The Keepers: World War III

The Keepers: World War III

by Rick Friar


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The Keepers, the first installment of an ambitious sci-fi trilogy, plays out global warfare in the not-too-distant future. This initial volume in Friar's complex and thus far engaging trilogy is epic not only in its breadth, 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 vision, however, isn't for the faint of heart. It's 2039, and the wildly ambitious German ruler Geiseric and his henchmen have, in Hitlerian fashion, taken over central Europe and threaten 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. The Keepers examines the efforts of a new group of Allied powers that attempt to drive Geiseric back and stymie his ruthless imperialism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780979691522
Publisher: Infinite Conception Phaze, LLC
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Pages: 576
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

While researching biomimetics at a number of universities, Rick Friar worked with some of the preeminent professors and scientists in his field. Having collaborated with such top minds, including U.S. congressmen, Friar wrote a novel that is even more contemporary in the mainstream ruckus of late than it was three years ago, when the first edition was completed.

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The Keepers 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Minoan More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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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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