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In ‘Book Two’, everyman Paul Venturi makes a comeback, but only to continue his unwitting role in setting off Armageddon. In a universe governed by the forces of dark and light, Venturi is imprisoned in Yang’Ash, yet he is the only one who can put a stop to the deadly cascade of colossal consequences he has started—can he do it, and does he have enough time?
Here again is Nova’s literary gift fully fleshed out—you barely have time to breathe as the story thrusts you right in the middle of the action, but with enough emotional gravitas to compel you to actually care about the consequences. I love how Nova deftly and seamlessly integrates real-world events and believable international politics—such as how the heart-stopping events of the Cold War are machinations of multidimensional forces that influence the actions of world leaders. By blending fantasy and wrapping it with the kind of thriller authors like Tom Clancy and Robert Ludlum are best known for, Nova succeeds in offering us the best of both worlds.
When they say ‘Season of the Serpent’ is an “imaginative” take on the tale of Garden of Eden, they’re actually putting it mildly—this is an astounding, mind-bending, edge-of-your-seat re-imagination, and Nova has pulled it off with that rare majesty and intensity that are the province of a seasoned author fully confident of the breadth of his literary powers.
As with Book One, Book Two is filled with highly evocative imagery—the scenes will look astoundingly awesome on the big screen, which makes me wish someone from Hollywood actually options the movie rights to this series and turns this into a film we can all watch on the big screen. In any case, David Nova again manages to make a breath-taking homerun in this sequel—if you like the first book, you will love this even more. Highly recommended!
The descriptions of the world are superb, in terms of their vision at least. The author takes us on a journey from the lofty pure white heights of Order to the darkest depths of a hell that rivals those of Dante and Bosch.
Our hero Paul is increasingly disillusioned with the level of reality in which the forces of Order and Chaos are in a constant state of war, and as he awakens more to the truth of the situation, he senses that there must be someone else behind the games. As the story progresses, and Paul passes through a series of psychic experiences echoed by physical counterparts, he comes to know who he is and eventually to accept his own power to stop the cosmic game that holds so many souls in bondage.
This is a vast vision with well thought out metaphysics, though ones that I suspect many Christians would find challenging. Layers of analogy and symbolism relate to Jungian and philosophical ideas prevalent in the sixties and seventies, and even contain references to Alice in Wonderland, all set against the backdrop of the Cold War. This book is superb in many ways, and I love the way the end connects with the beginning. Only at the end, did the reason for the prologue in book one become clear.
I would like to have seen the end taken one step higher, beyond even the most subtle formless state and sense of personality, but I should be grateful that at least the author stepped beyond the battle of good and evil, and even with its limitations, the words did evoke a sense of inspiration for the larger possibilities for the human soul.
I would love to give this 5 stars for the richness of the vision and the comprehensive nature of the ideas alone - and the writing is much better than in book one - but it still falls short of fully manifesting its potential due to a tendency in the prose to favour passive over active verbs. With a little more skill in writing, this extraordinary work could be truly brilliant.
As it is, though its multiple layers of overlapping realities may be too bizarre or confusing for many, these two books are a must read for any serious fan of metaphysical fiction, perhaps even if the passive writing has the editor in you rewriting sentences in your head as you read - it is rather distracting. The very aspects that confuse some will delight the philosophically inclined, and I am the first to admit that the lack of sophistication I see in the prose will not be noticed by the general reader. Certainly the offending sentences are surrounded by some beauties that cloak them quite well.
I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review. I am an Awesome Indies reviewer.