already established within the profession. She is also not afraid of writing about the realities of filming. It really does give a true insight into, not just her work (although it is about her), but this type of career in general.

Through the interesting and informative acting side of her life within the book, Lynn always shows how thankful and grateful she is to God, as well as her entire career path. This is carefully, but deliberately weaved through the pages of her acting career. There are quotations from the Bible that are poignantly interwoven with what is being said about her work and with fuller explanations. I feel she has the balance just right.

It is not a preachy book. There is no “fire, hell and brimstone”. You get the feeling that Lynn wants people to feel comfortable reading about how she finds Christianity is truly a huge part in her life and how, when she is filming, she knows God’s presence and sees the opportunities she has had and is grateful and thankful for. She also shares about how she sees God’s presence every day and explains how opportunities arise to begin conversations about her faith, pray for people or just be a listening ear. Lynn has clearly put thought and effort into making her book accessible to all. It offers encouragement and not in a fearful way. For those unsure how to build a relationship with God, she has added  about prayer and how she prays in many different places.

Overall the book is an informative and fascinating read, with photographs, anecdotes, insights and Bible quotes, all in a seamless pattern of acting work followed by how this and her faith works as one in her life. It is a very good debut non-fiction book.

* With thanks to Lynn Hayter for providing me with her photograph and allowing me to use it in my blog.

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Seeing God Through the Camera Lens
39 pages
Purchase points:  Email a request to Angela Cassidy: acbcassidy@aol.com
Price £4.99 plus P&P (ALL proceeds to Macmillan Cancer & The Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Foundation)
ISBN 978 – 0 – 9544814 – 3 – 8