Lyda Morehouse's second book, FALLEN HOST, continues the story she began in ARCHANGEL PROTOCOL. What a story it is. Deftly weaving in enough information that you don't have to have read the first book (though why you wouldn't want to, I can't imagine), Ms. Morehouse takes us on a journey of possibilities.
The End Time is nearing and Morningstar, AKA the Devil, is determined to win this final battle. His search for the antichrist takes him from Manhattan to Tokyo and ultimately to Mecca. With a brief stopover in Hell.
Page, an artificial intelligence who dreams of Mecca, has his/her own struggle, coming to terms with existence in the absence of his/her `father'. He/she searches for atonement after betraying the man who wrote the program for the LINK-Angels.
Added to the mix is Emmaline the Inqusitor who is on a mission from the Pope to determine if the two artificial intelligences that exist in the world have souls. Some of her methods are unappreciated by the Vatican. She refuses to be pulled off the case and sets out on her own pilgrimage to find the truth.
The quests of these three characters intertwine, each reflecting the universal struggle of parent/child relations, making the right choices and finding one's role in the universe.
Utilizing in-depth research of the world's religions and today's technology, Ms. Morehouse has crafted a frighteningly believable forecast for Earth's future. Her characters, be they human, celestial or computer coded, are sympathetic, conflicted, and real.
FALLEN HOST will be flying off the bookshelves. If you're up for a fascinating and thoroughly enjoyable read, stake out a copy for yourself. And while you're at it, you might as well pick up a copy of ARCHANGEL PROTOCOL. Word has it there will be two more books in the series and you'll want the complete set.