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The admixture of psychics, mystery, the supernatural and alternative history is blended uniquely and well. As Stephen states, ‘The subject of geopolitics has always held a fascination, fashioned a great intrigue in the mind. What lies behind the headlines; the political maneuvering, the back room deals, the secret handshakes taking place in smoky parlors? Inspired by contemporary events, Raging Falcon is a fascinating saga. It is a tale of tribulation, romance, survival, redemption, and ultimately, spiritual transcendence.’
From the opening of his book we are privy to the theme and the atmosphere – ‘NEW SALEM REGIONAL ENRICHMENT CENTER, OCTOBER 22, 2063 7PM - In this new world, the sun had set forever. The walled region of New Salem spread out for miles in grim panorama under the overcast gloom. Entire blocks of dilapidated buildings were stacked and packed like bland colored boxes of Kleenex, one on top of the other. Beyond the grim brick walls sprawled ‘open spaces’, ghostly mists rising from darkened forests and gloomy meadows. No one was allowed trespass beyond heavily guarded walls, on pain of death, for fear of offending Holy Gaea. Only those with a special permit, granted by the council, had permission to live in the eight designated sectors of ‘sustainable dwellings’ along the highways patrolled by S.T.A.R.S. Not so long ago, the old gods had been condemned to death. So, too, an annual percentage of the total population. Per council edict, all ‘carbon unit human resources’ must be kept ‘sustainable’. And, woe to anyone dared violate the council’s edicts! But the council needn’t have worried. There were no dissidents. Everyone was compliant, orderly, and above all, obedient. No longer was there any paper money. Everyone paid for whatever they needed with a simple scan of their bio-metric chip, embedded just beneath the skin of the arm. Everything was traded in ‘carbon credits’. Forbidding shadows of the ‘Enrichment’ Center complex-grey and monstrous monolith-crawled out over the acres of brown grass, dim moon suspended above miles of electrified barbed wire. Alone, in the darkness of his office, Warden Howard suddenly felt odd tingles pricking the brain. “America is long dead,” Warden Howard heard the strange voice rattle his skull. “Mother earth is deified, and all of humanity left orphaned!”
Stephen’s synopsis is on the mark – ‘In a dark world of lies and perception nothing is ever what it seems. Is there no redemption for evil? Cana a miracle save the innocent? In the 21st century, wars are won in the mind rather than on battlefields. One man, sorcerer disguised as solder, will forever alter American history with black magic! Major Stacey Truman Keogh is a specialist in psychological operations-a terrorist disguised in military uniform. Both ambitious and evil, he will do anything to further his interests, whether sacrificing the operatives under his command, his family, even his only son. In the end, will he discover spiritual redemption and use his immense magical powers in the service of good? Can a miracle save the son he betrayed, so long ago?'
Deeply involving and entertaining, this is a solid novel that brings Stephen Perkins solidly to the frontlines of new authors. Grady Harp, June 17
Perkins is not only a novelist, but also a songwriter, free thinker and adventurer. We read about: the following in Raging Falcon:
The blackest of magic; deadlier than bullets; more destructive than bombs., more frightening than a terror attack. Sorcerers are disguised as military officers ensure a bleak future for mankind with terrifying psycholigical operations. When the war on terror destroys the provincial innocence of a small New England town, two young lives will never be the same.
The CIA has controlled the American media for decades, through a program begun back in the late nineteen-sixties, called ‘Project Mockingbird’. This project used blackmail of corporate news executives, and even planted agents disguised as journalists right inside the bowels of every major news room. The agency gained an unassailable advantage in becoming the victors that rewrote American history. Orwell was indeed prophetic-whoever controls the past, controls the future!
When the author conceived Raging Falcon, he imagined a completely independent spy agency taking proxy control of the US government through blackmail, covert tactics, and political and military espionage. The author created:the ‘Blue Jasmine Group’ that specializes in what is called counter-intelligence, the craft of psychological operations.
In Raging Falcon, all the world is like a stage filled with ‘crisis actors’, professional revolutionaries, props and stage directors. The public never suspects or questions that the events of American history may be a scripted melodrama-like some Hollywood movie. They never suspect that the tragic headlines of the day-Sandy Hook massacre, Boston bombing, might be staged military drills, reported as actual events!
This, in turn, brings up a frightening scenario for one to reflect: What if, all the ghastly terror events, including 9/11, were not what they appeared to be? What if, the world isn’t really the violent place portrayed on television-that it is, contrary to manipulated public perception, peaceful. What if the alleged terrorists, ISIS, al-Qaida, were merely enemies not real, but imagined, cooked up by the counter-intelligence brain trusts housed in Langley, Virginia?
However, Raging Falcon isn’t all about political and military espionage. In fact, there is a taboo romance-love triangle. Larissa Ustinov, like James Bond, using seduction to manipulate. But, she conducts an ongoing torrid affair with the not so happily married ‘Iron Major’ Stacey Keogh. And, with perhaps her maternal instincts getting the best of her, she falls in love with the Major’s young son, Jim.
All this, in combination with a cast of complex characters, living in the mythic struggle of good versus evil, make Raging Falcon an epic drama of betrayal, spiritual transcendence, and ultimately, moral redemption.
One man-sorcerer disguised as solder-will forever alter American history with BLACK MAGIC.
In the 21st century wars are won in the mind rather than on battlefields. Major Stacey Truman Keogh, a specialist in psychological operations, is both ambitious and evil, a terrorist with esoteric magical powers disguised in military uniform, willing to sacrifice anything-his family, his only son, even the operatives under his command-to not only script American history, but to gain proxy control of the US government. In the end, will he use his magical powers in the service of good, to gain some measure of redemption-can a miracle save the only son he ruthlessly betrayed, so long ago? What can you expect if telepathy is used, minds are probed, personalities are altered ?
"Decades ago, when America died, and the regional global unity councils took over, it was decided mankind had to be trimmed, then shaped into sustainable order, in balance with nature.
"Stirring into a sudden gale, the wind howled like a discordant orchestra’s wild crescendo, ripping through fallow forest’s sad desolation and onward, shearing the broken husks of once proud suburban homes. “This was once the home of the raging falcon,” the vision recalled. For an instant, the mind crackled like the icy autumn gusts. “If I allow my immortal voice to carry with the Mariah wind,” she (Laurie) wondered. “Will Jim still hear me?”
It is 2063 at the New Salem Enrichment Centre is, and where Jim resides. If evil persists, global sustainability will not prevail. Old Jim is on the unsustainable list. Protected for some reason. Humans outside the centre seldom reach the age of 24.
“Oh, well, no one lives forever,” old Jim thought. Over the long decades, since his conviction for the murder of Laurie Nelson, the world had drastically changed. Global unity had replaced democracy."
“I’ve been lucky, much luckier than most, I suppose,” Jim finally acknowledged. “Nowadays, rarely does anyone on the outside make it past twenty-four. Majority of youth die in prisons, just like this. They’re either jailed for ‘crimes against ‘Holy Gaea’ or declared ‘unsustainable’ by the global unity councils.”
Warden Howards seemed to be the sole enrichment center regular human contact in existence. Everyone speculated it was Warden Howard who kept old Jim well past the sustainability threshold, trotting him out to speak to the people before the cameras out in front of the facility, always accompanied by the two familiar guards, eloquently detailing how state “re-education and enrichment” systems were being managed for great public benefit.
Even the enlightened Age of Aquarius (2011), there are still secrets left unrevealed? What is the story around Laurie' s murder? With that background you can prepare yourself for other secrets the lowly prison guard kept ; fearful secrets if merely whispered, could mean the destruction, or perhaps transcendent alteration of the entire world.
Longingly, he gazed at his own freshman picture from Danvers high, right next to his cherished love Laurie Nelson. “Somehow, even though I’m going to die,” a determined Jim thought, “Maybe there’s a way I can make it back to Danvers, one more time!”
Straightening his lanky frame, he looked around, thinking of the Warden’s true motivations, keeping him alive, gifting him with his own personal solitary quarters. “Good behavior had paid off for the raging falcon,” Jim thought. “But now, I might as well finally tell them!” “My father was indeed a Magus, an illuminated brother of the Holy Rosicrucian Jesuit order. I was just his tool. As a sorcerer disguised in a military outfit, my father used everyone in his elaborate tricks. And many never knew, until it was too late.”
This was good old Jim Keogh, the only detainee at New Salem Regional ‘Enrichment’ Center with an immaculate record. In his own way, Jim had become the ray of light to all the young prisoners, and to society at large on the outside.
The author takes the reader back to 2011.
“The Age of Aquarius is here. As Lord, High Priest, reigning monarch of our cherished and holy Jesuit order, I have a most important message to impart. As the secret rulers of mankind, we must make the world come together. In this new age, wars are won in the mind rather than battlefields.
Black magic is control over human consciousness, to mass manipulate emotional energy. And whomever wields this weapon effectively, rules over the minds of mankind! We must make them think their world is plunging into chaos, so that we may then introduce our new order of global unity.
“The masses do not realize the world has been controlled by the very same since the emergence of Babylon. Only now, our secret dominance shall be made known to all. General Thaddeus Alistair McCann, and his protégé Major Stacey Truman Keogh, two powerful magi disguised as military officers, have pledged to help us. These men know the secrets of illusion, age-regression, of telepathy, and other secrets of the magi’s dark arts. They will skillfully concoct two psychological operations, one in Connecticut, the other in Boston. The world shall be our stage."
“Now in this new age, we can change the political landscape and public perception much more effectively, with simulated victims, and virtual violence, the mere appearance of apocalypse. With the destruction and reshaping of the pale human mind in precarious distress, we shall achieve our great work."
Raging Falcon: title of the book depicted Falcon on front cover page:
"Clarksville had always been steeped in mystifying darkness. Born of sorrowful desolation, the darkness harbored grand mysteries. With the sun perched at the meridian, esoteric signs indicated soon all would be revealed, the power to mold men’s fragile hearts, the raging falcon unleashed.
Book at end: Where the tale is driven to:
Laurie looked at Jim, and suddenly, though for a moment things seemed surreal, recognition finally struck like a hammer. “Laurie,” old Jim sprang from his seat. “How could it be?”
“I was on the run for many years, until I had plastic surgery to hide my identity. Oh, and I used my knowledge to age regress, of course!”
Blasts of light pierced the roof of the garage, mirror of starry sky splitting into tiny fragments. The world and everything in it had turned to a vast ocean of light beams, scurrying all at once like mad insects to an unknown destination.
Soon, Jim was wandering in a familiar wood, the smell of autumn from a time long ago enveloping the senses. “Susie…?” Astonished eyes fell on the stunning vision still young and fresh, angelic and eternal. He was now wearing the clothes of his youth, the bright red soccer cleats, the insignia of the raging falcon embroidered on the bright blue soccer sweat suit, world blooming in stellar colors of maroon, azure and gold.
Joining hands there was no need to speak, voices carried by the Mariah wind. For a time, they embraced, and a vast swirling portal appeared, cosmic entrance into the awareness. An odd mélange of hermaphroditic voices blared forth: YOU ARE POSSESSED OF CORRECT INFORMATION…PLEASE ENTER!
"Together they plunged in, the two finally becoming one. In seemingly an instant, they lived seven centuries, lifetimes filled with glorious adventure, sometimes heroes, sometimes villains, but always together. Now weightless in a euphoric rush, they floated amidst a panorama of stars without aid of bodies. Here, amidst burning galaxies and fields of celestial wonders, the mystery of god was revealed, a universe in perfect balance, eternal alchemical romance. In a tidal explosion of light and sound, the three-dimensional world abruptly materialized."
What else can I say? Super wonderful.
2 May 2017