Elevator Quest

Elevator Quest ISBN: 9781073215035, EA Strarchilde Co, a horror fantasy by Emmanuel M. Arriaga.

The story opens with a number of people entering the elevator of a building all heading to the 27th floor. Somewhere near the top there is a power failure. The older model elevator is not equipped with brakes, and the car begins to descend. The next floor mentioned is the 11th, followed by the 5th and the ultimate crash at the bottom. All of the occupants seem to survive, leave the car and enter a bizarre world where they find corpses with a plethora of weapons scattered about. Each arms him/her self and they proceed as a group from one chamber to another encountering a series of weird opponents. There are goblins, orcs, robed monks who do not speak, have empty eye sockets and attack with their long poisonous finger nails and mechanized figures. There also are seemingly bodiless flying attackers and even eventually they are attacked by their own mirror images. Fortunately, the weapons they discovered and use not only are magical but sentient as well and can conjure up bolts of lightning, torrential rain and winds and destructive flames and one member has acquired the ability quickly to heal anyone’s occurring wounds. They do lose some members and their journey eventually leads them to an area where two members of the group, Damon and Samil, make a startling declaration and the tale winds to a surprising, although on many levels not unexpected, ending.

Discussion: The author has provided an interesting overall plot that is not revealed until the finale. Leading up to this ending, the action is almost unceasing and mostly of a violent nature. There is little character development and a rather rambling progression of the quite repetitive magical activities.

Summary: A plot reminiscent of appealing divertive material so often provided by today’s electronic equipment, no doubt of interest to persons enjoying these productions. Also those for whom non-stop action is enough. This reader believes judicious editing of several areas would greatly enhance enjoyment.

3* 4* Late revealed interesting plot; readers enjoying non-stop action; 2* for others.

Sorcerers’ Dynasty

Sorcerers’ Dynasty, Star Born Publishing LTD, an e-book written and copyright by Stephen C. Perkins.

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.

3* Hesitantly provided.