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Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite
JM Erickson pens a thrilling science fiction novella in Intelligent Design II: Apocalypse. The action continues for the Sol System’s Architects. Everything is about to change drastically. There is no doubt that Jupiter will explode. The result will be a second sun. What will happen to the existing planets? The Martian, Architect Janus, with the help of his master computer, calculates and simulates the outcome. Mars and Venus will be bombarded with asteroids, and the new-found planet Terra will remain intact, but Earth will experience an extinction level event. As the senior species, Janus warns Terra and Earth of this unexpected event. Andrea Perez stays on Terra and leads an expedition drill team into Terra’s crust, discovering a new subterranean habitat. Andrea’s father, Anthony Perez, returns to Earth. After his return, Anthony joins forces with his close friend, Christine Reich. Together they warn the powers that be, and then prepare for the worst. As the time draws near, Architect Janus discerns that Jupiter’s ignition is no random act; could it be a prearranged plan of superior beings? Will answers be found in the great beyond, in the void of time and space? Or will these events create more questions. Only time will tell.
Intelligent Design II: Apocalypse is the sequel to JM Erickson’s Intelligent Design: Revelations. By including a list of characters, Erickson introduces, or reminds the reader, of the events and roles of the characters in the previous book. (This was a great help, as I had not read the first book.) As in any good science fiction book, the alien species have their own unique descriptions, abilities and culture, setting them apart from humans or “Earthies.” The prologue contains a mysterious narrative hook which draws the reader immediately into the story.
Intelligent Design II: Apocalypse takes you deep into the solar system, changing settings often, from the hidden voices in the dark, to the underground domains of Terra and Mars, to the floating cities of Venus. On Earth, the good guys battle not only time, but those who want to stake their claim to or stifle the knowledge of life on other planets. The impending cataclysmic event is the propellant behind the action; the story accelerates as “time” is running out. As a reader you anxiously await the climax, yet uncertainty remains as the story unravels towards its end. The prevalent theme is depicted in the quotes of Buddha at the beginning of each chapter: to live each day as your last day in harmony with one other. Erickson concludes this action-packed science fiction saga by planting philosophical ideas and truth-seeking questions; what is really out there, and who are the voices in the darkness?