The Human Trial Trilogy: Scifi, Romance And America's Fight For Liberty (Conclusion)

By Timothy N. Stelly, Sr.
Aug. 23, 2011

At the beginning of Human Trial III: National Security, we find Adam Turner at a crossroads. It is now twenty-three years after the thermal attacks on earth. America is still rebuilding. The country has a new President—Thaddeus Lord, who has developed a plan to connect both ends of the country and make America once again, “a shining beacon of hope to the rest of the world.”

For the first time in 22 years, he finds himself alone and wondering if he will ever find the kind of love his parents had. He has Imani, her son MJ (the son of the late Melvin Hicks), Sara and the Barfields, but he wonders if that will be enough and if they will ever add additional members to their tightly-knit clan.

Some readers who were granted the opportunity to read the first draft felt saddened that the finale in the trilogy begins with such a harsh tenor. Second, the focus must be on Adam facing his trials and triumphs. This book also has elements of romance, and we know the depth of the Daron-Regina storyline. It was time to set Adam’s search for love against the backdrop of warfare and rebirth.

The war-weary Adam is content to enjoy life on the shores of Lake Consuela, but history again beckons when the President delivers a message to him, that Adam is his choice to train the country’s fledgling armed forces. The person sent to convince Adam to come on board is Colonel Tawanna Chenier, who also is a military legend, having led a group of thirty sparsely armed townspeople against the alien population in South Texas.

As the President’s message is being delivered, he is assassinated. Adam and Tawanna learn later on that a South American warlord named Barbosa sent a death squad to carry out the killing. More troublesome is the fact that Barbosa possesses a nuclear weapon and is seeking the means to wage war against America. Barbosa is a dictator over a vast area, as Brazil has annexed several nearby countries. He has built a hybrid population that is used in slave labor and as frontline soldiers against an attack.

With the country facing the possibility of a nuclear strike, Adam and Tawanna lead a battalion of 200 raw recruits into the jungles of South America. Along the way they are hindered by a lack of resources, traitorous allies and nightmarish logistics. Also, there is the threat of alien strongholds in the Florida Everglades and Yellowstone National Park to contend with.

Despite the toils of war, the attraction between Adam and Tawanna builds, but their focus is on their duty, as they arrive in South America for what shapes up to be the western hemisphere’s most important battle for survival. From this point there are twists than will keep readers turning pages. The words of John Lyly ( Eupheus, 1578) never rang more true: "The rules of fair play do not apply in love and war.”

In short, the Human Trial trilogy has elements of scifi, and is also a love story set against the backdrop of war, famine and destruction. It is also a tale of fierce hope and the optimism that is at the root of the American spirit. It speaks to the value of liberty and how man must shun his tribal instincts and live at peace with one another and the earth, our home that we will probably destroy before another race—of this world or otherworldly—does.


About the author: Timothy N. Stelly is a poet, novelist, essayist and screenwriter who resides in northern California. His upcoming works include HUMAN TRIAL III: NATIONAL SECURITY, a poetry book, CLASSIC STELLYISM (from lulu.com) and the crime story UNDER COLOR OF AUTHORITY. He is currently working on a book about the 2008 and 2012 elections.

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