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Mountain Of Death by L W Smith

July 30, 2012

If you have ever wondered what it is like to live in a world, where the norms and standards are totally different from the world you know, then Mountain of Death is the book you want to read.  It is a true portrait of what goes on, on the darker side of life where drugs, prostitution, and stealing are considered career jobs, and it describes the underworld where the code of conduct differs greatly from the social, moral and ethical principles we flaunt in our society.

L W Smith, in his book,Mountain of Death,  exposes how hypocritical and abusive some people become when they attain power in the upper echelons of society.   The main character in the story is Jack, who was born into a family where he was taught how to run the streets, by pick pocketing, playing the numbers, and staying out of the way while his mother went about earning money, the only way she knew how. He pretty much raised himself, until a woman with the real desire to become a “woman” took him under her arms and taught him how to survive in the streets.  She introduced him into her world and offered him the protection he needed to grow and thrive in his environment.

Mountain of Death is the beginning of a series that points out the hypocrisies in our world.

Jack is that ever-loving criminal mind,

  • Who hates working a nine to five job,
  • Who has occasional sex with the female of his choice, when the need in him arises,
  • And yet and still, this character provokes a feeling of concern and care for him.

The world he was brought up in––the only world he knows–is the dark side of life.

He is the typical boy, turned man that wants to live a good life. Yet he finds the double standards and morals strange, due to the non-adherence to laws, by people in the upper class segment of the society, who think they have risen above those who are supposed to be governed.

Not having bought into the dream of decency and respect among the upper class, he ironically laughs at the honorable first class citizens waving their flags–as he realizes many of them have sold their souls because of their sordid, immoral, and perverse desires, which are fulfilled at the home of a man, even Jack himself shuns to work for.

His innate sense for fairness, his tenderness for children, and his desire to be his own man keep him from making a mistake many of these well-known and respectable citizens have made––selling their souls to a man with the most sordid, disgusting, and inhumane desires anyone has ever had.

That such immoral and perverse desires run throughout our society need only to be investigated by reading the newspaper to see how many young girls disappear, never to be seen again.  The character, Jack, sees the depraved nature of prominent people, and is sickened at the degradation, these very same people, with their self righteous cry, of the rising crime rates, of the prostitution of children, and of the misuse of women, imposed upon innocent women and girls, when they visit the bars looking for the kind of sordid sex, which can only be bought behind close doors.

L W Smith portrays Jack’s character extremely well as the persona of a man or woman brought up in the streets, who learns quickly that the color of skin does not play a role in the character of a person, and who realizes trust and respect are the key traits for establishing a strong relationship regardless of which side of life you have chosen to follow.

Thus, in comes Slick or by his proper name, Eddy, whom Jack meets with two twins who are looking for a good time to live out their lustful fantasies.  Smith builds concrete pictures about their extended nocturnal visit.  He does not hide behind the banner of decency and portrays the sexual trysts between the four as pure sex, no love involved.   He introduces us to the world in which Jack and Slick live, a world where sex is sex, and the major role of copulation is to ejaculate or achieve the orgasm, whether man or woman. It is the world that denies sexual intimacy as an act of love––that is until Jack meets Grace.

The departure of the twins does not leave the two men unhappy.  Jack and Slick are elated. They can rest and get to know one another.  It is as they were heading home that their third comrade would join them.  Seeing a man being brutally beaten by four men, Jack was outraged at the unfairness he saw taking place, and he and Slick joined in the fight to even out the odds. In comes, Randy, and the Three Musketeers are born.

What happens in Mountain of Death may seem to explicit for some readers, especially if you have not been exposed to this side of life.  The characters in the book are fictional, however, that such things occur more often than we would like to admit is real.  If you have the privilege to become familiarize with the prison system in your country, you will discover the scenes in Smith’s book are remarkably accurate.  They are modest, in comparison to what actually happens behind prison doors.

The language is sometime obscene, the sex, perverse, and the violence, brutal, but again, I say, if you have never associated with people who grew up as babes in street life and would like to know more about their world, then this book is the one you want to read, especially if you are a psychologist, sociologist, psychiatrist, policeman, policewoman, minister, missionary,  nurse, et cetera, and have chosen to nurture those who are not as fortunate as you. This book presents an excellent study of how people from this side of life think, act and react.

Smith does an outstanding job of portraying the dark side of life and even though the language is strong, and the sex scenes extremely picturesque in some chapters, I was able to enter into the story and read a realistic portrayal of how people live in a world where the code of decency has a different meaning.

Would I read the book again?

Yes!  Hiding behind rose colored glasses, or living in a Pollyanna world does not change the fact that these circumstances do exist.

Would I recommend this book as excellent reading? 

Yes! It is a well written book about a side of life so many of us tend to pretend does not exist.

Excellent job, L W Smith!  You have written a book that I hope will find itself in the hands of many who try to reach out to those who are living in a world surrounded by darkness. Your book is not only excellent reading; it is an outstanding psychological study of people in the time period you wrote about, and  for the present time we are living in.

Ciao,

Pat Garcia

Mountain of Death may be obtained at Amazon.de as an EBook.

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9 Comments
  1. Sounds very interesting. Your review is very well done.

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    • Good morning Linnea,
      Thank you and please forgive me for taking so long to respond to your posting. I have had some extremely busy weeks. The book is not only interesting, it is a great study of the other side of life, that many people tend to ignore or don’t know anything about me.
      Once again, thank you for your faithfulness in reading it.
      Ciao,
      Patricia

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  2. Very good review, Patricia! I like the way you promoted it to professionals. Sometimes it is easier to close a blind eye to what happens in societies. This is a real side of life. Learning about it is the only way to help it truly disappear. Thanks Patricia!

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    • My Dear Liz,
      Thank you and please forgive me for taking so long to respond to your commentary. I can only say I have had some extremely busy weeks because my home office flooded during heavy rains. Yes, you are so right. This is a part of society that people do not even want to think about. They see movies on television or in the cinema and think that it cannot be real, but what they are seeing is only a dressed up version of what really happens in life. I love the way L W Smith tells his story. Being an retired policeman, he had seen it all and he knows what he is writing about. If any type of professional in the healthcare system or any religious clerical would like to reach out and help people from this part of society, they need to know what they will be facing, and this book is an excellent source of knowledge for them.
      Thank you once again for your comments and have a great day.
      Ciao,
      Patricia

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  3. Sounds like my kind of book…a real page turner. Nice review.

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    • Good morning Peggy,
      Thank you for your comments and please forgive me for responding so late to them. I was extremely busy because my home office flooded during heavy rains.
      Yes, the book is a page turner. It is very explicit, but it honestly portrays a part of our society that we think does not exist or that we see on television, or in the movies and think it is only on television. I would recommend this book to any professional who would like to help people from that side of society. If you do not know what to expect from them, if you do not know their code of ethics, if you are not aware of their definitions for honesty and integrity, then you will have a hard time helping them to see the necessity to change their own lives.
      L W Smith does an excellent job, because he is a retired policeman that actually saw these things. He had to deal with the dark side of our society every day, and his experience and the way he wrote the book gives it creditibility.
      Thank you once again for your faithfulness in reading my review.
      Ciao,
      Patricia

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  4. Hi Morgen,
    Thanks for the pingback.
    Ciao,
    Patricia

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