A Warrior's Heart

The Awakening

Fiction - Inspirational
282 Pages
Reviewed on 01/06/2015
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Author Biography

I have always loved to write and make up stories, but was a closet writer until 2010. That's when I began to write seriously and let people see my work.

I really don't like to be bound by facts so I love to write fiction, though I occasionally do write non-fiction. "The Relationship Survival Guide For Men: 7 Secrets Every Man Needs To Know About Women" is proof of my ability to write quality self-help material, but even my non-fiction is written with a lot of fun incorporated into it.

I was thrilled to have my dream of becoming an Amazon best-seller come true when the very first novel I published, "A Warrior's Heart: The Awakening" hit the best-seller list in 2012. That book was inspired by a recurring dream and it seemed to write itself. Not long into the writing, I realized the story would be a trilogy. This second book, "A Warrior's Heart: Perseverance" turned out a little differently than I expected, as once again the story seemed to write itself and take a slight detour from what I anticipated... Enjoy the surprise!

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

A Warrior's Heart: The Awakening is an inspirational adventure novel written by L. Neil Thrussell. Graham Connelly first ended up on the island when the plane he and his friend, Blaine, were piloting went down in the Pacific Ocean. They waded across several smaller islands until they reached this one. The two were rescued several days later, dehydrated and shaken by the ordeal. Now Graham has had himself ferried by boat for a 30-day stay on that same island. He panics as the boat's captain starts to leave and tries to get them to wait for him, but the captain, thinking that he is only waving goodbye, waves back and departs. Graham has all the necessary camping gear, plenty of food and provisions, and the gift of a journal to write his experiences in. It is an island paradise, though sadly missing some girls to share it with.

The deserted tropical island setting in L. Neil Thrussell's inspirational novel, A Warrior's Heart: The Awakening, had been the original attraction for me in reading this book. I immediately found myself envying Graham his little tent and beach chair by the waves. When he meets Akio, the elderly Japanese soldier, however, the adventure book I was reading suddenly became so much more. I loved sharing Graham and Akio's days of meditation, sword-play and fishing in the warm ocean waters, and found myself dreading the passage of time along with Graham. Thrussell's characters have become dear friends, it seems, and I, too, have been a student at Master Akio's feet. A Warrior's Heart: The Awakening is a magnificent effort that is simple, elegant and very profound. I'm so impressed with this book and have learned so much from it. A Warrior's Heart: The Awakening is most highly recommended.