I harbor a resentment against Dennis because his book reviews read better than my prose.
Nevertheless, I’ll put that aside and share his review here of Philippe Blenkiron’s “The Pustoy.”
It sounds like an incredible book — and a real treat for science fiction fans.
Here is Dennis’ review at Amazon.com. Click the link just below it for “The Pustoy” on Amazon, and consider picking up a copy for yourself:
“From across the pond, and stepping out of the prosaic and into, rather masterfully, the poetic is a work that is horrific, hermetic, Stalinistically reminiscent and…disturbingly quite possible. In Philippe Blenkiron’s, “The Pustoy,” (the latest offering from UK’s Dagda Publishing) we have before us world where metaphysics is no more immune to the malevolent policies of totalitarianism than has been the study of physics. Enter Lev Solokov, the new Prime Minister of a Britain that clearly has lost whatever Arthurian hope it may have had left; so much so that it has elected a man with a Russian name in which “Solo” foreshadows the terrifying autocracy to come. When first he mounts the rostrum of history it is to report to the public that Science has proven, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that a.) the human soul does exist, but b.) some have soul and some don’t. Those falling into the latter category are “pustoy.” a Russian word for ’empty.” And therein lies the horror, as Solokov casts his own soulless shadow over the Isles, drawing the same dividing line that we have seen in the former Soviet Union, Hitler’s Germany, Pol Pot’s Cambodia and so forth.
“Brilliantly written in a poetic form that pulls the reader along and into the darkness of this narrative, “The Pustoy” is a book that should be on the shelf or on the Kindle carousel of everyone who lends ample thought to the most important “what if” questions.
Certainly, what Mr. Blenkiron has given us is a window into the future that, unless we heed the warning signs given us by history and philosophy, will surely open and through which will come the chilled draft of dystopia such as only autocrats can offer. When reading this at the cafe, library or city park, do well to look around you and imagine your surroundings suddenly awash in the colors of incarceration and despair; do that and you will have gotten to the heart of “The Pustoy.” This is a book that can and should be read looking through the lenses of past and present, thinking both of Stalin, or Himmler, as well as Putin and, maybe, some as of yet unseen leader who will arise here…in the democratic West. Accolades, and nothing but, to both Philippe Blenkiron and to Dagda Publishing UK for this truly bewitching work.”