PANACEA

PANACEA, is a story in e-book form set forth in an unusual but interestingly effective format by Brad Murray.

Plot: The story begins on May 29, 2011 when Jimmy Porter sets forth on a trip to receive word about his long missing father after receiving a telephone call from a Dr. Dimitri Minskowi. On the way he is involved in a horrifying pile-up of cars as it occurs when a large number of assorted and strangely acting animals stampede from the adjacent woods, one killing a motorcyclist on the highway causing the chain reaction. From this tumultuous beginning, the reader is taken on a journey through a strange sequence of actions/activities as they gradually begin to reveal the evolution of a strange tale of search for an individual with an unusual immune system. The search originally was initiated in 1945 with the downfall of the Third Reich and the escape of a Jewish POW whose immune system was able to repel and/or annul the effects of any deleterious element that attempted to invade. It is a far-ranging, convoluted hunt involving numerous characters with many ulterior motives ranging from personal greed, gain and revenge to sincere altruism, and including various levels of deceit, deception, betrayal and subterfuge.

Discussion: If you are a reader who enjoys a pleasant story fancifully and charmingly presented in a fast-moving fashion, this story is for you. Buy, read and enjoy but DO NOT reads beyond this point UNLESS you are a devotee of more traditional mysteries.

SPOILER ALERT! Regrettably, the case so pleasantly but rather cavalierly presented by the author would not be the simple matter described. A U.S. Citizen is murdered in a U.S. State city within the jurisdiction of the local police. However, ties are discovered that lead to a foreign country and include the victim being a member of the FBI involved in clandestine activity in a foreign country – an activity that more usually would be the concern of the CIA and INTERPOL (The FBI does maintain some offices overseas but more probably would only tangentially be involved in an incident as described.) Additionally, the level of activity described by the local Savannah authorities is difficult to accept as well as description of the range of Arthur’s dispersal of government money. His cache of weapons also does not seem to have any logical reason.

Conclusion: An interestingly plotted story fancifully and charmingly presented, but not for most usual mystery devotees.

3* Interesting plot, fascinatingly, charmingly presented; not for usual mystery devotee.

Sightseer’s Agency

Sightseer’s Agency
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.