Predatory Ethics By Athanasios
The book opens on May 29, 1960, in Istanbul. Kosta roams the city, preparing to harvest lost souls. He serves as the Truth, as one member of his family has for hundreds of years. He searches for those still locked in the year 1453, in Kostadinoupoli. As he prepares to gather the last soul, the last Byzantine Emperor, his own ancestor, the Emperor tells him to seek out his former teacher Plathon, to be told of yet another task.
He was sent to locate the Iammah-Gan Codex. This codex reveals that the Anti-Christ is about to be born, as well as the location of the birth. Additionally, reading this text (which must only be done in natural light so that the shadows do not alter the text and take over the mind of the reader) convinces Kosta that he must find the infant, kidnap him and rear him away from the influences of either the Satanic church or the Christian church. The child must be allowed the power to make his own decisions.
At the same time, Balzeer McGrath, leader of the church for the Dark Lord, searches for the infant who will rule the earth with evil intent. He plans to take the child for Satan’s church. Of course the child should serve his father, as is his birthright, Balzeer and his followers reason.
Tino Quentin serves the Catholic Church as one of the Knights Templar in covert operations for the “Brotherhood of the Temple.” He searches ancient tomes for information about the evil child to be born into the world. The child should be destroyed. He is evil, as his father surely indicates.
On February 5, 1962 in San Paulo, Argentina the child is born. The location is not as prophesized. The child is definitely not normal; the mother dies as a result of childbirth. Rumors about the child abound. The father is frightened of the changes he sees.
The author has written a seriously intellectual novel about the effects of free will and accountability. One must also look closely at the age-old arguments of nature versus nurture. Which is more important in the grand scheme of things?
As Adam says, predatory ethics is “when you prey on the weak because you can.” The author describes the darkness that exists in Adam that can be sent out to destroy; reminding the reader that it is a choice he makes to send out this darkness.
The novel provides a profound reflection of the effects of religion (any religion) on society. It is a very complex work that touches on many of society’s ills and shows the profound effects of the lack of accountability. I was impressed by the depth of thought that went into this work.
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