That clash of Freedom vs. Chaos.
Personal Rights vs. Oppressive Rulers.
Love vs. Hate.
His writing touches on both the beauty and the ugly of Life as he knifes through hate vs. love, emotion and universal oppression with a precision that reveals a power never before envisioned.
Attacked in mind and body: Will Once-Other go insane or will he win the battle of both mind and body? And when the inevitable war comes, can the strangest of all Ultimate Weapons of Mass Destruction bring them victory despite the odds against it?
In Once-Other Lawrence M. Nysschens has wound an intriguing mixture of personal struggle and oppression. His ideas are unique, and his style keeps the pages turning:
Immigrants from Earth settled a distant desert world. Is this the utopia Earth so longed for?
But these colonists will soon fight a War of Independence against their Mother Planet.
Failure and defeat are not options. Slavery would be its price. Who will win? Who will die?
Live by Neatness alone
They added new and practical ideas to it so that it would never be lost again. Some think of it as a Weaponized Constitution for it lays into the hands of the People the power and full control of their political lives.
Later, they fought Earth in their First War of Independence. Now they fight a Second War for Independence but political betrayal runs rife, driven by greed.
Can Once-Other as a simple soldier of this strange and unique war make a difference?
They call their world Here-Born and Earth is Earth-Born. Their first approach is one on one as they offer their new ways and ideas to tourists from Earth.
But this new tourist has a strange and deadly control over Once-Other. Will Once-Other go insane or will he win the battle in both mind and body? And when the war does come, can their Ultimate Weapon of Mass Destruction give them victory despite the odds against it? A story filled with action, new political ideas, unique characters, and played out across the sand and rocks of a desert world.
Then the war spills over to Earth-Born and the final showdown between an all controlling Government and those who love freedom comes down to the strangest weapon Mankind has ever created. And this weapon is more powerful than planet-busting nuclear bombs. And when the dust begins to settle one discovers a new perspective for life here on Earth.
"A novel with powerful spiritual undertones, Once-Other by Lawrence M. Nysschens presents man's pain in loss, his battles, both spiritual and physical, and his journey to conquering fear and embracing himself. Set in the symbolic regions of the desert -- and I couldn't help reflecting on the deserts of our souls as I read on -- the reader is introduced to Once-Other, a man whose life seems to be in disarray because of his ex-wife's control over their son. Besides his personal struggles, he is engaged in a peculiar war to achieve freedom for his people in the Here-Born. The story unveils dread truths about a spiritual journey of the warrior towards self-realization and growth. Once-Other's battle, his greatest battle, is with himself, the battle to unlock his full potential by conquering his inner demons and fears..." Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite 5 Stars