ISBN: 9781513607641, an e-book by Terry Tumbler is a tale examining a purportedly not too distant, hopefully mythical future for earth in a quasi-humorous fashion.
Richard Pencil is a man of most capable administrative abilities as well as innumerable ‘other-worldly’ abilities that make him a talented field operative as well. He also is quite a good looking man, highly sexually oriented, egotistical and somewhat of a chauvinist. He is leaving the CIA to report to the Deaduction Agency and its director, Joe Fraser, a man with great management skills but none of the paranormal skills required of an operative in this time of earth’s needs. Richard has been assigned to establish The Sightseer’s Agency to ferret out activities of earth dwellers who “do not adhere to the highest standards of integrity and openness of the New On-Demand Meritocracy under which our society is governed”. He opens the agency and acquires several associates – Plum Duff, a most attractive part alien psychic, along with multi-paranormal-talented Spiff, Ted and Seb and they commence their ‘house cleaning’ activity. Additionally, earth has been subjected to aliens who have engineered some helpful changes but now are indulging in abusive activities that no longer can be endured and the agency’s operatives attack this problem in a surreptitious manner that adds greatly to the rousing content and pace of the story.
Discussion: The author most interestingly has employed 1) the seldom used cavity (Schumann’s) formed by the earth’s surface and the ionosphere where resonances are a set of spectrum peaks in the very low frequency of the spectrum of earth’s electromagnetic field and 2) has been another to refer recently to the growing re-interest in the work of Nikola Tesla, the brilliant innovator of the late ‘80’s/early ‘90’s. AND he has provided a fanciful picture of earth in its future attempts to attain an idyllic society from one that is fraught with alien as well as internal challenges. He has accomplished his goal by stringing together a number of somewhat loosely attached vignettes mostly peopled by individuals having various psychic powers including clairvoyance, telepathy, teleportation, telekinesis, freeze time, magnetic propulsion, ability to stop destructive incoming objects, etc. The pace is good and the story is most interesting to the sci-fi and/or fantasy genres devotee.
Conclusion: For this reader, an attempt to provide greater cohesiveness to the story’s rather fragmented presentation of loosely interwoven vignettes would have greatly enhanced the overall attractiveness of the story.
3* 4* Interesting futuristic earth story; 3* for this reviewer as explained.
ISBN: 978098753369X, a thriller that presents mystery, history, national/international political intrigue, science at the cutting edge, speculation and murder all combined in an e-book by Stefan Vucak.
Plot: Cherber Shaken, an accountant working to enlarge his nagging wife Alisa’s garden in a suburban area of Palestine, unexpectedly breaks into an ancient burial site, discovers two ossuaries containing unusual skeletons and a ‘different’ crystal. He sells them to Acaph Yaron, a man with some knowledge of such artifacts who takes pictures and sends them to Dr. Ezrah Kutner, an academic at the Rockefeller Archaeological Museum. Ezrah is intrigued by the fact that the skeletons are similar to others discovered in the country, buys the bones and containers. He does not know what to make of the crystal, so Yaron takes it to Tel Aviv and sells it to Geffen, a gem dealer. Geffen discovers it has unusual properties and arranges an auction by contacting Lau Wei in Hong Kong, Vasily Drotenkov in Moscow, and Terrance Truscott in the U.S. for their acquaintance with ‘high rollers’ who might be interested. Dr. Kevin Morrison, a remarkably intelligent inventor of a pigment that can be applied to various surfaces to absorb solar rays to generate power, wins the crystal for a 400K bid. Meanwhile Kutner discovers that the bones DNA dates to 730 BCE and are similar to others found in Peru in 1928. He speaks with Israeli authorities who decide they would be interested in the Chrystal. By this time, however, it has been sold to Morrison who sends his trusted ‘enforcer’, former Navy Seal Nolan Trotman, to pick it up. Trotman does but is attacked by an oriental disguised as a Middle Easterner, a couple of other people are killed and the story accelerates as action piles up, International incidents occur and the reader is led into an ever widening web of intrigue that never stops until the perhaps somewhat unexpected, but certainly considered, logical ending.
Discussion/Conclusion: The author has produced a story including fascinating historical features, interesting technological concepts, authentic military details, fanciful but totally possible elements of political intrigue at both national and international levels, business affairs, intriguing conjectures with respect to technological applications of the quantum theory and just plain old murder. These elements he has captivatingly interwoven to provide the reader with a uniquely satisfying story. Admittedly, judicial editing of some of the ruminations and verbal interchanges by and between some of the political figures would have served to avoid a ‘slowing’ in the story’s otherwise smoothly advancing pace. Also, the protagonist is quite shallow and much could be done to develop some of the other characters. However, as a basically plot driven story it provides a quite captivating novel.
4* Captivating basically plot driven novel; 3* for reasons cited.