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The story starts with Allan, a corporate lawyer, proposing to his girlfriend of four years, Lily, in a very awkward scene in a restaurant. Lily is an agent for the NSA and though she loves Allan, her job (which he knows nothing about) would interfere in a marriage between them.
As it turns out, neither Allan or Lily are what they seem and I mean that in a metaphysical sense as the reader soon discovers. Mr. Mulder has woven in strands from both the Old and New Testaments, dragons, conspiracy theories, nano technology, myths and legends about such diverse historical figures such as Elijah, Tamerlane, John the Apostle, and Noah to a cohesive adventure story.
Allan and Lily must save Earth from a soul-sucking creature while passing through portals to another world. I admit I was a bit confused about the logistics here, but it doesn't really matter to the story. There is a lot of violence, some gratuitous in my opinion, and I wasn't especially happy with the ending, but I look forward to the next book because, in the main, this was a good story that kept my interest. I recommend it to readers looking for something just a little different from the usual.
The characters in the first installment of the series are an interesting bunch. Some are killed off quickly but the main three are likeable, well not Timur…he just sucks. Allan and Lily have so much potential and I hope to see their relationship evolve in the next book. Timur is godawful (pun intended). You will detest him and you should. Zion itself is worthy of the title “character” as it develops in the readers mind in a pleasant “getting to know you” way. Note the handy map of Zion in the beginning of the book, in case you get lost.
In conclusion, this book is truly a Science Fiction Fantasy as described by the author and its audience should be mindful to that. Read in that mindset to appreciate its value. Kudos to Richard Mulder for engineering such a meticulous (and likely painstaking) venture into a complex genre.
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