Atom & Eve is a novel that features a most unusual supporting actor. Don’t want to be the spoiler, but let’s just say he’s one of the LAST people you’d want to work with. Especially when it comes to combating a disaster that could cause the entire planet, maybe the entire Universe to go POOF! My editors were troubled by this character. He has a pretty bad reputation in literature, film, even in the bible. So why include such an evil creature?
First, everyone loves a “bad boy”! And trust me, when it comes to bad boys, there ain’t anyone badder. When it comes to combating a machine that imperils the ALL THAT IS, you need some “big guns”. And, someone who is ruthless. Hence, the need for the epitome of evil: Lukas.
Who is Lukas? You’ll get hints along the way, and I promise you’ll be entertained by him. He can be funny, charming, and even seductive. But, don’t let yourself be fooled. Evil is Evil. And, keep you distance from Lukas, just as the protagonist, Andrew (the main character) is compelled to do.
Second, Lukas may be evil. But, there is a DUALITY to everything. An onion is awful smelling and sharp to the taste.
By itself. But, in chicken soup it is a wonderful spice and vegetable. In the end, nothing is actually totally bad, and nothing is ever totally good. True, Lukas will not be the first person you’d invite to a dinner party. But then again, when it comes to a sub atomic particle disaster, he might be one of the few creatures in the known Universe that can help fix the mess.
Finally, the terms “bad” and “evil” are relative. The book centers around the hubris of a few physicists who seek fame, ego fulfillment and financial gain through smashing particles in 17 mile underground tunnel. The problem is that these activities can create a condition that can collapse the known Universe (and any other parallel Universe) that exists. Lukas is not a benevolent being. But relative to the destruction of the Universe, his level of “evil” compared to a reckless group of physicists that can bring down the world, kill billions, and possibly ruin EVERYTHING and FOREVER, isn’t that bad after all.
The book is fantasy and science fiction. But it is based upon scrupulous research and discussions with top flight physicists. This sub atomic machine and arguably “mad” scientist-physicists in the book? They exist. They’re real. And, they want to recreate the Big Bang here on earth, in Geneva Switzerland. Why are they doing this? Why build a 20 billion dollar decision? Who knows? Check out CERN the particle accelerator in Geneva Switzerland. It’s real, and it’s operational. Right now. I don’t recommend you lose any sleep about it., But the possibility of a catastrophe exceeding our worst expectations could verily be in the making. As I write this.
Atom & Eve compels you to think about the unthinkable. And some spiritual issues such as the nature of God, good and evil, and even romantic love issues. All in less than 300 pages. I invite you to join the journey now! Regards, Jared Hertz, Merrick, New York, 12 January 2018 445 PM EST.