“Riveting” * “Twists and turns” * “Dark and Intense” * “Surprising as it is hopeful“
A thought-provoking epic speculative tale which pulls no punches bridging twelve millennia of mankind’s violent and oppressive history to a near future time where only two people’s love will save us all.
The Matriarch Matrix
The mysterious legend from the Matriarch 12,000 years ago said “The object can destroy. The object can save. But only for the man and woman together. Together, guide the salvation of others.” Her lore is passed orally from generation to generation until….
2021 CE. San Francisco. Peter Gollinger dreams of a woman. A dark-haired woman who haunts him. A woman of great inner beauty, the kind that bespeaks of an inner love. The kind Peter knows nothing of. The kind of woman who is so beyond him. The kind of woman he is destined to save. Or so says the ancient words passed to him by his family’s patriarch.
2021 CE. Siirt. Zara Khatum only wishes to find a higher love as means to her salvation. She seeks only solace from the violence of her past, the torment of her her capture, enslavement and rapes by the Daesh, the vengeance of killing her captors which brought only more emptiness into her soul. Inside her, there is only one destiny. To die to save others.
9600 BCE. Black Sea. Nanshe, saved by her destined love from impending death, leads her family to found a new faith from a singular voice. The voice she hears from the object bespeaks of peace, tolerance, and love in world marred with the tyranny and violence of a monstrous race of giants. Her words guide her people through violence into peace for the next thousand years. Her words and vision waiting for her genetic heirs to save the world.
May 2021 CE. Luxembourg. The world’s most powerful oligarch, Alexander Murometz, a monstrous man, has only one wish. To solve the mystery of the matriarch and gain the power of the object. Through the work of a Jesuit priest, he knows that he must bring her genetic heirs, Zara and Peter, together as man and woman to solve the mystery. A pair so vastly different, so unlikely as man and woman,yet the world’s fate hangs on their ability to find a certain love together.
The Matriarch Matrix is a rich and deeply layered epic story – a complex plot-driven suspenseful speculative mystery. It pulls from different genres as need to tell its story. A little science fiction, a little fantasy, rhythm of an action-adventure, mixed with the core elements of romance. It is crafted to inspire you to stop and think, ponder, reflect upon where we came from and where we are going. It blends our past with a speculative future of things that are not so far-fetched. It blends the drama, the love, the comedy and tragedy of three protagonists with different cultures, traditions, and beliefs – a Sufi woman, an alien origin believing atheist, and a Jesuit priest. Will they be able to overcome their differences in time to solve the mystery of the matriarch and bring peace to the world?
A story of love like no other.
Am I all that Alexander said?
Did I do to you what he said?
Did I withhold from you what he said?
You did not know for sure.
And yet, you still loved me.
Zara Khatum, June 2021
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