Bernard Rossi was born in Frankston and lived there until he joined the Royal Australian Air Force at 20 years of age. He spent 11 years in the RAAF as an engine fitter working with the Roulettes and on F111s before owning and operating his own business. Bernard has worked in mines and hotels and has spent time in the Public Service. He has been writing in one form or another for almost thirty years and has had a number of short stories and poems published and is now concentrating on his books. Bernard still works full time as a manager in an IT area but is spending more and more time concentrating on a career as a writer.
want to tell you about the incident, in fact I need to tell you, but how much I
dare tell you I still donít know. Until recently
I still shiver when I think about what really happened but donít get me
wrong, Jackís really just an ordinary guy day to day and to emphasise this I
guess I should give you some background before telling you the story.
joined the forces at a young age, around twenty years old. Prior to this he had
been a lost soul, his own words, drifting from job to job and relationship to
relationship. Some things have changed, some havenít. Jack was not only
learning to be a soldier and honing some hand skills that would prove vital in
years to come, but he was also developing the people skills that would help lead
him into the situation I want to tell you about.
Even back then he was a risk taker and maybe that led in part to the tale
I shall share later. Jack was very strong willed and didnít allow others to
stand over him, and yet he was extremely popular and successful in an
environment that thrived on discipline and ensuring people did exactly what they
were told. I donít want to dwell on this area as although his service career
partly shaped the events that would later take place it really doesnít give
you an idea of the real Jack.
do I describe him? Huh, thatís a tough one. Jack takes full responsibility for
what happens to him throughout his life, never blaming others for any misfortune
that befalls him. He has total control of his future. The most optimistic person
you will ever meet, and this in part explains his total preoccupation with being
positive. Again, this may in some way have led to the events that were to
follow. The major point you need to know is that he has a mind so strong that
even now it is hard for me to imagine, and he believes that if you control your
own mind you can achieve anything, and as you read on you will see he really
does mean anything. Maybe at some point that changed to everything but only he
knows that for sure. He also has this amazing ability to influence those around
him and that was in essence what started the ball rolling right back there in
the beginning. Sadly, his energetic mind which proved to be his greatest
strength may also be his major weakness.
Jack believes the human mind is so strong that we could in fact heal our
own illnesses and injuries purely through the thought process, if only we knew
how to use it. He is living proof of this according to his doctors, if you can
believe what a doctor tells you, especially when theyíre not being paid.
Further to this point, many of the diseases that have plagued our species over
the centuries were really more in the mind than physical in his opinion, and who
is to say for sure that he is wrong? Imagine if we could heal cancer by merely
willing it to be gone!! Is it possible? I donít know, youíd have to ask Jack
but maybe you will be closer to being a believer by the time you have read my
I would now add that when someone has the power to use their mind to such
an extent they also must be able to control it.
Physical appearance you will come to work out for yourself; although in
some way he may be there assisting you and you may feel him watching through
your own eyes as you read my account of what took place. You may also wonder
whether it will ever be possible to see the world in the same light again. If
you are not prepared to have your long held beliefs challenged by the events
that take place in this book then perhaps it is time to swap this book for a
romance novel, slide your feet into your furry slippers and curl up nice and
snug in your safe little bed.
I have somewhat recovered from those chilling events, and be sure I was
very much a part of them, yet I wonder whether he may still be with me in some
form and I guess only time will tell, but undoubtedly his influence lingers on.
Donít get me wrong as you read my preamble, I do not blame Jack for the
events that occurred, he was merely a victim of circumstance who reacted in a
way that was dictated by his own beliefs. A
chain of events that could not possibly have been predicted and therefore could
not easily be avoided. Sure mistakes were made by many people but isnít that
always the case?
There are things that go on in Jackís head that he doesnít share with
anyone, of that I am sure. Things that he dare not even share with his wife,
although he talked many times of getting them down on paper so others can hear
about what he feels and the things that he enjoys and finds important. Maybe one
day that will be vital information for an up and coming scientist who thinks he
can make a name for himself.
I can tell you that he loves life and he believes that if you enjoy
something then you should do it regardless of rules and laws that might
otherwise constrain us. His only proviso to this is always that no-one should be
hurt, other than himself. This may be hard to believe when you hear my story,
but above all else start by believing this; Jack never meant to hurt anyone.
I guess you know enough about Jack Firebrace for me to start now, and
Jackís thoughts on the power of his mind is where it all started. As we take
this treacherous journey through a tale, that even now is not clear in my mind,
I will attempt to fill in any gaps that I may have overlooked about Jack. As to
travel through this with only part of the information could leave you scarred
Iím not sure even now just how much I can risk telling you for your own
sake and your own sanity but I must say right now that if you choose to read on
you do so at your own risk. You will experience some moments of sheer joy and
you may be moved at times to believe anything is possible, but you will also
find yourself staring at the depths of human behaviour and I pray that your mind
is strong enough to find the truth in all this. By that I do not mean that there
are things in this book that are not written as they happened or as they have
been relayed to me but for every individual there is a limit to what their own
mind will accept as reality.
How open and prepared to accept reality is your mind?
I have stalled long enough, so let us go back to the where things began
to happen. God, give me strength to finish that which I have started.
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