Review by Kevin Berry
Title:The Zul Enigma
Author: J. M. Leitch
Genre: Science fiction
The Zul Enigma’ gripped me from the start to its stunning and shocking end. It’s a unique futuristic thriller and sci-fi conspiracy adventure rolled into one. The story begins with Dr Carlos Maiz, Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, being contacted by an entity, purporting to be an alien whom he calls ‘Zul’, who outlines a theory of galactic evolution linked to the 2012 Mayan calendar prophecy. Once he is convinced of the authenticity of ‘Zul’, he tries to convince others, including the US President, of the messages given him. This doesn’t go down well for him at first. Much of the story is told from Dr Maiz’s point of view, which works well, and his interactions and dialogue show a well-developed character.
After various adventures, twists and turns, Dr Maiz and friends help to implement Zul’s message that the world should embrace meditation to assist with the looming evolutionary jump once the Mayan calendar runs out, which if not achieved, will result in dire consequences. What happens on the deadline date, when it comes, was a shock that shook me to the core. Some other reviewers have called this book controversial, and I can see why they do, but that is purely a personal opinion of theirs. As a piece of imaginative writing, this is quite cleverly done, intriguing and thought-provoking.
The latter part of the book is set some fifty-five years in the future, when a relative of Dr Maiz finds a lost journal of the time reads her mother’s journal of the time and seeks to find out what really happened and why. This part of the story is told from her point of view. It is at this time that the extent of the conspiracy is revealed.