The Ten Phases of Ansbach
George L King
Review by Patricia A. Guthrie
The coming Armegeddon through a children’s game/doomsday machine.
The CEO of Unitech finds an ancient Greek children’s game written in ten circles or phases. He and his scientists discover it’s a brilliantly concocted doomsday machine. Written in ten circles for the children, the circles are phases that allow an automatic launch to take out any place, person or thing that its initiator wants. It’s a perfect blackmail machine. His greedy eyes perceive the millions coming from countries under threat of attack. It takes all ten phases to ever-so-slowly discover that not even the scientists have control any longer, and its effects can no longer be controlled, nor stopped.
The villain has coerced two brilliant, but weak-minded scientists to work through the ten phases and practice its deadly skills. They randomly exterminate a senator, a senator’s aid, employees who may be discovering too much and then the killings start to hit Germany and Europe.
The Ambassador of Iran is blamed for all this murder and mayhem, is arrested and brought before a Iranian tribunal. He escapes with the aid of supporters, and they’re chased through several continents and many countries so he can clear his name before the government has him executed, which, they have every intention of doing.
And, the CEO of Unitech looks on with glee when everything goes right and takes everyone out when it goes wrong.
This book has moments of brilliance. We’re taken from South Dakota to Washington to New York and across the Atlantic to Iran, Armenia and Sweden and back to the United States again. We’re taught the intricacies of flight, of a game so ancient it goes back to ancient Greece and how it’s been manipulated by the Nazi’s to aid in Hitler’s intended annihilation of the world. Although, it didn’t work in the Second World War, it seems doomed to success in the modern day. The CEO of Unitech looks forward to modern civilizations paying him mega-bucks to stop the deadly launches. Until, even he hits Phase Ten and, can no longer control his toy.
The characters manage to grow on the reader as the story moves along. The interactions between the Iranian Ambassador and his wife and little girl are sweet, as the three are terrified, but willing to take risks for the safety of others. A few romances heat up along the way, but this is not a romance by any means. This is a thriller from start to finish.
The book starts out slow, but out-of-the-blue, speeds up and continues its momentum from one scene into the next. Sometimes, it becomes hard to follow, so much is happening and so many characters are being challenged to escape or find a way out for this killer-device.
There are also many editorial mistakes and spots where he gets so technical it takes the reader out of the story to decipher what he has said. And, as stated, the story begins slow, a place where you want to start with, well maybe not a “bang,” but close to it.
However, I believe we will hear more of George L. King. You can bet on it.
Patricia A. Guthrie, Author
Waterlilies Over My Grave
In the Arms of the Enemy