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Souls of Terror - A New Age Thriller Paperback – Dec 2 2010
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I believe a definition of pornography is that the plot only exists to move the action from one sex scene to another. Well this is a pornography of diatribe - the author clearly has a bugbear and writes a story that moves from one unconvincing expose to another.
The author confuses sensationalism with gripping narrative. Lesbians, a mad doctor, a messiah figure and a supposed devil, a rape scene and weird murders all make their appearance.
In so many ways it strains credulity. A supposedly brilliant leader explains part of a deeply secret plot to a couple of visitors he does not know because it helps the storyline. We get a whole page of arcane quotes (regularly repeated), while a plot to control a Chinese nuclear reactor is covered in a paragraph. And the characters are unconvincing and follow neither police procedures nor realistic human behaviour.
The Da Vinci Code was of course a fair amount of fictional nonsense but it was spiced by some interesting curiosities and it was written as a mystery with a smart guy solving riddles that engaged readers. There are no riddles here - just a series of supposed revelations dumped in the reader's lap. Ranting is not a good recipe for exciting fiction. Cyphers do not replace characters.
A waste of time.
The author uses the inwardness and secrecy of Anthroposophy founded by Rudolf Steiner in the early part of the 20th century as the backdrop of the story. Mr. Norse maintains a balance throughout by not letting the backdrop capture the story line. While achieving its purpose, the sense of balance imparts credence that this is not another modern day conspiracy theory.
Mr. Norse's protagonists rise to the occasion pursuing unforeseen and changing directions as they hunt the various locations trying to make sense of elusive antagonists. There is an increasingly urgency of will-they-catch-him-before-he-kills-more-people. However, it is the three dimensional characteristics that Mr. Norse has assigned the "bad guys" that helps to create a believable story. It is sufficient to say there are "bad guys" and then there are "really bad guys" the difference is Mr. Norse's villains are the ones history substantiates.
Mark Twain penned the following," Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't." Read the book and draw your own conclusion.
This book reads like the best kind of screenplay, with a real visual bite. As someone who has had experience of living amongst followers of Rudolf Steiner there are parts of the book which ring exceptionally true. Most people who follow the teachings of Steiner (Anthroposphists) are on the whole kind gentle people until that is, you challenge them...