Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Saints of David by Anthony Caplan (The Jonah Trilogy, #3)

The Saints of David
by Anthony Caplan

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

Trilogy: The Jonah Trilogy - Book 3
Publisher: Hope Mountain Press (November 3, 2017)
Publication Date: November 3, 2017
Genre: Fantasy | Sci-fi | Dystopian
Print Length: 328 pages
Available from: Amazon
In this fast-paced, psychological thriller, the final entry in Anthony Caplan’s best-selling Jonah Trilogy, Corrag and Ben, the brave yet doomed lovers of The Victor’s Heritage, are reunited. But now humanity faces a crisis -- the last of the free brained creative folk against the enslaved people of the Augment and their elite Republican Homeland overlords.
It is 2072, and falling creative information flows in the Augment system mean there is little time to reach full power status and launch the planetary cover before the incoming Oort Cloud asteroids destroy civilization. Corrag and Ben make a run for freedom with their daughter Hera to find David’s Tower, an alternative society built on the democratic power of individual stories. At the same time, pushed by haunting dreams of a break in the arrow of time that occurred at the end of Savior, Corrag's father Ricky sets out to find his father’s book that he is sure will answer the deep-seated root of humanity’s evil. These are just a few of the individuals on a quest, drawn to the utopian world of the Tower, built by the man known to his followers as the Saint. David Shavelson, a former owner of a Brooklyn bookstore, is a charismatic visionary leading a community in resistance against the mental enslavement of the Augment system. The Augment leaders know they must crush the Tower or lose control of their destiny. The battle lines are drawn. Will the Augment crush David’s Tower and save itself from the Incoming asteroid disaster? Who will survive this final, apocalyptic war? Will Corrag and her family ever reach salvation and peace? Will Ricky find his father’s book and save mankind from itself? Find out all the answers in the thrilling roller-coaster finale that is The Saints of David.

The Saints of David by Anthony Caplan
(The Jonah Trilogy, #3)

The Saints of DavidWill the last true remnants of humanity die off in a battle of wills, control and the dehumanizing Augment? Will the quest for power and might crush free will? Is this the end of what it means to be human, feel love and dare to be unique? There is the impending doom from the sky, asteroids on a collision course with Earth that can be stopped, but thanks to the mental slavery of the Augment, even the greatest minds and most creative thinking have been thwarted. Even those seeking refuge in David’s Tower, a haven for those who have escaped the Augment’s violation face annihilation, but at least it will be on their own terms. Their essence as humans intact.

The creator (Chagnon)of the Augment refuses to give up the power he has…knowing his world is crumbling…that the feeling of contentment is not enough any longer as those who have refused it are rising up. The human need to think and feel freely is strong, but the hubris of Chagnon may be stronger as he continues to fool himself about both his waning power and the power of free will versus mental puppets.

Anthony Caplan’s THE SAINTS OF DAVID brings a chaotic end to his Jonah Trilogy as he weaves the loose threads of this mammoth tale together. Extremely intense, this dark future world clearly shows this author’s ability to tell a tale of a terrifying political future that could spell the doom of society. He even points a connection to current political figures with his own twist. Will he save humanity or will we be left with questions? An often rapidfire pace that becomes dizzying and jolting, so hang on tight or you will miss something crucial as a chaotic kaleidoscope spins almost out of control. For as much as I was mesmerized by the first two books, this one wasn't my cup of tea, even after reading it twice.

I am voluntarily reviewing this ARC edition

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