Friday, October 20, 2017

Book Review: 'The Will to Power' by Kata Mlek

Polish author Kata Mlek is an award-winning, genre-crossing author publishing in English and Polish. In Polish, she has published three novels and a book of short stories. ABSOLUTE SUNSET was her first book to be published in English. More most assuredly will follow. Much of the reason for the duplicated publishing Kata explains: ‘I was born and raised in the south of Poland, but a big part of my family lives in the US and Canada. As a child, I always assumed that my English-speaking uncles and aunts must feel terribly lost in Poland, since speaking Polish is something of a superpower. So, I resolved early on to master English— the first word I learned was “teddy bear”. I began my writing career in 2012, after leaving the IT industry. Several of my books were published in Polish, and were all successful and well received. In 2015, I made the decision to switch to self-publishing and start my international career. This was a tough decision, but I assumed that since I can say much more now in English than just “teddy bear”, I might succeed.’

Kata writes with a fine sting, creating characters that are credible and not the usual tropes that walk through the pages of novels of intrigue. Her language is terse yet wholly accessible when dealing with concepts foreign to some. Her story is Part 1 of a trilogy – and the first installment is strong enough to commit the reader to follow this prolonged tale to the end.

ONE GOD: THE WILL TO POWER is summarized by the author as follows – ‘Ambitious scientist Miran Zyelinski has had enough of ethics and laws getting in the way of progress, a man who by all means possible tries to achieve his goal and offer humankind immortality thanks to the advanced technology he's working on. As his opponents struggle to defeat him, Miran fights for the success of his company--Genesis--and obsessed with his vision he won't stop. Nothing—not the government, not the church, and certainly not lesser men—will hold back Miran’s vision for humankind - immortality. Miran will need wealth, brilliance, and ruthlessness to achieve his goal. Andreas can provide wealth, but must be paid in his own currency, and his price is high. Satia has brilliance and ruthlessness to match Miran, but their mix is volatile. Opposed on all sides, Miran will not waver from his goal of immortality. The question is not whether he will succeed, but who will be left alive when he does.

Kata Mlek is a writer of substance and with this trilogy she will likely draw wide attention. Grady Harp, October 16
This book is free on Kindle Unlimited.

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