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  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Science Fiction / Adventure
  • Language:English
  • Series title:The Golden Cord Trilogy
  • Series Number:1
  • Pages:234
  • Format:Paperback
  • Paperback ISBN:9781543992489

Golden Cord of Arram

First of the Golden Cord Triilogy

by Walt Runkis View author's profile page

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Four decades in the future, Earth's human overpopulation exceeds ten billion. Ninety-year-old criminologist Morro is brought out of retirement to pursue the Brotherhood of Chaos, who are said to be responsible for a large number of brutal murders, strange disappearances, and computer-guided mayhem carried out on a global scale. No one knows what motivates them or what sort of glue holds them together, and it's up to Morro to find out before the planet suffers an ecological meltdown, and humanity is destroyed. The plot is based on a set of scientific assumptions that are uniquely rooted in the author's experience as a biomedical research scientist and inventor. It also draws upon decades of study and practice of esoteric spiritual disciplines and an in-depth exploration of psychology, plus his experience as a Marine Corps ASRaT Sergeant E-5, and Vietnam combat vet.
The Golden Cord of Arram is a psychological thriller. There are high-action sequences and battles, plenty of suspense, and shadowy aliens in the periphery, but the actors on this stage are almost entirely human. Some are caught in the miasma of fascism, and hate-based conspiracy theories, willing to do or say anything to satisfy the drives thrust upon them by their dark will, while other actors fight to preserve individual rights based on love, truth, harmlessness, and the rule of law. It is the eternal battle: autocracy versus democracy. The Trilogy explores novel scientific disciplines, such as the Simian Model of Behavior, a hard-wired behavioral psychology concept Walt developed. It also calls upon his knowledge of Masonic rituals, the Anunnaki, and Hermes Mercurius Trismegistus, plus Eastern and Western spiritual traditions, to flesh out the plot and further expound his philosophy. There are also rich romantic interactions between some of the actors, and the psychological implications these interactions induce. The Golden Cord will make you laugh, and it may make you cry; it just might make it hard to sleep some nights because it skillfully blurs the boundaries between what is real and what isn't. So, the question is, what genre is it? The Golden Cord's closest equivalent in literature is Ayn Rand's best selling philosophical thriller Atlas Shrugged. Wikipedia classifies it as "Philosophical fiction, Science fiction, Mystery fiction, Romance novel." Walt could have borrowed that and added "Metaphysical fiction" to the genre list, but the one genre that expresses it best is "Speculative fiction."
About the author
Walt Runkis, CEO/CTO at BitSpray Corporation. A true Renaissance man, he is a scientist, inventor, published author, artist, and serial entrepreneur. He has multiple patents in the fields of immunochemistry and dispersed network cryptography: trademarked BitSpray®. His eclectic technical background includes the disciplines of real-time telemetry and control programming, software application development, video-on-demand streaming, and computer network architecture. Walt was a decorated Sergeant E-5 in the US Marine Corps. He served fifteen months in Chu Lai and Marble Mountain Vietnam (Jun 1965 - Sep 1966) as a Marine ASRaT. He has had visions and adventures and near-death experiences. Walt is a God-realized scientist, composer, and visionary artist. He was born with a high IQ and an insatiable curiosity. His left brain delved deeply enough into the study of chemistry and physics to give him a basic understanding of how the mechanical universe works, while his right brain stretched his consciousness far enough to know it is not a mechanical universe in which we live.

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