A Beacon of Hope by Walter E Mark
On the surface, the sixth world of men is a glorious world. It is a world of great technological advancement. It is a world that has been at peace for a hundred years. While the world known as Kosundo by its inhabitants goes about its usual business, an ancient prophesy ominously predicts that the time of the soulless has come.
This is Walter E Mark’s first novel in an estimated decology, which will see Paths of Intimate Contention, and The Beginning of Sorrows published in the next year. A Beacon of Hope is set on the planet of Kosundo. A planet not too dissimilar to Earth and in many ways imitates life, religion and culture here too. It is a world, which will feel familiar and alien at the same time. At first we are introduced to the idea of an ancient prophecy, which will either lead to damnation or salvation for the people of Kosundo. It is the choice which they must make, which will ultimately choose their fate.
This is a book with an easy and understated style to it. It has an unusual feel and yet the style seems to work in driving this modern day parable forward. I believe this is the author’s intention and Mark is exploring a similar path with this tale, which we as a race are following.
It’s style is simple and you are able to fully immerse yourself and visualise this world. The science is not too hard to grasp and I would liken the experience of reading this to watching Star Wars and Babylon 5, where everything is laid out for you and you go along for the adventure. That is not to say it is action packed but that it is easy to follow and does not require a lot of thought and work to appreciate it’s gentle tone and underlying message.
It starts off slowly as we are introduced to this world, but after a hundred pages or so the story takes hold. We are then introduced to an Emperor, spies, intrigue, the icy land of Dricho, underwater cities, genetic monsters and a touch of romance along the way. It is at this point that the book starts to drive forward the story and sets the scene for subsequent novels as we explore the nature of consequence and choice.
The technology is also easy to comprehend and I liked some of the concepts, notably the Chomile, although this was perhaps explored for too long. I also quite liked the way that words were substituted for others in the world of Kosundo. For example, the word spen used to indicate a minute.
All in all this is good debut novel with a gentle and unassuming approach, which works well for this modern day parable. It is the beginning of an interesting journey and one I will be undertaking. I am also interested in further exploring this world’s adventures and the nature of how choice affects all future events. I am looking forward to watching Walter E Mark develop as a writer. I think once you get used to the style, you will appreciate the simple act of just reading this book and letting the author do the work for you as he paints his canvass.
This A Beacon of Hope book review was written by Allan Fisher
All reviews for: The Sixth World of Men
A Beacon of Hope
The Sixth World of Men: Book 1
On the surface, the sixth world of men is a glorious world. It is a world of great technological advancement. It is a world that has been at peace for a hundred years. Whil...
Paths of Intimate Contention
The Sixth World of Men: Book 2
What has he done to her? She would never agree to that unless he had done something horrible to her. Degmer just knows that Neaotomo had done something to Laysa while she w...
The Beginning of Sorrows
The Sixth World of Men: Book 3
The Avengers are loose. Do they have anything to do with the prophecy concerning the twelfth? On the brink of the twelfth, a few dream dreams. What do they mean? Do the dre...
Have you read A Beacon of Hope?
We've found that while readers like to know what we think of a book they find additional reader reviews a massive help in deciding if it is the right book for them. So if you have a spare moment, please tell us your thoughts by writing a reader's review. Thank you.
A Beacon of Hope reader reviews
8.9/10 from 1 reviews
There are currently no reader reviews for this book. Why not be the first?
Write a reader review
Thank you for taking the time to write a review on this book, it really makes a difference and helps readers to find their perfect book.
More recommended reading in this genre
Meet Roger. Skilled with words, languages come easily to him. He instinctively understands how the world works through the power of story.Meet Dodger, his twin. Numb...
On a remote jungle island, genetic engineers have created a dinosaur game park. An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now on...
For Kivrin Engle, preparing an on-site study of one of the deadliest eras in humanity's history was as simple as receiving inoculations against the diseases of the four...
The novel features six characters in interlocking stories, each interrupting the one before it: a reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer bl...
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
Tsukuru Tazaki had four best friends at school. By chance all of their names contained a colour. The two boys were called Akamatsu, meaning ‘red pine’, and Oumi...
The Chronicles of Fate and Choice
This is where it all began. Everything. Love, hate, good, evil, us and them. Before the Gods by KS Turner successfully breaks the genre rules to produce something unique, c...
A combination of previously unseen stories, favourites from Interzone and contributions to numerous anthologies, IMAGINED SLIGHTS showcases one of the most versatile and el...
A Scanner Darkly
Philip K Dick
Substance D is not known as Death for nothing. It is the most toxic drug ever to find its way on to the streets of LA. It destroys the links between the brain's two hem...
Beauty and Sadness
The successful writer Oki has reached middle age and is filled with regrets. He returns to Kyoto to find Otoko, a young woman with whom he had a terrible affair many years ...
Looking for more suggestions? Try these pages: