Author: J.K. Savoy
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
View: 8277In the beginning, butterflies were free A rose was a kiss that Earth blew to the Sun just to say thanks . . . then we came along . . . Michael Tanner, playboy-politician-philanthropist, finds himself in an Eastern European missile silo, perplexed as to why he’s just flicked the switch in a scheme to end all life on Earth. As he becomes aware of the enormity of his deed, a power beyond his grasp compels him to document the process that led him there, for his own understanding or for a posterity that may never be. Obsessed to put the pieces of his fragmented mind together, his fingers fly across the keyboard. How did this happen to him? How could a person dedicated to getting high or getting elected become the lone horseman of the Apocalypse? These questions assault and consume him as he loses himself in stream of consciousness writing hoping to understand the metamorphoses he has undergone. Tanner’s escapade began when he and his girlfriend, Ginny, were speeding in his Ferrari to a play in Manhattan. After a clogged fuel line forces them to sputter into a New Jersey diner’s driveway, a chance encounter with a tattooed waitress named Maya sets the course for events to come. An admitted ass-man, Tanner becomes blindsided by his fixation on Maya’s derriere. His life goes into a tailspin when Maya’s ex-lover, a convicted terrorist, Gabriel Durango, enters the diner following his prison break. Durango, the leader of a 1970s worldwide nihilist group called the GODS, takes the unlikely trio hostage in a Soviet-era bomb shelter. During his ensuing confinement, through forces beyond his understanding, Tanner becomes brainwashed into enthusiastically resurrecting the GODS’s long abandoned plan to annihilate humankind. The coke snorting would be governor and his bimbo girlfriend are ready targets for the wiles of their manipulative, charismatic captor. In spite of her prior relationship with Durango, Tanner becomes romantically involved with Maya. Early on in their captivity, Tanner learns that Maya is a former parapsychology professor and member of the GODS. Unending TV news updates, transmitting filtered streams of characters and events, force Tanner to keep in touch with the outside world. After continuous revelations of Ginny’s past and his family’s dark secrets, via the newscasts, Tanner experiences a crisis of conscience. This plays into Durango ́s intricate manipulation of Tanner’s perception. In The Wind explores the subtle yet overwhelming power of suggestion and its potential in achieving personality transformation. The novel demonstrates how the phenomena known as Stockholm Syndrome can effect drastic changes in behavior of an unwary victim. It shows the frightening possibility of how even a tycoon and political rising star like Michael Tanner might be converted to a radical accomplice of fanatics determined to eradicate humankind for a greater good. The question remains; did Michael Tanner take on the purpose of another or might he simply have become in touch with his true self?