In the Beginning by BCE with Dr. Leviticus Wayne

The origins of Judeo-Christian religion and mythology come together in this mature science fiction page-turner.

To combat overpopulation on the planet Orion, the government releases a birth control virus to keep women from becoming pregnant. Only the brightest and most attractive of their species are allowed to mate. But the virus rages out of control, killing both mother and child. Attempts to develop a cure fail. They only have one option left: search other worlds for advanced societies that may be able to help.

The two most intelligent minds on Orion—and former best friends—Lucifer and Zues band together to search for a secret planet. When they finally arrive, they are greeted with unexplainable death and destruction. This planet is not the answer. Something doesn’t add up. They discover an extra unknown planet in the solar system.

The new planet is covered in lush land masses and bodies of water. Different species of hominids run—and mate—freely. Fire-breathing dragons guard the land. Lucifer is determined to figure out who or what created this planet. He thinks it just might be the key to saving Orion and the Orionites

What if all the gods and goddesses of our myths and legends were actually aliens? What if they came from another world looking to save their own race? What if Earth was a designed planet; a zoo tended by cloned dragons? If these questions add up to a lot of “what if”s, then it’s possible that you have found yourself reading a book written by the enigmatic BCE called In The Beginning.

I would have to say that this story is a very ambitious one. The idea that ancient gods could have been extraterrestrials is nothing new in science fiction…I might even go so far as to say that this is a fairly well used trope. Unfortunately, the speed at which the reader is plunged into this universe presents a lot of material to process in what I would still think of in a short amount of time. We know that the Orionites have a huge problem in terms of reproduction, but as for what the culture is like, the history of these spacefaring people, how the governing body works (with the exception of vague hints and titles like King and General)…these things aren’t presented.
For myself at least, the lack of a clear narrative plus the use of these aliens making fairly current pop culture references and using some very interesting language didn’t work all that well. Lots of interesting ideas are thrown quickly, including about the development of the solar system and the origin of humanity…and did I mention the dragons? Unfortunately I couldn’t tell if some of these references were meant to be tongue in cheek or just that we had a gigantic novel built on a stack of strange “conspiracy theory” style notions. For this idea to work, I think that a good deal of refinement is necessary on this oddly paced plot.
I will say that this is a unique work, and if it had a bit more polish I could see this work becoming an epic story.
(Independent reviewer for Romance Authors That Rock)
 
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