Book Review: The Saints of David by Anthony Caplan

Humanity faces a crisis — the last of the free brained creative folk against the enslaved people of the Augment and their elite Republican Homeland overlords. It is 2072, and falling creative information flows in the Augment system mean there is little time to reach full power status and launch the planetary cover before the incoming Oort Cloud asteroids destroy civilization. 

In this fast-paced, psychological thriller, the final entry in Anthony Caplan’s best-selling Jonah Trilogy, Corrag and Ben, the brave yet doomed lovers of The Victor’s Heritage, are reunited. The two make a run for freedom with their daughter Hera to find David’s Tower, an alternative society built on the democratic power of individual stories. At the same time, pushed by haunting dreams of a break in the arrow of time that occurred at the end of Savior, Corrag’s father Ricky sets out to find his father’s book that he is sure will answer the deep-seated root of humanity’s evil. These are just a few of the individuals on a quest, drawn to the utopian world of the Tower, built by the man known to his followers as the Saint. David Shavelson, a former owner of a Brooklyn bookstore, is a charismatic visionary leading a community in resistance against the mental enslavement of the Augment system. The Augment leaders know they must crush the Tower or lose control of their destiny. The battle lines are drawn. Will the Augment crush David’s tower and save itself from the Incoming asteroid disaster? Who will survive this final, apocalyptic war? Will Corrag and her family ever reach salvation and peace? Will Ricky find his father’s book and save mankind from itself? Find out in the thrilling roller-coaster finale that is The Saints of David.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. The Saints of David is the third book in the Jonah trilogy. I had read the first two books so I was looking forward to reading this one. 

It appears that the planet is doomed because of asteroids heading straight for it. The Augment is no longer as powerful as it was because it needs creativity to fuel its power and everyone that is Augmented is becoming complacent. This means that those who are not Augmented must save the planet or all will be lost. Ricky believes that his father’s book can save mankind. His daughter Corrag and her family wish to find peace in this crazy world they live in. That’s just a little of what is going on in this book. It had my head spinning.

I liked the first two books in the trilogy better than this one. Although the characters were well developed, I felt like there was so much going on I couldn’t enjoy the novel as much as I would have liked. I had to really concentrate as I read and had to read some of it more than once to get the gist. I suggest reading the first two books in the trilogy in order to understand Augmentation and the world of Caplan’s 2072.


About the Author

Anthony Caplan is an independent writer, teacher and homesteader in northern New England. He has worked at various times as a shrimp fisherman, environmental activist, journalist, taxi-driver, builder, window-washer, and telemarketer, (the last for only a month, but one week he did win a four tape set of the greatest hits of George Jones for selling the most copies of Time-Life’s The Loggers.)

Currently, Caplan is working on restoring a 150-year-old farmstead where he and his family tend sheep and chickens, grow most of their own vegetables, and have a small apple orchard.

His road novels, BIRDMAN and FRENCH POND ROAD, trace the meanderings of Billy Kagan, a footloose soul striving after sanity and love in the last years of the last century. LATITUDES – A Story of Coming Home, released in the summer of 2012, is a young boy’s transformative journey overcoming dysfunction, dislocation and distance. SAVIOR, a dystopian thriller, published by Harvard Square Editions in April 2014, reached the top spot on the Amazon list of psychological suspense books. And his latest, THE VICTOR’S HERITAGE, features a teenaged heroine in a dystopian thriller one reviewer called “a definite must-read, no matter your age!”

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