Verdict: A fascinating futuristic first contact story that challenges ideas about government, humanity, and the fine line we walk between right and wrong.
In THE DEVIL’S DRAGON, Jason Boggs’ debut novel, Boggs offers readers his version of a first contact story. Eighty years in the future, hotshot military cadet Nelson Jones pulls a dangerous maneuver during his final exam that results in his being forced to repeat his final year while his friends move on without him. He doesn’t allow himself to be stymied for long, however, and he resolves to achieve even better results in his repeat year.Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)
Upon graduation, Nelson is immediately recruited into a Nazi-like organization called New Era where he is assigned to be personal bodyguard to leader Jacob Freeman. Freeman is a tech-billionaire with a vision for a one world government. In his speeches, he promises that all races, religions and people of the world will be welcome, and that the world will come together as one. To gain power, Freeman informs world of an imminent attack by an alien planet, and warns that it is only by uniting under him that the world can be saved and the aliens destroyed. Freeman is a charismatic and convincing speaker, and Nelson quickly buys into the propaganda to the point of ending his relationship with his long-time girlfriend for not sharing his views.
First in a trilogy, the author raises some big questions about faith, power, and resistance. He also raises some interesting points about abuse of power and the effectiveness of propaganda in pushing an authoritarian agenda, and spreading xenophobia.
While the concept of the book is interesting, there are some glaring problems that detract from the overall enjoyability of the novel. The author uses multiple points of view on both sides of the conflict to tell the story, but without section breaks to indicate these changes, the transitions become confusing and disrupt the flow of the novel. Long and rambling sentences contain too many ideas, and while alien world that the author has created is interesting and complex, the book suffers from long-winded descriptions that would have benefited from a sharper and more streamlined focus.
Despite these flaws, THE DEVIL’S DRAGON is a fascinating futuristic first contact story that challenges ideas about government, humanity and the fine line that exists between right and wrong.
~Rachel Seigel for IndieReader