Publisher: Alternate Reality Press
Publish Date: February 1, 2013
Origins: From Author for Review
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Synopsis: Ancient artifacts like nothing ever discovered before are uncovered in Egypt. They are manufactured by a technique unknown to man and defy all attempts at analysis. A few individuals acquire these items including two top intelligence operatives from Russia and the United States. They are instantly endowed with god-like abilities. But as everyone knows absolute power corrupts absolutely and even with strong national loyalties how will these men react? The American intelligence freelancer, Cord Devlin, is susceptible to temptation at least in the estimation of his friend and handler, Paul McMaster, at the CIA. Still when one is fighting a war against a gifted opponent one cannot afford to be picky about using one's own assets. Thus a new cold war is born with men and weapons that make a nuclear deterrent look quaint. The one thing that gives Cord an edge is also the thing that makes him immature in Paul's eyes. Cord's deep and abiding love of all things Star Trek and the lessons it inspired will also help him deal with an otherworldly threat whose sole purpose is to indefinitely continue the conflict.
Review: Strange and ancient artifacts, possibly from another planet or civilization? Covert agents from Russia and America fighting for the upper hand? Scads of Sci-Fi TV show references? ‘Ghosts of Forgotten Empires (Volume 1)’ has all this and more! Part Indiana Jones, part Star Trek, and part James Bond – the author has created a story which has something for everyone.
‘Ghosts of Forgotten Empires (Volume 1)’ is the beginning of an epic science fiction tale. There is a lot of action, intrigue, suspense, and bloodshed as the characters race to capture all of the artifacts while some other intelligence is influencing the deadly game they play. Interlaced with visions of past events and historical figures who had been similarly influenced, the book speeds along to an abrupt and shocking conclusion...to be picked up in Volume 2. The characters didn’t stand out for me individually, the action was more engrossing. Also, I was more fascinated with the outside force watching, waiting, and ‘nudging’. I hope we learn more about it in Volume 2 than the background already given. I enjoyed all the Star Trek references as I am a huge fan myself! I enjoyed ‘Ghosts of Forgotten Empires (Volume 1)’ very much and I am looking forward to finding out what happens next!
Series: Ghosts of Forgotten Empires Volume 1, Ghosts of Forgotten Empires Volume 2