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Mack Max Dunstan has played Moses, Marc Anthony, Ben-Hur, President Andrew Jackson, and Long John Silver. He has starred in The Ten Commandments, Ben-Hur, El Cid, 55 Days in Peking, Planet of the Apes, Omega Man, and Soylent Green, to name a few. Sadly, in this age of social media, reality television, and political correctness, today 's generation know him only for his hard right point of views and his outspoken nature.

Mack Dunstan 's Inferno was written as a satirical, fantasy work, where Mr. Dunstan succumbed to Alzheimer s, went through the death process, and descended into hell, where he met victims of his pro-gun policy. Collins was a fan of Mack Dunstan. This manuscript was actually inspired when the author viewed Michael Moore, who challenged Mr. Dunstan in Bowling for Columbine. The author did not support Mr. Moore 's penchant for skewing the facts, or promoting his own agenda, but has acknowledged the filmmaker for providing the inspiration for Mack Dunstan 's Inferno.

Collins was never a fan of filmmaker Michael Moore. In fact he was utterly appalled and disgusted to hear how Mr. Moore accepted the academy award. The American Academy awards were about Gucci shoes, who was wearing what, and who's sleeping with whom. It was never about social issues. Collins never understood how a movie director could become infamous through documentary filmmaking. Only in America

Mack Dunstan 's Inferno began with Mack Dunstan going through and experiencing the death process. As he journeyed, he met Virgil, who guided him through hell, heaven, and eventual illumination. In his journey, Mr. Dunstan met the many victims of his pro-gun policy. Many were Hispanic and African-Americans, all of whom were from the poorer classes. It was in this scenario of the underworld; Mr. Dunstan was confronted with the many sad and tragic stories, leaving him to go through the process of expurgation of guilt, anger, and elimination of the ego.

Mr. Dunstan, however, did meet a lot of celebrities in his journey of the underworld. Some were from the silent era, golden age of cinema, and classic, American TV shows. Mack Dunstan 's Inferno was not only a satire on those who enjoy distinction in the modern era, but a parity, or update, of The Divine Comedy. Within in the perimeters of fiction, Collins satirized and the so-called pillars of the communities and media darlings. He lampooned present actors, dead actors, present/past members of the political and business elite. Therefore, instead of mentioning long, dead ancient figures of history, Collins sketched in Kelsey Grammar, Sally Struthers, or JK Rowlings.

Mack Dunstan 's Inferno does not promote a dogmatic, Christian belief system, but an Eastern point of view. Find out more by reading Mack Dunstan 's Inferno, where sci fi adventure fantasy and religious superstitions will collide.

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TCM_Reviews, September 20, 2011 (view all comments by TCM_Reviews)
You can’t take it with you. When you pass over, all your wealth and possessions are left behind. Unfortunately, what we do take with us is our regrets and our fears.
Max “Mack” Dunstan, famous actor and head of the NRA, finds himself taking a tour of Hell. As he travels he meets the famous and the infamous but probably the ones that are most surprising are the average people who don’t seem to deserve to be in Hell. After all, they were certainly not evil.

Slowly, Mack comes to release that Heaven and Hell are merely labels. Each person merely sees him or herself, their personal reality manifested. If they are stuck in anger and hate or regret and guilt, then their afterlife will reflect that. However, if they choose to let go and rise above these self-judgements then a different world emerges.

I think the journey changes Mack in a meaningful way. He starts off pretty arrogant expecting that Heaven awaits him. He’s lived a good life and feels he has no vices. I don’t think the man has ever really looked below the surface of himself. Complete denial.
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Grady Harp, August 23, 2011 (view all comments by Grady Harp)
A Red Hot Author with a Burning Message, August 23, 2011

Paul Collins is a Canadian author of note. He has not only penned three novels before this one, but he also is a freelance commercial director and a committed activist concerning youth violence. But in this current book, MACK DUNSTAN'S INFERNO he takes a giant step forward, bravely writing a novel about a Dantesque journey into life after death - the consequences versus rewards of how we will spend our eternal days based on our actions in this life. No, this is not a religious drama: quite the opposite. Even though Dante's (and now Paul Collins') Inferno is based on the concept of sinners going to purgatory and then descending to the various rings of hell depending on the seriousness of their earthly life, here it is a tool to expose the life of one who has passed on and the people he meets as he journeys into the underworld.

Paul Collins is intelligent and informed and his comfort with ancient history is very much in the foreground of this book. But let's get there first. A man, Mack Dunstan is on his death bed, dying of Alzheimer's Disease among other things and as he dies he goes through the phases of expurgation as he gradually leaves his corporal being and becomes a spirit that enters the netherland of the afterlife (or continuation of the journey of life as some would prefer). He departs the sterile hospital bed and the doctors and nurses and evaporates into the light - and beyond. Mack Dunstan is leaving life as a movie star who will always be remembered for major roles in the cinema (The Ten Commandments, Planet of the Apes, Ben-Hur, Soylent Green, etc) but has not been a good man: his activities have included heading the NRA (National Rifle Association) and his pro-gun policies were responsible for many needless deaths - as he discovers when Virgil (70 BC - 19 BC), the classical Roman poet, acts as his guide. As he descends into the sulfuric flames and burning lakes he encounters the victims of his 'hobby' (a fact that suggests that these victims were primarily black or latino and poor ). But Collins also take sthis opportunity to insert humor into the novel and this comes through encountering some incongruous fellow travelers in Hades - people including Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, Jack the Ripper, Hugh Heffner, Larry Flynt, Jimmy Swaggert, Pat Robertson, Billy Graham, Marlena Dietrich, Barbra Streisand and on and on.

It doesn't take much detective work to unveil the true 'Mack Dunstan' as at least a takeoff on Charlton Heston. Some readers may have a problem with that - and with other co-habitants on the various circles of the Inferno. But this is freedom of speech at its best. As in any parody it is the truths that surface that makes a book of this nature powerful, Paul Collins has convictions and he has a legion of gun control advocates covering his back. This is a sample of where literature should be taking us right now - now that the media is more focused on entertainment topics than matters that matter.

Grady Harp
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