||March 1, 2012
Earth realizes it is not unique. The Drana return to take control.
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For thousands of years man in his arrogance has believed that he is unique in the cosmos.
During the last decade of the twentieth century, the day arrived when a warlike alien species called the Drana returned to our solar system, intent on re-establishing their rule over the Earth once more. The last time they were here they left a subordinate race in charge of our early ancestors. When the Drana moved on to conquer more planets in the name of their emperor, the Khaz began to create a stronghold here on Earth, hopefully large enough to one day challenge the Drana. Over countless centuries all memories of the Khaz and their masters the Drana vanished from the minds of man. However, the Khaz are still calling the shots through a secret government they set up consisting of the world’s political and military leaders, as well as the heads of all the major business cartels.
Meanwhile, our New Zealand born hero Tom is enjoying a well-earned break, hiking through the beautiful mountains of South Westland in New Zealand’s South Island, totally unaware that he is being deliberately drawn to a specific place.
In a valley somewhere in South Westland, artificially hidden from the outside world he meets a dying race of peaceful people from another world called the Nephile, who are hiding from the Drana and falls in love with one of them. Through her and others like her he is made aware that everything we have ever learned or assumed is untrue. He learns that the ancestors of all the various branches of humanity were brought here from other worlds as slaves of the Drana millennia ago.
After being enhanced, our hero is tasked with bringing in all the other human beings, chosen like him by the Nephile to be taken back to the valley in New Zealand to form a new species of Nephile/human. While picking up the various groups of humans dotted across the world, his actions inadvertently starts World War Three, days before the Drana return to reclaim the Earth, throwing the Khaz High Command here on Earth into total panic.
How to save the Earth and humanity from this nightmare situation? What kind of earthbound weaponry could possibly defeat the Drana? The battle between the army of resistance fighters, led by our hero Tom, and the Drana in New Zealand’s South Island, ends when a worldwide cataclysmic event set in place by the Nephile living in the hidden valley occurs. Will anyone survive?
An hour passed, and then another, finally Tom had begun to relax. Amsu, the senior weapons technician, soon shook him out of his complacency. “Tom, look at your display!”
On the screen in front of him he could make out six targets on a collision course with them. He could easily outrun them. But could he afford to take the chance they had not seen and reported the large ‘UFO’?
“Take your positions, arm all weapons, there must be no survivors!” he commanded. The crew immediately sprang into action. The transport’s four twin particle cannon locked on to the closest targets, still well over two thousand kilometres away. Tom eased the huge craft onto a direct collision course with the unsuspecting group of aircraft.
Colonel Anatole Tiempkin was the third generation of his family to serve his country from the skies above. His grandfather had been one of the first pioneers to take to the air during the Second World War against the Nazi offensive. His father Mischa had participated as a test pilot during the early days of the space race in the 1950’s.
Anatole’s MIG-29 was the most advanced military aircraft ever built at the time; surpassing anything the Western Alliance had to offer. He found great solace in this fact. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, he and his comrades had for a while become largely redundant in the new Democratic Russian Federation. Now with the current troubles caused by dissident factions all across the federation, he and his brother pilots were needed once more. This training mission was necessary to keep them on their toes. Fully armed, the MIG’s were to proceed to a way point, one thousand kilometres south-southeast of their base on the Kamchatka Peninsula. There they would engage and destroy an old freighter, which the navy had towed there for the purpose. It was hoped that this would once again clearly establish the superiority of the air-arm of the Russian military, over that of its comrades.
An alarm sounded in Anatole’s helmet.
“What is it for Christ sake!” he said to himself. “Bushka, what do you make of it?”
His second in command was at a complete loss about what his radar was now indicating. “I’m not sure comrade colonel; I’ve never seen anything like it in my life!”
“Whatever happens boys,” Anatole began, “keep your camera’s...”
The particle wave rolled across the flight of MIG’s. The last conscious action Anatole had was seeing the bones in his hands as they gripped the flight controls.
Before the blast from the cannons had obliterated their targets, the transport had already resumed its heading, and by now was passing over the Manchurian Plain. Tom felt sick at what he had just initiated. Now he realized why the old veterans of the Second World War, were so reluctant to discuss what they had seen and done, in the name of peace. It was necessary, no vital, that their mission went undetected. If the Khaz learned of it, the next time they may not get a second chance.
An Epic Tale
In a world full of authors, it's a delight to know there are still those few who can tell epic tales. Turning Point by Jack Eason fits this bill completely. Set in New Zealand, the tale unfolds of how a likeable young man,Tom, stumbles upon a secret that will change not only his life, but of all humanity. Starting with his discovery of the Nephiles, which then leads him to the dangers posed by the Drana and Khaz, he joins in the fight for survival.
It's a tale on a grand cosmic scale and so well told, the characters leap from the page at you. A highly recommended read for those who love science fiction and classic adventure tales.
Jack has produced a very interesting novel with "Turning Point." It is far deeper than just another Science Fiction Story. Apart from the struggle between good and bad, and the development of the main characters stories and profiles, Jack explains a lot of the World's great mysteries. One of these, is the visibility/invisibility of UFOs.
It also references the electromagnetic grid, as calculated by New Zealander Bruce Cathie. This grid covers the earth and its full power has not yet been realised by we modern citizens of Earth. However, in Jack's story, its secrets are partially unravelled, including the mysterious ancient sites that coincide with the grid, such as the great pyramids and Stonehenge.
Towards the end, the story touches on the concept of the Gaia theory as presented by Dr James Lovelock. The Gaia theory proposes that all organisms and their inorganic surroundings on Earth are closely integrated to form a single and self-regulating system, maintaining the conditions for life on the planet. This put simply, means if we stuff things up, the Earth will take its revenge, wiping most of us out so other life forms may continue to survive.
The story was easy to follow, although at times I did get confused by the characters and their names, but perhaps that is just me, not the fault of the story.
In all a cleverly structured and well researched novel, and can be considered truly Science Fiction, rather than "Science Fantasy" which most stories of the genre are, since Jack points strongly towards the mysteries of the Earth becoming unravelled.
This reminded me of the tales from world War II, the little groups of men and women desperately fighting the Axis powers, doing little more than pinpricks as to a voo doo doll, but each bringing an annoyance of pain to the conquerors.
A rousing tale of desperation and courage and hope. Guts beyond measure, and sacrifice as true to man in this story as it was in the various resistances of old.
The Sci-Fi aspect finally answers some age old questions, one being 'are we alone?'
A must read for adventure lovers as well as Sci-Fi. Well done Mr. Eason!
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