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  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion (6 Jan. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091887755
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091887759
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 456,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Do you love the joy of a good thriller that gets your blood pumping and your mind racing? I'm inviting you to join me on the wild adventure that is my novel Ludwig--A Spiritual Thriller. It explores the terrifying realm of the multiple personality that was Beethoven. It exposes conspiracies fashioned hundreds of years ago by men in elitist societies who were intent upon manipulating world events to their own ends and destroying human freedom. They still are to this day. What can I tell you about Beethoven himself? How do I talk about Ludwig who obsessed my own life, demanding that I turn completely away from my own life to tell his tale?

HERE'S HOW IT BEGINS
In a peasant's cottage outside Vienna, an old woman presents a man named Michael with a parcel. The parcel contains a manuscript. From the moment he takes possession of it, Michael embarks upon a life-threatening journey. For the manuscript carries the devastating power of the spirit of Ludwig van Beethoven and of the Illuminati, who attempted to use him in the way today's corporate controls attempt to manipulate all of us destroying the planet in the process. At once disturbing, dark, brooding and gripping, Ludwig is a spiritual thriller powerful enough to leave you haunted by its spirit and uplifted by the truths it tells.

MAN OF INTEGRITY
Michael is a much-decorated Special Forces leader. He's led actions in Indo-China. He's directed covert operations in Central America for the CIA. A tough idealist, he turned his back on the glamorous world of the American Samurai when he discovered how corrupt the causes to which he had pledged his life had become, and how powerless he was to change things. What he cannot know, until the old woman hands him the manuscript, is that this gift--which he wants nothing to do with--will not let him ignore him. What he does not know yet is that he is about to do battle with a life-changing challenge--a power far greater than any he once faced in the killing fields. The novel takes you back to the final ravaged days of Beethoven's life. We learn that Michael is not alone in being haunted by Ludwig and by the controllers who are attempting direct his life and take over his music.

MY EXPERIENCE WRITING
The first inkling I had that I would become obsessed with Ludwig had come decades earlier in a dream. I dreamed I was standing in the midst of a magnificent garden--like a garden in one of those fabulous Persian miniatures, it was filled with a myriad of flowers and trees covered with blossoms in luminous colors. There was a great pond in the midst of the garden and Beethoven's music was playing. It was nothing of his I had heard before, and yet I knew that it was Beethoven. I stood in the garden enraptured by the colors and the sounds. As the music reached a crescendo, the trees and flowers, fruits and sky became transfigured with light. The hand of God--as in the God of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel--came down from the heavens, its index finger touching the center of the pond, sending ever-increasing circles outwards. It was more than I could bear. I closed my eyes and put my hands over my ears. When, moments later as the music began to descend from its climax, I removed them and opened my eyes, the garden was returning to its previous colors and state. A voice within told me, "It's all right--the next time such beauty comes you will be able to bear its beauty." That was all. The dream had occurred in my mid-twenties. I had no idea what it meant. All I knew was that it was some kind of a blessing. I felt as though something fundamental had shifted in my life because of it.

THE CALL COMES
For many years I forgot about the dream and immersed myself in earning a living, writing books, making films for television and doing all the other things we all do every day, when the responsibilities of a householder sit heavily on our shoulders. Then, many years later, the dream came back to me, and with it a strange imperative from within: You MUST put everything aside to write a novel about Beethoven.

I had never written fiction, not even dared to dream that I could. The thought terrified me. Having raised four children on my own, I had spent a lot of my time earning a living. I began to research the novel, but soon realized there was no way I could write it unless I gave up my work in the media and stopped earning a living during whatever time it would take to write it. Many of us stop ourselves from daring to do what we want to do most with the excuse that the only thing that is stopping us is lack of money. That was my excuse. It was only when I found myself in the position of having enough money to not have to work for four years, that I discovered that it's not a lack of money that stops us, but a deep unwillingness to embrace the absolute freedom of choice we all have.

FEAR OF FREEDOM
Until this point, I had been able to see myself as a conscientious and caring mother willing to sacrifice her own desires to earn a living and care for her children. Suddenly I found this was no longer necessary. I had all the material resources I needed to do exactly what I wanted. Just as the beauty in the dream had seemed overwhelming to me, I found this newfound freedom terrifying.

During the years that followed I learned a lot about patience and humility. I learned that I was nothing--I am nothing--can do nothing of myself. Yet out of that nothingness, I experienced new realities being born. During the next five years, so many internal events occurred that it would be impossible to speak of them all.
Many of them went into creating the novel itself. I learned to accept that no matter how irrational all of this seemed to me, or how difficult and lacking in self-belief I felt, I was relentlessly driven by some wild inner passion to finish the book--never knowing from one day to the next if I was capable of doing so.

ORDER OUT OF CHAOS
Then one day the novel was finished. I felt like someone who had come back from the dead--a caterpillar who had wrapped itself within a cocoon and watched while its body was dissolved into a white gel, only to be reformed again into a butterfly. What did I find out from all this? I learned that there is the most incredible unseen order that regulates all our lives. Even when we perceive ourselves to be in total chaos, it is always present, always guiding us. Within such order lies a love and compassion that goes far beyond kindness. It can lead us into new worlds--realms of knowing what is right and necessary from one moment to the next. Ludwig is a gripping story of one man's dramatic struggle with the spirit of what I call the godpower--a struggle to become not just a hero in form but a hero in truth. This was also my own struggle. I believe it is the struggle each one of us faces in our own way. It may be that making a choice to embrace the struggle is what turns us from caterpillars into butterflies.

Please pick up a copy of Ludwig--A Spiritual Thriller. It's available on Amazon in paperback and as an e-book. Do read it. I'd love to hear from you personally about your experience of the book. I'd also love for you to write a review of it on Amazon for me if you will.

Here's some of what the media has said about the book:

"Giddy stuff, well marshalled with a kind of ingenuous passion for ultimates and the welfare of the planet." OBSERVER
Jennifer Selway

Ludwig is a very clever thriller about unseen puppet masters and secret societies not unlike Umberto Eco's Foucault's Pendulum though without all the prosaic mumbo jumbo."
YOU MAGAZINE
James McHale

"A spiritual thriller where the fiery creative spirit of Beethoven struggles with the forces of material powers. Stirring and compelling...Read relish and enjoy..."
William Horwood

"An intriguing tale of the occult; a modern day CIA agent turned journalist confronts the forces of evil unleashed by 18th century secret societies and embodied in the music of Beethoven. Ludwig is a musically well-informed psycho-spiritual odyssey which combines the world of science fiction with Iris Murdoch in one of her wilder modes. Happy reading!"
CLASSICAL MUSIC

"It is an eclectic read, with topics ranging from descriptions of Beethoven's haunting work to illuminati 'men in black' to intrigue and forbidden passion... and beyond! "
GOOGLE BOOKS

MEDIA QUOTES ABOUT LESLIE KENTON

"Leslie Kenton is the Dalai Lama of the beauty business...her creed goes like this, 'If you're doing what's right for you, you'll continuously unfold and become more healthy and more beautiful. It's a process not a state."

LOS ANGELES TIMES

"A pioneering authority on alternative health and beauty, Leslie Kenton is one of life's natural leaders."
YOU MAGAZINE LONDON

"If there is one health expert who can genuinely be described as pioneering and visionary, it's Leslie Kenton."
TIME OUT LONDON

"Anything she promises, she fulfils. She does it, lives it and writes it"
SUNDAY INDEPENDENT DUBLIN


"In her chosen field - a super-fertilized literary pasture on healthy eating, rejuvenation and exercise - Ms Kenton reigns supreme"
THE TIMES LONDON

"She's the source that everyone reads and quotes, a one-woman Wall Street of well being."

"One expects a certain vivid attractiveness from the world's leading expert on health and beauty, but Kenton's inner glow and luminosity are nothing less than stunning."
JAPAN TIMES TOKYO


"She's blond, beautiful and sexy."
THE SUN LONDON

"In the glitzy, glamour world of fashion and health, Leslie Kenton is like a breath of fresh air."
SYDNEY STAR OBSERVER

"She's The High Priestess of New Age Health and Beauty"
INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY LONDON

"Leslie is the guru of ageless aging."
THE TIMES LONDON


"Leslie Kenton is remarkably persuasive. Not only is her writing packed with scientific andmedical references...she knows what she's talking about."
INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY LONDON


"She's a genuine free spirit...Kenton's message is as non-confronting as her flowing blond hair and cornflower blue eyes."
SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

"Long before the rest of the world began to take an open-minded look at different cultures and alternative therapies, Leslie Kenton was exploring philosophies which would challenge and change the way we eat, think and behave."
FINANCIAL TIMES LONDON


"Britain's leading health and beauty expert...Leslie is an advertisement for her own fitness philosophy"
THE MAIL ON SUNDAY LONDON

"First she was a prophet crying in the wilderness about all things healthy and organic. Then she was acclaimed as a pioneer. Now she's a revolutionary urging women to build a bridge between bodies and souls. And aways she has star quality."
SUNDAY INDEPENDENT DUBLIN

"Leslie is the enduring high priestess of health and beauty."
SYDNEY MORNING HERALD



Product Description

Book Description

The mass market edition of the life-changing book that reveals how to beat the body's predisposition towards heart disease, diabetes, early ageing and weight gain

From the Back Cover

ENTER THE X FACTOR...

You have the power to shed fat permanently - beginning with your next meal.

This book can change your life forever:

- Forget calorie counting

- Optimise your health

- Banish cravings

- Boost energy

- Develop a firm, sleek body

- Slow ageing

A recently discovered group of metabolic disorders known as Syndrome X has spawned obesity on a scale never seen before. Also known as insulin resistance syndrome, it predisposes us to high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and early ageing. It also lowers our energy levels, makes us fat, and keeps us that way.

The major culprit is the high-carb/low-fat diet we have been urged to follow, which is completely at odds with the diet of plants, protein and omega-3 fats that the human body has evolved to cope with.

Leslie Kenton's scientifically backed The X Factor Diet restores normal weight naturally - without pills, without hunger and without hardship - while simultaneously overcoming the health hazards that excess weight brings in its wake. You'll be amazed at how quickly your body changes and how soon you'll be enjoying permanent weight loss, boundless energy and a leaner, healthier body.

Inside you will find:

- Two fat-loss programmes

- Delicious recipes and easy meal plans

- Foolproof guide to kick-start your diet

- Fast-track supplements and exercise guide

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Jan. 2002
Format: Paperback
This diet is working well for me. Leslie Kenton's book takes a lot of reading and it would benefit from an 'idiots' guide' section on exactly what to do, rather than the somewhat unclear section in the middle of the book that is surrounded by all sorts of other things. However, if you are willing to give the book time and thought to absorb it properly it is packed with information that is very enlightening. Following this method is allowing me to shed 3 stone and I feel marvellous on it. It does work. I have more energy, a clear head, a happy spirit and feel 100% better than I did before I was eating this way. I no longer have the dips in energy or the craving for bread, cake, crisps etc that I could get before. It has freed me from those intermittent but ever-recurring enslavements to eating for the sake of eating. It's not hard either. Once I had understood the principles and worked it through it was easy to integrate this way of eating into my life. A little bit of planning the night before for packed lunches is the most it takes really.
I love the fact that I am shedding stones, feeling good, and I don't have to suffer to get these benefits. This way of eating feels right to me.
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106 of 108 people found the following review helpful By jvoigt1052@aol.com on 21 Feb. 2002
Format: Paperback
I am a Kenton fan, my bookshelf proves it. I read the book in one go and hated it. It appeared to contradict everything I thought Leslie Kenton believes in with regards to health and food.
And then I tried it, basically only because of my high regard for the author. The result is outstanding. I sleep 2 hours less than before (honest), I have a huge amount of energy, my skin has cleared up, I started excercising for the first time in 15 years (weightlifting!), I have lost all my cravings for sweets and junk food. My friends admire my willpower but I don't need willpower at all. I just don't want the stuff. I found that I don't spend more money on food either. And yes, I just put my old trouser away. I cannot wear them anymore, they are too big. If you try this diet, please do read through it carefully. The only time I got into trouble was when I thought I know better. For example, I did not use the Ketosticks first of all. Not a good idea as I was burning too much fat and it made me feel ill. And this is not another Atkins diet, I tried that one and failed miserably. This is about regulating your blood sugar level and getting your insulin production back to normal. So, I continue to say bye-bye to my excess pounds and bye-bye to cravings and hunger!
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Feb. 2002
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Having seen a review of this book in a Sunday newspaper and recognising myself in the description of who it was suitable for, I sent off for it immediately. I began Ketogenics just after Christmas and have lost 14lb in seven weeks. But even better than that, I feel full of energy and vitality. I eat good quality organic meat, fish and chicken, organic veg and a small amount of dairy and drink 3l water a day - I only eat when I'm hungry and no longer have cravings for chocolate and biscuits as I used to do. This isn't a diet, it is a way of eating for life. It may not be suitable for everyone but anyone who feels sluggish after eating a meal high in carbohydrates and is constantly craving food should give it a go.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Oct. 2003
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The Atkins diet never seemed healthy to me as it banned fruit and encouaged high fat foods - how sensible if that?? I've been following this X-factor diet for 4 months, and have lost over 10 kilos - and feel great. This is a diet that really works...
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 May 2002
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I tried this diet with the usual sinking feeling of, 'here we go again'. Not the most enthusiastic or positive way to start a new way of eating. I felt like this because I have tried so many plans (including Atkins) and very quickly began to crave whatever I had cut out or felt ill.
The X Factor diet was a completely new experience for me. I felt better than I have ever done before, dieting or not dieting. The bonus being that I lost several pounds very quickly. Yes, you can eat cream, cheese etc on Atkins and, for me, that made me feel nauseous and weak. Yes, this diet can be expensive but what price health and feeling good? It is worth the sacrifice to feel energetic, healthy and lose weight.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SH on 1 May 2009
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Having tried and had success with Atkins several years ago I was very interested to see how and why Leslie Kenton would recommend a low carb diet. I found this book full of useful research to support the eating regime and was also encouraged to find Kenton supports a ketogenic diet, which many books talking about insulin resistence etc do not. Intinctively I know that a low carb diet is good for me - I lose weight and feel great provided I don't go too low with the carbs. And it is great to see this style of eating supported by someone as health conscious and well-informed as Kenton. Too many people critisize low carb dieting without being fully informed and think it is just about eating fatty meat and nothing healthy. This book shows that is not the case.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By jude.theobscure@virgin.net on 4 Feb. 2002
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It's a high protein, good fats and very low carb diet for the fatties who have to do Ketogenics, more carbs for the Insulin Balance people. It works on the principle of giving your body nothing to produce insulin for (carbs) and then your body has to burn all that stored fat, thereby losing weight in a guaranteed way at 2 lbs per week until it's all gone. I've done it for 6 days now and feel very ill despite drinking the compulsory 2l of water per day: headache, nausea, mental confusion and I never want to look at another protein, despite newly reorganised life around NO CARBS (except the few you get off some light saladings, a few veg and very few fruits). It probably needs medical supervision but I know my GP would rule out the diet immediately. What does a fat girl do? Wait for Leslie's next book. I buy them all, all saying something slightly different. The book is the first realistic one about how to burn fat, but how to live this way without a support group which Dr Atkins' Diet does have in the USA? She says it's safe but I feel ill.
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