Antioch: A Dystopian Future Collides with Ancient Rome (The Sword of Agrippa Book 1) Kindle Edition
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It is a bit dystopian, with a future that shows a popular revolt against hard science, and researchers that are forced to retreat to Prague to continue their research. The main protagonist, Roy Swenson is a technologist that is trying to combine an imaging system involving dark matter with high-tech imaging displays involving pineal glands. It is all fascinating stuff, but it gets more complicated when he begins dreaming of a certain Agrippa on Julius Caesar’s staff in Alexandria, over 2000 years in the past. Agrippa becomes involved with Samia, a sister of Cleopatra, who teaches him much about the spiritual side of life. This part of the novel seems to be remarkably well-researched.
It is not long before we figure out that Roy lived as Agrippa in a past life, and we are off to the races. Let me say that is not necessary to believe in reincarnation – I don’t. This is a tale of the imagination, and a ripping good tale it is. I consider it a “what-if” story, where we explore the possibilities of “what if we have lived past lives.” It is all good fun and the reader does not have to take it seriously; one only has to suspend disbelief, and the well-written tale helps us to do that.
Grammar police will note a few punctuation errors, but not enough to notice. This is a well-written and well-presented tale that is sure to please many. The reader should be aware that not all plot threads are closed. There are some awaiting a sequel. And the sequel can’t come any too soon for me.
Great 5-star read.
I loved the reincarnation/time travel/past-life-dreams concept, which created a story within a story: one in the near future and another one in the times of the Roman Empire under Caesar’s rule. Shown through the eyes of the protagonist, a scientist in exile Roy, it seamlessly weaves both stories into one incredibly riveting narration.
What was also fascinating to follow were the ideas that Roy and Randall – his fellow scientist in exile – were exchanging, and which ultimately led them to start working on the concept of developing a device that would allow to see a person’s dreams.
The ancient world’s story is worth a separate praise, for it was meticulously researched and presented in a most compelling way. Another one of Roy’s incarnations, Marcus Agrippa, follows Caesar to Alexandria and meets Samia, Cleopatra’s half-sister and a priestess, who opens his eyes to many matters of utmost mystery.
Both books in the series were impossible to put down, and I’ll definitely be looking forward to more works by the author. Highly recommended!
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