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.

 

The Perfect Tear

The Perfect Tear
ISBN: 9780996216029, Rockit Press, an e-book by Connie Lansberg.

Plot/Characters: A unique civilization of superior beings control all thing in the universe. The Crystal Hall is where all DNA is stored and from there can be added bit by bit. Tsera is one of the Ancients, the author of the template upon which the present pattern of DNA is distributed, a Master of Manipulation, and the person in control of the Library where every unique sequence of DNA is stored. Every year a Creation Contest is held in which new templates are submitted, the winner of the contest being awarded an opportunity to ‘dethrone’ Tsera. Lerion is one of this year’s novices who has submitted a design which he is confident will win. Lalycri, an attractive young novice, also has submitted a template and is approached by Lerion against the rules. The contest begins and he worries that she will report his action, thus disqualifying him. She does not because of an ulterior motive, which later is discerned by Tsera. Lerion is the winner and decides to challenge Tsera, something no other winner ever has done because, if lost, the results could be fatal. Tsera has established on Earth a group of ‘singers’ whose pure songs can cause food to grow and help the normal seasonal patterns to continue normally. Specifically: “Tsera had won the original contest with a remarkable achievement in matter manipulation – an inspired creation of a world situated in the third density, a thing thought impossible at the time. She had created living creatures by manipulating vibration and sound into form. Tsera had designed these beings to evolve to full activation. However, the most audacious thing she had done was to imbue these basic life forms with the gift of music. She had embedded many clues to lead them to the true function of music but they remained blind to its power.”

“Secretly, Lerion didn’t believe even Tsera was capable of creating a life form in the lower densities with the ability to reach full activation, and violently disagreed with sharing music, the creation language, with such an inferior form of life.” He believed her premise was flawed and was desirous of correcting it by removing the ability from these beings. The tale evolves as the reader follows the manner in which he attempts to proceed and involves a number of these ‘inferior beings’; Eleanor, her mother and father Maria and Charles, her goat Bella, best friend Audrey, Prince Edward, his companion John, and numerous other characters with lesser, but important roles. Lerion’s ultimate goal is to seize the all-important ‘third vibration’ which is responsible for the creation of life and is contained within “The Perfect Tear” and basically eliminate it and them.

Discussion/Conclusion: The author has presented a true fantasy most appropriate for younger readers. Fanciful creatures intermingle with earthly beings and there is an abundance of heartbreak, suspense, fear, redemption, cruelty, deceit, deception, and greed and above all, the author’s desire to project that love is a most basic component of life. Thus, even the ‘young at heart’ may enjoy this tale but must be able to disengage themselves from the somewhat strange admixture of science with mystical maneuvering and the story’s somewhat meandering activity, against which maturity more often rebels. If this can be accomplished, they also may arrive at the author’s desire to project love as an all-important component of life.

5* fantasy gem for youth; suggestions also for mature ‘young at heart’ enjoyment.