Future Prometheus II

Revolution, Successions, Resurrections - Novella III, IV & V

Fiction - Science Fiction
447 Pages
Reviewed on 01/25/2014
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Author Biography

In addition to creating the Birds of Flight series and the other award-winning science fiction stories, Future Prometheus and Intelligent Design, J. M. Erickson holds a BA in psychology and sociology from Boston College and a master’s degree in psychiatric social work from the Simmons School of Social Work. Certified in cognitive behavioral treatment and a post-trauma specialist, he is also a senior instructor of psychology and counseling at Cambridge College, visiting lecturer at Salem State University’s School of Social Work and a senior therapist in a clinical group practice in the Merrimack Valley, Massachusetts.

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Reviewed by Rich Follett for Readers' Favorite

Future Prometheus II by J.M. Erickson is a collection of three novellas which continue the story of a future earth called Nemericana. Nemericana is a fast-paced twenty-second century world at war, full of compelling and richly textured human and non-human characters. In exploring the various relationship dynamics between human and A. P. citizens as they try to establish dominance and tolerance at the same time, readers are invited to examine sexual, social, political, and psychological roles in contemporary society. The idea that history repeats itself is so deeply ingrained in our modern culture that it threatens to render inane any attempt at further examination; this remarkable series of novellas detailing Erickson’s dystopian vision steers clear of expected clichés with astounding dexterity.

Erickson’s narrative is delivered primarily in dialogue. The fluidity and grace of the meaningful conversations between key characters gives the entire series a marvelous cinematic feel that sweeps the reader up and carries the story along seamlessly. The result is complete immersion in a fascinating alternate reality without any of the strain of having to acquaint oneself with a plethora of specially coined words and complex scientific theories. No glossary is needed to enjoy this marvelous adventure; similarly, an advanced degree in quantum physics is not mandatory for entry. When Erickson introduces unfamiliar terms and new characters, he does so expertly, with appropriate (but never repetitive) context clues and prior event references which help the reader follow the story without losing the thrill.

Readers wishing to reap maximum enjoyment from Future Prometheus II should be prepared to relax perceived norms of sexual orientation, social conventions, class structure and response to conflict - Nemericana is at war and J.M. Erickson is not fond of euphemisms. Those who allow themselves to be absorbed into the thrilling dystopian vision will be richly rewarded: J.M. Erickson has created a vivid cautionary tale, from which all may gain insight and wisdom. This is marvelously crafted adventure reading at its finest.

Melinda Hills

The extinction of ‘Americans’ and the rise of a cybernetic sisterhood that is determined to erase the Nemericanan society from existence form the basis of Future Prometheus II: Revolution, Successions, Resurrections by J.M. Erickson. Singh, Pierce and Melendez individually and collectively struggle to preserve themselves and human civilization in the face of active aggression from Aurora Prime, an artificial intelligence cyborg intent on removing mankind from the planet. Aurora Prime has only limited sapience – knowledge and reasoning – that is limited to negative emotions and hate. As she builds her forces to defeat the female-led Nemericanans and the Omega group led by Jose Melendez and his positively sapient APs, it is quickly recognized that cooperation among the targeted forces is necessary. With a great deal of soul-searching and the need to come to terms with changing ways of thinking, the human forces, supplemented by carefully nurtured and trained APs, focus their efforts on defeating Aurora Prime so that any chance of survival can be preserved for all groups concerned.

In an ambitious effort to portray a modernistic society, J.M. Erickson provides tremendous action sequences along with keen psychological insights as he considers the rise of a cybernetic population that not only exhibits artificial intelligence, but emotion and the ability to reason as well. Additionally, the human characters in Future Prometheus II represent current American society, and a modern society of women who have become dominant and removed all traces of men from their lives. As the lively action unfolds, J.M. Erickson inserts history, literature, and religion into the story and provides many issues that confront society for the reader to consider. This is a great story that subtly questions the logic and moral values of our time and what effect they may have on the future.

Bil Howard

Aurora Prime is pissed and ready to start a new world order in the first novella of the Future Prometheus II collection by J.M. Erickson. As Lieutenant Jose Melendez, USMC and a team of Artificial Persons (APs) are working on establishing a colony in an ancient military complex, Aurora Prime and her rogue APs are working to take over. At the same moment, Captain Pearl Veritas, NCSF is attempting to contain the situation in the Southeastern Sector. In the aftermath of Aurora’s take-over, Successions, it seems that everyone is working to locate the missing Lt. Melendez for their own reasons. As Aurora continues to expand and control her territory, the human species stands on the edge of extinction. Mare tries to continue to make a connection with her son Roberto as he grows into being a soldier and a father. As the countdown moves toward June 6th, 2175, Judgment Day, in Resurrections, the last of the set, an unlikely alliance is formed and a ghost from the past comes back to life as the ancient struggle between good and evil comes to a climax.

The three novellas that make up Future Prometheus II come together in a perfect set as J.M. Erickson continues the Prometheus saga. The suspense and intrigue continue to grow as humans and APs struggle for dominance or simply coexistence in the Post-Fall world that Erickson has created. The depth of the characters and the intricate details of the plot make this a very believable look into a dim future which follows on the heels of destruction. Suspenseful, intricate and action packed, Future Prometheus II will keep you turning pages to follow the action and wondering if mankind has and will eventually create an artificial intelligence that will bring us to extinction.

Maria Beltran

J.M. Erickson’s Future Prometheus II: Revolution, Successions, Resurrections is a continuation of his story, Future Prometheus: Emergence and Evolution. The story unfolds in the mega state of Nemericana, a society where women rule the earth, and boys are sent away. This is a futuristic world where Americans live like the early Native Americans and a new race of cybernetic life forms come into existence. While Lieutenant Jose Melendez, USMC, and his cybernetic team of Artificial Persons, known as the Omega Platoon, establishes a position in an ancient military complex, Captain Pearl Veritas, NCSF is fighting a war in Nemericana. The normally passive Artificial Persons, led by Aurora Prime, have formed a ruthless army which has attacked the Southeast, North, and West sectors of Nemericana and they have threatened the existing world order. In the midst of this upheaval, Major Mare Sade Singh tries to understand her son, Roberto, who was sent away as a young boy, and is now a soldier and a father. Will this war destroy Nemericana and the complex lives of its inhabitants?

Future Prometheus II is a fast paced science fiction novel that is highly entertaining. When the normally docile Artificial Persons start to behave like humans and organize themselves to take over Nemericana, everything is thrust into chaos. This is a story about power, love, jealousy, and ambition in a world that is, on the surface, completely different from what we have today. However, when one looks deeper into the motivations of the story’s characters, they are actually not so different from us. What is most interesting about J.M. Erickson’s novel is that it could indeed become a reality in the future, so that reading it is like looking at the probable state of our world hundreds of years from now. The author’s elaborate descriptive style makes it easy for me to imagine this futuristic world. And this is a book that I can highly recommend, not only to avid fans of science fiction novels, but to all kinds of readers.

Samantha Rivera

The future consists of not only humans but advanced electronics and artificial intelligence as well. The story of Lieutenant Melendez and his ‘girls’ is most definitely one to check out. Emma and Danielle, for starters, are more than just artificial intelligence. They have the ability to do more than just follow orders, but also to make their own decisions and share their emotions with others as well. Aurora is only the beginning of their troubles, though she may just be the worst of them. There are plenty of characters, who will draw you in and keep you guessing until the very end of Future Prometheus II.

I have to say that Mare Singh was one of my favorite characters but there were plenty of others who caught my attention. Emma was a force to be reckoned with, and even though she’s an ‘AP,’ she was very much a human-like character. Of course there were all of the friends and family that Mare had with her and those she left behind. I have to say I was very interested in this futuristic world and I felt like it was something that could truly happen. Each of these characters made me keep guessing as they grew and evolved. The future is abounding but is it truly different from what has been left behind? It may not be in J.M. Erickson’s Future Prometheus II. This book was very good. It was futuristic and definitely interesting to me.

Cate Baum-SPR Review

“Nothing is more painful to the human mind than, after the feelings have been worked up by a quick succession of events, the dead calmness of inaction and certainty which follows and deprives the soul both of hope and fear.” Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus, says the epigraph for J.M. Erickson's novel Future Prometheus II, explaining J.M. Erickson's trilogy title, Future Prometheus.
In Future Prometheus II , we catch up with black ops Lt. Jose Melendez and his team. After attempting a cryogenic experiment to save mankind that was meant to last for just a few months goes very wrong, he woke up 160 years in the future, surrounded by APs, Artificial Persons in the new mega-state of Nemericana.
This book immediately picks up where the first book ended, supposedly, as there is no recap or lead-in to the story. If you haven't read the first book, it would be difficult to surmise what is going on, so it is recommended you start with Future Prometheus. The author would do well to add a recap to each book to help readers joining the story here.
The book starts with Melendez and Singh working with the APs in the team, to prepare and protect themselves against possible attack, giving detailed descriptions of the people sheltering around them.
Around twenty pages in, Melendez gives a journal entry to set the scene, which really helps with the set up of this second installment. As the team shelter in a subterranean nuclear base in this Post-Apocalyptic world, we learn about the traveling party and can sense the religious nature of Melendez' own thoughts as he renames forts they come across with Catholic monikers in a seemingly last-ditch attempt at prayer.
With an unknown tribe watching them, the military group are experiencing a phenomenon as the APs start to evolve into more human, sentient beings; sleeping and developing facial expressions. Here we hit on the theme of the series - like future Frankenstein's monsters, these creatures co-exist with their human colleagues and reach for power, with Melendez' Bible quotes making little dent on their understanding. In some ways, the dialogue often reads like Spock to Kirk, and sci-fi fans will enjoy the banter. The APs have some real quirks and detail that develop as they become more alive. Aurora Prime is particularly engaging as she battles for supremacy as an evolved artificial intelligence. The story grapples with concepts surrounding sex, identity and the age-old theme of good vs. evil - but who are the evil and who are the good?
Characters are very well-rounded, and have detailed appearances and idiosyncrasies, giving them all a real texture and exciting visual reference for the reader. Melendez has a  profile and brings his beliefs - and the fact he has been in cryogenic state for 160 years - into his perspectives, and has some depth. Conversations are crafted, spoken out loud and convincing, as if from a screenplay - in fact much of this work could easily become a riveting TV show something like Falling Skies or V.
Which is why the cover of these books needs to be so much more seriously addressed: these books deserve far more attention than these designs convey. The illustration - as the first book in this series - isn't at all well-rendered, and therefore does not reflect the high quality of the edit inside. It would be to Erickson's advantage to have a more photographic look, in line with his work Albatross for example. It is worrying that this illustration is copyrighted Outskirts Press, as it suggests the cover was sold to Mr Erickson in good faith as part of a professional publishing package. In my opinion Erickson should revisit this with some priority to improve sales.
That aside, this is a pretty enjoyable read. The setting is reminiscent of the movie The Book of Eli with its vast, sparse landscapes and hiding places - the military still standing, but only just, dealing with renegades and madmen. The action scenes, with drones in the air and all kinds of survival tactics, are some of the best parts of this book. Erickson sure knows his military fiction - Future Prometheus II is both well-researched and brimming with technical know-how to the point that it sends the reader into quite a fantasy of how exciting it might be to enlist and somehow save the planet.
This book would appeal to those interested in combat and action settings with an original Post-Apocalypse twist. But I do recommend you read the first book in the series in order to understand the whole story before opening this one."

Michael Radon - US Review

"Just as she smiled, she heard a series of short, controlled bursts of gunfire—both from Pre-Fall, gas-propelled rifles and from electromagnetic assault rifles."
In these continued tales of the unfrozen Lieutenant Jose Melendez and his Omega Platoon of outcasts and misfits, the threat of Nemericana forces loom in the distance while a more sinister force rises in the artificial troops led by Aurora Prime. The fugitive Mare Sade Singh, former Nemericana soldier and an ally of Melendez, help him and his loyal APs avoid detection and maintain their independence while caught between two massive armies both determined to wipe them out. When the war escalates to unthinkable levels, Melendez, Singh, and the rest of Omega Platoon form an uneasy alliance with Nemericana to fight back against inhuman atrocities. In a war between women and machines, the unlikeliest of heroes will rise up to defend the rights of all people, not just the privileged.
This collection of three novellas picks up where the previous title leaves off, reintroducing popular characters and continuing the plot to its thrilling and action-packed climax. With solid science fiction balanced with Shakespearean quotes and believable character development, these stories draw the reader in and urge them to devour chapter after chapter. An imaginative mind can put together an enjoyable science fiction story with bizarre technology and strange social rules, but Erickson takes the medium to the next level with real, emotional, human moments, even from non-human characters. Balancing the hard sciences with the liberal arts, these sci-fi stories rise to tall heights and entertain from cover to cover with fast action and authentic interaction. These novellas are recommended for readers who like the fantastic delivered with a dose of realism and can handle some adult themes.

Palmetto Review

In continuance of his visionary science fiction series, Future Prometheus, author J.M. Erickson’s  Future Prometheus ll sustains the saga of a horrifying dystopian society. This intriguing sequel to the series advances the saga to new heights as the fascinating mix of intelligently devised characters, intense action  and provocative ideals drive the story and utterly captivates its readers .
Divided into three novellas, Revolutions, Successions and Resurrections, each is good enough to be a stand - alone read however, they also link well enough to make the series of novellas easily connect into a wholly imaginative themed read.
Revolutions continues to cultivate the story with the efforts of Lt Jose Melendez commander of Omega platoon, his team of human cadets and friendly artificial persons. The APs both friendly and rogue continue to grow to a state exceeding sapience as they experience complex progressions of human qualities. In addition, major changes as well as major threats abound for Melendez, Omega platoon and the APs.
Successions has the beginnings of a new world order as the after affects of a vicious EMP (electro- magnetic pulse) attack has reset life for all inhabitants of Nemericana.

Resurrections, the final novella, advances the story to a dynamic crescendo as the ultimate battle for good vs. evil escalates.
Future Prometheus is one science fiction series I would definitely indulge in reading a second time, it is simply that good. The richly detailed scenes, the overall creativity, and the synergy between characters are what elevates this series to reading greatness.  Author J.M. Erickson did a superb job in creating a world where perceptive insights into human psychological and sexual nature are brilliantly exposed. I enthusiastically recommend this read for adult science fiction fans the series is as prolific as it is entertaining.

Kirkus Review

Erickson’s (Future Prometheus, 2013) dystopian, militaristic sci-fi saga continues the adventures of a male lieutenant who awakens from cryogenic freezing in a world run by women.
In the first book (not recapped in this volume), scientist Lt. Jose Melendez found in 2019 that he was one of the few adult men on Earth who wasn’t struck by a strange pandemic that made most of them brutal and violent. Due to his rare status, he submitted himself for medical testing and, in the process, was accidentally frozen for 150 years, finally waking up in a corrupt matriarchal society—a country called Nemericana—that continued to kill and/or banish all male children despite the pandemic having been wiped out years ago. Events proceed in the same vein in the second set of novellas, which tracks, among other things, a series of military actions between the various sides; Melendez’s capture at the hands of Aurora, the head of a cybernetic army; and the relationships between various characters, such as Maj. Mare Sade Singh and her human son, Roberto, who, to her surprise and dismay, has impregnated a woman. Melendez had been rescued by a number of cybernetic women who had also been cast out due to their beginning to achieve sentience, and their revolution against the government continues with Melendez’s help. Erickson has crafted a fascinating series with complex characters and an incredibly rich premise. It’s rare and refreshing to find such female-driven drama—particularly in the context of militaristic sci-fi—that never resorts to stereotypes. At times, the action can grow a bit repetitive, and the forward momentum sometimes stalls in favor of dialogue-heavy scenes. However, these scenes and character dynamics are so strong that it’s easy to forgive. Creating full-bodied characters is as important to Erickson as sci-fi philosophizing, which is crucial to the book’s success.
A truly original sci-fi series with strong ideas and even stronger characters.

Jason Thackery

I have a little bit of mixed feelings on this novel, “Future Prometheus II” by J.M. Erickson. On one hand it is so brilliantly original and combines several cool themes and elements that were both unexpected and also richly enhanced the storyline, but there were also parts that I thought were too slow paced (needless dialog or scenes) and I thought there was sometimes TOO much information given that we didn’t need and it almost seemed overwhelming. I did like the ending though, and the way that when I was reading it I felt really invested in the outcome. So that was good. I’m still a little confused by some things but I think maybe that’s okay. I like books that make me think and aren’t all nicely tied up easy-peasy. This is an intelligent novel (novellas), one that will appeal to fans of physiological-thriller suspense and dystopian sci fi. (4 stars) Jason Thackery; Goodreads, Librarything, Shelfari, Barnes & Noble; Indie Book Reviewers

Essie Harmon

J.M. Erickson continues with his strong and almost addicting narrative style and great attention to detail in “Future Prometheus II: Revolution, Successions, and Resurrections” that kept me eagerly turning the pages of my Kindle late into the evening all week (this is a long book… 3 novellas in one.) The military and “sci-fi-language” is vivid and authentic… obvious the author really knows his stuff! But it’s really the characters who move the story forward in a believable engaging manner. This was an amazing series and I definitely can’t wait to read more from this author soon! (4 stars) Essie Harmon; Goodreads, Librarything, Shelfari, Barnes & Noble; Indie Book Reviewers

Gillian Hancock

Like the first book, the writing is superb in “Future Prometheus II: Revolution, Successions, and Resurrections” by J. M. Erickson. Throughout almost the whole book (all three ‘novellas’) I was on the edge as I felt like everything that was happening to Melendez was happening to me. Love when I feel part of a story like that! Highly recommend – novels has flashes of brilliance and couldn’t put it down. High-stakes, action filled futuristic sci-fi/adventure/thriller/dystopian, you name it… probably appropriate for older teens on up. Fantastic series. Ready for more form this author! (5 stars) Gillian Hancock; Goodreads, Librarything, Shelfari, Barnes & Noble; Indie Book Reviewers

Stacy Decker

I’ve lost track of how many books by this prolific author J.M. Erickson I’ve read now (seriously, it must be at least 5 or 6) and each one is always just as impressive as the one before, and this series was no exception. In “Future Prometheus II” Erickson brilliantly delivers a futuristic thriller that has you captivated from the first to the last page. The characters and scenes are so well depicted that I felt like I was right there in the story. Page after page you find yourself drawn deeper and deeper into this thrilling adventure. The clock is ticking. Time is running out. Things are not what they seem. Remarkably executed, you will thoroughly enjoy this ride. I highly recommend this book, and ALL of J.M. Erickson’s books to anyone who enjoys a good sci-fi thriller. They are all true page turners that will leave you wondering why you had not heard of this remarkable author before now. (5 stars) Stacy Decker; Goodreads, Librarything, Shelfari, Barnes & Noble; Indie Book Reviewers

Laura Clarke

I was hooked from the first paragraph of “Future Prometheus II” and my interest never faded for a single moment! I loved the creative and strong characters and plots that continued to build and shock and surprise as the Prometheus storyline evolved to the exciting climax. Just when you think you know what’s happening, something comes along to throw a wrench in it. This is good because I HATE books that are super predictable. And this one isn’t. Although there are some familiar themes and tropes at play, the author brings a fresh voice and makes it all his own. I’ve read a ton of dystopian and science fiction over the years so I’m rarely surprised by anything anymore but I can say that this author managed to do it. I appreciated the brisk pace and the descriptive details that really brought the story to life – world building is absolutely crucial in selling a ‘fantasy’ story and it is done quite nicely here. Recommend for anyone (adults) who enjoy a well-written, action packed, alternative reality novel with unexpected twists. (5 stars) Laura Clarke; Goodreads, Librarything, Shelfari, Barnes & Noble; Indie Book Reviewers

Cody Brighton

Well this book took me a while to read, but in the end I’d say it was worth it! It is chock-full of the same military-science –fiction as the previous book (Future Prometheus ), and has the same creative and literary element that I enjoyed in the first one. There is even more action, and the author writes VERY well… very descriptive and strong and we feel like we are there almost like watching a movie or something. The editing is near flawless, Overall an interesting, if not surreal novel that continues to push the boundaries of typical sci-fi literature. (5 stars) Cody Brighton; Goodreads, Librarything, Shelfari, Barnes & Noble; Indie Book Reviewers