Predatory Ethics: Book I: Mad Gods Kindle Edition
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Predatory Ethics exists in a world of interwoven conspiracy and frighteningly possible interventions perpetrated by the rich and powerful forces controlling the world from behind the scenes and from underneath the altars of the enduring religious forces which insert themselves in the workings of mankinds dealings, controlling government and world economies like flicking a switch.
From beginning to end Predatory Ethics engages and entertains any reader lucky enough to open it up.
Intricate stories like this one require an above average IQ to truly enjoy. The concepts like preordained destiny require some level of philosophical introspection on the part of the reader. However, if you fit that demographic, I recommend this book. It will take you out of your own world and into another...I promise.
I did not fall because of obedience, rather, because I supported my brothers. For the same reason, I knew they would stand with me. Each of us stood shoulder to shoulder in defense of the other. We did not stand to defend any rules or laws. We stood for each other. In the end, nobody stood for principle.
I also liked the feeling that while fiction, I was being pulled back into history to another place and time--and I love it when a book can successfully do that for the reader. It takes a lot of planning and preparation to get it right, and both are found here. The time shifts back and forth throughout the novel, but the author lays it out right at the beginning of the section, and in doing so, makes it clear to the reader so there's no confusion about what's going on and when.
I also enjoy a book that makes me think and also wonder what is going to happen next--like this one did and you're pulled into an epic battle of good and evil which has existed since the beginning of time in one form or another.
Toward the end there were other passages I liked as well, such as this one:
People looked outside themselves for guidance and fell prey to human frailty. The tools used to reach peace are all faulty. We see with narrowed eyes, hear with limited ears, smell and taste with an imperfect nose and mouth and feel with partial touch. Were we to sense a facet of true light, we wouldn't have the capacity to understand. There has never been, nor will there ever be, anything in human experience that will be able to comprehend what we are.
Overall, I recommend this novel; it was time well spent!
Athanasios' "Mad Gods" is an ambitious, ambiguous, and revelatory look at modern faith and the well-worn story of the antichrist that goes places that most such stories fear to tread. What if somebody told you that not only are Satanists and the Catholic Church working towards the same political ends, but that all religions are really one, Satan was merely an aspect of God himself, and the antichrist is just Jesus on a bad day? If you didn't just jump out of your chair crossing yourself and cursing me as a messenger of the devil, then "Predatory Ethics" may be a series you'll want to check out.
The theme of this story of a (potential) antichrist who is taken and hidden from those who seek to destroy him or use him for their own ends is of individual choice and responsibility. The rebellious agent Kosta is charged with proving to the world that all religions are as one and should be working together to further mankind, and his avenue of attack is
the most high-stakes "nature vs. nurture" experiment in human history. Freed from the constraints and expectations placed on him by any church or political power and instead raised as a normal child with compassion and decency, could a supernaturally-empowered boy prophesied to be the son of Satan and end the world instead choose a different path and become a new messiah? A lot of powers in the human world don't want to find out and will go to great lengths to have their own way with the chosen one.Read more ›
Predatory Ethics 1:Mad Gods is an exceptional alternate history novel, with elements of historic fiction, supernatural, and religious conspiracy.
The story is presented from a 3rd person omniscient point of view as we follow Kostadino Paleologos through a 1960s-era journey to circumvent the rise of the biblical antichrist (and the events of the Book of Revelation). The story takes us to Turkey, Egypt, the Vatican, South America and the United States.
Fans of religious arcana and conspiracy will enjoy this novel. Author Athanasios provides lush descriptions of the locations we visit, at times evoking the style of Gustave Flaubert's "Salammbô" with the details--especially in flashback sequences to the Ancient Near East and pre-Roman France. The later half of the novel also raises questions about the duality of nature, good and evil. Throughout it all, the novel builds momentum and becomes quite a page-turner.
Overall, I greatly enjoyed Mad Gods. It's descriptive passages are unusual in modern fiction and are a delight to read. The editing is meticulous; what few errors there are do not detract from the fantastic (and fantastical) narrative.
I look forward to reading more in this series and am impressed by Athanasios's mastery of religious fiction.
(Disclosure: The author provided an electronic copy of this novel for review.)
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Predatory Ethics By Athanasios
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