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The Keepers: Part One: WWIII is the first installment of this new and exciting science fiction trilogy by Richard Friar. WWIII is speculative futurism at it's best; relevant, all encompassing and clairvoyant. Friar details the political and historical precedent and the fantastic technological evolution (of the Animalian Project battlemachines) that defines the third world war in 2039. The story begins on an island in the South Pacific where a small population of Allied civilians take refuge to protect their children from the war. Among the island kids is Logan; seventeen and anxious to find out more about the dreaded Apex empire, led by tyrannical yet, persuasive Geiseric. When the Apex captures the inhabitants of the island, Logan confronts the reality that his parents tried to protect him from. As Logan meets fellow POW's, he discovers the bizarre, idealist nature of the third war and learns the story of Geiseric's rise to power. Logan also discovers that he possesses certain traits that may prove valuable in the event of an Allied uprising against the Apex.
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The most ingenious (and in some ways most disturbing) element of the book is the evolution and use of new classes of super weapons developed by the new regime. Geiseric's regime, the Apex, employs high tech bio-mimicry to create war chariots that hover like humming birds, ships that move like sea creatures and tanks that gallop on all fours. The Juggernaut, a giant tentacle machine ravages the coasts of resisting nations. Geiseric's armored warriors look much like ancient knights as they cruise above battlefields in airborne Kolibri war chariots. All the war technology is lavishly illustrated in a high sci-fi style that will appeal to military science fiction fans.
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First installment of an ambitious sci-fi trilogy plays out global warfare in the not-too-distant future. The wieldy initial volume in Friar's complex and, thus far, engaging trilogy is epic not only in its breadth-weighing in at nearly 700 pages-but in the scope of its inventiveness. The author tackles a mix of current environmental, social and economic trends, playing out how they might converge in the future. Friar's clairvoyant vision, however, isn't for the faint of heart: A new empire arises, with powerful tyrannical urges that lead to an all-consuming and almost gruesomely prophetic third World War. The year is 2039, and the wildly ambitious German ruler Geiseric and his henchmen, "the principles," have-in Hitlerian fashion-taken over Central Europe and threaten to parlay their successes into world domination. Friar uses the first two World Wars as the template for his fictional third and, in spite of its eerie familiarity, the plot remains rich with suspense. Book one of this series concerns itself with the efforts of a new group of Allied powers that attempt to drive Geiseric back and stymie his ruthless imperialism. WWIII is that rarest of sci-fi creations: a hugely innovative tale both smart and entertaining. Friar takes on a smorgasbord of arcane topics-from Platonic philosophy to the science of biomimicry-and makes them not only comprehensible but relevant. Such intellectual tangents might prove tedious fare in the hands of a less skilled author, but here supply the novel with depth and texture that will only enhance the reader's experience. Friar's characters are lavishly imagined and his painstakingly crafted observations of human relationships provide a nice balance tothe book's scientific and military content. Despite the wide compass of his novel, Friar has an eye for the intimate; he's as good as evoking artisan-like detail as he is at developing imaginative histories. Colossal effort and colossal fun.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780979691508
  • Publisher: Infinite Conception Phaze LLC
  • Publication date: 5/21/2007
  • Pages: 650
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Friar is an avid historian, with knowledge specializing in the growth and decline of societies, politics and the art of warfare. His studies have given him a wide perspective on civilization today. With this book and trilogy, he hopes to inspire people, especially the youth, so that, as in the sixties, they know that they can and should stand up to the many corrupt powers of the world.
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  • Posted February 13, 2012

    Recommended to all who love speculative fiction

    This book kept me locked inside for days. I ate, drank and breathed the Keepers. I've finished books this long in shorter amounts of time even, but never books this long with so many facts. It's speculative fiction, aka science faction, so the author keeps this wild future realistic by showing what's going on today and similar patterns in the past. The most standout tech in the book, the Animalian Projects, are biomimicry vehicles based off the most agile creatures of land, sea and air. This is hard to buy into, until you find out that the military is presently building a tank based off a cheetah. They already have BigDog, which is a robot based on a camel, carrying supplies in Afghanistan. Everything in the story is similarly credentialed. This was great. Its been so long since I really bought into a story, got lost in it because it didn't break the fourth wall with a plothole. So I was able to be carried away into this near future full of larger than life characters with such depth and faceting I rarely see in sci fi, and technology and landscapes that are of the most unique and remarkable I've read from the imaginations of any author, and all the while believe it could be true. What an awesome experience. I truly can not wait to get started on the next.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    Garbage

    So predictable as to be unreadable. The story had a fairly interesting start but quickly became ludicrous. Implausible plot that tries to convince the reader of a pan-global alliance based on personality cult and vegerarianism.

    Upon this foundation is built some excellent battle sequences but, with pathetically preductable results. The technology is interesring, animal-like battle machines driven by synthetic muscle but, the author asks us to believe that these machines are also nearly indestructible by modern weapons. Rather like having armor plate so strong that you cannot simply shoot a hole in it no matter how good your cannon.

    The other thing that killed it for me was the author's ignorance of geo-politics. His alliances defy treality national self interest.

    Do not waste your time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2007

    Richard Friar is on my watch list for upcoming best selling authors!

    Richard Friar combines the perfect balance of intellect and action in 'The Keepers.' This is a must read that will educate you and entertain you at the same time. Richard's use of historical events/figureheads and his vast knowledge of warfare, makes for a riveting read. Every element he sets up, pays off and exceeded my expectations. I am an avid sci-fi reader and I rank Friar with some of the greats, Asimov, Heinlein, Frank Herbert to name a few. The Keepers is apparently a trilogy and I cannot wait for the second installment! I foresee a movie and a video game in the near future!

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    Posted June 23, 2014

    Don't waste time. This book goes out of it's way to make the th

    Don't waste time. This book goes out of it's way to make the the tyrants hero's. The political leanings of the author comes thru very clearly as corporations bad, environmentalists good. The story becomes predictable and boring.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    Don't waste your time

    The poorly written expose' never ended. Too many cliches and a very predictable plot with a few creepy features (and not in a good way) to the story. There are a few pretty neat illustrations that far exceed the quality of the narrative. I hated this book so much I skipped about 100 pages and read the -YES - super predictable ending just to make sure I am making the right decision not to read the rest of the series. YUK! this book S**k's

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