• Rebask posted an update in the group Book logo of Brother Dust: The ResurgenceBrother Dust: The Resurgence 7 months ago

    “It’s no easy thing, going from Dust to man.”

    In this science fiction thriller I found an abundance of entertainment; it is a true thrill ride. Yet – the book is profoundly deep, filled with moments where I found myself contemplating what Life means – not only for myself but for anyone, for everyone… This book is actually… a psychological warfare political socioeconomic theological thriller! WOW! As I read it I marveled that it only took TWO authors to come up with it because it is truly very well done. It held my attention from start to finish – in fact I found it hard to put down to do other things and wished I didn’t have to. Every time I ‘d get a minute – I read some more of it – and when I was finished with my duties I put my nose into the book and barely came up for air! It held my interest Exquisitely – not always easy to do when Life has other demands of my time. Uncomplicated yet… Very complex. Deep, yet – presented an ageless problem… trying to do ‘right’ by our loved ones, by our very World (country of origin), and by our ethical standards.

    Told in Science Fiction mode – the beings were of various forms – insect-like and humanoids, some with various oddities depending on their Planet of Origin. While the story-line doesn’t purposefully connect any species in it to a particular country here, I found it easy to compare all species described to the diversity found on Planet Earth – in that here – each country has it’s unique ethic contributions. In Brother Dust – each Planet has their own special attributes.

    A few of the characters you’ll find in this book are:
    Brother Dust – who is also a Monk and has several unfortunate nicknames attached to him that he felt he deserved: Demon of Dastopan and Hell’s Harrow. When not in a ‘Dust Form’ he resembles the features of the ‘God’ of the planets – the guy who is truly behind most of the death and destruction – a Solovot – with beautiful, hypnotic purple colored eyes. In his Dust form he can’t feel physical pain but is in constant mental anguish over bringing death and destruction to everyone, every where he goes. At times he feels wonder that people fight the inevitable, death – death at his hands or because of their planet’s ruin – and that they refuse to just go easy into that dark night… At other times it fills him with angst and sometimes with anger… Brother Dust must not have the author Dylan Thomas in his world, or perhaps it is because he has never really loved so why would he know what loss was about, what clinging to today is for – even if in the Now the day is dying…

    The first human to befriend Dust – besides the ‘High Father’ (who is truly behind all the death) is a Solovot named Tristaine Glass who seems to me to speak like an Aussie. Dust saved him and he followed Dust to the Underground Lab (or lair?) – being run by the beautiful Solovot named Anissa.

    Nissa is a gorgeous buxom and robust no-nonsense pragmatic type of woman, whom I wondered – at first – if she would turn out to be an evil mad Scientist. She did have an underground lair, after all. One of my favorite lines in the book was when Nissa said to Dust, “It’s no easy thing, going from Dust to man.”

    Nissa had been saved from the clutches of the High Father by a man named Arthur. Arthur resembled the ‘giant’ in Beyond the Thunderdome, both in physical height and strength as well as mental capabilities and always has a smile on his lips and a song in his heart even if trying to be convincing forceful. I have the feeling Arthur would remain loyal to Nissa through a hundred life times, because he is just a loyal and lovely giant of a man.

    Then there is the High Father, Sid’el, who takes advantage of the natives of every planet he visits so he can collapse it and send it’s essence, it’s Core – off into space to use it for his own wicked but very sentimental purposes, yet doesn’t want to be forced to exert too much death in the process. In fact – he goes to some great lengths to rescue the most intelligent and ‘worthy’ beings from each planet before his own actions cause everyone else’s demise. I found myself at odds because I felt sympathy for him. He is highly confused by his own actions of following what he believes is his duty; he must follow his books of faith due to a vow he’d made ages ago to keep his long dead loved ones memory alive. He must follow even though he is tormented to do so, he must follow blindly even when he questions – for he is ‘shown signs’ he believes means he is required to do what he would rather not.

    There are many more people, and even insects who behave like people, as well as other beings who are neither humans nor insects. Seriously – just like Blade Runner, which came from the famous Sci Fi “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep” by author Philip K. Dick. Brother Dust is filled with beings of various sizes and descriptions and is quiet simply a marvelous read, one that I didn’t want to end. I am glad more is to come, but I also plan on going back to this one a few dozen more times because it was just So Filled with beings and things to think about.

    If you like things such as Blade Runner or anything to do with Space Opera you’ll love it as much as I did… Maybe more, because while I don’t always love those types of books – it depends on the writing style and if it is done really well – I Do love them in movie form. This book is done That well. I loved Brother Dust so much I would pay to see this at a theater – and we seldom go to the movies. (I know, weird, huh? We read, instead of going to the movies – that’s why I am reviewing a book!) I would be watching to see if the movie could do the book justice, but I would go.

    I highly recommend this book. I know my Vet well enough to know that when he reads it he will say about the same thing, but in a Man-Voice, leaving out how much he ‘LOVED’ Brother Dust. 😉 You know, because he’s a guy and I’m not.