“Reading is solitary. A writer may control the words on a page, but what those words mean is up to the reader.”
One of the biggest gripes I have with disaster movies is that writers, whether it be movie or film are too over the top. It is always a gigantic meteor or a mass event that takes Earth to the brink of falling apart to crumble society. In reality Mother Earth is very resilient she has withstood flooding and eruptions; earthquakes and impacts for millennia and continues to spin with the sun setting and rising each day regardless of whom or what inhabits her land. It is the fruits of the Earth who find adapting to changes difficult. Empires have risen and disappeared, the fabrics of society hang in a very delicate balance between peace and chaos.
Take 1990, the majority of society survived with mail communication, basic network television, phones with cords and paying by check. If we lost the grid for a day people’s lives would be disrupted to the point of despair how would people go without Facebook or TMZ, let alone paying for groceries and this is only 20 years of change. Take it down for a week and people would be on edge and there would be fights in the street. Stretch it to a month and the rioting would begin, if it took that long. Our society grows reliant on the technology we are adaptive too and we rely on it to the point of a physical and sociological addiction, and that is just the internet and communications. Add in the financial world’s reliance on technology and you have a crisis. Some designers of our fate take destruction too far, for the cinematic effect, we don’t need the impact of a Death Star sized asteroid to take out society as we know it, we just need a deviation from the norm.
“Reading will open new words for you, worlds that defy the imagination.”
With Peter Cawdron’s newest novel due for release October 31, 2012 on Amazon the subtle act of a comet passing through Earth atmosphere is enough to start a chain of events to bring down not only the American Empire, but modern society as we know it across the globe. With the initial disruption of international travel due to aerosol ash from the atmospheric breach the World Economy faltered and stumbled. As nature fought back with intense winters global and internet communications were disrupted leaving all but local communication blacked.
Society may be frail, but the ability for a select few of species are phenomenal, and the rebirth of feudal times returns. The rise of villages and agriculture A resurgence in the need for blacksmiths and tailors. Lost arts reborn out of need for man’s most basic of needs. And like any other period, humanity’s need to exploit and gain power is as prominent as ever, keeping a class system as far separated as in the past. Along the way we will also see mans desire for supremacy will repeat the errors of previous societies in their ability to focus on control by power and fear.
Not new to the world of publishing Cawdron has published 5 works of varying length over the past 2 years, all for Amazon. For those that felt overwhelmed by the science and science fiction of his past works now is the time to try your hand at a much more straight forward fiction with an Old Man and the Sea feel. One, or two men’s fight against nature, a nature that has evolved to become the apex hunter and moving man down the food chain to a level where a lone man is game for the most domestic of animals.
“It might have been climatic changes that brought man to his knees, but it was the rise of monsters that kept him there.”
Monsters is a fast-moving partly suspense, partly adventure sprinkled with a touch of romance, science and philosophy on human nature. Coming in at around 250 pages, the quests of two generations don’t have much down time for dragging on but enough that the story does not feel rushed or confusing. Leaving the story with a semi-cliff hanger a good sales response should leave the author plenty of room for a sequel if he so desires.
“When knowledge prevails, the reign of monsters will end.”
More than just a book about post apocalyptic societies and the rise of nature to overcome man, Monsters is about the power of knowledge and what the lack of basic learning you and I take for granted can do to raise the ability to be controlled by oppression. And how the discovery of the knowledge not only scares the ones in power, but how it can bring down a dictator.
“A reader, a true reader, wanted only to set people free, or at least, that was the assumption Bruce carried with him. He knew freedom had always been a dangerous concept, and now more so than ever.”
In connection with a tale written about the power of the literacy this is coincidentally Australia’s “National Year of Reading,” an ode to written word and also Mr. Cawdron’s best work to date. Support Australia’s love for reading at http://www.love2read.org.au/
“Over time, suspicions had arisen around readers. Superstitions said they were alchemists, wizards, witches. They were different, they were feared. They sacrifice children to their gods, or so the villagers of the plain said. They drank the blood of those they seduced. They were the monsters that attacked in the dark of night.”
Don’t make us become witches and wizards, support literacy and buy this book.
*Note: All quotes are attributed to Peter Cawdron, excerpts from Monsters (2012).