Press & Reviews

Press & Reviews

Author Karen Keilt featured on Blog Talk Radio
How do you overcome such obstacles as suicide, a child’s death, torture, crime or a major illness?Meet Rev Sue Henley, author of “Because of Sean” and ordained spiritual Peace Minister with the Beloved Community and Universal Life Church. Meet Karen Keilt, author of the recently released novel and soon to be released motion picture, “The Parrot’s Perch”. And meet Phil Finn, who overcame what most felt was a certain death sentence of cancer. Author and psychologist Kenneth Weene will be the special guest host on Blog Talk Radio and will delve into human tragedy to discover how we can learn to cope with such tragedy. This show will center on three people listed above who have not only gone through such strife in life, but ultimately came out winners. The show will air live on Blog Talk Radio on 8/25/11. Show time is 8PM EST, 7PM CST, 6PM Mountain, 5PM PST. And as always, if you wish to listen to the show via archived files, they are always available on the site, the day after the show airs. Call in at 213-769-0952 or visit the chat room 8PM EST, 7PM CST, 6PM Mountain, 5PM PST.

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Thousands Gather for Protests in Brazil’s Largest Cities
from the New York Times

How Angry Is Brazil? Pelé Now Has Feet of Clay
from the New York Times

Brasilian Leaders Brace for New Round of Protests
from the New York Times

Leader’s Torture in the ’70s Stirs Ghosts in Brazil
from the New York Times

Stop Torture in Brazil
Facebook Petition

Brazil president unveils series of reforms
Interesting that news about Brazil is covered more extensively by Al Jazeera than our American media

Brazil: Seize Opportunity to Curb Widespread Torture
from Human Rights Watch

Torture never again – Ali Rocha (Brazil)
from International Bar Association

Brazil’s Truth Commission Under Fire from Military and Torture Victims
from The World

Brave and compelling – Pagina – How rare to find a true story about living the “good life” in Brazil. The details are unforgettable and the story moves quickly and smoothly. The characters are well developed and one can easily imagine them saying what they say and doing what they do. Much of the book is happy and beautiful. Yet,there are moments of shock and sadness. The heartbreaking part is when one realizes the betrayal by certain characters that set the scene for a most startling part of the book. That being… the kidnapping and torture of a lovely couple by “authorities” in Brazil. I found that when I was reading it I had no sense of time in the prison. Yet it is later revealed that it was 45 days! This must have been very difficult to write. The ending left me incredibly sad and so I am hoping for a sequel to this book that will perhaps answer the question it left me with. That being, “How does one recover from such a horrifying experience?” I am grateful to the author for coming forward with her story because this will certainly be a catalyst for change and justice in Human Rights. A brave and yet tragic survivor story most of us can never imagine going through. It left me humbled.

The Parrot’s Perch Ron K – I discovered Karen’s Keilt’s book, The Parrot’s Perch, through a mutual acquaintance in Gloucester, Massachusetts where the story line of The Parrot’s Perch begins.

Catlyn Lauria, a Brazilian Olympic-class equestrian, is the heroine of this novel based on a true story as described in the novel’s opening in an open letter to the President of Brazil. She has a brother, Freddie, who has just graduated from Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Freddie has been freely dealing drugs around the campus, but two dirty Cambridge cops have been keeping their eyes on him to eventually get their hands on his drug and money stash. Ms. Keilt describes the activities and nuances of both Massachusetts cities with accuracy, as I can attest to, having been born and brought up in one, and residing in the other for the last couple of decades or so. So, as I kept reading the book, I knew the story was going to be realistic and probably upsetting as the parrots perch torture device, apparently used by certain authorities in Brazil to extract confessions, was going to play a role in the plot (succumbing to curiosity, I had “googled” the term on the internet and found illustrations of the device).

The author’s character development of Cat, her new husband, her brother, her friends and family, and the American and Brazilian authorities was brilliant. When the story migrates from Cambridge to Sao Paulo, the author’s descriptions of the Brazilian authorities and their prison culture, is not for the squeamish. I must tell you that this book is required reading for all decent people who want to see evil eliminated in our world.

The Parrot’s Perch is a novel that calls to our attention, in graphic detail, the horrific human rights abuses that occur in some of our world’s societies, in this case, Brazil, with the hope that enlightenment may somehow cause a halt to these practices. It is extremely well written, easy to read, and has the makings of an excellent and educational motion picture. Kudos to you Karen, for telling your courageous story to the world.

Perched on the edge of your seat – Patti –  Catlyn has just qualified for the Brazilian equestrian team for the 2016 Olympics in Rio and is about to marry Schuyler, the man of her dreams. To cap this storybook existence, she and Schuyler both come from ridiculously wealthy families in Brazil. However, Catlyn and Schuyler each have a black sheep brother involved in the drug trade, who have the ability to turn paradise into a living hell in the blink of an eye. The nightmare that ensues is gripping, and the author does a superb job of pointing up the corruption and violence that apparently usurp the Brazilian criminal justice system. The irony is that because of their wealth, Catlyn’s family feels immune to the danger, while in reality their wealth makes them a target for extortion. The title refers to a torture device, and I must say that the section in which the author describes its use is horrifically disturbing. This book is a very fast read and would have been even faster if I had not been so distracted and annoyed by the myriad typos and the intrusion of apostrophes in plurals throughout the book. The author is desperately in need of a good editor, so that her mistakes do not detract from the message she is trying to deliver.

Brazil Beneath the Beautiful Feathers – D. Winter – Karen Keilt has given readers a personal story of what can and does happen today to a family living in a police state country, Brazil, where corrupt and ruthless government can and do destroy at will. Born into a Brazilian family of wealth and raised with all the privileges and temptations, she went from the status of a gifted equestrienne, a picture book wedding, and a future filled with excitement and promise to prison, torture and brutal rape. She survived to tell the story. I felt that this novel is the first chapter of what Karen has to detail. It’s a story she had to tell so that others would know of the horrors that are committed when a country is ruled by ruthless men. Her personal story has many layers that have not been put into words. I’ll be looking for her next novel.

COMPELLING – Penelope Price – The Parrot’s Perch is a fascinating story juxtaposing the glitz of the Brazilian elite with the horror of the Brazilian underworld. Catlyn Lauria is our envoy into both worlds. Her story takes us from innocence to profound knowledge, and the writing is so compelling that we are transformed with her. I highly recommend the book, both as an historic account of the situation in Brazil, and as an example of the strength of human spirit.

Many, many more 5 star reviews are available online at Amazon

Here is the letter the President Obama wrote upon reading The Parrot’s Perch.

The Huffington Post has blogged about my book “The Parrot’s Perch”. Click HERE to read it. If you haven’t read the book yet, you can order a copy from and It’s available in Hardback, Paperback and as an e-book. Follow all the latest developments on this website and you can read all the reviews HERE.

Here is what “New York Times” Bestselling Author Stephen Singular has to say about The Parrot’s Perch:

“The author deftly weaves a narrative showing how quickly innocence can be destroyed and how one false step can lead to disaster. She’s as good at capturing the heat of Brazil as she is at depicting the cool of Harvard University, and the result is a drama that never slows down or allows readers to catch a breath.”

Here is what James C. Raymond, Author, The Gnashing of Teeth has to say about The Parrot’s Perch:

Parrot’s Perch is not for the faint hearted reader! It IS for the reader who wants a pulse-pounding journey through the deep and dark canyons of Brazil’s uber wealthy jet set, where their lifestyle, ambitions and habits collide, sometimes with consequences no one –including the reader –could have predicted, transpire with unrelenting velocity. Settings stretch from Boston Ivy league neighborhoods to Sao Paulo’s most sophisticated, baronial estates in the surrounding hills, to lavish, chic clubs and spas, to a notorious underworld peopled by graft, greed and unimaginably cruel officials. The story opens the door to places where power and money can solve almost anything, and greed and corruption provide those solutions, thanks to a political and social climate where both thrive in an unholy, symbiotic nightmare.

Keilt creates a convincing, movie-like journey you won’t soon forget, in a country where the entire world will soon rub shoulders during the upcoming Olympics. Get a head start on where you might be going, and what currents flow beneath the throbbing beat of this magnificent nation, which despite its music, color, passion and vigor, seems to make no excuses for how it makes itself work.

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