5-STAR REVIEW: Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers’ Favorite.
“The Serapis Fraktur” is a futuristic story set off by the discovery of antique dealer Charles Dawes of a Fraktur that is dated 1748. A Fraktur is a schoolmaster creation that commemorates rites of passage such as baptism, marriage, graduation, and death. This particular Fraktur has the images of flying machines, the Eiffel Tower, the Washington Monument and the Serapis Temple in Alexandria, Egypt. Winning at Lotto in 2005, he invested wisely and tries to solve the puzzle of the Fraktur. Dawes dies unexpectedly and later wakes up from a cryogenic sleep in the year 2460. What follows is a roller coaster ride in the future that includes historical personalities like Thomas Edison, Leonardo da Vince, Copernicus and terrorism in an orbital city.
“Mark Clay Grove weaves a science fiction novel that includes the past, the present and the future. This is no small feat but he is able to come up with a very interesting narrative. The main character in the story is well developed and as an antique collector who wakes up in 2460 to find himself a leader of a business conglomerate, that encompasses a galaxy, it comes naturally that he is interested in art, history, and antiques. “The Serapis Fraktur” is actually the first book of Grove’s ‘The Conglomerate Series’. It is written in the first person and this has the effect of establishing a familiar relationship with the narrator. What is also obvious is the author’s emphasis on honor, accountability, fidelity and integrity that the present world sorely lacks. As a whole, this is a very entertaining book that can be read by people of all ages. What makes this science fiction novel stand out is that it harks back to great personalities from the past who helped create our world as it is today. It brings you on an exciting journey to the past, the present and the future.”