The oligarchs control science and religion. Roy Swenson, a scientist banned from the US is in Prague on a quest to discover dark energy, a form of energy which could transform the world and lead to a new tech revolution. Not everyone is happy with his prospects.
Mainstream science and religion view him as a threat. Dark energy could change humanity’s view of everything and disrupt a lucrative status quo for the world’s leaders and their backers.
Roy chases his dark energy dream with everything from graphene-coated sensors to experiments with pineal glands and DMT. His team of PhDs includes experts across an assortment of fields, from shamanism to advanced sensor technologies.
At night Roy’s dreams take him through secret rooms in the Great Library of Alexandria as a young Roman soldier, Marcus Agrippa. Agrippa falls in love with an Egyptian slave priestess. In the secret chambers of the Great Library she guides him through racks of now lost scrolls.
Empire of Blood
Along the way Agrippa is forced into making painful, personal sacrifices for the glory of Rome. He eventually builds the Pantheon, not as a tribute to war, but as a quiet dedication to the priestess who introduced him to love and enlightenment.
It’s 2020 and Roy Swenson is a scientist pushing the limits with his theories but with America under the stronghold of strict laws regarding science and religion he finds himself exiled by the science community, the religious establishment and even organized atheists. He goes off to Prague a place where science is less regulated by laws and he calls upon others like him willing to push the boundaries. Using science, engineering, drugs and a bit of mysticism they’ll work toward finding a way to find new sources of energy, dark energy. During his scientific pursuit Roy will discover much more than he ever imagined. A connection to his past lives and an ability to mind travel to them with the help of a priestess he once knew.
The Sword of Agrippa is fiction taken to a whole other level. There is so much going on in the book from the futuristic debates over the control of science and religion to past life excursions where fictional history is explored. In every aspect of the book the underlying theme is how power and organization of ideals and thoughts can lead to the development of dangerous institutions where Oligarchies reign and the pursuit of knowledge becomes stunted for the sake of conformity.
I found the book quite thought provoking. The entangled scientific theories concerning dark matter, religion and quantum physics was interesting but throw that into a future where science, religion and non-religion (atheism) have become cult like organizations controlled by popular social leaders pushing for conformity and you have a world where rogue scientists push the boundaries by accepting mysticism as an important part of scientific research. You have Shaman and biologists working together to discover new theories. It all very odd yet somehow Lloyd mixes the concepts together beautifully. My favorite parts of the story are the flashbacks to Roy’s past life as a Roman engineer.
It’s a well-written book that will have you questioning your beliefs and wondering what direction we may be heading in society.