Transference

Author: B.T. Keaton

Released: January 13, 2020

Genre: Sci-Fi, Dystopian Fiction, Metaphysical & Visionary Fiction, Religious Fction

Eighty years from now mankind has discovered the secret of eternal life. Human souls can be moved from one body to another through the process known as transference. Control of this new technology has fallen under the dominion of Jovian, a powerful prophet and head of the Church which governs every aspect of existence.

Banished to a mining colony on a distant planet for lawlessness is Barrabas Madzimure, the king of thieves. Only when Barrabas faces execution does he claim that another man committed his infamous crimes decades earlier. The authorities are suspicious. Is he the Madzimure of legend and a potential threat to Jovian’s new world order, or just another victim of transference?

The epic story of a grim personal mission, Transference takes the reader on a heart-racing journey through rebellion, revenge, self-sacrifice, and the soul’s search for identity.

When everything you believe about civilization is a lie, the ultimate power is truth.

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“Looks can be deceiving, Kilraven. I would have thought that lesson would be clear to you at this point,” he says, staring perturbingly into my eyes. Then the snake smiles in a way that I’ve not sen prior to now and twirls his mustache slightly between his index finger and thumb. I slow the Marauder down as we reach the end of the causeway approaching the mine entry, and then I see a row of purple light. The closer we get, I realize that something has gone horribly wrong.

We have explored our galaxy and still have so much left to discover. Earth has been the only planet that has the ability to sustain human life, but what if there can be other planets for us to travel to? In the future, what if we can opt into a new life in another galaxy? What if we had the technology to live eternally by cloning our bodies? Would it be ethical? Technological advancements have come a long way, and still have so many possibilities left to uncover. Some are quite amazing, but others are frightening. Keaton submerges readers into a future Earth that has so much opportunity to offer in the way of technology, but as we all know, opportunity in the wrong hands can inevitably lead to power hunger and a spiraling downfall of mankind or even one’s own demise as we’ve seen in world leaders in the past.

A man named Barrabas has been sent to another planet, a mining planet known for housing criminals of the Church. The Church has immense power in this future that Keaton has created and the Prophet rules the Earth. A false Prophet, according to many. Barrabas and a band of cohorts plan on taking over the mines and what better way than by using knowledge to succeed. One man has been sent to search out the true identity of Barrabas, knowing that he has undergone the tricky business of this technological concept known as transference. This means that anyone could potentially be walking around in a body that they were not born with. Getting back to Earth and back to his family is the only thing that Barrabas cares about and he is willing to do anything to make it happen. He knows that he was a man who had a wife, a mother, and two sisters. He also wants answers as to why he was transferred into Barrabas’ body and that may cost him his life…a second time.

B.T. Keaton has an eccentric world filled with original characters and immensely powerful technological creativity. Fear of the unknown makes this story hard to put down and difficult to keep reading all at the same time. While this story begins slowly due to the introduction of a new world and complex characters, it does pick up pace considerably quickly about halfway though. It is a bit difficult to understand what is happening for a little while and we believe this is due to a lack of descriptiveness of the characters in the beginning. Once Barrabas leaves Eridania, it becomes easier to distinguish characters. Most of the questions that a reader may formulate in the beginning do get answered even though it is quite complex with an underlying religious tone. Overall, the story is worth the read and is recommended for readers who enjoy sci-fi and dystopian fiction.

An electronic copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by Reedsy Discovery and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a four-star rating to Transference by B.T. Keaton.

B.T. Keaton was born and raised in the U.S. of A, and he still feels at home whenever he visits east Tennessee. He is a citizen of beautiful Aotearoa, and has called its capital city of Wellington home for over ten years.

His career highlights include slaving in retail, advertising, and craft beer brewing. He loves music and animals, and finds throwing trash from the windows of moving vehicles oddly satisfying, and yet, he passionately despises litterbugs. Transference is his debut novel.

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