Saturday, May 10, 2008

What to Expect from Atlas Triumphant

There are enough clues placed in Atlas Reborn to give readers a rough picture of how the story will proceed.

Other Trivia:

- This book plays on the notion of binary opposition.

- Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities, Thomas Hardy's The Return of the Native and William Shakespeare's Macbeth have been cited as major literary influences.

- The author describes the sequel as a cross between the movies Crash (2004), Equilibrium(2002) and Escape from New York (1981).

- This book will contain a tribute to director Orson Welles.

Who is Dennis Thorne?

I am Dennis Thorne, a man who never had the luxury of choosing my path. If I did, I would have ruled the world by now. For those of you who have no clue about me, I’ll tell you an unbelievable story.

I was born in New Eden City, United New Eden Commonwealth. To elaborate on my country’s history would mean writing volumes on the two Water Wars and the reason why New Eden was built. Then I would have to talk about the two races of scientists rivaling each other to prove something to the world. One person begged to differ: my father. Before I was born, he was taken away from me.

When I grew up, I had only a few friends. I became popular after acting in a play called ‘Robin Hood: Tales From Sherwood’. But what altered my course of life was my best friend Patrick, Patrick Roger Joaquin. He was a transmit addict, which was why he fell prey to a terrorist syndicate called Terrortech. We crossed paths with a smuggler… I met with an accident because of that.

I had fallen into a coma, and there was no way to save me. My mother and a family friend used the SUPERMAN technology on me… Thus, I became a hybrid human. I thought of using my powers to bail my friend out. Instead, my attack on Terrortech led to the loss of many innocent lives, including poor Patrick. Out of guilt, I decided to be more careful… my mother taught me how to use my abilities wisely. I started a private war on transmit smuggling and traveled a lot for this purpose. My mother guided me throughout my life.

There is something I haven’t told you about my past. Yes, all of you know what happened when I was twelve, and thirty. But there were eighteen dark years in between that really made a difference in my life. Now, follow me as I take you deeper into my life story.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Dennis Thorne will be Back, with a Vengeance!

Working Title: Atlas Triumphant
Alternate Titles: Atlas Reborn 2, Atlas: The Next Crusade, Atlas Reborn II: Savior Instincts, Savior Vs Nemesis, Atlas: Ruler of the Skies


Three-and-a-half years after sa
ving New Eden from total annihilation, Atlas fears the return of an old enemy. This adversary is a nightmare from the past capable of manipulating the world's future like an expert chess player. Dennis Thorne's personal problems have quadrupled. Old relationships take ugly turns, as his love interest goes farther away. Now begins a race for power. May the best man or woman win.

The theme and characters were established in Atlas Reborn. Atlas makes a statement, but will the world take it in the right sense? Dennis Thorne will have more challenges while maintaining his dual life. Isn't it time for him to settle down? What turn will his friendship with Donna-Jaye Warner take? Where will destiny take them? Here is a sneak peek into the second chapter in Atlas' life:

This will be dar
ker than the first one. I intend to expand the writing canvas in Atlas Reborn II. Other cities will be explored. There will be a world beyond New Eden that needs Atlas' attention. Consumed by technology and financial surplus, innocent civilians will become arrogant. Therefore, the odds against Atlas / Dennis Thorne are staggering.


Atlas / Dennis Thorne - Researcher, Media Relations Team, Darwinopolis

Ruth Thorne - Retired General, Solar Guardians

Dr. Davidson – CEO, Darwinopolis

Agent Stewart - Solar Guardian agent

Michiko Sachio - Head, Media Relations Team, Darwinopolis

Dr. Frank Greene - Social worker, Thorne Ministry

Capt. Alvin Hunter - Solar Guardian

Frederick Warden - Spin doctor

Joshua Phoenix - Vigilante

Paraphrased Texts from Various Contexts

1. This is a quote from a conversation between Dennis Thorne and Ruth Thorne on questions of his immortality.

Dennis Thorne: "This is the twenty-second century. I may live to the twenty-third, or if I push it, the twenty-fourth. But to live for a millennium? That's stretching things too far."

2. Dennis Thorne meets Dr. Davidson after a party.

Dr. Davidson: "I know everything about you, Thorne. You are an open book to me."

3. Ruth assures her son that he should not be downhearted.

Ruth Thorne: "Even though you are Atlas, you will always remain Dennis Thorne."

4. When Dennis is faced with a difficult choice, his cousin makes a statement.

Dr. Frank Greene: "Destiny never takes our permission."

5. Michiko Sachio and Dennis debate on the morally ambiguous times.

Michiko Sachio: "Be grounded, for once!"