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|By Kenneth Morvant
For Taylor Scott, scientist and Christian, genetic experimentation collides with faith, conspiracy, totalitarianism, liberty and the fight for survival in the near future. Playing God has its consequences.
Scott wants to create a better world for an austere, government-controlled society. He creates a creature to fulfill that desire. His intellectual property is surreptitiously pirated and modified for the government’s plan for complete domination. Conflicting with his Christian view, his journey with fellow scientist and Christian, Christine Summers is one of discovery and danger. Trying to right the wrong, they encounter the government and Asterion, their first creation who seeks their extermination and the forces of freedom that recruit them in the fight for liberty.
Asterion blends science fiction into a political techno-thriller set in a dystopian world that while still distant, is on the horizon of time.
“Asterion” is the kind of novel that doesn’t come around too often. But when it does, snatch it up. You’ll be up until five a.m. Or longer. What drew me into this speculative techno thriller is the combination of realism and relatability. Taylor Scott’s personality and values remind me of the wise sages I’ve met in church circles. But “Asterion” is anything but churchy. The character’s faith is a mainstay of the novel, but the main event was the all-too-real conspiracy in the Big Brother setting. The idea that “Asterion” can actually happen tomorrow made me take it off the scifi shelf…and give it a home on the nonfiction one. If you want a peek at a dystopian future that many of today’s pundits are prophesying, “Asterion” is the read for you.