According to the recently published autobiography of Vermont author White Wolf Von Atzingen, U.S. CIA agents are tracking the lives of selected American youth; their mission: prepare these individuals for nefarious, stealth tasks in foreign and domestic espionage and mayhem. Titled "Shadow Scorpion: Memoirs of an Assassin," the Starksboro, Vt.-based author tells the fantastic story of how he was abducted by the so-called secret government and trained in elite and shadowy methods of assassination.
Readers of Von Atzingen's book may have to suspend their disbelief as they become fully engaged in this true life thriller.
Von Atzingen claims, cover-to-cover, it's all true. In the end, the reader will have to take his word for it to go along for the amazing ride.
Given the first name White Wolf by his post-Woodstock hippy parents homesteading in Pennsylvania, Von Atzingen said he wrote the tell-all book to heal.
"I have lived a life of extreme struggles against all odds with a broken state of
consciousness," he said. "I have survived many trials and experiences that can only be described as a living hell."
In one case, the author reports being poisoned and later recovering in a Colorado hospital; he emerged from the bizarre ordeal with only vague memories of what actually happened.
Beginning life in the Appalachian woodlands of Pennsylvania, Von Atzingen became a solitary youth and was drawn to living close to nature. He claims that he was kidnapped by government agents driving a van while he was in his teens; he was treated well and then trained to be an assassin.
After 16 years working for the secret government, he left its employ. He currently operates Ways of the Wild Institute located in Vermont's Green Mountains in the hamlet of Starksboro.
"Today I teach natural skills, personal medicine powers, awareness of the Earth's ways to bring a richer quality of life to all who wish to return to the way of the wild," he said.
But does the author worry about government reprisals for going public with his claims?
"No, I have no fear of writing this book," he said.
In many ways, the author may be on to something. Who would believe such an amazing life story?
"It's all true," the author said. He said his wife Paula has been a great support to him during the long journey of self discovery and writing.
If there are nefarious government agents-such as the ones Von Atzingen claims indoctrinated him-they are likely smiling knowing that most readers will probably dismiss the book's claims as being more fantasy than fact.
Surviving a secretive government career, the author has gone on to open the wilderness institute noted above. Instead of stalking human enemies, the ex assassin now enjoys training young and old alike how to live off the land, take stock of yourself, and survive the odds either in the wilds of New England or in the urban jungle.
"I teach about connecting to the wilderness of the Earth, healing oneself, total awareness, reclaiming the power of our minds, and energy work," he said. "Part of this is to shed the payers of my past. I want to reclaim all that was taken from me."
The author's book is a remarkable work. If you are interested in exploring government conspiracy theories, off-the-land survival methods, or just finding your inner core, then this book will make engaging reading. If the story is true or not, well, the reader must decide, but it becomes apparent that the author is sincere in his accounting.
Asked to describe the book in a nutshell, Von Atzingen said it is his personal life's story of adventure, violence, courage, pain, dark secrets, love, triumph, healing-and ultimately rebirth.
Check It Out: "Shadow Scorpion..." by White Wolf Von Atzingen is available online at www.waysofthewildinstitute.com or at Brown Dog Books in Hinesburg, Vt., as well as at many other local bookshops. Von Atzingen may be contacted at Ways of the Wild Institute in Starksboro, Vt., at 802-377-1864 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.