Verdict: KINGDOM OF GOD is a long argument for the author's philosophy of life, culture and society, disguised as a novel.
Max is an intelligent and philosophical man, who continually ponders the meaning of experience and the way to a higher and better life. These characteristics make him ideal for the purposes of an advanced cosmic alien civilization that wishes to help guide the human race to become an equally advanced species, wiser, better, stronger and higher. They alter his physiology, grant him vast amounts of knowledge and wisdom, find him the perfect lifemate, and place him, with two advisers, in charge of a Great Kingdom that will eventually help lead the nations of the Earth into a Utopian future. But there are those on Earth who resist, and the path to Utopia is not always smooth, even when one is literally doing God’s work…
There are very few people among us who have not speculated on what the world could be like if only all-powerful beings would be sensible enough to put us in charge of everything and reshape the world to fit our preferred political and sociological ideology. KINGDOM OF GOD is a book written to indulge this sort of fantasy, and to express the author’s ideas about the ideal society and political philosophy. In places, the philosophy discussed is intriguing, and a more direct and detailed examination of it might be interesting in its own right. Unfortunately, the enthusiasm with which the political philosophy is expressed, discussed, and lectured on rather overwhelms everything else about the story, including characters, plot, and dramatic effect.
The characters end up being relatively interchangeable mouthpieces for the author’s beliefs, rather than fully-fledged individuals in their own right. Given that there is little or no pushback or conflict that the advanced alien civilization and its perfected upper beings cannot handle easily, the plot consists of a small amount of action regularly interrupted by more pontifications upon the author’s preferred political, religious, philosophical and sociological beliefs. In the end, the author would have done better to write a straightforward, nonfiction, philosophy text, organizing it more clearly and giving it a more solid structure, rather than attempting to frame it as a story without giving more attention to the elements that make a good story readable and enjoyable.
KINGDOM OF GOD is a long argument for the author’s philosophy of life, culture and society, disguised as a novel.
~Catherine Langrehr for IndieReader