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Serenity Corporation is an overarching company that has tentacles everywhere. It is the home of the rich, and its scope allows it to be a propagator of wealth. Serenity Corp and CEO Thomas Van Buren are on a mission to control the world’s commerce and resources, to destroy humanity, and for the few to start all over in a Land called the “Garden of Eden”. Van Buren claims that Serenity “ has made the mythological idea of immortality, the great dream of the ages, a reality.” – and its vision is to impact evolutionary future of mankind with artificially enhanced trans-human models. With a biblical flood to get rid pf the current world, and trans-human drones for labor, he needs keep only a small amount of humans in controlled areas. Serenity’s beneficiaries (the rich and wealthy) will live in the Garden Land of Eden.
At the front of this mission, political and other and events are choreographed and faked to spread fear among the masses or simply to get their support. The current one is an attack on a nuclear station by North Korea and ever increasing resultant deaths.
Van Buren is the dominant character in the book. He has the means and the resources, the loyal support of and in various government and financial agencies, one of the major the press agencies, and his puppets. But he has ‘enemies’, some of them covert. Tommy his son is Head of the CIA nurturing a bad-father complex. There is Dan Sheraton, an “alternative journalist”, ever searching, always challenging as he seeks to expose Serenity’s agenda with his patient but effective partner, Lang. Together, they form a daring opposition. There are signs of rebellion and tampering with the weapons, and genetically modified labor unrest. General Harman and Robert Dewhurst, Secretary of State, are working in tandem for Van Buren but with their own self- interest influencing their decisions. The POTUS, an interesting character, is intransigent in not going along with Serenity – in her own time she blows the whistle on all the faked and choreographed news. Even the great Dr. Martin felt unnerved that his weapons would be used to generate fear in the population, for evil to mankind and not for its good. He deliberately disappears.
Meanwhile the risen spirits of ancient Archon spirits are resurrecting by inhabiting dead bodies. Nearly everyone has scope to pursue their interests, and in the end Van Buren’s plan to kill all together spills much blood, including his and his son’s. Sheraton and his girlfriend; Lang and his girlfriend, and POTUS manage to survive with quite a surprise ending about Sheraton himself. But the end, while exciting is something of an anticlimax.
I enjoyed reading this story. The author’s writing is picturesquely descriptive without being flowery: ” His foot again stabbed the gas pedal and the old truck groaned with reluctant approval”; and Harman’s assessment of his friendship with Dewhurst: “Together, they were quantum magnetic particles, forged into an unbreakable alliance, like sharp sabers bonded by steel.” I like that the verbal interaction in the early Chapters tell of relationships and characteristics, and technological and genetic developments, a background that supports the book’s later fast pace. The final shoot up is almost chaotic. I was stopped by a few misspelled and wrong words, but I am more impressed with the effective style of writing. In general my attention was arrested by some of the themes of this book, for example: the damning view of the masses (read governed or exploited class), and their ease for exploitation, and a question arising – to choose governing by democracy or oligopoly. It was interesting that Harman’s heroics were rooted in his “Hillbilly” origins, and Apollo’s shooting of Van Buren had a similar underpinning. But, remembering that one part of the disaster was put in motion, and given today’s political, economic, social and climatic occurrences, I am still left pondering the question: What if…suppose…..??
Briefly stated, the story follows the path of the single remaining head of a centuries old royal bloodline as he prepares to destroy the world from his hidden laboratory deep in the earth that has an entry from the American western desert and with sub-arctic activating machinery. After its destruction, he tells the few who supposedly are to accompany him that they will move into a virtual Garden of Eden to “thrive forever in a new land without threat of war, famine, death, disease, sickness or plague.” Their needs will be supplied by totally sub-servient trans-human artificial drones. World destruction will have been accomplished by a flood from a previously unknown water source associated with the Arctic Circle. He presently is positioned in his magnificently but somewhat decadently outfitted offices as the all-powerful originator/CEO of Serenity Corporation with power extending into all aspects of life through manufacturing and supply and aided and abetted either by direct or indirect control of all through deceit, treachery and/or threatened betrayal. The entire project further is bolstered by almost complete media control. The main possible deterrents are a brilliant scientist (also existing through the centuries) and a young journalist supported by his chosen significant other who is a newly graduated physician, and an aging Pulitzer recipient. The action is varied and occasionally difficult to follow. Often it is difficult to discern whether the characters are human, trans-human, belong to this world, or perhaps somewhere else as the reader is introduced to large quantities of mechanical, physical and biological sci-fi technology, goodly amounts of necromancy, horror and religious/biblical declarations and expositions. This material also is interwoven with many important, and often controversial, mostly more recent historical situations such as the internment of the Japanese residents during WW II, the Cuban Crisis, the present day media controversy, North Korea, and more. In other words, to use a once standard amusing analogy, ‘everything has been thrown in there except the kitchen sink’.
Discussion: From this reviewer’s viewpoint, little more can be said about this book. Much of the exposition is verbose, yet portions are interesting. One of the seemingly more sinister activities of Serenity Corporation, the disappearance of large numbers of children, ultimately appears to have little to no bearing on the story’s basic plot. The conspiracies and conspirators occasionally are confusing, possibly because of missing words, and amusingly perhaps, for the first time ever within my knowledge has fraternal brotherhood been suggested as a ‘bonding measure’ among members of Phi Beta Kappa or any other literary or scientific society established specifically to be a means of recognition, rather than social gathering.
Conclusion: The author has set forth a lengthy and occasionally difficult to follow sci-fi, horror, conspiracy theory thriller that perhaps somewhat strangely has an acknowledgeable modicum of appeal. A thorough editing by a multidiscipline editor is strongly recommended for enhanced enjoyment.