Raptor Ray

Raptor Ray, “self-published via KDP”, copyright and written multi-genre e-book by Brent Reilly.

Plot/Characters: The year is 2025 and the beautiful wife of brilliant geneticist Dr. Ramundo Ramirez, is having a designer baby at 6 months because she looked like a huge 9 months and the fetus had begun pushing for delivery. The mother, a 7’ tall, also brilliant geneticist was a genetically enhanced woman herself and had insisted that she give birth to a dinosaur hybrid. Her desires were fulfilled. Sonograms had pictured the fetus as really weird and the obstetrician Bennet had delivered thousands of babies but admittedly this was the first delivery of a non-homo sapiens in 30,000 years. He does a C-section, an extraordinarily large baby explodes out. It has a tail but no feathers or body hair, strange yellow eyes, two claws and a thumb for each hand, scaly skin, and feet presenting three talons only, like an eagle. The delivery causes unstoppable bleeding and she dies. Ramiraz suddenly realizes that she had been more interested in producing this hybrid than in raising it. He is devastated, wants nothing to do with the child. Bennet’s daughter Emily, also attending, cleans the baby but cannot stop its crying. His irascible mother Wilda sees the baby and the two equate immediately. She tells son and Emily to go back to playing God, she would stop teaching and although suffering from Parkinson’s, will take care of this child who had special needs.

The story then turns to the General, the character around whose activity most of the story revolves and with whom (and/or his relatives/offspring) the reader is taken into a long ride through sci-fi accomplishments some of which no doubt already are on the drawing board while others still are on a list of anticipated conjecture. Included are his ability to generate clean electricity, provide potable water putting desalination plants out of business, and transmit it all to where people live, and more. The Pacific Ocean had a million uninhabited islands because of lack of reliable drinking water. He took over, developed them and gathered them together as a country which he owned. He developed a thermal nuclear source far better than electrolysis – placed them as artificial islands calling them ‘sea cities’. These were defenseless until the Jacksons got their own country, claimed an exclusion zone and confiscated ships that fished there. He developed a metal stronger and lighter than steel enabling him to construct the tallest skyscrapers etc. etc. and Luxury resorts cheaper than any. Pre-planned cities with cheapest transportation, education, healthcare, maximized walkability. His family, brilliant geneticists, ran the designer baby clinics that already had produced some of these dominating science, sports, acting, medicine and others who now were in their 20’s. A utopia? Possibly, but this all is dependent upon the General who might be summarily described as often rude, crude, lewd and despicable in his personal as well as business tactics but make make him the first certified Trillionaire. The tactics include manipulative banking activity, short-trading, invoking discontent, riots and more. He ruins Australia, and thousands of parties attempting to stop him collectively lost trillions. He shorted publically-traded counterparties, Goldman Sachs stocks crashed as well as others and he made a trillion just on shorting thousands of financial firms and used the media to inflame Americans so they wouldn’t fund necessary defense/attack needs so he could take over.

Discussion: The author has presented a lengthy treatise on the physical troubles facing today’s world and its inhabitants with additional ways in which these problems could be eliminated mostly, unfortunately by means not yet available. The activities additionally mirror much of the subversive activity that is so apparent in political maneuvering on the international level. This definitely is a book that should appeal to sci-fi/fantasy/thriller devotees. This reviewer’s personal enjoyment would have been much enhanced if some of the descriptions of building the various cities and those of the frequent battles could have been edited sufficiently as to be less redundant. i.e. although admittedly varied, much redundancy could have been eliminated. One other curious note – given the apparent importance of Raptor Ray’s birth, it seems, at least to this reviewer, odd that only the occasional chapter was devoted to his activities until close to the book’s end.

3* Basically sci-fi, multi-genre story exploring numerous modern world problems.

 

PROVIDER PRIME, Alien Legacy

PROVIDER PRIME, Alien Legacy, a sci-fi, alien, intergalactic novel copyright and written by John Vassar.

Thirty-seven seconds ago a mind-numbing fear entered the mind of DS. Agent David Telson. Being aware that psychological warfare could be expected he was concerned that nerve gas may have penetrated his cam-suit. However, he concentrated on keeping his thoughts on his job and Gem because he knew that he had the most advanced technology at FedStat’s disposal protecting him, that his Commanding Officer Harry Doyle ‘had his back’, and that extraction was on the way. As a long successful agent, he still was concerned because he sensed something was out there. His extraction unit arrived within minutes, he started sprinting towards it and suddenly was nothing but a puff of dust. Shortly thereafter the reader is introduced to Doyle having drinks with Lee Mitchell, an extremely intelligent former agent who he attempts to persuade to return on a special assignment at Delere Secos (DS). Even after long friendship Lee refuses, they have words and Lee leaves. A few days later he is contacted by Commander Nathaniel Devlin who informs him Doyle has vanished and he asks Lee to become an investigator for him into the disappearance with no real ties to the parent organization and provides him with information on what they seem to be facing. Lee accepts because of his long relationship with Doyle. Next, Cytec is introduced. It is a huge corporation that functions on the cutting edge of science and is responsible for a considerable amount of Earth’s usable technology. It is headed by exceedingly brilliant Roderick Deucalion Thorne, a man who has become a recluse in his huge laboratory that he has staffed with autons (human-like robots). Because all of the board of directors have become mega rich under his direction of the company no one wishes to challenge his eccentricities. Thorne’s huge main autom Sentinal he has programmed to think but with complete loyalty to him and also Cortx with no thoughts other than within parameters Thorne dictates. The Sentinal is his constant companion, As further pieces of information are released the reader discovers that Thorne actually is an intelligent alien named Ja’faal from the planet of Vis’hanni, many light years away in an entirely different solar system. Additionally, the level of scientific development of this planet is far advanced beyond that of Earth. Thus, the seemingly genius Thorne who has been able to devise and produce the many useful devices that have made Cytec such a leader that the company has disregarded his unusual behavior, is the intelligent Ja’faal from a far advanced culture who has been functioning at the advanced level that has allowed him his reclusive activities. Additionally however, his withdrawn position has allowed him to secretly devise deadly instruments such as the one that destroyed Telson and Doyle. And these were merely successful first steps to pursue his secretly held ruinous intentions for Earth. Meanwhile we learn that Lee has accepted the assignment and during his early deployment is approached by SenANN the now autonomous functioning advanced Artificial Intelligence System that serves the secret levels of FedState. They have approached him because they require a physical representative to gain entrance to save a ‘brother SenANN’ who they believe is threatened by Thorne. By insinuation of miniscule working elements into Lee’s brain his new circuitry becomes part of this ‘top secret’ functioning system. And now enough. Presentation of any further details of Lee’s subsequent interaction with SenANN, with his peers, his commanders, the aliens or any other facets of the entire thread of the complicated plot would be a distinct disservice to prospective readers.

Discussion: The author has set forth a remarkable alien/sci-fi story replete with action that generally moves the tale forward at a nice pace, provides relatively simple explanations for the technology employed that are vague but seemingly adequate to move the reader forward, and characters with whom the reader for the most part can equate. Lee’s love interest, as such, is difficult to swallow as to its depth, as is Reyna’s relationship with her sister who first had known Lee and whose ultimate situation after an apparent vague plea to him is never again mentioned. Similarly, the sequencing of important information often provided an annoying level of confusion with respect to the entire plot, at least for this reader.

Conclusion: An intriguing, nicely verbalized alien/sci-fi that most readers no doubt will enjoy.

4* Enjoyable alien/sci-fi for most, but disconcerting hiccups as described.