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Reviewed by Leonard William Smuts for Readers' Favorite
The utopian future world of 2268CE is under threat. The peace and prosperity the population enjoy is attributed to the prolonged World War which continued well after the defeat of the Axis powers in 1945. The historic data supporting this paradigm is held by a central data facility and is being continuously analyzed by computers using artificial intelligence and advanced simulation techniques. Arjon, the central character, has been involved in extensive historical research, which discovered that a seemingly random incident during WWII altered the course of history. When American General George Patton survived a motor accident in the last days of WWII, it sparked a new chain of events, leading to the defeat of communism worldwide and bringing lasting peace. Arjon and his associates are shocked to discover that some of the data relating to the extended war has been either altered or deleted. News of a secret society called The Sealed Globe which exists within the Center of Truth – the custodians of knowledge – comes as an uncomfortable revelation. Should history be rewritten, it will alter the fundamental precepts on which the new society is based. Volume 3 of The Free World War series, The Sealed Globe, takes readers further into the new world, its underlying philosophies, and new attempts to control society. An added dimension is the potential for humankind to be projected to faraway planets.
The action alternates between 1949 and the future in 2268. Military action against the Chinese is interspersed with intrigue from the future world. Matthew Frend paints a graphic picture of warfare in the post-WWII era, with tank battles, hand-to-hand fighting, and the hardships endured to free the world of communism. The Sealed Globe is a further exploration of the theme that our present paradigm is determined by our past history - or at least our perception of it. If that history had been manipulated, would the current structure inherently fail? The emergence of a secret society in the utopian world reflects long-held suspicions regarding our own present. While the book is written as a hypothetical scenario of what could have been, the principles remain relevant. Totalitarian regimes such as the Nazis and communism in its various forms have cast a deep shadow over our present society. The need for personal empowerment and mutual trust seems obvious, but elusive. The overall message of this series should not be missed – it is time to end the mindless arms race and the suppression of people in the name of ideology. As Arjon’s world of the future prepares to colonize other worlds, we can but question whether human evolution has progressed to the point where a second Garden of Eden is feasible. Another interesting and thought-provoking read!