From a writer with a dry, rascally wit, and a 'nothing-is-sacred' attitude, Dreams from the Death Age is the first book in 'The Baker Trilogy'. This humorous novel and futuristic satire is full of unexpected twists, laugh-out-loud characters, and fast paced events. Its humour reveals both the absurdities of life as well as a more enlightened message about the strength, understanding and heart required to survive a world on the brink of disaster.
Sean Baker is a failed author who finds a mysterious manuscript written by a sophisticated 100,000 year-old civilisation. Inspired by its stunning revelations, he writes a new book - 'Dreams from the Death Age' - whose enlightened message resonates with such intensity that it becomes a best seller overnight. 'The Book' - as its disciples call it - is talked about in the hushed whispers borne of cultish reverence and blind adulation. A dangerous combination.
Lillian Schatsheimer latches onto 'The Book' with an almost biblical fervour and establishes the Baker Academy for the Advancement of Humanity (BAAH) as her 'brilliant strategy' to reverse the fading hopes of a Senator’s bid for the US Presidential election. But it spirals out of control setting in motion a cult movement with both hilarious and disastrous consequences.
Meanwhile a series of puzzling and unexpected natural and man-made disasters shake the core of humankind's very existence. Sean Baker and his partner Dawn are thrust into the limelight and ironically become the voice of reason, leading those who care to listen to safety.
But can the explosive chain of events be reversed? Or is Armageddon actually required to cleanse the world of a "mutated" humanity that has totally lost its way and its connection to its own heart and soul?
If you love a good laugh, a different way of thinking and have a wicked sense of humour then you will enjoy this book. If you take yourself too seriously or explode in self-righteous indignation when faced with irreverent humour around religion, politics or sex, then I suggest you buy the book for someone else! AFN Clarke.
Book length: 437 pages
Learn more about Armageddon, Book 2 in 'The Baker Trilogy'.
This is a true satire - funny, colourful characters, crazy events and a totally irreverent look at politics, religion, spirituality, relationships... Thanks Clarke for a good read!
What a great book! It's very well written, funny, and makes you think. After reading this one, immediately purchased the second book, Armageddon, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
Clarke’s intelligent and clever writing keeps you pondering how much truth is hidden in the story…
You are going to love reading this book because it is like seeing your political and social environment flash before your lives … There's a tinge of sadness in the humour which makes you think more deeply about the things you have just read and laughed about. Which of course is how good humour often works.
Just downloaded it yesterday and haven't been able to put it down. AFN Clarke does it again. "Dreams From The Death Age" is a must read. Also liked Clarke's "An Unquiet American" and "Contact”.
The characters are richly drawn, you will recognize yourself, your colleagues, bosses, the government, the tycoons and the buffoons, they are all represented. Yet Baker instils hope for the future, remorse for the present and memories of the past.