A Science Fiction Story
The very existence of the human race is under threat, young people taking a vacation in New Zealand get caught up in a natural disaster that sends them deep into tunnels created and controlled by a higher form of alien intelligence. Trapped in the tunnels beneath the Island of Waiheke, New Zealand, they discover technology that is way beyond the capability of current human scientific knowledge.
Judgement of the Human Race
Little do they know that they are being examined by the aliens to establish whether the human race deserves to survive. Their backgrounds hold more than one or two dark secrets and behaviour in the alien tunnel system is less than exemplary. Driven by past experiences and the weird situation they now find themselves in, they participate in an orgy of group sex under the guise of a group marriage and demonstrate several of the less savoury traits of the human race. All while being completely unaware that they are part of an analytical observation, just like lab rats in a psych experiment, that has been created to assess their worth and consequently the worth of the whole of the human race.
Manipulated and controlled by the aliens they are abducted to the interior of the moon. Here they are informed that they have to justify their right to exist as a universal life-form and that they are now the representatives of the whole of the human race. This is a big responsibility for a group of young misfits, some of which have had less than a perfect start in life, and they begin to consider if they can cope with the enormity of the responsibility that has been thrust upon them. Or even if it is perhaps just a nightmare that they will suddenly wake up from.
You are introduced to, incredible new technology and asexual humanoid forms that serve the 'Great Ones' - relics of a galactic race possessed of an ethical imperative to advance intelligence wherever it can be found.
The Day of Judgement
Should the aliens believe that advancement is beyond the capability of humanoid life forms, the imperative changes. It becomes one that is no longer about intellectual advancement but rather a failed experiment that needs to be eradicated. The 'Great Ones' suddenly represent a menacing and serious threat that cannot be ignored.
This is the second of Markham Turners books, written with an inimitable style that draws on his life time experiences and imagination. Clearly science fiction is a genre he greatly enjoys writing in and his quirky style is not something you will typically find in a science fiction book.