Indie Authors Rock Review: The Tower of Babel by G.T. Anders

IndieButton_edited-1Today I have a debut offering The Tower of Babel  by G.T. Anders


The Tower of Babel
G.T. Anders
Ripening Books
314 Pages
ISBN: 978-0985652203
Genre:  Science Fiction
Paperback and eBook
Purchase Now:  Amazon
Stars:  3.5

About the Book:
Two letters making two demands. Two seeds: one growing, the other dormant. Two allegiances—one high-profile, the other subversive. Oh, and one reluctant goal: the cleansing of the planet.

This is the story of how Austin Feckidee and his three friends tried to change the world. It’s the story of L’Hermitage, the abandoned church that was the base of their earth-shattering work; and it’s the story of the Tower of Babel, the arrogant statement of human self-sufficiency that they sought to destroy.

It’s 1967 somewhere in North America. Babylon is the greatest city in the nation (maybe even on earth), and to prove it, they’re building a veritable tower to heaven that would make even the denizens of biblical Shinar a little jealous. But far from the city, in the abandoned suburbs, Austin and the secret society are talking about the Tower again. Talking about how it must come down. How the planet must be cleansed. And how divinity has chosen them to make it happen.

Book Review:

First a note – I’m a fan of sci-fi – but the lighter fare.  When I started into this book, I discovered that much of it was going into a deeper and darker level than I would be able to read and give this book a justified review.  So I turned to an Australian friend, who devours this sort of fare – and he was able to provide the read review for this book.

It was with a mixture of intrigue and excitement that I started reading this work.

That was soon replaced with a degree of irritation. Usually a book needs to capture and hold my attention within the first 100 pages to make me want to read it through to its conclusion. A writer will do this by having a plot, a “punchy” attention grabbing style coupled with a hint of things to come to ignite the wish of the reader to want to ‘see’ the outcome.

The plot and concept is good, hence my initial excitement and interest. Anders has a way and passion with words, and herein lay the source of irritation for me. Whilst I could appreciate his way with words, its usage in the timing and the context of the book was {IMHO} not appropriate.

Instead of holding my attention and wanting to turn the page to see what happens next, I found the “play” of descriptive words off- putting. As a result, I found myself able to put this effort down and walk away and not want to bother to return to it. To do so to a book is foreign to my nature. So I persisted with it.

As said the plot was good, inspired by the biblical tale of The Tower of Babel. Basically, the story is told from the perspective of one character named Austin. He and a group of friends /colleagues are seeking for a means to return individuality and humanity back into a society that to all intents has become clone-like and geared to the aspirations and objectives of a select elite few.

The writer’s style, instead of providing a smooth flow through the narrative, had me ‘kangaroo hopping’ through the pages. Other than that grumble, it was a good effort. However, should he persist with this style in the second book, I wouldn’t guarantee finishing it.

The usage of words like Babylon and Vaulan had me thinking a little of the plot lines of the Sci-Fi series Babylon 5 by book’s end. I feel that the writer has the makings of a good series if he can but temper the level and placement of his descriptive paragraphs.

An eBook copy of the book was provided by the author for purpose of honest review. No compensation was provided for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibilities. 

About the Author:

G. T. Anders, who goes by George Anderson at work, home, and among friends and family, has been writing since the age of learning-to-write. From the earliest picture-books about a talking can through novellas about sparrows to a militaristic space opera, his projects have led him down one rabbit trail after another, constantly approximating but never quite reaching the ideal of Great Novel that began to form in his young brain when he first saw chapter headings and body copy on a printed page.

The Tower of Babel is another such excursion but claims nothing of that ideal. If you enjoy it, if it makes you question your use of gasoline or Facebook or anything else that is machine, then it has succeeded.