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

Updated: Apr 2


Deep in the heart of the Ecuadorian rainforest dwell the Achuar tribes-people. Far removed from modernity, they live in symbiosis with the Amazon, honoring Earth and its splendors.

Amongst them is an unlikely hero who harbors a supernatural secret . . .

Still, under the care of her grandparents, Iya wishes to part with her people. She finds herself drawn to civilization but only as a means to an end: a happy end for Mother Nature and, by extension, the Achuar.

Yet, when Iya’s grandfather, Ompa, the village shaman, makes an announcement, these dreams are soon obscured.

Meanwhile, a continent away, Zak Bates’ brother, Luk, has been diagnosed with colon cancer, and despite his father’s protestations, he seeks a natural treatment plan. Thus, along with his girlfriend, Steffy, he ventures south for shamanic aid, oblivious to what awaits—a powerful convergence.

Delivering aid to Amazonian clients, Zak and his Eco-Adventure Team soon meet their match in Consolidated Enterprises. This mega-corporation proves the definition of destructive, and taking them on will call for new friends . . . and maybe some ancient magic.

An extension of the Zak Bates Eco-Adventure Series, Rainforest Shaman is Book I of the Eagle and the Condor Trilogy.

Melding entertainment and a rich environmental message, W. Bradford Swift presents the perfect form of escapist joy—the kind that invites his readers to co-imagine a brighter future.

More books by W. Bradford Swift

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.

Claim your free audiobook and ebook copy of Dominion Over All (book one of the Zak Bates Eco-adventure series at or scroll down on that page for your copy of Free Form: Crash, the long-awaited prequel to the FreeForm Series

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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