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“Despite the novel’s familiar genre trappings, it’s rather ambitious in its themes, and its mix of conspiracy and crime fiction makes for a generally entertaining and occasionally thought-provoking escape. A stylish story in which investigators aren’t afraid to get in too deep. [more...]” — Kirkus Reviews
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Overview
The Golden Cord of Arram is a psychological thriller. It has high-action sequences and battles, plenty of suspense, and shadowy aliens in the periphery, but the actors on this stage are almost entirely human. Some are caught in the miasma of fascism, and hate-based conspiracy theories, willing to do or say anything to satisfy the drives thrust upon them by their dark will, while other actors fight to preserve individual rights based on harmlessness, love, truth, and the rule of law. It is the eternal battle: autocracy versus democracy. The Trilogy explores novel scientific disciplines, such as the Simian Model of Behavior, a hard-wired behavioral psychology concept Walt developed. It also calls upon his knowledge of Masonic rituals, Hermes Mercurius Trismegistus, and the Anunnaki, plus Eastern and Western spiritual traditions, to flesh out the plot and further expound his philosophy. It also has rich romantic interactions between some of the actors, and the psychological implications these interactions induce. The Golden Cord will make you laugh, and it may make you cry; it might make it hard to sleep some nights because it skillfully blurs the boundaries between what is real and what is not.
So, the question is, what genre is it? The Golden Cord's closest equivalent in literature is Ayn Rand's best selling philosophical thriller Atlas Shrugged. Wikipedia classifies it as "Philosophical fiction, Science fiction, Mystery fiction, and Romance novel." Walt could have borrowed that and added "Metaphysical fiction" to the list, but the one genre that expresses it best is "Speculative fiction."
It is a murder mystery whose storyline grew out of a little-known scientific principal Walt discovered while doing biomedical research. Yes, the story is fiction, but it is firmly rooted in the hard sciences. In fact, it may not be a false-hood to say it is “based upon a true story.”John Galt, Atlas Shrugged’s protagonist, was a “philosopher hero” who expressed Rand’s philosophy of “Objectivism.” This story’s main protagonist is Morro, a ninety-year-old Ph.D. in criminology, secretly brought out of retirement from U.S. Central Intelligence to chase the Yuendi, aka, the Brotherhood of Chaos. They are said to be responsible for a large number of brutal deaths, strange disappearances, and computer-guided mayhem. No one knows what motivates them or what sort of glue holds them together. The Colden Cord is a morality play that extends the philosophy originally expounded in Walt’s non-fiction book, Three Proofs That God Exists, an eclectic work of science that spans decades of personal experience as a scientist, inventor, Vietnam combat vet, yogi, and visionary artist.
The main difference between Atlas Shrugged and the Golden Cord is Atlat Shrugged orbits around a single philosopher hero, whereas the Golden Cord expresses its  philosophical context by employing a rich cast of strong characters, both female and male, using the real-world story we are living today as a backdrop and foundation for a storyline that is set in a scientifically advanced future where Telomere Reconstitution Therapy allows people to live to be 150, or more, and memory enhancement drugs keep their faculties intact. The science it portrays is real and the storyline is a "theory that fits the facts."
 
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Three Proofs That God Exists is a distillation of over sixty-years’ experience. Part of it chronicles Walt’s spiritual and professional journey, but it's not really about him. It is about adventures he experienced and the non-ordinary events he calls “cracks in the laws of physics.” He had his first “brush with the Cosmos” in 1967, during a near-death experience, when he strolled in a celestial garden and communed with a formless Being of masculine voice. The Being admonished him to “Look to beauty, look to the East, and never be part of an organized religion.” This and other such experiences profoundly changed his life and continue to provide him with a wellspring of artistic and scientific abilities conventional wisdom cannot explain.
 
Saving Our World
The only hope we have of changing the world is to change the minds of the people who inhabit it. Those who are doing the most damage are people who find it easy to ignore the spiritual dimension. If the spiritual dimension is presented to them in a language that is exciting and easy to understand, it may be possible to convince them to act from love, com-passion, and integrity, instead of ignorance wrought by hate, avarice, and political expediency. They may see through the evil of the autocratic power and wealth that crowns ignorant beings. Ignorance is a sickness that is ravaging our planet today. Love, integrity, and knowledge are the medicine we need to bring about global healing.
 
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