Clay Durward has always been able to read the minds of young children. When he is asked to protect a six year old boy, he learns the child carries the spirit of a ten thousand year old energy locked in his subconscious. In trying to help his ward, Clay finds himself embroiled in a civil war between two factions of Ancient Egyptian deities fighting out their rivalry among the darkest streets in America’s crumbling cities.
This revolutionary science fiction series enthralls your imagination by introducing urban culture into the realms of ancient mythology and taking you on a mind blowing adventure into your own consciousness. Among the Veils sets the foreground in which order versus chaos is taken beyond your average sci-fi book. Your mind and spirit will escape to a place outside of time. Find yourself captivated as you read, enjoy the musical soundtrack, and connect with the author by identifying the characters you imagined to the spectacular art work designed especially for Among the Veils.
"I finished the book and picked it up immediately to start again. I'm telling my students: 'Come and get your soul food!'"
—Brandon Jones, Advisor Oak Grove High School
"Engaging, culturally congruent story-telling… the novel reads easily from start to finish and appeals to readers across demographics. A must read for all school children, educators, social workers, youth organizers and those interested in how science, spirituality and the future of our children intersect."
— Jason Gee, MSW, PPSC City and County Of San Francisco
"A wild ride, filled with unforgettable characters and quick twists of fate and plot. A new writer not to be missed!"
— Rick Isaacson, Professor San Francisco State University, Author 'The Magic Museum'
"I'm recommending this book to all of my fellow students. Its gripping plot, and exemplary use of language, will captivate audiences from 14 - 41."
— Kevin Washington, Vice President San Jose Silicon Valley Youth Council
"Among the Veils is the kind of book that makes you lose track of time. There's a magic to it that will leave you searching through your daily life for for hidden worlds, lost symbols, and the bonds that turn friends into family."
— Anne Diaz, Director of Product Research Causes.com
"Brillant is an overused word, but appropriate for this story. Bret is an exceptionally talented writer and clever speaker. I'm sure he relates to Clay's character because Bret is also connected to the minds of the youth and has an unwavering passion for helping them....even if it means putting himself at risk among the darkest streets of America"
— Enitan Bereola II, Author 'Bereolaesque'
Like a lot of other people, I’m saddened, I’m shocked, and I got tears running down my face right now. All my love goes out to his immediate family, as well as his LSN family. The world has lost a titan today.
If there’s a reason most any of you know me, there’s a 99% chance it’s due to Reggie “Combat Jack” Osse. I went from being a fan of his writing, to doing graphics for his Daily Mathematics blog, to creating logos for the Combat Jack show, the Loud Speakers Network, and most popularly making showbills, our name for the flyers we created for the different guests.From the beginning, I listened along religiously every week to TCJS - those who know remember when the crew of Dallas Penn, Premium Pete, DJ Benhameen, Matt Raz, and Just Blaze (with occasional appearances by Chris Morrow) were the nucleus of the show.
I don’t know if I can convey how important the showbills were (and are) for me. It was a weekly adventure to make something new and interesting and - most importantly - something that would make Combat react positively. That was always the goal. If I could get Combat to get fired up behind it, I would feel good. And if I could make the show look good, so much the better.
To have this guy allow me to be part of that, in any small way I could, with the art I created… it was an honor. I can say truly, it’s the body of work I’m most proud of to this very day.
Because of Combat, I got to meet great people IRL - including the man himself. I got to link up with other internets like Jaislayer and LP. I’ve gotten to work with some great indie artists, as well as gotten some shots with the majors. They didn’t pan out, but I always appreciated that CJ would even recommend me. He didn’t have to. He had plenty of talent around him.
And those hip-hop variant covers? They wouldn’t exist without Combat. Period. The ONLY reason I got my shot is from Chris Robinson, now editor at Marvel Comics, seeing the showbills and being into my work. Combat made a life-long dream of mine come true. And as he always said, “dream those dreams…”
A lot of people have listened to that Black Thought freestyle, and those in the know knew what that “this shit for Combat” line meant. And as I listened to it, I thought, I can’t wait for him to get back on his feet. I can’t wait to hear him back on the podcast. I can’t wait to hear what the next season of “Mogul” will be.
The quote in the title of this post, if you might not know, is from The Roots song, “Can’t Stop This.” It’s a track from album “Game Theory” in which the group mourns the loss of their friend J Dilla, which seems (very unfortunately) particularly appropriate now. And if you know from the early days of the show, one of the sayings was, “it doesn’t ever stop.” Reggie Osse might be gone in the physical form, but he has birthed many lives that will continue on. Energy is never created nor destroyed, it is only redirected. If any of us who have been touched by his life take anything moving forward, it should be to use his energy, his drive, his passion, and his intellect in a way that honors his memory.
Rest in Power, Combat. Thank you for everything.
Ill get over this by 2024