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The Keepers By Rick Friar

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"The Keepers" Tickles The Youthful Part Of My Imagination That Says, "This Is Badass"

  • Sep 5, 2012
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"The Keepers" by Rick Friar took my by surprise.  A BIG surprise.  

When I first saw these books at Barnes and Noble, I saw 3 thick books stacked next to each other and the way I devour a book, I'm always looking for something long and engaging, but what really grabbed me were the illustrations of new and novel machines I never had seen.  It was almost as if I was taken back to the first time I saw some of the X-fighters and the Death Star.  They tickled the youthful part of my imagination that said, "This is badass."

I took the first book home and from page one the Ender-Like quality had a hold of me. I cancelled my plans for that Saturday night and read until my eyes were bloodshot at 4:00am, when my girlfriend finally complained enough, so I went to bed.

3 hours later.

7:00am I'm up, book opened to page 314 of this 675 page monster.  I had never read a book based on the technology of biomimicry, which is manmade science built and influenced by the living world around us.  There were one manned piloted machines based off of hummingbirds and hornets. There were "Sidewinders" which are huge snake-like walls hundreds of feet tall that destroy city blocks, annihilating everything in their path.  

And this was just the beginning.  

Where many books leave you wondering how machines like these are possible, Friar explains it all in depth leaving you feeling like this IS real and these machines CAN be made.  It was like reading the manual to the Star Ship Enterprise. (Which I also own.) The machines are called "Animalians" and  run on an alternative fuel source, which is cool and gives it a Dune-like feel, but more importantly, this book sticks with you.

The narrative of the book is based through the main characters eyes and it is fun to see how his character arcs.  It's not just the typical "Hero's Journey" and the whimsical relevance of today's culture keeps the pace fresh and alive.

Within 3 weeks I read all 3 books and (I won't give any spoilers) I have to say that each book was completely different from the other, more riveting to the next.

If you're looking for a new world to lose yourself in I highly recommend the Keepers. I feel like I accidentally discovered something really big and it's not going to remain a secret for much longer.

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September 12, 2012
Thank you for the recommendation! I started reading it 2 days ago and I'm almost done! This next weekend I know what I'll be doing. Book 2! Here I come! Can't wait to see where this series is going to take me.
 
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The Keepers: WW3 is published by Infinite Conception Phaze is a futuristic speculative fiction novel by author Richard Friar, published in 2008. The story is told from the 3rd person narrative and chronicles the tide of events leading to the superpowers of 2039 into the Third World War and the catastrophe that ensues.  The book quotes itself by saying, "It is fiction only in that it has yet to happen."

==Plot summary==
It is the year 2039. Global conflict, environmental destruction, and corporate greed have driven the world to the brink of disaster. The lack of decisive change to bring Earth and humankind back into balance has created the most radical and terrifying movement and mightiest foe ever of all time: the dreaded Apex Empire. The charismatic and oppressive leader of the Apex aspires to crush the governments of the world using  new technological war-machines inspired by the natural and efficient forms of the animal kingdom based off the science of biomimicry.

==Technology and Animalians==
Biomimicry plays a huge role in "The Keepers". The Animalian Machines is what the series is best known for. Each machine is represented with rich, technological background and each machine is based off a biollogical creature.  The Kolibiri is a one manned flying hovercraft, based on the wings of a hummingbird to keep it in perpetual motion.  The Hornet is much like the Kolibri, however based on the wings of a Hornet.  The ...
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