Severino Verna was born into a world of poverty. He grew up a recluse, with very few friends to speak of. But Sevi had a brilliant mind, and when it latched onto a problem, it never let go. When tiles began appearing in the streets of Philadelphia, tiles that spoke of resurrecting the dead on the planet Jupiter, Sevi's closest friends thought that he had finally lost it. They may have been right, too.
Arnold J. Toynbee was a famous historian of English birth. At one point in time his textbooks were read in every schoolhouse from Guam to Kiev. He even married into a royal family. But, following a brief but drastic nervous breakdown, he would come to learn that even academic fame is fleeting. Arnold began to spend far too much time, in the opinions of his academic peers, on religious lore. Of course, Arnold wasn't the type to slip quietly into the night.
Mr. Duerr is employed by a futuristic media giant called Toynbee Media International, or TMI for short. The acronym stands for Toynbee's namesake, of course, but among the voting population—a powerful cohort in a real-time, direct democracy such as theirs—it was more often considered to mean "too much information." In an era of cultural dominance, when tanks and armies were useless to opportunists, but pulling the strings on mass consumption meant pure power, an organization like TMI certainly had more than its fair share of information.
All three of these entities hail from disparate eras, and even different regions of the planet. Each has its own motivations and aims. And yet, each of them has determined that gaining complete control of the planet is the first stop along the way to a better life. The only question that remains is: Whose lives are this global domination meant to better?
I write books. Hopefully you read them.
- Navy veteran.
- College graduate (B.A. Political Science).
I read/write Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Nonfiction (military & tech), Thriller, and Mystery books. I read Popular Science regularly, Scientific American somewhat less regularly, and I gave up on skin mags years ago.
"Chairman Kingmaker" is but one of my several pen names.
Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite
Chairman Kingmaker’s novel, Do Not Resurrect, is a chilling science fiction novel with three main protagonists: Sevi Verna, a poor recluse with an excellent problem-solving mind; the famous historian Arnold Toynbee, who belongs to an elite royal family, finds his professional fame diminished after a nervous breakdown; and Justin Duerr who is an influential host in a popular real time show produced by the powerful media company Toynbee Media International. They live in a time when power means hegemony of mass consumption because it is cultural dominance that controls the world. This is also an era when the dead can be resurrected back to the land of the living. As the main protagonist’s varied motivations are revealed, the planet’s very future is at stake.
Do not Resurrect is a futuristic novel that closely mirrors the stark realities of the world we live in today. Author Chairman Kingmaker is certainly a sensitive writer who is aware of the dangers of living in a world where mass media dominates. With this being the case, he writes with a wry humor that does not fail to entertain his readers. The story unfolds innocently enough when we meet Sevi Verna and his crazy obsession with tiles bearing the message “Toynbee Idea in Movie, 2001, Resurrect Dead on Planet Jupiter.” Then we meet Justin Duerr, the heartless host of the bizarre show, Resurrect Dead, and the story takes on a completely different tone. When Arnold Toynbee replaces Duerr as host of the bizarre show the pace and tension of the story increases and it becomes quite difficult to put the book down. This novel is an excellent read!