About Clemens P. Suter

Clemens P. Suter is the author of post-apocalyptic and dystopian adventure novels. Visit this site to learn about his novels, paintings and travel.

A snap view from the novel “Fields of Fire” #adventure #travelogue #FoF #iamreading #postapocalypse

“I found my truck behind the house. The man had tied Bo and King to the bumper. I quickly undid the knots, ignoring how they tried to lick my hands and face. I looked into the truck. The keys were in the ignition. I needed a weapon to be able to defend myself. I searched the truck, but a lot of the equipment, including all the weapons, had been removed. I scratched my beard and looked at the building.

Just then a voice sounded. A man was calling from within the house. It startled me and I jumped behind the truck, afraid that the next sound would be the crack of a gun. I peeked over the hood of the car. The voice called again, but I didn’t understand the words. There was a small window just above the ground, and I thought I saw some movement behind it, a flickering of a waving hand or a piece of cloth. I hesitated: should I drive off right away, or should I try to get my guns back and find out who this man was?

I came to a conclusion. I rapidly ran over to the house and climbed the steps that lead to the back door. I opened it as silently as possible, and the dogs and I slipped in.

Several of my guns lay on the kitchen table. I picked them up and inspected them. They were fully loaded and in working order. I slung the rifle over my back. With a pistol in each hand, I quickly searched the ground floor. The house was filthy and worn down, waste lying about; empty cans and bottles, dirty plates with leftovers. It smelled of sweat and dirt.

I decided against inspecting the floors upstairs. Instead, I went to the door to basement. It was locked. I kicked it open with my boot, almost removing it from its frame. A wooden staircase led down into the darkness. The house had electricity – as I flicked the switch several light bulbs sprang to life. I could now hear loud shouts, both male and female. They used a language that I couldn’t recognize, but their voices carried panic and anxiety. Forgetting my own fear, I hurried down the stairs.

The basement consisted of a central room; its walls contained four doors, made out of heavy metal, each with a small central window. Big bolts kept them shut.

“Stand back!” I shouted. I went to the first door and pulled the bolt back. I pulled the door open. The room contained a mattress, a blanket and a bucket, but little else. Inside stood a single, small man, skinny from starvation. His clothing, torn and frayed, hung loosely from his body. He had a haunted, scared look on his face, his hair and beard long and unkempt. He couldn’t have been older than twenty five and was of Indian or Pakistani origin. I extended my right hand and he took it, hesitantly at first, but then he put it up to his lips and kissed it, all the while murmuring some surreptitious prayer. I pulled my hand loose, hurriedly walked out of the room and to the next door. I withdrew the bolts.

The man had followed me and wormed past me into the room. A small, dark-skinned woman stood in the middle of it, her head bowed down. She was as skinny as the man, her body frail and barely covered by shreds of clothing.

The man jumped at her, then halted in his tracks and stared down at her body.”

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Two Journeys at Barnes and Noble – Nook Book eBook and paperback

Many thanks for the following reader 5-star rating !
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Great thriller – review by Vasee (at Barnes and Noble) 

I started this book thinking it couldn’t possibly work. At least, not at the length it runs. But it truly does.
Though this kind of apocalyptic tale has been tackled plenty of times before, Suter makes it so personal that it’s difficult for a reader to stay at arm’s length. This is despite the main character only ever being referred to as “Alan”. It was exceptionally easy to place myself in the characters’ position. I felt keenly Alan’s waning resolve and his increasingly broadening acceptance of his situation.
I found Suter’s prose worked almost as a setting, too. This is a character with a simple goal and a stripped-bare existence. The prose is utilitarian, and it’s obviously a conscious decision of the author’s to present the story in this manner. On those occasions where utilitarianism gives way to sensation, the impact is enormous because of the intelligent use of contrast.
This is by no means an easy read. But it is difficult to stop once you’ve started.

The Two Journeys novel - vailable in all internet stores (as paperback and eBook)

The Two Journeys novel – available in all internet stores (as paperback and eBook)

Learn more about the books by Clemens P. Suter https://clemenssuter.com/books

The Most Powerful 10 Minutes Narrated by Joaquin Phoenix. Vegan. All of us are earthlings.

Check out this video on YouTube. “Vegan” food for thought for the weekend. All of us are earthlings.

I am a great fan of Mr. Phoenix. I loved him in the Johnny Cash biography Walk the Line, and his performance in the romantic movie Her is truly inspirational. Inherent Vice is one of the weirdest and surprising movies of the last years, and Mr. Phoenix provides key quirkiness in his role as the detective in this who-done-it set in the seventies.

I was very interested to hear that he is vegan.

By his own admission, Mr. Phoenix has been a vegan for all his life. I am a vegetarian and at least partially vegan myself; mostly because of the dramatic impact of the meat industry on animal welfare, our environment and our health. The YouTube movie below provides some very relevant statements; core focus on the similarity between humans and animals, which I (as a trained biologist) find very inspiring.

http://youtu.be/cEBXZuPbHQs

Treat animals with the respect that they deserve

An Earthling walking the streets of Cairo

Alan, the hero of two journeys and fields of fire is a vegetarian too. I suspect that Alan mostly does this out of compassion for animals. After all, in a post-apocalyptic world there won’t be any necessity to protect the environment. With human kind gone, nature will again take over, and many species that are currently struggling to survive due to the tremendous evolutionary pressure delivered by man, will flourish again.

Compassion towards animals is what makes us truly human and going vegan is the way to go. As recent research on animal behavior shows (and research methods have dramatically progressed over the last decennia) The boundaries between being a human and a ‘mere’ animal have become very fuzzy. There is much more of the animal in humans, and much more human in animals.

 

Evolution is a fact. So stop your whining and suck it up.

Very worthwhile, especially if you are still unsure whether evolution has and is really happening.
http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=lIEoO5KdPvg

Naturally some people still have some doubts about this process – but let’s be fair: it is all around us, and it not only has brought us humans where we are now, but it in fact affects all the stars and planets, the interstellar gas and all living matter… and in the future it will impact the self-replicating machines that human kind will produce and that will spread out across the entire universe over the course of the millions of years, settling on moons, asteroids, planets and comets.

The most beautiful driving force in our universe, unbeatably poetic, harmlessly magnificent,  majestically comforting in all its implications. Believing in evolution means surviving the apocalypse.

I simply wanted to point that out, so there you have it.

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