KEYS OF DESTINY by Adin Kachisi

KEYS OF DESTINY

KIRKUS REVIEW

A professor discovers a global conspiracy, and through an amazing series of coincidences helps save the world.

Kazra Moore’s student, Rick, reveals that his Uncle Yuccah, an elder of the Creek Nation, has important information regarding the Mayan 2012 prophecy–an obsession of Moore’s. The two fly to Georgia where Uncle Yuccah reveals that Kazra is a prophesied hero who must gather the keys of destiny and bring them back to perform a purification ceremony before 2012. He then explains that an evil angel, Zamariel, has been summoned by a secret society, the Order of Kingu, to obtain the keys of destiny, thereby destroying the world. Kazra travels from Georgia to Ireland to meet the key-keeper Odin. They battle the forces of darkness and escape with the key. Kazra then travels to Zimbabwe and meets a shaman, whose nephew and friend give him information and lead him to the next key of destiny. Kazra then goes to Asia, where he is led to the final key of destiny hidden in North Korea. After a narrow escape from the forces of darkness (now called the Leviathan Cult), Kazra returns to Georgia in time for the ceremony, a final showdown and ritual with the crystal keys. It is revealed that the real keys of destiny are not the crystals but human hearts, and with this knowledge the world is transformed. Throughout the novel, Kazra travels from one amazing coincidence to the next, encountering people who help him in his quest. The forward motion of the narrative is interspersed with lengthy explanations of conspiracy theories–the Mayan Calendar, the Olmecs, the colonization of Egypt by aliens and the origins of Atlantis, among many others. The plot often loses focus in the midst of this explication, dulling the suspense. While Kachisi’s ideas are interesting, his continuous use of coincidences and implausible plot points makes the story difficult to follow–there is little or no specificity of setting, and abrupt point of view and tense shifts. Ultimately, the book leaves the reader frustrated and lost.

Oft-told conspiracy theories combine to create a confusing story about saving the world.

Pub Date: Feb. 6th, 1936
ISBN: 978-0-595-50760-3
Program: Kirkus Indie
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