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2012: The War for Souls by Whitley Strieber
Review by Gayle Dixon
Tor Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765318961
Date: 18 September 2007 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

This novel will have Whitley Strieber's true believers sleeping in their socks December 21, 2012. The story line unfolds in three universes, with the portals between them opening in 2012. A universe most like our own moderates between an evil universe populated by reptiles and a less-happy version of our world. The evil world sends invading flying disks to steal souls and send the remaining empty shells of humans walking incessantly to unknown fates in the shadowy version of our world.

Some of Whitley Strieber's readers will believe that truth must be published as fiction or it would not be allowed by the establishment. Whether they will admit it or not, they will be sleeping fully clothed as the winter solstice of 2012 approaches, just in case their soul is stolen and their mindless body is sent marching for days to alien collection points.

It's a kind of Brigadoon for the Bad Boys, but Strieber's writing is engrossing in its descriptive qualities. He will send a chill up the reader's spine with a single sentence, such as "I'd read you your rights, but it's a Patriot arrest, so you don't have any." He paints the denizens of a Kansas town with a brush that both charms and judges harshly, to the delight of any reader who has resided in a rural area. He works in guns, hunting, alcohol and all the other mundane aspects of daily living, creating characters the reader easily identifies with. There is no problem getting a case of the creeps going either; Strieber's ability to convey emotion is well served in this novel.

Every late-night, talk-radio conspiracy theory gets woven into this story while some easily checked facts get ignored. Sorry, Whitley, Kan., is not the center of the North American continent; it is Rugby, N.D. The explanation for the UFO coverup in our world version is that belief in the existence of the UFOs strengthens their abilities to enter our world and cause us harm. It's a Twisted Tinkerbell Theory of Reality, but that's why we all love fiction; let our theories rip in a novel and see what evolves.

I recommend this book to a select readership. You need to have your UFO Conspiracy game on to really enjoy this novel.

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