THE 2084 PRECEPT (A Novel)
"Only two things are infinite, the universe and the stupidity of the human race, and I'm not quite sure about the former."
Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)
"Forgive them, for they know not what they do."
Jesus Christ (The Christian Bible, Luke 23-34)
What would you do if you met a businessman in a London coffee shop, who made you a ridiculous offer of €500,000...merely for you to participate in a series of interviews? Would you assume the offer to be that of a deranged person, a fraudster or a joker? And irrespective of that, for €100,000 in advance and non-returnable, would you attend an initial meeting? Well.....would you?
And if you did attend the initial meeting, and your interviewer claimed not only to be a successful businessman but also a discharged inmate of an institution for the mentally ill? And if he was suffering from the delusion that he was an extraterrestrial student, and that he wanted to interview you for his thesis on the dominant lifeform on this planet? And if the €100,000 advance turned out to be real? Would you report him to the authorities as a deranged person in dire need of care?
Or if you postponed reporting him, and the ensuing payments were also real and continued to flow, what then? And would you stop if subsequently questioned by an obscure department of the national security forces?
Interesting questions for cynical business consultant Peter O'Donoghue. Would you have done as he did?
|Publisher:||Anthony David Thompson|
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About the Author
The author describes his first novel, 'The 2084 Precept', as a philosophical mystery. He dislikes nationalistic (or as some prefer to say: patriotic) tendencies and describes himself as a European. He currently flits around those countries with whose languages he feels comfortable: Spain, Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland and the U.K. - and more or less whenever he feels like it. He also ventures further afield, but only from time to time. As he himself puts it, fate has turned him into a rootless human being - not a state of affairs he strongly recommends but hey, you can't have it all. He is divorced, but is the proud father of two daughters and a son. He lives by the motto: "Life, basically, is time. And if you believe that time is the only thing we humans really possess, then there is only one logical thing to do with it - enjoy it."