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"Their skin appeared scaly, dark brown in color, and their elongated faces displayed sharp features, which to Hannamyer appeared satanic, in an archetypal sense." In Unwinding the Serpent by Robert Paul Blumenstein, Earth is under threat as a ruthless alien race, the Cacatoids, intend to enslave humans through deception. When their evil plot becomes known, several individuals journey across time from 18th century America to the distant future to stop them. Can they rescue the human species from the devils from out of space?
Divided into three parts, the story starts in 1793 in Johnnycake, Virginia, as the Cacatoids craft appears to the local residents, causing both fear and wonder. Delmar Witcher Hannamyer－the town's own Renaissance man－becomes the central figure in figuring out the visitors' true intentions and keeping his people safe whilst receiving unexpected help from a mysterious man. In 1973, the Cacatoids try to stop a geneticist whose work can benefit the human race, and the 32nd century "is a technological marvel" but suffering detrimental losses that affect Earth. The narration modulates according to the different timelines, superbly blending the elements of ethics, spirituality, reincarnation, and sci-fi. Contemplation and action scenes are balanced with literary flair as the well-developed, complex plot connects the timelines through the characters and crucial events, determining the success and failure of the human race and their alien foes. Thought-provoking, rich and satisfying, Unwinding the Serpent is a commendable work from Robert Paul Blumenstein, stretching the boundaries of imagination in its own way.