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on April 13, 2013 :
This book is great.
An innovative amalgam of speculative fiction and spirituality, Jeffery Jude also includes a thrilling and well-researched Conspiracy Theory along-with a secretive and powerful Sect, as familiarised to the general reading public by Dan Brown’s bestseller, “The Da-Vinci Code.” Historically speaking, it always has been a real-life mystery just why only the so-known three major Abrahamic Religions with their base in the Middle East (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) are so implacably hostile to homosexuality. All other well-known religions throughout history have either considered homosexual behaviour among humans to be just another facet of humanity (Druidism, Paganism, Zoroastrianism, Confucianism, Taoism, etc) or celebrate it (Hinduism, the Native Americans). The Conspiracy Theory in the book provides a plausible explanation for this glaring anomaly.
Jeffery Jude’s book is set in the near-future, and the scientific background is also appropriate to the times. Without giving away the key points of the story, it can be said that the book takes the well-known biological hypothesis that mitochondria were once free-living organisms that were later engulfed by other living cells into a quasi-symbiotic association; and uses this same hypothesis as a base to enrich the plot with scientific plausibility.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on March 03, 2013 :
This book was excellent. Even though it's not a horror - it is horrifying to read the potential of "gay gene" if it is in wrong hands.
Scary, close to reality and cannot wait to read 2 and 3.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Dec. 11, 2011 :
Gay Gene Rising: Book I of The Disciples of Goedric Trilogy.
Spellbinding and terrrifying possible! Jeffrey Jude has spun a tale rooted in historical facts that will grip your soul and inspire your imagination.
The Disciples of Goedric Trilogy is a rare work that cannot be squeezed into a single genre... suspense, fantasy fiction, romance, adventure, Science fiction, young adult, coming of age, visionary fiction, historical fiction.
It is also a rare find because while it is book where the main characters are gay men and lesbian women, it is a book that will speak to absolutely anyone who has dared to love or who has worried about dark things that lurk in the dark places of the human mind.
The premise is all too real, especially considering the rapidly changing world we live in. As the story unfolds a vivid narative moves the reader to become one with the story and to care about the characters as if they were real life friends. By the end of the tale, you will know them all... from the formidable Sue Keller and Sue DeGault who challenge fate itself; to Michael and Christopher whose unconventional love opens doors closed tight to most; to Judea-the-Just and Ruth-the-Raven-Haired who posess the force of will and strength of spirit to reweave time itself in a frantic effort to save their brothers and sisters from extiction.
And while the synopsis fails to mention it, the story behind the story is one of hope and love. Romance is whispered into the pages so adeptly that I felt myself becomming drunk on the feelings that poured from young Etan as he gazed into his soulmate Nathan's eyes. And I held my breath as the amazing Sues desperately struggled to unlock an ancient love strong enough to shake the world.
Fair warning. This amazaing work is spread across three volumes. Be prepared to download books II and III of The Disciples of Goedric Trilogy - because if it touches you even a fraction as deeply as it touched me you will have no choice but to do so.
Five Stars, thumps up and I just hope that the Spirit of the Great Wolf guides and inspires Mr. Jeffrey Jude as he brings the promised next title, Killian's Breath, to life!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)