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The Free World War is an interesting story that uses science fiction to explore Butterfly Effect themes, and how one person’s thoughts and plans could be all it takes for the perfect world to exist.
In the futuristic world of 2265 which is very well built by the author, we see their ability to use technology that the reader will recognise to dive into history, and simulations that give insight into a parallel world that the reader may find familiar.
I liked the creativity involved in the creation of this plot and I think it would be a good read for anyone interested in science fiction or alternate history. The concept did remind me of the iconic The Man in the High Castle by Phillip K. Dick, and I was thoroughly intrigued and entertained as the story developed. There’s also plenty of action to be enjoyed and a host of characters across the different timelines that we get to know along the way.
A vibrant story that skillfully builds on the simple idea that one man’s actions could have consequences that could change the world.
A free world or perpetual conflict? How much impact can one man have on the future?
The year is 2265 and Earth is a utopia populated by free-willed and contented people. How did this perfect world to come about?
Virtual reality simulations of past events are generated using the unlimited computer power of the day. One project stems from the events surrounding a car accident in 1945 involving General George S. Patton. The simulation is used to look into an alternative world. In this other world General Patton had been killed in the accident.
The simulation shows a world where humanity continues along the same path it has taken for millennia. The Cold War dominates the latter half of the 20th century, but this had not occurred in the utopia's past. Why?
General Patton understood that communism preached world domination, and the U.S.S.R. under Stalin would spread its tyranny throughout the post-war world. He wanted to defeat them while the time was right. Patton proposed a continuation of the war in Europe and said he could make it look like the Soviets had started it.
The events that occurred in the utopian world after Patton survived the accident describe a war against the Soviets, and the part played by a rogue Russian General, Andrey Vlasov. His Russian Liberation Army had previously fought against Stalin and would now play a major part in the war against the totalitarian state corrupting his homeland.
The simulation's revelations reveal that contrary to popular belief, it had taken the sacrifices of a war against tyranny for a perfect world to exist.
|Publication date:||30th August 2019|
|Author:||Matthew William Frend|
|Publisher:||Cosmic Egg Books an imprint of John Hunt Publishing|
|Primary Genre||Indie Author Books|
Matthew Frend is a computer programmer who has lived in Australia, the UK and the USA. He lives by the Benjamin Franklin motto of 'Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing'. He has led a diverse life including spending time in the Australian Army, at racing stables and twenty years in IT. His short fiction has been published in Black Ice Magazine and Alien Dimensions. Matthew lives in Parker, Colorado, USA.More About Matthew William Frend