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.

The MATRIARC MATRIX

The MATRIARC MATRIX ISBN: 9780999335000, Tale of Bird Books, an e-book by Maxime Trencavel.

The author has set forth a long progression of activity extending from nine thousand years BC to the present and future. During these eons of time, numerous males have been left with perplexing and literally somewhat exhausting dreams they cannot fathom and often not recall. Simultaneously within this matrix, a strong matriarchy evolves. The protagonist here is a Kurdish woman educated in Europe as well as her home country. She has been raped and disfigured by torture and upon escaping, dispenses justice of similar proportions. She is employed by a physically and mentally powerful CEO industrialist whose activities can be ruthless. And these activities pervasively invade every level of activity throughout the world. This man is one of the ‘dream sufferers’ who gathers her, plus an extremely beautiful Chinese woman, an (ex-?) Jesuit Priest who also is an ex-French soldier of unusual physical capabilities, and an incredibly naïve San Franciscan free-lance copy editor whose social development particularly exudes this quality. He also is a dream sufferer as well as obligatory heir for ancestral obligations to his much-loved grandfather as well as having a doting mother. His recruitment is because the CEO believes that within his repressed memory (ȧ la Carl Jung) lies the answer to the severe dream affliction. The three are inserted as an archeological team to obtain an object reputed to have the answer to the debilitating dreams. The point of insertion is an ancient temple (Gobekli Tepe) that is presently in the center of a war among Turkey, the new Anatolian Kurdish State and the Arabic Confederation (AC) armed forces, with later intervention by China, Russia and the United States. The Temple supposedly is in an agreed upon off-limits demilitarized zone. Heavy fighting occurs, extends to the Temple, a ‘controlled cataclysmic event’ occurs before the actual climax of the tale, and the protagonist proceeds to offer and expand on, the oft-repeated, almost platitude like statements that prejudice, stereotypes, and intolerance all cease when you stop and show others how to be tolerant and “…as people, we are more similar than different. That our beliefs are more similar than different. And that to achieve the peace we all seek, we need tolerance. And the willingness to know and accept each other for who we are.”

Discussion: In the author’s words, she has attempted to set forth an epic and certainly has the material. Unfortunately, at least for this reviewer, the attempt seems to have been a little overzealous. She has attempted to cover this sizeable mass of material in one volume and in so doing has provided a somewhat confusing intermingling of material. It is indeed true that she has presented some extremely fascinating vignettes; some interesting people and has included especially insights to possible thought patterns of a Turkish/Kurd/Muslim woman; expanded discussion of the merits of spiritual vs. physical love; expounded on the idea that “our pre-Neolithic ancestors became more susceptible to notions of mysticism, spiritual concepts, the belief in supreme beings”; the always present thought that ‘aliens’ were/are somehow involved; and even brought to mind the teachings of the Suisse psychiatrist Carl Jung and bits of history such as the extremes of the Crusades, the Knights Templar and of the Cather branch of Christianity who were slaughtered with the blessing of the Roman Catholic Pope. However, the description of the huge and vicious Reindeer people who came from the north and attacked the less warlike hunter-gathers to gain women as sex slaves and men to build their pyramids, brings more to mind the Vikings, Goths or possible other savages rather than what is assumed to be the pyramid builders of the ages. To my knowledge, other than a highly questionable claim of pyramids in Bosnia, acceptance of these structures anywhere close to their purported position in the Middle East is difficult to accept, thus creating difficulty with respect to the story’s location, seemingly the Black Sea and Turkey. Another interesting aside is that one of the main themes of the story rests upon the long postulated relationship between a man dominated society and it’s repetitively vicious struggles. And there is no doubt that there is tremendous positive support for this contention However, depicting most of the prominent male characters as quite ineffectual, and as in the case of the San Franciscan, even ridiculously childlike, appears attuned to bolstering a strongly held personal opinion rather than to provide further discussion. But then, as the author quite nicely interspersed within the body of the work by quoting the San Franciscan copywriter: “…a reviewer reacts early to a notion, a phrase, a style and shuts down, having decided what the piece is about.” And “People are like novels. If we would be patient … we might see the layers unfold and a different story would appear.” Both of these statements regrettably are so true and the exact reason it is so abhorrent for me to see a reviewer state that he/she could not finish a book.

Conclusion: For reasons stated, the author has set forth considerable fine material on some most interesting subjects that causes this reviewer, after reading the entire close to 600 pages, to believe a thorough editing would provide a much more enjoyable read.

3* 4* fascinating subject matter; 2* editing required to maximize potential.

The Maker

The Maker ISBN: 9780991800346, Underdog Books, written and copyright by D. F. Anderson.

Nate Smith is a young teen whose mother and father recently separated ostensibly because of his dad’s frequent absences from home. Ted, a man who is not particularly enamored of Nate’s artistic ability which consists of drawing rather weird figures, has replaced him in the mother’s affections. Unfortunately, Ted does not share the father’s appreciation for Nate’s drawing and says he can no longer do so until certain goals are reached. That night the boy is kidnapped by aliens who whisk him away to another planet. Here on Meer his drawing abilities are put to a test and he is discovered to be one of a rare breed of individuals who can make tangible objects merely by picturing and drawing them. This is a desperately needed accomplishment for the planet, because most of the planet’s objects have been designed/made by the ‘Makers’ and all but four of them have been kidnapped, brainwashed and put to work by another alien group, the Gratches and their leader, Vichous who are devising a diabolical machine. This ‘Worm’ can bore into the very core of Meer, destroying it. They already have destroyed the planet Vot, Meer is next and will be followed by Earth. Nate discovers that his father has been one of Meer’s very prominent Makers, which explains his frequent absences, and is one of those captured by the Gratches and therefore one of the most prominent in devising the Worm. The Aliens strike before they are totally prepared and they have merely an hour or two to stop the Worm from drilling into their core and devastating their planet. He, along with the Grand Scientist of Meer and the other Makers, begin desperate action to save Meer and then to follow with a very dangerous attack devised by Nate. Even further, Nate actually demonstrates an ability to actually communicate individually with the Mica, the molecular sized living elements that actually are the builders of the objects Makers draw and render useable. This is a feat previously unheard of by the inhabitants of Meer and through Nate’s incredible ability, they are able to accomplish the required task and the story continues until a conclusion is reached that provides plenty of room for additional adventures.

This is a most unusual tale written by a person with an enormous imagination. It gathers aspects of nature, science, good and bad aliens and elements of sci-fi and fancifully mixes them together. The result is an enchantingly written, delightful, action-packed amalgamation with charming characters that should have great appeal for all of its targeted teenage audience.

5* Delightful action-packed fantasy/sci-fi for targeted teenage audience.

INVASION

INVASION ISBN: 9780996731645 Blackrose Press, a vampire, sci-fi story with alien elements by Roxanne Bland.

In a basic plot that involves several sub- or perhaps concurrently developing co-plots the story develops as follows: Kurt, the Vampire Master of Seattle, Parker, his alpha male werewolf pack leader and Garrett Larkin the powerful mage witch of the local Coven join together to perform a tryst to restore peace and stop the annihilation of the members of their aberrant type residing in the area. The spell they attempted did produce the desired effect. However, it did not work exactly as it should have and each had gained part of each other’s powers leaving each weakened in the powers called for in their positions. This was especially significant for Kurt who could be challenged in a winner-take-all struggle for his powerful position. Garett asks her mentor Feodor to help. Results are mixed and more attempts continue to be made. Simultaneously, Parker becomes enamored of Melera, who is from another planet and she is one who realizes that Mag Beloc, from still a different planet, has decided that earth will be the perfect place to set up his empire to run his nefarious enterprises. Additionally, the reader discovers that Kurt has ‘feelings’ for Parker, but also is involved with Garrett, who enjoys being the recessive in Dom situations; Parker is in an arrangement of necessity with his female wolf partner, who in turn is jealous of his relationship with Melera; Jealous Regents sense Kurt’s possible loss of powers and offer challenges; the intergalactic confrontation takes place; and eventually all of the plots and sub-/co-plots coalesce to form a fascinating whole.

At first glance an attempt to amalgamate into one entity so many seemingly widely diverse activities would seem an impossible task. Instead, the author has juggled these various complications together in a manner as magical as the activities indulged in by her characters. And she has presented them as being performed by surprisingly interestingly described characters. A fascinating read for anyone enjoying escape from reality.

5* Vampire/sci-fi/alien invasion story thoroughly enjoyable for reality escapees.