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Writers Inspiring Change book review: Rainforest Shaman, by W. Bradford Swift

Updated: Apr 2

Rainforest Shaman, A Zak Bates Eco-Adventure Young Adult Spinoff, by W. Bradford Swift, is a young-adult story, spiced with an element of fantasy, a story which conveys a critical message about why we must protect the Amazonian rainforest from the utter decimation at the hands of greedy, self-interested corporations who are harvesting its natural resources by destroying this eco-system. This book has several storylines which eventually converge in the end. The author eloquently paints with words, making us feel the magic, the beauty, and the majesty of the Amazon. We sense the smells, the abundance of life that echoes within, and we feel the utter dismay at the sight of corporate hogs ripping into this vital part of Earth's domain and tearing out its very heart. Without giving away any part of the story, the reader will find something or someone to identify with; whether it is the desperation of a young man seeking the help of the Rainforest Shaman to cure him of his cancer; or the young Iya, a coming-of-age girl living amidst the Amazon who is passionate about protecting her home; or a magical cat, the last of its kind, who is the guardian of all Earth's creatures. We look forward to seeing more in this series, and of course, its vital message in raising awareness about the tragedy within the Amazon.

Review by International Writers Inspiring Change

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About W. Bradford Swift

Dr. Brad Swift writes fantasy and science fiction under the two pen names of W. Bradford Swift (children and young adults) and Orrin Jason Bradford (for adults). Much of his time is spent these days writing visionary fiction for children and young adults to inspire them to become joyful lifelong readers by introducing them to the pure pleasure of reading. Swift believes reading for pleasure stretches the imagination of young readers in ways that TV, movies, or video games do not. He also loves to encourage young people to write their own stories, knowing that some of them will grow into the world’s future authors as he did.

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Swift became an avid reader of fantasy and science fiction as an eleven-year-old boy when his next-door neighbor, Ms. Crabtree, a children's librarian, took pity on his single-parent mom. Bored out of his gourd with no one to play with but his mom, he drove her crazy until Mrs. Crabtree brought home a stack of books she knew would hook a young boy's imagination. It worked. He has been an avid reader ever since, and for the past three decades an author as well. But it took an impulse buy that led him to start writing.

One day in 1984, Swift strolled into an Apple Store and walked out a proud owner of a new Macintosh computer and printer. By Monday, he had a good case of buyer’s remorse as he agonized over my impulsive purchase. To justify this expensive toy, he decided it had to be a “sign”—time to start writing. He had toyed with the idea for years, but one look at the credit card statement alerted him to the time was NOW! The fuse for a new passion and career in writing was lit.

Since that first spark, Swift has worn out several different Apple computers as he has enjoyed a ‘combo career’ as a writer and life coach resulting in:

• 30 years of professional writing experience

• Published over 2 dozen books

• Contributed to dozens of national and international magazines

• Over three decades of coaching including 20-plus years as a Life On Purpose Coach and leading transformational programs for Landmark Education (now Landmark Worldwide).

He continues this combo career as an author and Write On Purpose Coaching empowering aspiring authors to move from one day wanting to write to moving forward today and without needing to suffer from buyer’s remorse.

Swift lives in the “Paradise Found” of the North Carolina mountains with his wife and a menagerie of four-legged family members.


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