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We Need to Create a Storm, America! by Katie Mettner



 

It's time America! We must stand up and create storms against those who destroy our earth. In her book, Earth Sentinels: The Storm Creators, Elizabeth Herrera does just that. Earth Sentinels begins with the fallen angel Bechard somberly observing the world being destroyed by mankind’s greed, corruption and indifference. Realizing drastic measures are needed; Bechard begins searching the globe for people who might join his quest to save the planet.

It doesn’t take long for the fallen angel to find 17-year-old Zachary, whose family’s organic farm is being ruined by fracking; Haruto, living in Fukushima, Japan, where the nuclear meltdown is raging out of control; Mahakanta, a cotton farmer in India, who used GMO seeds with devastating results; the

Amazonian tribe members, Conchita and her father, Pahtia, fighting against intruders illegally tearing down their rainforest; and the Bear Claw First Nation Tribe who are dealing with an unstoppable oil spill that is ruining their traditional hunting grounds. Intriguing blue doors and ethereal mists beckon the characters to the spirit realm where they finally meet the mastermind Bechard to form an alliance.

Excitement builds when the world’s Governments are faced with the Earth Sentinels’ demands, sent on behalf of Mother Earth who cannot speak for herself. As events unfurl and countries retaliate, the readers ride a roller coaster through the supernatural!

The book takes a very real problem we are facing not just in our country, but in the world, and takes a fictional solution to it that makes you think about how much longer we can go on with our current sins against Mother Nature. Being a victim of fracking and huge oil companies, I too say ENOUGH! We must stand up and make as much noise as we can, so we can take the earth back for our kids and grandkids.

BOOK DESCRIPTION:
A fallen angel somberly observes the world being destroyed by mankind’s greed, corruption and indifference. Realizing drastic measures are needed, he begins searching the globe for people who might join his quest to save the planet. He finds 17-year-old Zachary, whose family’s organic farm is being ruined by fracking; Haruto, living in Fukushima, Japan, where the nuclear meltdown is raging out of control; Mahakanta, a cotton farmer in India, who used GMO seeds with devastating results; the Amazonian tribe members, Conchita and her father, Pahtia, fighting against intruders illegally tearing down their rainforest; and the Bear Claw First Nation Tribe who are dealing with an unstoppable oil spill that is ruining their traditional hunting grounds. Using supernatural powers, the Earth Sentinels grab the world’s attention, but as the events unfold and countries retaliate, the characters are forced to question their motives and listen to their hearts.
My Review:

Earth Sentinels: The Storm Creators was not the kind of book I would normally read. However, the premise of the story drew me in because of my own real life experience with fracing in Wisconsin. I recently lost my home to the big oil companies and sand fracing companies who don't care about the earth, clean drinking water or the people in the communities they destroy.

The book begins with several different points of view from all over the world of native tribes, shamans from countries who have experienced natural disasters and tribes from the rain forests. The author did an amazing job of keeping the many different points of view clear and concise and you never felt confused. She made you feel invested in each character before she moved you on to the next and when they all came together into the Earth Sentinels you knew exactly who everyone was and what their reasons and mission were.

The Earth Sentinels used the spirit world and their totem animals to help create storms to bring attention to the damage that these large oil companies, and various governments, were doing to our earth. They didn't demand power, or money, they only demanded that the heads of government wake up and begin to see the damage taking place to the place we live.

The governments of course saw these storms as attacks and decided to retaliate with a war against the native tribes. I won't give spoilers, but the ending was fantastic!

This book raised a lot of questions in my mind as I was reading. Can we condone the acts of few to benefit many when their intentions are good and pure? Can we save our earth and make it a better place for our children and grandchildren? Are our hands tied by the big companies who have all the money and we are therefore left to our own devices in order to continue to live the dream of farming, organic farming and the like? Will we ever be able to recover our earth from the nightmare that is fracing or will our children and grandchildren have nothing but polluted lakes and unsafe drinking water because of what our governments are allowing to happen today?

I can answer a few of these questions from my own personal experience. Secretly, I wish there were Earth Sentinels to help us save our planet and show the powers that be what they are doing to our environment. Since there aren't, it is clear we need to work on these issues ourselves because if enough people raise their voices to the sky eventually we will be heard.

I highly recommend this book to everyone and anyone, including young teens and young adults. It's essentially profanity free, it is sex free and though there is violence in the terms of the storms, there is nothing in this book I wouldn't let my 10 and 12 year old read. In fact, my 12 year old will start reading it today! Thank you Elizabeth for writing a story that draws attention to the very important issue facing all of us today.



INTERVIEW WITH ELIZABETH HERRERA
WHAT SPARKED THE IDEA FOR THIS BOOK?
The idea for Earth Sentinels began while having breakfast with my family. Everyone was quiet, so I thought I would liven things up with an impromptu story of how the earth’s creatures were tired of mankind destroying the earth and planned to strike back. I created a story of big beasts sneaking up on people, then tearing them limb from limb. I expected my children to be appalled by the blood and gore, but instead their eyes were wide with fascination and my 14-year-old daughter, who is sweet and loving by nature, clenched her fist and exclaimed, “Yes!” It was then that I knew I was on to something. We are all troubled by the greed destroying our planet and want to someone, anyone, to do something.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART IN WRITING THIS BOOK?
I shed a lot of tears while researching Earth Sentinels, because the planet is in much worse shape than I had imagined. It was a HUGE lesson in forgiveness.
IS ANYTHING IN YOUR BOOK BASED ON REAL-LIFE EXPERIENCES OR PURELY ALL IMAGINATION?
The supernatural events in my books may seem far-fetched, but many of them are true! The beauty of fiction is that readers don’t know which parts are true or not. I’ll leave it to the readers to decide. Of course, in my memoir all of the miracles are true.
WHAT MADE YOU QUALIFIED TO WRITE THIS?
I began practicing shamanism (Native American spirituality) 12 years ago, which has given me insights that can only be received experientially. For example, once you learn to communicate with the spirit realm, you are able to talk with the elements (storms, water, wind, earth). The fallen angel Bechard, Master of the Elements, is a reflection of my experiences. As they say, “truth is stranger than fiction.” Although in this case, they might be equal.
About The Author:
Shaman Elizabeth Herrera is a healer and author who writes life-changing books. Her stories encourage people to stretch outside their comfort zones and reexamine their own beliefs. Elizabeth was raised in a Christian home, but lost her faith in her early twenties. For over a decade, she searched for something to fill the void, eventually discovering Native American spirituality (shamanism). Through this spiritual practice, she unexpectedly became a catalyst for healing and miracles. These events led her back to a belief in a higher power. Her great-grandfather was a full-blooded Apache, who raised her father. She was fortunate to know her great-grandfather. He smuggled sugar and flour from Mexico into Texas, exchanged gunfire with Texas Rangers and crossed paths with Pancho Villa. She is the author of Shaman Stone Soup, Dreams of Dying and Earth Sentinels. Born and raised in Michigan, she now lives in North Carolina with her family.
Contact Shaman Elizabeth Herrera:

ShamanElizabethHerrera.com
blog.ShamanElizabeth.com
@ShamanElizabeth
Facebook.com/ShamanElizabeth



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