AHE’EY ISBN: 9781370765775, a political fantasy, with pertinence to the most recent presidential election and vehement political rhetoric still so actively being pursued today in the United States, an e-book by Jamie LeFay.
Plot: The story opens with murderous activity that had occurred years previously in another civilization. Then, several activities are described as participated in by prominent players of that civilization there but with alternate introduction of activities initiated and participated in, by members within the present day United States. One of the prominent protagonists in this latter group is Morgan Lua, founder of the Hope Foundation for Empowerment of Girls established because educational procedures seem to have produced a preponderance of male scientists and mathematicians. Supported by a recently received grant of $200,000,000 to increase the number of female graduates in science, she is in New York for meetings and lectures, but is the target of a bigoted group headed by the prominent candidate for president Walter Zanus who champions the Men’s Rights Defense that women have gone too far and are hurting the advancement of boys in their traditional manly development. Gabriel Warren, a member of the CIA is assigned to keep her safe. However, the reader discovers that Gabriel is more than just CIA and that he is founder of an organization operating for good throughout the world. He also is one of the most prominent figures in the ‘other civilization’ which the reader discovers is one that is more advanced than ours and for years has been attempting to ‘prop up’ the human one we know. As the activity escalates, the reader discovers that this advanced civilization also has been beset with problems that have resulted in their population’s mere existence is resultant from the activity of a powerful woman and her largely female army. Thus, Ahe’e’s situation relatively speaking, is the opposite of the situation existing within the male dominated human population within the United States. The tale gradually progresses in a most convoluted course as it attempts to solve its own problems as well as attempting to attain a workable interrelation between the two ‘civilizations’. There is no definitive resolution and a final scene portends further agonizing struggles.
Discussion: The author has produced a surprisingly interesting plot based on a rather tenuous premise. Seventy-eighty years ago the presence of women in medical, engineering, mathematics or any science university classes was rare. Today, and for many preceding years, the prevalence and achievements of women in these disciplines have been so routine that one rarely encounters reaction of any sort to sexual difference. Thus, for any knowledgeable person, the size of Morgan’s award for study of a matter already pretty much a fait accompli, would be extremely unusual. Another somewhat disturbing feature is the length of her dissertations on numerous subjects, a matter that easily could be rectified by judicious editing. However, the most disturbing features that this reviewer fears will bring the most severe criticism are: 1) the length of time the author has used to provide an understanding of how the seemingly two widely divergent group activities would coalesce into one. (A helpful note would be to read the end-appearing Appendices BEFORE beginning the tale, as an aid to earlier understanding of development of the story itself.) 2) Perhaps even more detrimental and regrettable to the tale’s overall acceptance however, in this reviewer’s opinion, is the decidedly one-sided attitude toward the present political situation still viciously being fought and daily producing fodder for the voracious media and its various supporters/detractors. She has so obviously patterned the story’s modern day primary villain Walter Zanus, upon the prominent Republican figure of today describing him as “a complete buffoon” (pg. 62 ff.), “a sexist, bigoted, racist” and slightly later “You have an African American president in office, women and minorities are slowly gaining consumer power and there are many good progressive Caucasian men supporting them.” With the present still vehement controversy, many believers on the opposing political side will take umbrage and when followed by numerous other similarly derogatory remarks throughout the book, the author’s often confusingly presented, complex but, to reiterate, surprisingly interesting tale, regrettably will suffer from her somewhat overzealous treatment of these portions of her subject matter.
3* 4* – 1* Flawed but interestingly presented; regrettably, political choice probably will influence reader’s acceptance level.