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Tiny Eden is the classic story of the fight between good and evil.

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    Carlos is one of the main characters in the Tiny Eden Story. Readers will "meet him" within the 3rd chapter and will rapidly embrace this boy into their hearts. He enters the story as the "Boy-POW" from the "Youth Militia" that the Sect loves to deploy as cannon-fodder in their genocidal wars. He is an endearing character who however has a brutal past to overcome.

    The first few chapters are not for the faint hearten! With brutal accuracy, Carlos brings the reader into the daily lives of the Sect. He opens the reader a window into a cult, we common mortals hardly every begin to understand. He explains what being "Mind-F***ed" really means!

    However, he also lets us experience his triumph, his freedom and his undying love to those who have helped him as well to those who had no chance. It is a sad beginning and yet a triumphal ending. When boys dream and make the dreams come true. ... Just read the review.


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So! You’ve read Tiny Eden and think you know the whole story? Well think again. In Günter Heyes’ second novel, Carlos – Tiny Eden 2, we see a little more behind the curtain of the heroes from the first book. From his traumatic childhood in Argentina and his close association with his friend John to their views of the issues and battles described in Tiny Eden, it is another exciting adventure. How two boys who were involuntary soldiers in the Divine Purification Movement became saved by the intervention, trust and love from Ardos, a young prince of Freeland.
 
The philosophical aspects of the Tiny Eden are expanded upon, and the importance of showing mercy, and acceptance to people whose interests, and outlooks differ from our own. While the Freelanders don’t necessarily condone the action of the nations they help, they try to lead – to teach, by example.  And the most obvious place to teach is the children. Very much in the mode of, “teach a man to fish…”
But the novel doesn’t end where Tiny Eden finished. While Günter and Reha may have decided to relax on the beach and write their memoirs, Carlos takes us further into the world where Freeland is a player on the international stage.   From refugee relief and the consequences of providing aid no other nation could provide, while in international waters, unasked, and not expecting a reward. 
Carlos, is a worthy successor to Tiny Eden and will keep you gripped in its embrace until the very end.


Ray Douglas


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    The Rite of Passage from Boy to Man. So begins the second story in the Freeland saga as told through the eyes of Carlos, a young Argentine boy from the province of Patagonia, destined to serve the brutal religious sect Divine Purification Movement, by way of his father’s affiliation with it, a fundamentalist sect which as been at war with the people of Freeland for 130 years. We are also introduced to John, the close friend of Carlos who is supposedly of virgin birth and is the Anointed One of the Sect, but through Carlos' eyes, is shown to be no more or less human as anybody else. Suffering at the hands of the brutal Elder Elias great indignities, Carlos is compelled to watch the execution of his mother whom he loved dearly. When John is ‘excommunicated’ from the Church by the wishes of the sinister Elder Elias, who schemes to replace John with his own son as the Anointed One, John turns to his only true friend who stands by his side as both boys are compelled to witness the awful initiation rite of passage at age 14, when Boys become Men in the eyes of the sect. Shocking and lividly depicted, knowing that they will face their own such initiation soon, they find themselves in the service of the sect facing their first confrontation with the soldiers of Freeland, where they are eventually captured and taken to a POW camp on one of the islands of Heikoon, also known as Freeland.

    This is the story of Carlos and John’s coming of age, first as POW’s of the Heikos, then as trustees as their nature becomes clear to their captors, despite the skepticism and suspicions of Reha, the stoic commander of the Freeland forces who bears them little affection, seeing in them all the savagery of the sect which has decimated so many of her people. Yet, over time, the two boys demonstrate their willingness to change and become trustworthy in the eyes of their captors. In so doing, they develop deep, trusting and intimate bonds with many who help them develop their social skills and military talents. Here we meet Günter, the engineer and pilot who teaches Carlos how to machine parts in the shop. Potty mouthed Inge, a girl of the streets who opens Carlos' eyes to the true ways of the world outside the DPM. Kiros, the troubled, introverted young pilot whom Carlos brings out of his shell and develops a deep intimate relationship, yet encourages Kiros’ developing bond with Inge, who Kiros eventually marries.

    Spanning the globe from Africa to Argentina, from Honduras to Canada, from Australia to the Middle East, Carlos tells of his many exploits and adventures in his military confrontations with the DPM in the service of Freeland, as well as his humanitarian missions in Honduras and Africa, Like the other works in the Freeland saga, it is a gripping, yet beautiful expository work filled with the same action packed, controversial issues, and human bonding, love and trust that is characteristic of the other books in the Freeland Series. As in the other works, the Little Prince Ardos figures prominently in the development of Freeland from an unknown island in the South Indian Ocean to a trans-global military, political, and economic power. We learn of the stark contrast in Ardos’ view of God as told in his beautiful prayer in Chapter 3, as opposed to the brutal depiction of the god of the DPM.

    The story is filled with intrigue as we learn just who John truly is and how he came to be and the trauma he suffers as he faces his past and worries for his future by revealing who he truly is. We meet Marco, Likos and Fabiano, whose stories are told in the Marco story and the bond of trust and love Carlos develops with them. This bond ultimately leads to a deep relationship between Carlos and Marco’s sister, Linda, whom he marries in a delightful ceremony wherein Fabiano gives Linda away in the age-old tradition of the Heikoee.

    The story ends with a moving debate between representatives of the UN, USA, and IMF on the one side, and Ardos, supported by Carlos and Fabiano on the other, keeping the reader glued to his seat with all the suspense of a Tom Clancy thriller.

    All in all, this story is a beautiful, thoughtful, and thrilling read, a tale whose messages and views on both traditional and controversial topics will stay with the reader long after the book is put down. It is a story which may well move the reader to tears.

Dimitri - (Editor of Vol. #3)



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