Rating: 5 out of 5 stars........I give this book 5 stars. Originally I had it at 4 stars but by the end, I raised it to 5 stars. The reason for the raise was that I had to laugh at some of the inferences I made from the book. For instance, digs were made at the president of the United States, Donald Trump. Not just him but the administration. They also made digs at the other world leaders. Then I thought about the federal government agencies that handle the law and criminals such as the FBI and the CIA.
I said to myself I can see why people think that science fiction heralds war, destruction, and domination. I can see why analysts read normal news stories and see big plots for the killing of Americans. I admit to having those thoughts when reading this book. However, keeping in mind that science fiction itself can go in any direction, the story itself discusses religion and the belief that good can and will triumph over evil. The people are not alone in their fight to right the wrongs. And in doing so create characters that people like. Even the evil ones. It may take you at least three to five days to read this book but it is well worth the week. I do recommend for the science fiction fans of the world this book. ~ Nicole Harmon (Reviewer), NetGalley
Dreamlike and expansive, and a step up from Mission from Venus on all fronts.
This is a novel that combines science fiction, fantasy and travel fiction with themes of spirituality, putting it in the same category as Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Henlein, The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula Le Guin and A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter Miller. This isn't just something to read for light entertainment; the narrative interweaves all kinds of Hindu themes, like the concept of twin flames, kundalini and even a form of collective meditation practised through the game Fifth Dimension. These are things I have discussed at length with a friend of mine over the years, and it's interesting to see how closely his observations and personal experiences of the twin flame phenomenon match the way it plays out in The Wanderers on Earth - whether sexual, fraternal, paternal or maternal. I'm also impressed by how the author manages to convey the idea of a fifth and sixth dimension of existence in a way that feels tangible (in that sense it shares some similarities with Slaughterhouse-Five); I was never left wondering how these pure bands of light that take human form are different to regular human beings.
Despite all the Big Issues that the book tackles, the prose is fast-moving and there are plenty of set-pieces to prevent the story from ever becoming weighed down. The scene where (spoiler) two of the wanderers prevent a plane from crashing is the pick of the bunch for me. Of the 8 primary wanderers, I'd say I empathised most with Horus, the star footballer (the description of the injury to his leg at the World Cup left me wincing).
A brief note on Fifth Dimension: the game reminded me very much of the VR video game in the Three-Body Problem, with the different players coming together to act out real-(off)-world events without initially realising the purpose. Unlike in Three-Body, though, which uses its game as an exposition dump, Fifth Dimension was embedded naturally into the story and came with a payoff when the 8 started to team up in different constellations and work out who and what they were.
It feels like the author spent a lot of time in all of the places covered in the novel: Tokyo, Moscow, London, Mumbai, New York, etc. It's the little details that bring these places to life and give them a sense of vitality - definitely welcome given that I haven't gone more than 5 kms beyond my door since last August.
All in all: a ray of light for a dreary January. ~ Grant Price author of By the Feet of Men, Review
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. ...........This is an interesting book. Basically a super new-age type book about psychic light beings, 5th dimensional beings from other planets, incarnated in 3rd dimensional people living on Earth. You may or may not believe in what the author writes about, but it is a well-written story, with great characters, and a big life and death battle between Good and Evil, on a super big playing field. If you have never encountered these ideas, it might be a stretch. But the book is very well written and engaging. Better than many new-age type fiction. I highly recommend reading this book. ~ Anneke Van Couvering (Reviewer), NetGalley
This is quite simply a beautiful book. A group of wanderers who represent universal goodwill are needed to prevent the Earth from succumbing to its possible fates of degeneration or annihilation. They incarnate as humans to attempt to thwart the Dark Lords intentions, and to help humans remember their own divinity. The group’s plan to defeat the forces of negativity simply by increasing the positive energy of Earth’s inhabitants is a succinct metaphor for the ideal of overcoming adversity without using force.
The story has many permutations on contemporary spiritual beliefs and explores them from alternative perspectives. The concept of free will as a universal law is an interesting and appealing example. Plunket’s writing is erudite, imaginative and exhilarating. It abounds with alignments to the sciences and spiritualism, and this highly entertaining novel should be enjoyed by a broad spectrum of readers. ~ Matthew William Frend, author of The Free World War
Susan Plunket writes eloquently of the soul. ~ Kirkus Review
Boundless material for contemplation, that will keep readers busy long after they turn the last page. Highly Recommended. ~ Columbia Review
Praise for Susan Plunket: 'Mission From Venus is an extraordinary book, one that encompasses a number of literary genres: science fiction, fantasy, romance, literary fiction to name a few. On one level, Mission is the story of the battle between the forces of good and evil, light and darkness that will determine the future of Earth. On a deeper level, it is an examination of human existence: who we are, who we can become if we listen to the “better angels of our nature”.
The protagonists perform heroic deeds while upholding their world’s societal values. The supernatural is invoked, and the characters do, in fact, have superpowers. The story is also an allegory. In this book, the first in a trilogy, we meet characters on a spiritual journey as they gird for battle with forces representing the dark side of the human condition. I eagerly await the next chapter and hope the world Plunket posits – one imbued with love and positive energy – can triumph over discord as the mission’s volunteers incarnate on Earth as humans to save mankind.
Mission From Venus is a breathtaking book: it would also make an extraordinary fantasy drama television series.' ~ Julie Jetton, screenwriter