The Zul Enigma
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Genres: Thrillers and Suspense, Science Fiction. Format: eBook. Views: This Week 340, Total 2598.
People are raving about The Zul Enigma. 'It blew my mind into a bazillion pieces' and 'This is, by far, one of the best books I've ever read!'
The Zul Enigma, a futuristic thriller fused in reality, seamlessly weaves New Age beliefs with hard, scientific facts. Set in 2068 it follows a quest to expose the perpetrator behind a cataclysmic event that occurs on 21 December 2012, end of the Mayan calendar, and changes the world forever.
Underpinned by a theme of betrayal, the action is set against a backdrop of climate change, overpopulation, world war, alien visitations, presidential plots, global deception and a new world order.
A venomous twist reveals the most horrific conspiracy one could ever imagine and Zul is behind it. But who... or what... is Zul?
Buried deep beneath layers of subterfuge lurks the shocking truth.
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Good Story, Well Written, Recommended, Well Edited in 2 reviews.
Ian Miller : The basic underlying plot, in which a depressed workaholic Carlos Maiz receives electronic messages from Zul, seemingly extra-dimensional, and which assert that humans must reform and "evolve to a higher density" on December 21, 2012 (e-day), or humanity will be eliminated, and what happens after e-day, is breath-taking. The characters are well-drawn, the writing flows well, the production appears essentially free of flaws, typos, etc, although thanks to TV pronunciation, the dreaded "duck tape" makes a couple of cameo appearances. Is Zul real? Are the messages coming from somewhere else? What is this book about? It could be SF, a thriller, a mystery, a tragedy, the great bulk of it could be a romance. There are so many possibilities that in the hands of a Dan Brown or Tom Clancy, this should be a mega-blockbuster, but it isn't, at least yet. My assessment of this book that follows is probably overly harsh, but as a writer myself, I am a little in awe of the mind-blowing possibilities that unfortunately were not realized.
There were two problems for me. The first were credibility issues, in part generated by what I believe is an unnecessary fixation on the Maya calendar, with reliance on communication equipment not currently available, at least generally, a problem that would disappear if we were in the future. I would have expected at least some people to reject Zul's message that humanity must mass-meditate before e-day, or even the galaxy is in trouble. Carlos was previously a leading scientist at NASA. He knows the messages must have come from somewhere else, so I would have expected him to personally take charge of an investigation. At the very least he would ask his friends at NASA for suggestions how somebody could get into his computer without going through the usual internet. Instead, Carlos and the Secretary General meet with the President of the United States to request help to determine from where these messages came. A UN staff member living in Vienna with an implausible message would never get to POTUS; he is busy. The President decides, after Carlos throws a tizzy fit, to incarcerate Carlos in a Spanish asylum. I doubt this is sufficient for POTUS to ignore diplomatic immunity; even Adolph Hitler and Joseph Stalin respected that. Following a road accident, Carlos escapes but is soon recaptured. Thriller? The escape and recapture are simply not thrilling, and throughout the book, things happen to Carlos. A tragedy? Carlos does not do enough. A mystery? A mystery requires clues, and that requires everything that is not a clue or a deliberate red herring to be correct. As far as I can tell, there are no genuine clues.
When NASA works out how these messages could have been delivered, Carlos is off the hook, but even now no investigations get underway. Carlos, head of mass-meditation, embarks on a romance with Rebecca and gets her pregnant. Then, 80% into the book, e-day comes, and an unbelievable horror emerges and we find out what the book is about. There is a brief "wash-up" told, then everybody appears to accept this horror until Rachel, Carlos' daughter, uncovers what happened. This last 20% moves very well, but more could have been made of it.
Ian J Miller, author of Troubles.