Fe Fi FOE Comes
Author: William C. Samples
Publisher: Vel North Editions (2008)
Binding: Paperback, 869 pages
This is a Saga in real time that links actions and consequences of yesteryear to the current maladies of civilization, then beyond to a possible future as an alternative to the ongoing drive to the continuation of catastrophes, and to the future extinction of all life. It begins in our world of the here and now. A storyteller, a praetorian, and two seemingly innocent bystanders are caught up in a race for their freedom from the authorities of a world now devoid of human rights or personal liberty. The crime? A manuscript the authorities find provocative. Now the ideas in the manuscript have been acted on and the Future is the Present; all that has happened is the Past. The links forged between progress and regulation, the rulers and those they rule, freedom and slavery are all broken, except in those places held by the rogues. Alaska is the focal point around which the Earth turns, and it has given birth to the champions of liberty. Life is war they say. All living things struggle against natural and organic forces that would end their living existence; in that sense all living things are in continual battle with the elements and living predators to stay alive. There is a new predator for the wicked in the world. Fe Fi FOE Comes! Yet it is in the Past that the foundation for the Empire must be built, and we discover it is forged in Hell. It is to Hell that all the Alaskans go, and this becomes a place where the tiny spark of freedom is fanned into flames. But fate is not kind, and those of the Alaskan Empire suffer treachery, and war beyond which they may not sustain.
A call has also come from the stars, and a single ship that took the wealth of a world and the geometry of an idea to create is dispatched to see if those across the vastness of space are friend or foe. The answer, which lies in the Future can only be answered if the Past has prepared for it. The blueprint is drawn in the Past and now an answer in the Future is possible ... it will take a new beginning.
A Sci-Fi thriller that leads the reader through a thought-provoking storyline about a political vision and libertarian society in the not too distant future. Well developed characters and a plausible plot make this an easy read in spite of the length of 869 pages. The reviewed copy was a galley proof copy and contained some errors that should be caught in the final editing.
Although the size of Fe Fi Foe Comes may appear daunting to some readers, it flows easily enough that you get caught up in the storyline from the first few pages. Somewhere around the middle of the story, the light comes on and the reader will begin to put it all together.
The dedicated SciFi fan will enjoy Fe Fi Foe Comes as will the political enthusiast. If you are looking for a quick read, this is not the book for you, but those who enjoy a Sci-Fi thriller coupled with political comment on our system's shortcomings will find it entertaining and thought provoking.
Reviewed by: Frank Evans (2009)