"Since knowledge is but sorrow's spy, it is not safe to know." -- Sir William Davenant, English poet and playwright (1606-1668)
Meet French technologist Esquelle. Terrorists are watching her. NSA agents are monitoring her every move. And no less than five national intelligence services are about to disrupt her quiet life.
Esquelle and her brother Bernard, a reclusive genius, have just been deemed a threat to the global economic and political order. Their enemies will stop at nothing to prevent Bernard from developing his world-changing breakthrough. Swept up in a storm of intrigue and violence, Esquelle must elude a shadowy group of government actors equipped with all the advances in information technology, global communications, medicine, surveillance and military hardware that this future world can provide.
Fortunately, Esquelle has a few tricks of her own. But it will take more than her data-mining skills to defeat the Pandora Working Group and its Tesla Protocol. It will take determination, passion and a little help from Chaos Theory.
The first in its series, this book is a high-octane, hard-science thriller set in a near-future world where knowledge embraces both power and peril.
This is Book 1 of a 3-part series, available on Amazon.
To review the novel Esquelle & The Tesla Protocol (Book 1), I must write one myself. It is neither a matter of what this book deserves nor a requisite to its complex scientific bearings. There is simply much to be said about the story. Nonetheless, I believe one can be reasonably accurate in summing it up as a bank. This institution of a book not only holds valuable resources but also necessitates a very serious and thoughtful engagement from the moment you enter.
There are two challenges that every SciFi author is faced with:
Different authors choose different routes to achieve the above. Ones who can do it yield a book to relish. Joe Dacy II does so in every single chapter through two very simple inductions. First, he numbers his chapters in binary digits – reminding us each time of the mode our brains must remain attuned to. Second, he follows it up with a bite-size philosophical/academic/humorous text - from Confucious to Shakespeare to Darth Vader to Dictionary.com – that sets the tone for that chapter! He further garnishes it with other aids – Esquelle’s SQL-themed earrings that double-up as pen drives or maps and images that elucidate the subject at play. The essence of a good Sci-Fi lies in how well, and creatively, the author transcends complex data into a smooth reading experience. This book does it almost perfectly.
Why ‘almost’? Because SciFi in its very nature offers a paradox. To be good, it must be holistically bathed in cutting edge concepts and references. In doing so, it will inevitably be difficult to comprehend for many. Given the time play, one has to turn back pages to keep up with chapters belonging to past events as they intervene those in the present. Once again, the author helps us with precise date and time for every chapter, but it remains difficult to follow in light of catching-up that we do with programming fundamentals. The story often recounts the principle of Publish or Perish. However, in executing the former, Mr. Dacy can do better to further simplify the overall narrative and expression of technical data. For, a good book, good story and good idea deserve to be delivered effectively to as much of the reading population as possible. As a part of the world of SciFi literary fiction, I find this easier said than done. But as they say Joe, that is the job.
And now back to the geniusness of it all. In pondering over the science in this fiction, I cannot afford to bypass another achievement the book carries. From legal hearings to political analysis of Lewis Carroll’s sequel to Alice in Wonderland, to dynamics of an effective interrogation, complete with mistakes in behavioral patterns, the author sets out with a global, all-round agenda at play and showcases it with aplomb. It is a refreshingly accurate human element that the story does not abandon. Joe Dacy II gives us a snapshot of his quantum acumen towards the end of the fifteenth chapter when a tasty argument ensues on the practicality of Tachyons’ experiment between two scientists. It is a delight. In a short script of a page, he gives us for and against of the concept based on alternating points of Transmission, Encryption, Bandwidth, Buffering, Routing, Queuing, Miniaturization and Power requirement. But do not get lost in the terminology. The episode starts with a glass of water – a binary 1. It ends with that water being drunk – a binary 0.
So, should you read the book? Let’s put it this way: In dealing with the concept of time travel - of the most realistic nature thus far - there is a point when Joe takes 7 pages to cover a crucial period of 60 seconds! And he does it quite Inception-style, slowing down time in its details. That, is art.
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