October 9, 2012 by bernibus
Review Of The Legend Of Kokobono
By “expressyourselfbooks” (Amazon)
5.0 out of 5 stars Is it live, or is it Memorex? March 6, 2003
Is it live or is it Memorex? A few years back, that was the hook line on a television commercial for a company that sold blank cassette tapes. The viewer watched Ella Fitzgerald belt out an extremely high note, which caused a wine glass to shatter. Or so we thought that was what we were watching. Apparently a Memorex tape replayed her voice the whole time — to say that their cassette tapes sounded just like the real thing. I had a similar reaction while reading “The Legend of Kokobono.”
Let me get something straight before I continue. The actual legend of Kokobono sounds like fiction. There is an island called Lialah,, a mysterious food ingredient termed Shee, a group who became the family Soon, and of course Kokobono. In order to influence many civilizations, Kokobono personifies himself through the power of facial and bodily transformation to interact with different cultures. Now he needs someone to record his stories.
An alias John Smith tracks down Charles Steed, the author, to write a book about Kokobono’s experiences. Just imagine putting yourself in Charles’ shoes, and that’s when the story starts to sound like the truth. Like me, Charles doesn’t believe the legend. Several conversations transpire to convince him that this mission is his purpose. At the very point Charles questions certain things, the very same questions arise in my mind. You know the saying, “Took the words right out of my mouth,” Well, that’s exactly what happens. By the end of the “Talent Scouts,” Charles eagerly agrees to be the messenger. I then begin to think to myself, “Is this truth, or is it fiction?”
Charles Steed “transcribes” the conversations, and two of Kokobono’s stories with vivid realism. His words swept me into my subconscious events which seemed so far fetched that they just could be true. Mark Twain’s quote — “Truth is stranger that fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn’t.”- describes his style of writing exactly. I recommend “The Legend of Kokobono” to those who might want to read about reality adventures, instead of watching them on TV.
5.0 out of 5 stars Stranger Than Fiction February 26, 2004
By Bernie Moser The Book Gourmet
In the fall of 1997, Charles Steed, a self-published real estate author, was contacted by an unusual man calling himself John Smith. Steed was asked to document a body of work, which was described at the time as “true mythology.” This contact was to mark the first in a long series of exchanges between the two men that have ultimately produced a book titled, The Legend of Kokobono.
According to the book, Smith is a representative from an ancient colony of people called the Soon. The ancestry of this colony apparently dates back long before the birth of Christ. The mission of the Soon is to provide “enlightenment to the fifth generation of humanity.” And, here is where it starts to get pretty outlandish; Smith or Kokobono (it’s sometimes hard to tell one from the other) has been living among the people of the world for several thousand years.
Steed balks at this claim. But Smith is persistent and goes on to make a compelling case for the many miracles humans have a natural yet unrealized talent for, among them, the ability to experience an almost eternal longevity – and according to Smith, this extended life can be achieved by anyone with the proper faith and understanding of the true nature of humanity.
The book is divided into several sections. The first is titled, Talent Scouts and documents the many meetings between the mysterious John Smith and the dubious author. One could almost call it a gradual seduction – not in the traditional sense, but one where Smith actually convinces Steed that he (Smith) is, in fact, an ancient representative of an extraordinary race of people. As a reader, I first found myself enthusiastically concurring with Steed – that Smith was some sort of nutcase. However, as the story progressed, and despite some of the incredible claims being made, Steed began to actually believe Smith, and eventually, so did I.
The agreement between the two men was that Steed is to transcribe various accounts of Kokobono’s influence on people and illustrate how this one man has served to subtly influence the human race in a positive way. The stories are to be dictated to Steed in rough form by Smith and then made into printed books. These stories are nothing short of inspirational page-turners. Steed certainly hits the mark with his light, compelling style in relating touching and compassionate examples of the human experience. He is a natural storyteller.
The first of the tales demonstrates the influence of Kokobono on the black slaves of a particular plantation in Georgia during the years leading to the Civil War. Not only does Kokobono show these people that they can only be the subjects of tyranny if they allow themselves to be, his influence on the slave owners is magical as well.
Another of the stories reveals how this remarkable man, through the use of common sense, parables, science, and a lot of love, saves the life of an obese woman desperately lacking in self-esteem and a will to live. There is also an incredible dialog between Smith and Steed describing some fascinating technology that might easily be introduced into contemporary society saving billions, if not trillions of dollars. I’ve read this section at least a dozen times and wish I could put it into the hands of every engineer and scientist in the country.
Whether The Legend of Kokobono is factual or a well-thought-out hoax, it is sure to leave the reader pondering the many wonderful possibilities.
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