Masks of Morality
Is modern America a dystopian society? Have we normalized violence as a way of life?
MASKS OF MORALITY is a story of human compassion, moral conscience, family love and focusing positive energy in every choice we make. A message to look past the debauched masks of mainstream media and politicians, and into our soul for answers of how best to treat each other—how to be kind to humankind.
The book is written in the voice of a mother who couldn’t be happier with her privileged lifestyle. She is surrounded with beauty, a loving family, a large circle of friends, a tight-knit community, and a surreal inner peace.
Her only concern is for the next generation in a nation hell-bent on having higher military spending than half the world combined and convinced it’s for the collective good. This is how we've normalized violence as a way of life. With school shootings a mere fall-out.
THE STORY BEHIND THE BOOK
CARYSSA FLYNN had the computer network world hard-wired into her brain, obsessed by the lure of power and money. She was a hard-driven high-tech marketing professional. Until at age forty-two, she gave birth to her only child and nothing was about herself anymore. She becomes conflicted after recognizing the link between her beloved Silicon Valley and high-tech industry in general to perpetual global wars for profit.
Although never becoming anti-corporate, she is concerned by corporate abusive practices. What type of legacy are we leaving for our kids?
Set in the diverse San Francisco Bay Area, Caryssa befriends a group of parents as eclectic as the cafes, shops, and surreal beauty surrounding them. Together, they ride the emotional arc of parenting within these tumultuous times.
STAN GAFFERTY was a brilliant and successful molecular biologist. Then came the scare of his life; being diagnosed with renal cancer traced back to the chemicals he worked within in the lab. He wants to be there for his two sons more than anything else, throwing all caution to the wind becoming a stay-at-home dad for eight years.
SAMANTHA OWENS, like Caryssa, gives birth to her only child at age forty-two. Emotionally torn between raising her son and her paralegal profession, she juggles back and forth like a ping-pong ball, conflicted about being there for her son to provide the positive influence essential in a crazed world.
BRYAN GARRITY was born into a highly affluent family. Growing up within the realm of immoral politics, he decides not to follow in his father’s footsteps. The hot-headed Garrity senior disowns his only child at age eighteen, shutting him out of a thirty-five million-dollar trust fund. Twenty years later, Bryan finally hears the words “I love you, and am proud of you son.” Those words mean far more than the inheritance he gets, after all. Rather than living high off the hog, he invests in the overall social good and future for his children.
Introduced along the way is ANNA BEAUVAIS, a charismatic and successful artist from Paris that lost her two daughters. As this woman’s tragic past emerges, painting a portrait of the fragility and resilience of family, a deep and abiding admiration for her emerges. Living variously through Anna’s pain and strength aide in setting the path in understanding what really matters in life…human compassion, love, and family.
Echoed throughout is a startling and disturbing awareness of a culture---ours--- mindlessly threatening to squander all that is dear to our hearts. This culture shock sends the parents on a stirring of their collective conscience, bringing them to understand the ache of late America.
Could it be that our political reality is stranger than fiction?
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American politics is a crazy beast, performing in a three-ring circus that never goes out of style.
It's been over fifteen years since Caryssa left her fast-track Silicon Valley career; twelve and thirteen since the tragic loss of Anna's daughters, and a year since the murder of her art gallery security guard. But all efforts to let go of hidden political powers wreaking havoc on precious memories of their tender past comes back to haunt them---leading directly into the path of the money monster lurking in the shadows.
What dark force is driving the monster behind the masks? In book one, a trail of subtle clues was found within bloody symbolic messages on a dead dove left outside Anna's art gallery. Clues uncovering a secret society visible for all to see yet ingeniously disguised by ruling elites.
. . . And another dead dove was just found.
Connecting The Dots between Corporatism and Global War
"A lie told once remains a lie but a lie told a thousand times becomes the truth."
"Propaganda works best when those who are being manipulated
are confident they are acting on their own free will."
`-- Joseph Goebbels
The German politician Joseph Goebbels, who worked for Hitler, was known for his hints about the lies told to the populace through political media. Hitler had the German people convinced the atrocities he carried out were for the "collective good" of the nation. This is not unlike corporate news today, extending beyond the ultra-right politicized media criticism. There is an assault on the truth throughout our media outlets whether liberal or conservative angle. Why?
I don't have all the answers, but a small group of five huge corporations owns all our media, so we can question how data can be manipulated online, on TV or in newspapers. These large multinational corporations are war-profiteers, often presenting fiction as fact to fuel the fires.
IN MASKS OF MORALITY, Caryssa sees firsthand after growing the high-tech corporate ladder, how the networking backbone of the global internet was built by a defense agency on the dark side. Her much-loved Silicon Valley is rooted in backing from the US Military. This eats at her soul, with the realization the best part of her own career and what tore her three thousand miles away from her loving family feeds into her only fear in life: America's war economy and what it means for her child's future.
Modern society is organized into industrial and professional corporations serving as organs of political representation to the people, exercising control over opinions on world happenings. Mind control and manipulation are done the high-tech way operating as virtual mind police. Americans and citizens around the world are in a quandary as to what they can believe. And, to come to the defense of that great marvel called the internet I helped bring to the world, we can't blame it all on technology. We just need to stop using technology as a weapon.
There is a hidden force keeping journalists from telling the truth--- even threatening them with their lives if they do.
"Mainstream-media political journalism is in danger of becoming irrelevant, but not because of the internet, or even Comedy Central. the threat comes from journalists being afraid to do what journalists were put on this green earth to do...Tell the truth."
---Former Washington Post columnist, Dan Froomkin
MASKS OF MORALITY
The daughter of a rogue CIA agent leaves a baffling dead dove behind an art gallery in Sausalito, with a symbolic message in blood hinting of shadow government obstructing world peace...
Another one found outside a prison in book number two! What do Picasso and this symbolism have in common?
Masks of Morality
Please read it with an open mind, heart and soul. If you love those sci-fi’s about a dystopian future, try jet-setting my words back to the future, and strap yourselves in for the ride!
I promise you won’t be bored.
T.L. Mumley (born Teresa Lynn Sullivan) is a former senior marketing analyst in Silicon Valley, a mother, wife and happy homebody. She holds an AS in Fashion Merchandising from Lasell, a BS in Marketing from MCLA and studied towards an MBA from Northeastern University. She has a twenty-five-year history in high-tech marketing and sales. An optimist at heart, she went on a personal crusade of community service and marketing for the greater good, often in her PJs from home office.
To spice up a decade of writing boring technical material published in tech rags, she aspired to become a novelist with her debut Masks of Morality. The novel has received 5-Star ratings across Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, Inkitt and other sites.
Fueled by dark chocolate and good red wine, she can be found skiing and hiking mountains, walking, reading or doing a downward facing dog while gardening.
Although she will always be a Bostonian at heart, she lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and son.
Masks of Morality has received several positive reviews from my writer's group, friends, the general public and above all, my multitalented editor, Chansonette Buck. Chansonette is a two-time Pushcart-prize nominee of heart touching chapbooks and memoir.
In Chansonette’s own words, “Your novel is a page-turner! I’m finding it hard to put down. You have what it takes to tell a story in a compelling way”.
"Hip San Francisco Bay meets the bleak political reality that defines our life."
-Alon Shalev, author of ten novels including AT THE WALLS OF GALBRIETH, 2013 winner of Eric Hoffer award.
"Absolutely stunning read! Timely and relevant. I learned so much from a novel. Can you believe it, a novel!"
-David Wakeen, author of 9/11 AND THE WORLD TODAY
"The most amazing and unforeseen twists and turns, making it a very enthralling read. It keeps you gripped to the edge of your seat."
- Susan Kelly, Ghostwriter of ten bestselling novels
“What a thrilling, meaningful, suspenseful, and relevant story! It has all the right ingredients. We feel joy, then panic, then fright. We experience a rainbow of emotions. There is suspense in buckets.”
- Wesley Thomas, bestselling author, founder & owner of Thomas Author Services
“What I love most are the flowing words. It reads like a smooth ride."
-XJS, Inkitt author of The Bog: King of the Swamp
“Masks of Morality is a captivating read, well-polished with rich unique characters that draw you into their own personal struggles. The tying together of the three distinct 'heroines' of this story is done brilliantly, and questions of parenting in a world bent on corporate greed are at the least incredibly thought provoking.”
- Rebecca Weller, Inkitt author of highly reviewed Hleo
“A woman fired up to change the world, why? Because she is a mother."
- - Eve Gwartney, Inkitt author of Tales of Old South Arica 1927
“A very well written book with messages to the world. The message of parenting, sacrifice, love for children, humanity, politics, environmental issues and career to name a few. Claryssa is every working mother in the modern world who is torn between her career and her family.”
- AryaTara, Inkitt author of A Half Orphan
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