Friday, November 21, 2014

Apocalypta Book Review

I have a very interesting take on the future and finding out we have always had aliens living with us in this new Science Fiction novel called Apocalypta written by Rob Matchett.
This is a novel about a post-apocalyptic world at the cusp of the 25th century. With the discovery of a synaptic memory chip holding the memories of individuals in the past, there is an attempt to avert a return to the terrible conflagrations of the past. This chip - 'the eyes of god' - holds salvation through the truth. The main character, implanted with the chip, bids the reader to follow history back to our present time in order to understand the future.  
Moreover, humanity has a chance to become members of a galactic confederation, which through various species have been instrumental in our emergence from earliest times. Many unusual characters color this story, which is ultimately about the struggle for humanity to rise to a higher place in its long quest for survival. 
My Review:
If you are like me and love Dystopian or Science Fiction, this book will appeal to you. The only downside is that the story explains why too much in the beginning and got quite technical about the past and the present. If you are a reader who likes all that background detail, then it won't matter to you. I do like some details but not as much as the first couple of chapters gave me.
After I got past all that history & science lesson, the book got way more interesting as it was telling a story of how the present day people came to be and how their ancestors were more than they thought they were. I loved all the drama and back stabbing that certain people in the book were up to and that there was a hero in the most unlikely place.
There is a World War 3 in this book followed by later on Asteroids falling on Earth and finishing what the World War 3 started, killing off a lot of people around the world. But, some people knew what was coming and built a bunker that houses all kinds of artifacts and secrets that hopefully will help the survivors if anyone lives long enough to find it and use the things stored there.
It's an interesting concept of what happened after this war and the asteroids ruined Earth but then was re-born again by a totally different shift in power that had the United States broken up into territories and each territory had their own laws and leaders. I hope that you too, will get past the long narrative in the beginning because the rest of the book is worth reading if you are as big a Science Fiction/Dystopia reader.
Happy Reading!
Author Spotlight:
Apocalypta is a novel about the future, perhaps even a novel from the future. I emphasize from because the setting of the novel is on the cusp of the 25th century and the story takes us back in time to our present 21st century.  
So it would seem in a sense that the story in the future is built on the past retrospective to our present time. I felt that it was important to capture to the best of my ability a realistic scenario of times to come. Obviously, one can never know the future until it happens, but using a template of the past 400 years and its historical shocks and paradigm shifts a fair guesstimate can be made. What is especially interesting is the sudden trajectory of technical progress within the last 30 years with the advent of global use of the internet through chip circuitry and fibre optics which apparently had their origin from alien technology according to highly placed sources that the author had researched.  
A very credible source was Col. Philip Corso who was ordered to seed the reverse-engineered alien technology into the military-industrial complex 60 years ago. Corso sat on the National Security Council. Others have affirmed the veracity of his position and rank and revelations in his book The Day After Roswell. One might think this is ridiculous or delusional because there was barely any notice taken of his story which came out in the 1990s. The media basically ignored it, because they couldn’t get any endorsement from any legitimate government agency. Not surprising.  
Perhaps, the powers that be felt it couldn’t hurt the classified nature of deeply compartmentalized alien programs if a little information was released innocuously by a retired officer of the army. Or perhaps, little by little some plan had been enacted to slowly acclimatize the ignorant public about what is really going on. Anyone who knew the emphatic truth would naturally wonder why the mainstream media didn’t proclaim globally AMERICAN GOVERNMENT HAS MADE CONTACT WITH ALIENS!  
Well, that has yet to happen. Is there collusion in government to suppress that kind of mainstream exposure? Or is media frightened of the shocking nature of that kind of information – the most profound in the history of civilization.  
My book isn’t so much about this; just that the premise of this great secret kept from the public has a karmic resolution down the ages to come. Just as we discover and unlock secrets of the past, and history is constantly being rewritten to reflect new understandings, and so in our story we unlock the secrets of our present from the future.  
Whistleblowers have given us a glimpse of the deep political nature of forbidden knowledge and its uses in the power structures of global supremacy and security. Moreover, the phenomenal implications of a universe replete with thousands upon thousands of ancient civilizations, some hundreds of millions of years beyond us, and others only fifty thousand or so years beyond us, at least must give us pause as to our precarious emergence as a technological upstart.  
Apocalypta is really about humanity and how we must adapt eventually to the universal family. And yes, we are apparently in a relative way, seen as such for the most part by our space neighbors in spite of various bad apples on both sides. It should be known we are feared as somewhat barbaric and do not want our participation in a larger sense until we have managed our global destructive ways into something harmonious politically, culturally and ecologically. Indeed we have a long way to go – thousands of years. Apocalypta attempts to enlighten our darker fears and dystopian defaults.  
Certain characters such as Cephren, Flower Child, Jimmy Pidgeon and Heyoka are new prototypes that alight the path to harmony for the ages to come. These types exist in all times, as well as their darker opposites. This is my story for humanity’s leap into the future and integration into the galactic community, which has already begun.
About the Author:

Rob (Robin) Matchett was born in Paris, France, in 1956 of Canadian parents, and moved to Canada at four years old. Apparently on the way, he spent hours in a porthole watching the sea, pondering existence. Now his life continues through a porthole – a regret being he didn’t remain in France a few more years. Though, embracing Canada he went native, steeped in the elements from where land-locked on the crest of a giant windblown hill, he commands from the bridge of a ship, foundered on springs, fields and forests.
Still unreleased from the yoke of his servitude, he dabbles in the stars, unlocking secrets from history and the future. Many transfigurations have occurred, of which he has faithfully transcribed into various literary forms, including novels, poems and film scripts, and continues to do so. Among other eclectic interests, he is known to be well-read; enjoy wholesome kitchen garden culinary pursuits; calvados; has musical inclinations, and often known to be wired into the Grateful Dead.
He is of a retiring nature, addicted to movies and documentaries, considered a professional obligation rather than lesser appraisals.

Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.


Della Bercovitch said...

Hello Mary,
On behalf of Robin Matchett and Book Marketing Services, I would like to thank you for hosting Robin today on your author spotlight. Thank you for taking the time to read Apocalypta and posting your review, we appreciate your comments. If anyone has any questions and/or comments they would like to share, please leave them in the comment box. Robin will be by later in the day to respond.

Robin is having a giveaway during his tour. 1st prize: $50 Amazon Gift Card, and an autographed copy of Apocalypta; 2nd prize: $25 Amazon Gift Card, and an autographed copy of Apocalypta; and 3rd prize: an autographed copy of Apocalypta. Click here to enter:

Please join Robin again on Monday, November 24th for Team Author’s review of Apocalypta. For a direct link to Team Author, please check Rob’s Facebook page tomorrow

Renald said...

The book sounds interesting, different from what I day to day.Deb P

Rita said...

Great review, thank you.

Wild N Mild $$$ said...

Enjoyed your review. Thank you for hosting.

Jennifer Rote