Sunday, 13 May 2012

The Prince Nightmare - Ogbuefi Goodwill

Continuing from 'Darkest Plain', this short story describes the advancing battle between Persia and Babylon. Cyrus, the Persian prince devises a plan to conquer the proclaimed sturdy walls of Babylon.

Whilst the ancient world continues with their own lives - Greece the Olympics, Rome not yet a Republic - the prince Belshazzar of Babylon is unaware of a stealth battle about to commence from Cyrus to overthrow him.

This is no easy task as the walls are the first brick built barricades known in the ancient world.  Daniel a distinguished high office minister is translating text written on a wall where the Babylonians are drinking wine and feasting; when finished his translations leaves the Babylonians in great fear. All the while Cyrus is making his move.

The narrative is again told to a son. The father, who is relating this tale warns of how a nation built on political prowess will fall easily. The sentiment of this tale is - what is spiritual mission? The son who still wants to understand this concept is advised that people who want to play God will lose.

I enjoyed this short story, especially where the father asks his son to ponder what these past wars mean for future political wars. Written simply, it at times can read like an educational prompt but the author has again written a detailed war without being too 'heavy' and has asked a simple question that will leave the reader wondering about how the values discussed can relate to today.

I was provided a complimentary copy of this book from the author. The opinions expressed are my own and I am not required to give a positive review.

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