QUEST FOR GENESIS: A JOURNEY
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David Gau-Ghan iUniverse, March 2000 Reviewed by Joy Calderwood Metaphysical, science fiction, environmental When Zakeera, Blue Star Commander, changes assignments, he doesn't pack up his family and furnishings and drive out of town. He boards a jet that is due to crash anyway, and is beamed off the jet to a flying saucer just before it blows up -- presumed dead and ready for the next job. So when his assignment is changed unexpectedly, before he has time for a farewell look at his wife and children, he is really quite irritated. Fortunately, you can never lose anyone permanently, from an incarnational point of view. It isn’t long before he finds himself traveling with another incarnation of his beloved wife. Zakeera must find and learn to use the energy provided by Earth, which is powered by the Genesis crystal deep inside Earth and is considered a valuable resource by non-terrestrials. As Zoe guides him through the kingdom of Agharti, a system of tunnels and caves inside Earth’s crust, they are frequently interrupted by Nazis and other bad guys. Using the Genesis energy becomes a matter of life and death. Zakeera is a standard superhero without much depth, but his intimate scenes are written with understanding and a feeling that communicates itself to the reader. Everything in this book is seen only through Zakeera’s eyes, so we connect with his wife in moments when he understands her best. The author has given her some very human moments. In an interval on Earth’s surface, Zakeera meets an interesting couple of explorers, Gary and Kathleen, whose help in finding the way back underground provides the author with the opportunity to discuss the lost continents of Atlantis and Lemuria. Aside from these characters, most are seen from the surface only, as in a comic book, and are stereotypic. Author David Gau-Ghan is also a consultant technical writer, and he writes fiction with a non-fiction writing style. He uses long sentences with involved, precise phrasing, even in his dialogue. In fiction, the effect is stilted. I felt the lack of a professional editor, who would have found it a rewarding job to make QUEST FOR GENESIS say the same thing in fewer words -- although that might have turned this 232 page e-book into a novella. I think this author has a genuine future in comic books, where his visuals would be brightened and the text pared to the bone. This would throw the emphasis on the strong points of QUEST FOR GENESIS, the adventure and the New Age philosophy. QUEST FOR GENESIS irresistibly reminded me of James Redfield's THE CELESTINE PROPHECY. They both have an adventure plot used as a display for the author's New Age philosophy, and they spend a great deal of time on exposition of their beliefs. Much of QUEST FOR GENESIS has the same storyboard feel as THE CELESTINE PROPHECY. I prefer David Gau-Ghan’s writing, because his viewpoint is more positive. I did have trouble with the way he occasionally leaps to utopian conclusions with little groundwork. QUEST FOR GENESIS is the second book in a series that began with THE BLUE STAR MILLENNIUM. Readers who choose their reads for the metaphysical viewpoint will enjoy this book about responsibility for building a better world. July 2000 Review first published on Romance Communications
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