The Keepers

Fiction - Science Fiction
252 Pages
Reviewed on 12/29/2023
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Author Biography

I am the enormously proud Father of three amazing daughters: Kimberly Ann, Jennifer Elizabeth, and Shannon Marie, my English Channel swimmer. They have gifted me with seven grandchildren, four boys, and three girls.

I am the former Information Technology executive for three very successful Fortune firms engaged in both national and regional over-the-road commerce. For over 25 years, my visions for the application of computer technology afforded me a platform for my writing, lectures, and the design of high-tech system solutions for the business community. Over time, key elements of my technical work have been published in nationally recognized journals oriented to the use of computers and real-time networks within the transportation industry. Retired now, I have the time to pursue my lifelong interest in writing. To date, I have completed, several articles, poems, and four novels; ABSOLUTION: THE TED ROTH STORY, DEATH MESSAGE, ANOMALY, and ABRIANA and JOSEPHINE: A LOVE STORY.

I plan on completing at least one novel every few years, interspersed with a sprinkling of poetry, novelettes, and short stories. The commitment to my readers is simple; provide a quilt-work of quality fiction, rich with imaginative nutriment for reflective intellectual stimulation on challenging thought-provoking subjects.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Doreen Chombu for Readers' Favorite

Anomaly: The Keepers is a thrilling science fiction novel by Edmund Hulton. The story begins with Maxwell and Jean Thorpe, a couple who decide to build a massive retirement community in Whitefield, a small town in New England. They buy out all the vacation homes in the Burn Pond area except for Tom Marshall's. Instead, they make a deal with him. The FBI detect unusual activity in the Burn Pond construction area and begin investigating it. However, the officers who visit the site start behaving strangely, commit suicide, or go missing. The investigation points to an advanced life form planning something sinister. To get more information, the FBI assembles a task force, but they are unaware that the construction work in Burn Pond could ultimately lead to the destruction of the world.

Anomaly: The Keepers is an intriguing story that tackles various environmental, evolutionary, and social topics, and makes readers wonder what could be out there in outer space. The plot is unique as Edmund Hulton expands on the concept of an all-powerful entity or creator overseeing multiple universes and life forms. The story is unpredictable, and the author does a great job of introducing and describing the characters. The narration is conversational and has a smooth flow, which makes it easy to follow and understand. The novel is about hope and human survival. Readers will reflect on the consequences of misusing our natural resources and our potential to make more advanced innovations if we resolve our conflicts and work together as one. If you're looking for an interesting science fiction read that tackles various topics and offers a unique plot, you should get a copy of this book.

Eeva Lancaster

Imagine if the authority overseeing everything took one look at humanity and thought, 'This isn't what I had in mind.' That's the starting premise of Anomaly, Edmund Hulton's compelling sci-fi novel. The story revolves around The Keepers, highly advanced artificial entities appointed by the Creator to spread life throughout the universes. They land on planets, initiate life, hibernate for millennia, and wake up to periodically assess their creations. Billions of years ago, they reached Earth, manipulating its conditions for life to thrive. Now and then, they made alterations whenever life veered off course or did not develop according to a preset profile. The dinosaurs going extinct? The Keepers' doing. Now the Keepers resurface only to find their spacecraft damaged and humanity a major disappointment. With the challenge of fixing their damaged craft and their survival clock ticking, they must strive to complete their mission... End all life on Earth and move on.

I love science fiction, and Anomaly by Edmund Hulton is just the kind of book I read. The first pages hooked me right away. The idea that we were created by beings not of this Earth is an old and persistent one and has always resonated with me. The writing is crisp, and the pace moves along from one scene to the next, keeping the reader engrossed in the dilemma. If we are no match for the beings that created us and their technology is billions of years more advanced, how are we going to stop them from changing the physics of the planet and making Earth uninhabitable for all life forms? The story does not end on a cliffhanger. There is a resolution to the ongoing dilemmas. However, it paves the way for the next book in the series. I, for one, am looking forward to it.

Pikasho Deka

Anomaly is a gripping sci-fi thriller by Edmund Hulton. When CIA satellites spot an anomaly on Burns Pond Lake in Whitefield, New Hampshire, they contact FBI Special Agent Walter Frazer from the Boston office and ask him to conduct an inquiry. While Walt and his fellow FBI agents investigate the mysterious phenomenon, they find themselves bewildered by the increasingly inexplicable chain of events that follow and lead to the deaths of multiple agents. But soon, Walt becomes aware that what they are dealing with is beyond human comprehension and technology. They uncover an existential threat to the planet and all its inhabitants. Racing against time amid a world in chaos, Walt and the US government try their best to stop the perpetrators from exterminating humanity. Can they succeed against overwhelming odds?

A sci-fi mystery along the lines of the hit television show The X-Files, Anomaly is a nail-biter of a novel all the way through. Edmund Hulton fills the pages with suspense and intrigue and keeps you guessing until the end. Building on the foundation of a captivating premise, the author complements it with some compelling character work and stellar use of plot twists and turns to keep readers glued to the pages. The narrative flows without a hitch, with Hulton's prose and dialogue hitting the right notes to make the reading experience all the more enjoyable. Despite the large cast, there isn't a main character, except perhaps for Walt, and I found myself rooting for him. In conclusion, this is a fantastic book for sci-fi mystery or thriller readers.

Asher Syed

Anomaly by Edmund Hulton is set in Burns Pond, NH. Unidentified objects appear in tandem with the deaths of the Millers. Later, Max and Jean Thorpe encounter extraterrestrials known as The Keepers, subsequently overtaking Forest Realty and initiating the Burns Project. The project, shrouded in secrecy, prompts an investigation by CIA analysts and FBI agents Rugery and Horner. A covertly programmed Christmas party results in deaths and injuries, raising concerns of mind manipulation, and investigations reveal connections between the Burns Project, missing agents, mysterious technology, and a peculiar organism. Walt Frazer's investigation links the Thorpes, the Burns Project, and The Keepers to a plan to manipulate Earth's magnetosphere. With Earth facing potential destruction, the top brass discuss terrifying military operations, including a potential nuclear strike, while Walt is determined to stop The Keepers and avert global catastrophe at any cost.

No, this is not a story about the cutthroat world of mom-and-pop real estate companies, but Edmund Hulton does an excellent job of starting readers of Anomaly off in an otherwise serene part of the United States and then putting us into a universal crisis. Walt Frazer is a spectacular protagonist, and his persistence and determination to solve the case, despite mounting odds and personal losses, offer readers a character that is both well-developed and one that we want to root for. His bond with his dog Mattie seals that deal. I loved the incorporation of psychological elements juxtaposed against realistic investigative techniques. Within a few breaths, we have traditional wiretapping, the discovery of inexplicable technology in a watch, and the use of hypnosis and drug-induced states to uncover suppressed memories and altered behavior, raising questions about the extent of external influences. Hulton keeps all these moving parts from hindering each other, and the story barrels forward. Very well done and highly recommended.

Frank Mutuma

Everyone involved with the Burns Pond Project is wearing the same type of watch that Agent Rugery had. At this point, Walt is convinced that the project is not what it seems. Two agents are already dead under mysterious circumstances. Both had gone to investigate the Whitefield anomaly and had returned with weird behavior, which triggered Walt to pay more attention. Maxwell and Jean Thorpe had been on vacation when they were contacted by the Keepers. The Keepers would use them to do what they could not. The Thorpes are given various powers that will help with the task ahead of repairing the vessel. To find out how the Thorpes mobilize the entire community for massive undertakings, get a copy of Anomaly by Edmund Hulton.

Anomaly by Edmund Hulton is expertly written, and I was hooked from the first chapter to the last. Unlike most science fiction books, this one used language that was not too technical, which added to the overall appeal of the book. I also found it to be thought-provoking on the issue of scientific research and life in general. The plot line flows seamlessly, and I loved the steady narration and the engaging writing that brought the well-developed characters to life. Edmund also ensured the plot was unpredictable, hence making one look forward to subsequent chapters. Readers will also love the vivid descriptions of events and the emotions of the characters, which helps to create a mental picture of what is happening. I am looking forward to reading something else by this author.