This month John E. Dennett’s The Residium – Road to Rome was published on Amazon Kindle. Set in 2068 this dystopian novel follows the rise of Arif, a mysterious leader from the stateless peoples of the Mediterranean, as he instigates a stealth invasion on Southern Italy. Jeb Montalto, US Ranger Staff Sergeant, is sent with his Rangers to end the reign of a man who is seemingly willing to sacrifice everything in order to gain power. What ensues is a powerful story that foresees the potential political, cultural and religious struggles of our future with a fascinating insight into Jeb’s internal conflict over his duties, ideals and heritage. Painfully relevant and beautifully written, Dennett’s novel is a unique and interesting interpretation of our current global uncertainties.
War of a different kind, peace of another kind.
The year is 2068, danger and fear reign as a priest realizes the time to leave has come, announced by a murder of crows. Thousands of refugees are heading toward the abbey (populated by children); but this group of refugees is only the tip of the iceberg. There are millions of invaders to Southern Italy. They are led by Arif, a charismatic, transcendental leader.
Airborne rangers are tasked with a complex reconnaissance mission to ascertain the status of the "enemy." This will not be like any other recon mission. Ultimately, it becomes much more. Choices have to be made, ones that most likely will not be liked by their superiors. All the skill and resolve of the Rangers and their leader will come into play.
This is an original and engaging story made more interesting by the fact that Europe has now been "invaded" by thousands of refugees.
There is a taste of the philosophical and the surreal. But the heart of the novel is its adrenaline pumping action and human drama. Characters are tightly drawn and believable -- real. A compelling read: conflicting ideologies, action, and chaos. Reviewed by the author of The Children's Story, About Good and Evil.