Monday, December 21, 2009

Beginnings




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BEGINNINGS


Hot off the press - by Henry Hermann
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To purchase this book, go to www.masterworkbooks.com
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Beginnings is an exciting, new novel that appeared recently through Archebooks Publishing, http://www.archebooks.com/.


Synopsis of Beginnings

Everyone has an opportunity to express their dominant side in life. For most of us, this means exerting ourselves in our professions, relationships, and leisure activities. For Adda, a 200,000-year-old caveman, it was a behavioral expression of the utmost importance for his survival in a primeval African forest. When computer print-outs were translated from Adda's reanimated brain by Drs. Mark Blum and Susan Striker, they realized the true meaning of "survival of the fittest."


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Back Cover Explanation



For paleontologist Mark Blum, the finding of Adda, a 200,000-year-old caveman buried in ice atop Mt. Kilimanjaro, was the breakthrough he needed to change his life.
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For Adda, it was an opportunity through modern technology to tell an amazing story about his life in primeval Africa at the dawn of human emergence.
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Never before had science uncovered an early human who could actually tell his story. Mark and his colleague Susan Striker learn about the beginnings of complex behaviors, such as love, hate, intrigue, and deceit. In the end, they draw parallels with their own lives and realize that their two worlds are not that far apart.
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Comments About Beginnings from Other Writers


Henry Hermann has taken a fascinating premise--being able to communicate with a primitive human--and has created an intriguing science-fiction novel. Beginnings is laced with likeable characters, adventure, romance, and an intriguing plot with unexpected and satisfying twists and turns. A splendid read.
Prudy Taylor Board
Book reviewer and author of
A Grave Injustice and Murder a la Carte
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In Beginnings, the brilliant scientific mind of Henry Hermann captures the essence of the first humans to arise in primeval Africa. Through a fascinating story of intrigue, he convinces the reader that this is not fiction, but pure scientific facts.
Robert Dean Bair
Author of The Cloisters of Canterbury
and Peace at Lambeth Bridge
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Amazon.com Review of Beginnings on May 6, 2009


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When paleontologist Mark Blum finds himself somewhat ostracized and running low of funding on a dig site at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro, he takes a handful of graduate students on a re-energizing hike up the mountain. Little does he know that the hike will not only give them new perspective, but also will provide them the breakthrough that modern technology has been preparing to manipulate for years.
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The group finds an early human buried in the ice. With a team of the best scientists of the day, including the lovely Susan Striker, Mark can use the latest advances in science and technology to protect, manipulate, and ultimately communicate with this early human. But Mark is helpless to watch his great discovery thaw into delicate, decaying bits as colleagues try to preserve this one fragile piece of his career.
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Henry Hermann has assembled a cast of intelligent, likeable characters who garner your sympathy from the start. It's not just the lonely Mark Blum that the reader wants to see succeed (despite the odds and embittered colleagues stacked against him). We also look at the creature he's pulled from the ice.
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We see the 200,000-year-old caveman named Adda who is reduced to a mere brain floating in fluids and hooked up to electrodes and computers, fighting to survive long enough to tell his story. And we want to hear every detail as the complex story unfolds. We pull for Adda. We feel his emotions. We fight alongside him. We love the things he loves. We fear the things he fears.
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What a gift Henry Hermann has for pulling us into the past within the blink of an eye. The parallels between Adda's life and Mark's are cleverly worked through the narration. How interesting to see Henry Hermann so subtly present man's struggles as unchanged on some base level even after 200,000 years. I applaud this author. This is science fiction at its best and I highly recommend Beginnings for readers of the genre.
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About the Author
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Henry Hermann, author, co-author, and editor of 15 books on diverse topics, has been a writer, professor, and writer most of his life. Much of his research and writing have been directed toward understanding the behavior of humans and other social animals.
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In writing Beginnings, he has succeeded in portraying early humans, their behavior, and environment as they actually must have been 200,000 years ago, resulting in their emergence from an animalistic world as elite bipedal primates.

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The Tooth Fairy


Cover by Bradford Shaw Hermann



A Mystery/Thriller Sequel to Beginnings.
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Recently Released

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You really don't know what a serial killer is like until you have one born and raised in your neighborhood. Spawned from an unprecedented genetic cross, the birth of a demented male child called Lance Housler grows up to be one of the nation's most enigmatic murderers, in spite of being under the watchful eyes of law enforcement and a team of psychologists.

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Synopsis

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With the establishment of a New Orleans fertility clinic, an unprecedented genetic cross results in the birth of a demented male child called Lance Housler who grows up to be one of the nation’s most enigmatic serial killers.

Although under careful scrutiny by psychologists most of his life, Lance manages to carry out his terrible deeds without detection until the timely collaboration of three important people leads to his identity.

Under investigation by FBI Special Agent Patricia Clayton, he contemplates his next move, away from the close scrutiny of those he had suspected of spying on him all along. At his apartment, where human body parts and pictures of his victims are grim representations of people who had experienced his perverted mind, Special Agent Clayton discovers how he reminisced about the people he had violent relationships with.

Henry Hermann’s earlier novel, Beginnings, portrayed humanoids, their behavior and environment as they actually must have been 200,000 years ago, at the dawn of human emergence. The Tooth Fairy takes us to yet another level of human behavior, one which involves a twisted mind in a contemporary setting, revealing what can happen when the human genome is tampered with.

The Tooth Fairy has recently been released. Request a copy at Barnes & Noble, Double Day Bookstore, Books-A-Million, Amazon.com and the Xlibris Corporation.


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Other Books Completed or in the Works

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So You Want to Write and Publish a Book

A Step-By-Step Guide to Self Publishing and Realizing Your Dream

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So You Want to Write and Publish a Book points out the benefits and detriments of publishing by the various methods available to authors. While it covers the processes of traditional, subsidy and self-publishing, So You Want to Write and Publish a Book has been designed particularly for the author who is interested in publishing without the headaches of dealing with traditional editors and publishers.

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Having vs not having an agent is discussed, and on-line references about how to obtain information about writing and publishing are presented to help authors gain a foot-hold in the publishing industry. Writers are directed to sources of information on traditional publishers, a long list of subsidy publishers and methods of working with printers.

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After discussing the various methods of publishing and pointing out their differences, the author presents a step-by-step process to get a book in print. Each step is backed by precise instructions on how to proceed in organizing and preparing your manuscript, who to contact for every stage of the operation, and how to obtain such items as an International Standard Book Number, a Bookland EAN bar code, cataloging in publication data, a trademark, a copyright, Library of Congress control number and registering your book with Books in Print.

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Upon following the process outlined by the author, a writer will be able to proceed from a finished manuscript to a professional-quality book and have fun while doing it.

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Brain Child


A Mystery/Thriller Sequel to The Tooth Fairy

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Brain Child, a mystery/thriller sequel to The Tooth Fairy, illustrates how a serial killer may become better at what he does. But even he learns that no matter what we sow we also reap. It may not be a fair world, but there are always ways to get even.
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The release of Brain Child is scheduled for mid 2010.

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Putting Down Roots


A Science Fiction Novel


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Putting Down Roots, a science fiction novel about a mad scientist, his creations, and the shocking way he went about doing what he said would save the world.

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Putting Down Roots is completed and should be released some time in 2010.

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Non-Fiction Books Completed or in the Works
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Henry Hermann has also been active in writing non-fiction on diverse subjects. His past writings may be accessed through: http://henryhermannnonfiction.blogspot.com.


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An active player of the Native American flute, his most recent non-fiction book was Enjoying the Native American-Style Flute, published by Naturegraph Publishers in California (at the following web site: www.naturegraph.com). While not published, he has completed the following books and is seeking a publisher.



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Native American Music and the Path of the Flute



Native American Music and the Path of the Flute is a seven-year study representing a historical look at the significance and function of Native American music, its importance and how it survived with the advent of European invasion. Special emphasis is put on the flute, the only melodic instrument developed by indigenous Americans. It covers a period in time commencing with the first Americans as they arrive from their Asian homeland to contemporary America where numerous non-natives are enjoying the instrument that underwent its major development during the early 1800s. While the central theme is about the presence and evolution of the flute, the origin and significance of their music, their culture, and hardships through prehistoric and historic periods, as well as climatic changes that have influenced life and the preservation of artifacts during the period in which people occupied North America, are discussed in detail. It is accompanied by numerous photographs, drawings, and tables.



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The following books are in the works.


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Dominance and Aggression in Humans and Other Animals



Dominance and Aggression in Humans and Other Animals, a book about the dominant nature of humans and how they arrived as the most dominant but destructive animal that ever lived on the planet. Many comparisons will be made between humans and other animals. Chapters will include approaches to the nature of humans, other primates, and other social animals, as well as human domination and its relationship to religion, politics, the workplace, everyday life, and the environment.



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Traveling with a Handicap



Traveling with a Handicap, a book about what a handicapped person can do to enhance his or her traveling pleasure. Tremendous thought has gone into making traveling more pleasurable for handicapped people. The authors of this book, H. R. Hermann and L. D. Hermann, have experienced problems with the treatment and mistreatment of handicapped people first hand. All forms of transportation, such as trains, automobiles, cruise ships, and airplanes will be featured.


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Jason Brown and the Magic of Nature



Jason Brown and the Magic of Nature is written for young readers about a young fifth-grade boy who experiences a nature-based fantasyland beyond his wildest dreams. Torn between urban living and learning about nature, he spends time with his cousin and mentor at the country home of his aunt and uncle where he becomes one with nature. While the story is written in the style of fiction, the information and concepts are factual.




Understanding Earth’s Life Forms

By Henry R. Hermann and Lisa D. Hermann

Edison State College


Understanding Earth's Life Forms is a book written to enhance biological materials and concepts in certain biology courses taught at Edison State College. It is writen with an organismic approach and deals with all major groups of biological species from unicellular microorganisms to multicellular forms, e.g., humans.. Arranged in a phylogenetic sequence, it also covers the requirements for life, evolutionary steps to more complicated forms, and environmental changes that have been occuring since the rise of life on earth and the way organisms have adjusted to them.


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Other Blogsites that May Be of Interest


Helpful hints about writing science fiction or any other fiction genre may be found at:


http://henryhermann-helpingwriterswrite.blogspot.com/. This site also has information for biology students who have writing projects at Edison State College in Ft. Myers, Florida.




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Most recent non-fiction title by Henry Hermann may be found at:





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A complete list of publications may be found at:




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Henry Hermann may be reached at: HenryH1935@aol.com. He is available as a speaker on writing (both fiction and non-fiction) and topics of scientific interest in the Ft. Myers, FL, area. In recent months, he has presented seminars on methods of publication.








3 comments:

tinkerbelle said...

Photo tickles my funny bone. Can't wait to read the novel. I guess I'll have to bone up on my anthropology.

Rony said...

Hello Professor Hermann, this is Rony Arencibia, one of your Biology II student. Just wanted to say that this page looks great, hopefully when I become a Dentist I can have my own. See you in class.

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