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Kudos, Warning Labels and the Shirtless Guy

The first batch of reader feedback for Ari Barak and the Free-Will Paradox is in, and it's overwhelmingly positive! Feeling really excited about the good vibes! Here's a sample of some reader reactions:

This book is 400 pages long, and I devoured it in about one sitting. Frankly I have a bone to pick with Shaul Behr: because of his outstanding writing, I was forced to neglect my duties as wife and mother for a whole day. Seriously, this book is brilliant! It's funny, it's serious, it's a wild ride, it's thought-provoking, and (did I mention before?) it's completely addictive! Get it, read it, and hope for sequels!

-- Julie I.

This book has a really good science-fiction story that is steeped in the Jewish culture. The story contains excitement and action, and I found it a good read. The ending left me with a smile on my face. On top of this – I found that the book made some very Jewish characters extremely accessible to me (a Christian reader).

-- David M.

A book that will take you through biblical times while engaging you in ideologies about human choices and will power. Set in Israel with Jewish ideologies and with concepts that will engage your thought process, the book will urge you to keep on reading. The book is written in a way that will appeal to (not only) the Jewish and Theology audiences, but to everyone who is imaginative, creative and open minded especially about "life navigation theories". Shaul Behr made sure that through this book, being a scholar of the Jewish faith is as cool as being on a space ship.

-- Nosipho S.

My son is loving it, and he's read a lot of books!

-- D. B.

Now I remember why I don't read fiction books. I picked this one up and I couldn't put it down until the small hours of the morning. You should put a warning label on the cover.

-- Daniel T.

As warning labels go, another one seems to be a possibility:

A lot of people have asked me: "Why is there a shirtless guy on the cover of your book?!"

Well, I had my reasons for choosing him when we were designing the cover, and they are completely innocent! No innuendo here folks, let's move on. Please?

But the fact is, most people don't get to read this disclaimer when they're making their purchase decision, so I can see it might be a little surprising or jarring, particularly to Orthodox Jews.

So now I turn to you, gentle reader, to give me your opinion on the shirtless guy. Please answer the one-question survey here, and help me understand what people really feel about my cover design - because people really do judge a book by its cover.

Thank you for your time!

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