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  • The Matriarch Matrix is Enthralling

    This science fiction work by Maxime Trencavel is more of a mystery thriller that takes on a slight supernatural twist. It explores the past and the future as it unfolds through various time periods and locations. The storyline follows a nominal object identified as Matriarch as it expounds on the numerous lives that she transformed during a period of over 12,000 years. The stories unfold in a profound manner as they trigger a nagging question as to what precisely the Matriarch is and its relevance to the predominant plot. The links gradually build up as the stories weave together in a narrative that’s centered on struggle, redemption, and the scuffles of womanhood through-out the ages. The author does a great job at creating a tentative science fantasy that has a unique plot. Trencavel also brings in characters that are astounding in a world that’s creepy and lively. It’s worth noting that the author has taken a different angle on the need for a multicultural perspective in the science fiction genre and I found this to be very ingenious. As much as the utter scope of this work flouts condensation there’s a stupendous blend of comedy, drama, and romance. The three characters in the book have different beliefs, traditions, and cultures. As a result, their greatest test lies in their inward search for family and personal redemption. The main character known as Zara Khatum had gone through a traumatic experience in the hands of the Kurdish people, something that left her seeking vengeance as her first priority. It also turns out that in another life she was someone else and she managed to institute a dynasty and create temples with the sole intention of protecting a powerful object that was hiding mysterious powers. In the present day, she finds herself working with Jean-Paul, who is a former Jesuit priest as they try to solve a mystery concerning a mysterious artifact that she swore to protect during her previous life. The ancient mystery nags the reader as it seems to be solved amidst the contemporary setting. There’s no doubt that I enjoy the set-up in this complex story due to the many layers that one has to uncover. The other main character that I’m also fascinated by is Peter, although he’s not as intriguing as Zara is. He’s more like the trite geek who happens to be smart, eccentric, and inept in some way. The book spans different dimensions of time from the present to the past, it does a great job at pushing the limits as it provides an outstanding experience for the reader. This rich and epic story constitutes a spiritual odyssey blended into perfection by the action adventure. It’s also thought-provoking as it makes you ponder and reflect as to where our true origin is and where we’re headed. The unique blend of the past and a speculative future of things is just mind-boggling, just to say the least. The saga in this story is coupled by sexuality and sensuality and it appears as though the masculine characters are affected by the apocalyptic visions all the while the females are in a position to relieve them by sexual contact. I found the book to be repetitive and long and I think it would be better if the story was divided into two or three volumes. However, the masterful blend of myth, fantasy, and history in different time dimensions are undeniably enthralling.

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  • Two Thumbs Up!!!!

    World War 3 is about to break out in the Middle East and one of the most powerful men involved, Alexander, puts a team together to land in the middle of the war zone to recover a religious relic. This is a special team an ex-priest named Jean-Paul from the Vatican, a female Kurdish ex-soldier named Zara, and a freelance editor Peter from California. Peter and Zara come from the ancient people who originally found the stone after moving farther and farther from the Reindeer People who would come to the village and take the women for reproduction and the men as slaves, thinking they had the right for they came from the stars and were giants. For thousands of years Peter and Zara`s ancestors moved away from the Reindeer People half way through this period a black stone feel from the sky and a few of the people whom touched it were gifted with hearing the voice and seeing the visions. Men from this lineage were afflicted with “the dreams” and could only find relief through their unison with their other half. Fast forward to the year 2021 and the team, Jean-Paul, Zara, and Peter and in the middle of it all uncovering the object that could destroy the world or bring it together in peace. The team has to over come military troops, family baggage, and most importantly their own demons for the success of this mission. The book is well written. The author mixes fiction with non –fiction that reads with ease. The detailed and accurate events portrayed in the book match what is really happening, today in the world giving that reality to the book as well as the life of ancient people and the troubles, even though they have a fiction twist, that they had to deal with in life. To sum it up is that the author did a great job in researching their facts and it really shines through in the story. The vocabulary in the book made me have to go and look up a few words, for me that is a challenge that I like from a book. The part to really keep an eye on is the sentence structure when using the difficult vocabulary. There were a few instances where the sentence could have used “the, to, too, or your” for the sentence to make a little more sense. The other alteration I would make is having a list of the chapters and what page they are. Even reading online it would have made it a little easier to get back to the chapter that I was on instead I had to search the book for my spot. I would recommend this book to people who are fans of creative non-fiction who have an idea of what`s going on in the world and some knowledge of a variety of history. Over all a great book and well written and everything flows together nicely.

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  • Fascinating read

    Expansive reflection on the world issues today. Makes you think about what is happening today and possible roots from yesterday.

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  • Fascinating!!

    The dreams that we dream – do we look through the veil of the future or are they memoirs of our past, way before we existed, passed down in stewardship in our genes? Or something irrelevant. Are you sure what you believe? Or are you just posturing to hide what you really feel- fear, fear of what it might be should you seek it? The book by Maxime Trencavel appears to be on the outset a slow piece of a daily rigmarole of a Peter Gollinger, average, freelance editor/broke guy, which appears to be down on luck and almost all things good. His headline event appears when he visits his grandpa, housed in elderly care, when they discuss the restlessness the men in the family suffer every night. The story soon however, launches into a sharp launch, propelling our average guy to be at the point of scrutiny by multiple parties, each of whom might be having their own agenda, but Mr. Alexander “Alex” Murometz outshines them all. He empathizes with Peter, saying he seeks the same thing, as Peter’s pappy and wants them to work together to find it. He is the perfect manipulator, heading a vast conglomerate which works on making his will a reality, through any means. There is a ex-Jesuit priest, a charming Mei VP of one of the Alex’s companies and geneticist, and razor edged Kurdish, Zara. It soon is established that Alexander has brought them to find something but the reason for everyone is different, biased probably by his/her beliefs system. There is something which made the reader in me excited to turn over the pages and keep on reading at one go. We see a mild milquetoast individual getting a real-life shaking up, forcing him to step up from the complacent lifestyle into something more, which is in heart of everyone who has dreams and aspirations. The author has clearly woven a tale which is highly complex, akin to drawing strands from multiple looms and combining together fluidly. The backdrop of the object also is reflected from time to time, in flashback mentions, unconsciously enticing the reader to be more attentive. The theme, importance of women and their situation through the ages, and their perseverance through everything is aptly mentioned and is justified. The author masterful handling of various contemporary topics and yet not sounding too cheesy or the lecturing time is a testament to her skill, for many falter at this point. The author has admirably tried to provide a simple, but effective solution which is perhaps become the golden standard for women in trying conditions – to become economically independent. The ending, however was a downer, but I would mark it as my personal preference for stories to be wrapped up clean. This was a fiction piece though, and hence wanted something on those lines

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  • Very exciting

    Buried deep within families from all walks of life around the world lies a secret. This secret is beyond the comprehension of most humans and would more than likely be rejected by the rest. Zara and Peter, two strangers with more in common than either is willing to admit, are united under the unique and all-powerful leadership of Alexander Murometz. When Zara and Peter are forced together in an effort to save mankind, the two learn much more about each other’s culture, their own weaknesses, and the value of their strengths than they would ever have believed possible. The Matriarch Matrix, by Maxime Trencavel, is the intricately woven story of our history and, to some degree, our doomed future. The Matriarch Matrix is a unique blend of genres. Within its covers, Trencavel has managed to pull together a rich blend of historical accuracies and centuries of speculation regarding ancient alien invasions of the Earth. Furthermore, the author details each and every aspect of the characters’ religious and cultural restrictions and requirements. What makes Trencavel’s interpretation of events so different is an added layer of incredibly intuitive technological advancements juxtaposed with a glimpse into 9500 BCE. Alternating the settings and weaving the two eras together throughout the storyline, Trencavel manages to gradually explain the impact of a centuries-old affliction. Of the various connected settings and storylines, I have to say that Zara’s kept me the most intrigued. The horrors she has endured to become a woman who is again true to her roots and a follower of her faith have left her hardened but at the same time caring and receptive to the feelings of those around her. She has built a wall around her that not many can penetrate and, when they are able, she becomes their biggest ally. Zara is a memorable character and one who is easily visualized. The Matriarch Matrix is written in the present tense, and this choice by the author creates an especially engaging reading experience. I am a fan of the use of present tense, and Trencavel has chosen wisely here. The depth to which the characters are related and the constant shifts in time and place could lead readers down some confusing roads. The use of present tense throughout the story ties characters and eras together almost flawlessly. As well-written as Trencavel’s work is and as intricately woven and engaging as the plot itself is, I did struggle with one particular facet of the story line. Those afflicted with sleeplessness and the burden of message-bearing dreams/nightmares must be comforted into a frame of mind which makes it easier for them to share their recollections. In order to communicate these messages, the afflicted must rely on heavy stimulation of the senses and sexual contact. The fact that this sexual stimulation was made such a vital role in recalling repressed memories temporarily changed the direction of the book from one chapter to the next. I saw the rapes and scenes of sexual slavery as a bit overdone. Much of the plot centers around this domination by oversexed beings, and the sexual overtones permeate the book. Readers with open minds seeking mysteries steeped in culture and yearning for a complicated but readable plot will be drawn to Trencavel’s Zara and Peter and the intensity surrounding the immense task that lies before them.

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