by Andrew May
published by Post-Fortean
Why Read?: Review
Challenges: British Books
I want to be upfront: the first time I read The Aquarius Code, I was editing it for the now defunct Chippewa Publishing. Since then, Andrew May has revised the story, giving it an update and some extra polish that helps make this fun and unique story sparkle.
When a tour group visiting Stonehenge vanishes mysteriously, several people immediately begin searching for answers. First is Dominique Head, the detective assigned to the case. Second is Henry Vaughn, a professor of Gnostic Theology, who has an idea of what happened and quickly becomes a person of interest to the police. And last is Cornelius Fnord, a mysterious man with minions...and influential power. The group that disappeared after performing a tantric masturbation ritual, find themselves in the Library of Babel. The answer maybe in the books, but all they can find are obscure sexual passage amongst the gibberish.
The Aquarius Code is not for the sexually faint of heart, but it sure is a fun read. The ancient site, the mythical location, and the gnostic theory make it and intriguing tale with plenty of mysterious elements. The characters were rather stereotypical, but that helped add to the fun.
The Aquarius Code may not be for everyone, but for those who do not mind various sexual rituals being important plot points, it is a highly enjoyable read. I am interested to see what else Andrew May can come up with.