Thursday, March 23, 2023

Review: Planned Obsolescence by Lorin Brandon


Genre: Religious Satire


“The most hopelessly enslaved consider themselves free...

A mysterious, ancient manuscript is found two miles underground in a goldmine. Archaeologists are fascinated, and the story gains the attention of the Vatican.

Archaeologist Dr. Manuel Consuelo is intrigued by the artifact, and believes it will divulge information never previously accessible to humans. This other-worldly manuscript will confirm his notions, once he is finally able to examine it, under the watchful eye of the Vatican.

However, his conclusions outrage the clergy. Is humanity free, or are we the subjects of invisible overlords? Is control exerted on this earth through the reign of kings, priests and dictators, as shills for the overlords?

In this remarkable novel, author Lorin Brandon imagines human existence in a different light; one that establishes our true existence and allows us to imagine greater freedoms, instead of complacent control and manipulation. Perhaps this artifact possesses the potential to enable humanity to envision a more liberated, truthful existence.”


I was unable to find any information about the author.


This novel is designed to make you think. It imagines that the world is controlled by what are described as “overlords.” We humans on earth are the equivalent to livestock to these overlords who use religion as a means of controlling their flock. But when an ancient manuscript is discovered that explains this, as you might expect, it causes some concern in the halls of power.

I enjoyed what I’ll describe as the main story thread, what was happening on the surface, the conflict between the scientists of academia and religious leadership, in this case the pope and other high ranking Vatican officials. That part of the story is full of conflict, obviously fictional, but easy to imagine and it makes a good story. But I probably enjoyed even more what I’ll call the subtle critique of religion, the logic (or lack thereof) behind it, and the ideas that might make a person who is religious question their beliefs. Or maybe not. I expect different people will react in different ways to the underlying questions raised by this story, and that’s okay. It will get you thinking, regardless of what you conclude.

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Some adult language.

Format/Typo Issues:

No significant issues.

Rating: **** Four Stars

Reviewed by: BigAl

Approximate word count: 75-80,000 Words

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