The Spider in the Laurel

  • by Michael Pogach
  • Narrated by Terry F. Self
  • 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In tomorrow's America, belief is the new enemy. Even a silent prayer can get you black-bagged.
In the Citizen's Republic of America, religion is outlawed. Historian Rafael Ward is a good citizen, teaching students the government approved narrative of the nation's history. But when he is tasked by Relic Enforcement Command with destroying the artifacts he cherishes, he begins to question the regime's motives and soon finds himself caught up in a secret revolution. It will take the uncompromising faith of an outlaw Believer as an ally, and the acceptance of his guilt for his mother's death, to help Ward break free of the government's yoke. If he's lucky, he might also prevent an apocalyptic future for which his secular world is completely unprepared.
The Spider in the Laurel has been called "a super-cool, bad-ass book" that is "like a darker, more developed Indiana Jones".

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A Fun Adventure

This is a dystopian near-future novel in a similar vein of 1984, V For Vendetta, or Equilibrium. It reminds me the most of Equilibrium (though there is no Gun-Fu). After religious extremists caused a several horrible tragedies, the new government has outlawed religion, and other emotional things. We are now in a strictly enforced world that is ruled by logic, reason, and fear.

Our hero, Rafael, is drafted into service by the government to help then root out a network of Believers who are smuggling religious artifacts. Rafael is not a classic hero. He's just a history professor and he isn't too keen on being forced into a dangerous situation.

The story moves along quickly after that, becoming an International chase full of riddles, history, and daring escapes. It was fun.

It's compared to Indiana Jones. I see it more of Orwell meets Dan Brown.

Some reviewers have found the idea of the American society turning its back on religion as unbelievable. I don't. It's Speculative Fiction, no more than any of the dystopian stories I already named - no more than The Man In High Castle shows an alternate present based off a common history. The 'how' we got to this isn't important. Pogach gives a little information on how this society came to be, but nothing more than necessary to understand that this is where we are now.

However, I believe that a logical and efficient society would have at least gone with the Metric System.

The Narator, Terry Self, was very good with the pacing and the voices. There were a couple moments he seemed to stumble and it wasn't edited out. Overall, he was extremely good.
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- Rev. Zombie

Well written and well read

Enjoyed the twist and turns. Made me pay attention. Kept me wondering what our world would truly be like 100 years from now.
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- Nytwnd

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-19-2017
  • Publisher: Ragnarok Publications