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Technology is freed from man's restraining morality and runs amok - destroying the majority of the earth's population. Is the planet destined to revolve in space, devoid of human existence for eternity, a sarcophagus containing the sum total of man's scientific and artistic accomplishments?
Poems, Short Stories and Novel Excerpts of Hungarian Author, Alex Domokos
Intrigue and international espionage once again flare due to renewed atomic rivalry between Pakistan and India. As well, Russia has re-emerged as a major atomic power.
Western and Russian intelligence agencies are fed disinformation by China, with the purpose of forcing the two powers into nuclear alert status. In accomplishing this China hopes to be able to determine the reaction time and the location of both nations’ nuclear weapons so she can strategically place her own self-launching missiles. The stage is set for world destruction.
Taking advantage of the chaos created by China, Pakistan releases an atomic explosion which starts a chain reaction with Russian and Chinese self-launching missiles. Technology has shaken off man’s restraining morality and runs amok.
From his vantage point on the bulging outcrop of rock overhanging the valley, Colonel Woung scrutinized the narrow pass in the distance, the gateway to this region from the south. Below, on the valley floor, the main highway and the most probable route of any invasion from that direction, remained devoid of traffic. The only movement he could discern through the binoculars was the shimmer of heat waves that bounced off the pavement and seemed to cause the abutting hills to tremble in the afternoon air.
It was irrelevant whether the land they laid claim to was Nepal, Buthan or Afghanistan, all that mattered to Woung was that he was now the master of the situation. He congratulated himself on his swift and decisive thrust into this strategically important area.
Reared in the ancient Chinese warlords' tradition, Woung was aware that the old order had collapsed and now only the strong would prevail. He was quite aware that the food, clothing, medicine, and other supplies in the nearby army depots would soon be treasures beyond price and to secure the entire district, including the depots, as his personal domain was therefore imperative. As he saw it, the greatest threat to his kingdom was an uncontrollable influx of people who, like a bewildered herd fleeing before a flood, would sooner or later appear from the south, seeking asylum in this relatively unaffected region.
Reviewed by Simply Ebooks
Book Title: PROMETHEUS
Author: Alex Domokos
Date: January 2001
Genre: Future Fiction
ISBN and price: 1-58338-65;
Rating and Content: 4 1/2 stars; Tame
Reviewed By: Judy Gill
Brock Lowden, an athletic ex-marine, a linguist and specialist in
non-verbal communication, Ludec Jarmec, well-known Czech anthropologist,
Betty Holden, American journalist, Andrew McFairlain, Scottish mountaineer,
and Rudolph Weiner, a German archeologist are teamed up by the Royal
Geographic Society to travel to Nepal in search of the Yeti.
Their mission is to prove or disprove the existence of the mythical beast.
While all agree it will be almost impossible to disprove something as
elusive as the Snowman, they would like very much to find incontrovertible
proof that it does exist. Being the first people from the Western world to
actually see and document the creature would provide a huge step up in each
of their careers.
Unknown to the expedition members, however, border wars in several nations
have been constantly escalating. When one Asian nation sets off a nuclear
device, a horrific war ensues, which wipes out virtually all life on the
planet. High in the mountains, and therefore above the worst of the
radiation cloud that quickly covers the earth, the expedition listens in
shock and fear as one by one, their electronic contacts report the
devastation then blink off the air.
The group takes shelter in a Buddhist monastery, but know that despite
their isolated situation, their time is limited as the radiation slowly
approaches. There is some outdated Russian anti-toxin which might save some
of the people on the mountain, but there isn't enough for all, and what
there is will likely only delay the inevitable.
What would be the point in continuing their search for the Yeti? But again,
what would be the point in not continuing? They had arrived in the
mountains with a purpose. If they have to die, wouldn't they prefer to die
having accomplished something, even if the only ones to know they did so
Local legend tells of a protected valley where the Snowmen live. Surrounded
by high, impenetrable walls of ice, yet blessed by a warm atmosphere that
would create updrafts, preventing the radiation cloud from descending,
could this be a final place of refuge? What if, several of the group
reason, the Yeti can be found, could the humans maybe survive among them?
One of the local tribesmen is certain his ancestors' tales of the valley
are true. He agrees to lead the members of the expedition who want to
accompany him to the portal to this mysterious valley. But . . . will they
live long enough to get there? Will the surviving Chinese army personnel,
who have claimed the monastery area as being under their "protection" allow
their escape? Or will the radiation sickness get them first?
Regardless, three of them feel honor-bound to try. Even if they are little
more than animals, could the Yeti not be shown some important aspects of
human society? If this could be done, the Earth would not have to become
just a vacant ball orbiting the Sun. If some of the Westerners do manage to
reach the Yeti, is there the possibility of their being able, as did
Prometheus of much earlier mythology, to introduce fire to a primitive
people, setting them on a path toward civilization?
PROMETHEUS is an "after-the-holocaust" story with an important difference
that renders it unique among stories of this nature. Well-written,
carefully plotted, and highly intelligent in its philosophy, it will give
readers much to ponder long after they've finished reading it.
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