Lyall De Viana’s’ ‘Philanthropist’ is an intense, intricate yet wholly-engrossing new novel that follows the exploits of a brother and sister looking to travel through time to interview history’s most evil killers about their crimes. But there’s a twist – all is not as it may first seem. Expect aliens, deception, secrets and love – as everything mixes into a cocktail readers will never forget.
A brother and a sister embark on a terrifying journey of not only studying the most notorious mass murderers in history, but meeting those murderers face to face with the use of advanced technology.
For Blake, it was a chance to meet some of the people who made history, albeit in a bad way. What made them tick? Could they explain their crimes, those atrocities? What was in the mind of a man like Jack the Ripper or Hitler? Could they justify their actions? He and Kate had always had this desire to collect rare artefacts and fine art objects. For Kate, it was a chance to help further study the human race, a part of her earthly mission.
Blake and Kate have always been very close. Kate has a few secrets up her sleeve, and at the beginning of the story Blake is none the wiser. Even though she has used a wheel chair since that accident when she was a child, Kate is actually able to walk and move, and this is just one of her sinister secrets.
A more sinister secret is that Kate is an alien, one of a race called the Guardians, and her earthly mission is to study the human race and try to assist before humans destroy not only themselves but their planet (Planet D1, known to us as Earth).
With this in mind, Kate and Blake recruit experts in their respective fields: Gabe, Lena, Phillip and Karoline. Having built a high-tech lab with simulation and time travel technology, they begin to collect subjects (Kate, using her powers, does the actual collection. Everybody else thinks it is the technology that is in use). Ranging from Hitler, Idi Amin to Jack the Ripper, the most notorious serial killers, dictators, facilitators and perpetrators of mass murders/genocides are assembled in the lab.
While this is going on, Kate finds herself having to keep her true identity and her powers a secret, even from Blake. Until she learns that Gabe is actually a powerful god in charge of many planets and races, and that he is the most powerful being she has ever encountered. By this time, Gabe and Lena are in a relationship and Lena is expecting his child, who is born towards the end of the story.
Blake finds himself getting sucked into the dark world of serial killing, beginning to imitate none other than Jack the Ripper, but he doesn’t tell anyone, including his sister. One of the experiments on the subjects goes wrong as a mystery woman breaks into the lab and brutally murders two of the subjects. This mystery has not been solved by the end of the story.
When Kate learns from Gabe that her programming may be destroying her beloved brother, she comes clean about her real identity and informs Blake that she is going back to her home planet. Blake is shocked by the revelation of who his sister really is, but manages to regain his control and brings to an end the project. Gabe and Kate then leave the earth (Planet D1) as the story ends.
“I wanted to create a multi-faceted, thrilling story – but one that has its foundations in real-world people and events,” explains the author. “So, I decided history’s most evil killers would be the perfect cast to underpin a story where aliens, secrets and truths run rampant. As mentioned, the book started its life on hundreds of scraps of paper – all now strung together into the story you see today.”
Continuing, “It’s very hard to pigeon-hole this into any single genre. It will appeal to fans of thrillers, history, sci-fi, the social sciences and everything else in between. If you like a solid adventure where nothing is quite as it seems – then this is for you!”
‘Philanthropist’ is due for imminent release. For more information, contact the author directly.