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Serenity Corporation is an overarching company that has tentacles everywhere. It is the home of the rich, and its scope allows it to be a propagator of wealth. Serenity Corp and CEO Thomas Van Buren are on a mission to control the world’s commerce and resources, to destroy humanity, and for the few to start all over in a Land called the “Garden of Eden”. Van Buren claims that Serenity “ has made the mythological idea of immortality, the great dream of the ages, a reality.” – and its vision is to impact evolutionary future of mankind with artificially enhanced trans-human models. With a biblical flood to get rid pf the current world, and trans-human drones for labor, he needs keep only a small amount of humans in controlled areas. Serenity’s beneficiaries (the rich and wealthy) will live in the Garden Land of Eden.
At the front of this mission, political and other and events are choreographed and faked to spread fear among the masses or simply to get their support. The current one is an attack on a nuclear station by North Korea and ever increasing resultant deaths.
Van Buren is the dominant character in the book. He has the means and the resources, the loyal support of and in various government and financial agencies, one of the major the press agencies, and his puppets. But he has ‘enemies’, some of them covert. Tommy his son is Head of the CIA nurturing a bad-father complex. There is Dan Sheraton, an “alternative journalist”, ever searching, always challenging as he seeks to expose Serenity’s agenda with his patient but effective partner, Lang. Together, they form a daring opposition. There are signs of rebellion and tampering with the weapons, and genetically modified labor unrest. General Harman and Robert Dewhurst, Secretary of State, are working in tandem for Van Buren but with their own self- interest influencing their decisions. The POTUS, an interesting character, is intransigent in not going along with Serenity – in her own time she blows the whistle on all the faked and choreographed news. Even the great Dr. Martin felt unnerved that his weapons would be used to generate fear in the population, for evil to mankind and not for its good. He deliberately disappears.
Meanwhile the risen spirits of ancient Archon spirits are resurrecting by inhabiting dead bodies. Nearly everyone has scope to pursue their interests, and in the end Van Buren’s plan to kill all together spills much blood, including his and his son’s. Sheraton and his girlfriend; Lang and his girlfriend, and POTUS manage to survive with quite a surprise ending about Sheraton himself. But the end, while exciting is something of an anticlimax.
I enjoyed reading this story. The author’s writing is picturesquely descriptive without being flowery: ” His foot again stabbed the gas pedal and the old truck groaned with reluctant approval”; and Harman’s assessment of his friendship with Dewhurst: “Together, they were quantum magnetic particles, forged into an unbreakable alliance, like sharp sabers bonded by steel.” I like that the verbal interaction in the early Chapters tell of relationships and characteristics, and technological and genetic developments, a background that supports the book’s later fast pace. The final shoot up is almost chaotic. I was stopped by a few misspelled and wrong words, but I am more impressed with the effective style of writing. In general my attention was arrested by some of the themes of this book, for example: the damning view of the masses (read governed or exploited class), and their ease for exploitation, and a question arising – to choose governing by democracy or oligopoly. It was interesting that Harman’s heroics were rooted in his “Hillbilly” origins, and Apollo’s shooting of Van Buren had a similar underpinning. But, remembering that one part of the disaster was put in motion, and given today’s political, economic, social and climatic occurrences, I am still left pondering the question: What if…suppose…..??
There is a lot that is going on in this book. At times you are completely caught up in the dynamics of the world that Perkins created. At other times you are left feeling lost and confused. Going between scenes, at times, can feel like a bit of a whiplash. I wonder if some of the side stories could have been cut, or if it could have been made into two or three books. When I was near the end of the book I wondered how it could possibly end with so much left unsaid. Then it did end, very abruptly. I am still trying to wrap my brain around the ending. I like when a book leaves an impression. It says something positive about the writer if they can impact the reader to that degree. That being said, I felt like I invested a lot into the book and would have rather it have been broken into two books then be left with an ending that was too fast.
Perkins is a good writer. I look forward to seeing how his style develops. He has an incredible imagination and is extremely vivid. However, he is a bit too descriptive. Each sentence seems to have four or five adjectives. Many of the adjectives are said over and over about the same characters. One character was described as loyal in nearly every sentence. Yet the reader already knew he was anything but loyal. The flowery language did not help set the scene, instead, it distracted me from what was actually happening. Also, at the start of the novel, the characters kept zoning out and reminiscing about their past. While this gave the reader great background information it did not flow naturally. Thankfully this ended once all the characters were established.
Sorcerers’ Dynasty is a good book that had the potential to be great. Unfortunately, it did not quite reach that bar. With a bit more flushing out the characters and more work on the timing of the novel, I think Perkins has the potential to be an amazing author. I look forward to reading more of his work.