June 20, 2015 / Glen Reynolds

This blog site is a forum for discussing all the water wars related issues surrounding the Monas Novels (currently three completed works). It is a project which, following considerable commercial interest, aims to promote and market these novels with a view to finding the right agent and the right publisher for these and future work. A web site with novel extracts is under construction as we speak.

For your blogging, please consider the following when exploring water related concerns: Book 1 is based around Scotland, Canada and the USA; Book 2 is based in China and India/Tibet, and Book 3 is based in Egypt. All in a contemporary setting. I would not wish blogging to be confined to those areas.

But the books always seem to start and end in Pennan, a small Scottish village on the North East coast, where I live. Long story short, I began several years back exploring the basis of water as the next cause of international tension. This, along with an interest in the new understanding of the paranormal interaction of science and faith, drew me to creating a character that was a Father Brown fit for the issues of the 21st century. Monas was born.

But as with Adam, he needed an Eve. Both became in my character sketches, a spiritual force evolving from a Christian west and Muslim east, to unite in confronting the emerging corporate greed and political plate shifting around the primary mover of life on this planet – water.

What the project evolved into was more a recognition that in contrast to the priestly male figure of the Adamic Monas, it was moreover Nargess who was the stronger partner in this futuristic dynamic duo, and an unconventional one in terms of western celebrity and cultural heroines or stereotypes. She is a proud and devout Muslim, emotionally equipped with an experience incomprehensible to most (having escaped being stoned to death in Iran), and is moreover a woman strong and content in terms of her gender. He was an older male, rooted in Scottish irony and a Celtic reserve. And a part time priest to boot. Both have gifts, of this world and beyond.

Intelligence agencies have historically explored and wars have always exploited, evolving science in terms of the unconventional. From the psychic criminologist to those who can carry out remote viewing, memory reconstruction, bilocation and out of body experiences, the reality of unconventional methods based on rare gifts held by a chosen few, has always been part of human history, secular and religious, to explain and assist the human condition.

Monas and Nargess emerge from the Scottish village to overcome the Ophites, the generators of what we now term, “water wars”. They are the agent provocateurs over what is essential for life. The snakes in the garden of Eden.

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