'The Followers of Horus'

by Andy Lloyd

 'The Followers of Horus' - The second Dark Star novel by Andy Lloyd

Timeless Voyager Press, 2010

ISBN 978-1892264275

$16.95/ 11.50

 

"NASA’s super-secret spaceflight to the Dark Star is barely a third of the way into its fifteen year mission when things begin to unravel.  Tensions between the crew of Ezekiel One and their mysterious mission controller, Etienne Lille, are building, with potentially disastrous consequences. 

"Meanwhile, on Earth, an unexpected lead brings journalist Bill Bainbridge back into the hunt for the location of the Dark Star - information which will blow apart the entire conspiracy.  Without his knowledge, his actions are being guided by a tangled web of Military Intelligence operatives, aided by the enigmatic “Tall Man”, Nathan Keye.  

When the Ezekiel One black project runs into serious trouble, a third power emerges, aided by the uncompromising Followers of Horus.  For the first time in millennia, humans experience how it feels to become slaves of a god. 

"As Ezekiel One finally approaches the planet Nibiru, the crew wonder how things could possibly get worse…"

 

Some thoughts concerning the origin of the ideas behind "The Followers of Horus":

The Egyptian god Horus is of course a centrally important member of their ancient stellar religion. Born in the sky of Isis (Sirius), each Pharoah was thought to be an incarnation of the god Horus. 

So symbolically I portrayed the brown dwarf as Horus (the son of the Sun), Horus also represents the re-born god Marduk, who appears on the spaceship Ezekiel One on it's way to Nibiru. 

I have only ever come across two references to the Followers themselves - in a book by Adrian Gilbert entitled 'Magi' and in an essay by Freddy Silva's on ancient sites across the globe, built to aid the transformation of an individual into a god.  

Freemasons are the modern Followers of Horus, he claims - not unreasonably. 

Gilbert's essential idea was that the Biblical Magi were part of a wider brotherhood anticipating the return of the Horus-King. I've extrapolated that concept fictionally to a modern super-secret cult within the Roman Church.  The above image is based upon a scene from the book.  As the black project space mission Ezekiel One nears its goal, a welcome committee from Nibiru approaches. Their interest lies solely with the living cargo carried aboard the spaceship.

The cover for the book was taken from a painting I made (above).  The original painting depicts a modern warrior appearing on a ancient Egyptian papyrus - as a Follower of Horus, literally.  Well, the Followers of Horus in the book aren't dressed in this way, but the feel of violence and conflict that surrounds them is true to the novel. 

The book also involves material about British Intelligence, MI5 and MI6 and, in particular, GCHQ.  The above images from the BBC's 2012 TV programme 'Modern Spies' provide a further glimpse of life at this super secret base, and the excellent counter-terrorism work that goes on there.  Readers of my book will recognise this scene where the Tall Man enters the main GCHQ building.

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Testimonials

"Andy has now put his knowledge and insights to work creating very readable fiction that I have to say, after reading his first book, "Ezekiel One", comes very close to a very possible truth... that some may find too close for comfort. And yes, he has had some "interest from Hollywood" already and he is just now about to publish his second book in the proposed trilogy, called "The Followers of Horus". Needless to say, I will be first in line to read it when it is released."


Kerry Lynn Cassidy
http://projectcamelotproductions.com
http://projectcamelotportal.com
Los Angeles, CA

 

"Bravo, Sir, bravo!  Another brilliant success!  You paint pictures with words as well as you do with paint and brush.  I impatiently await your next installment in the 'Dark Star' fiction series.  I know that you planned it as a trilogy, but I hope you will reconsider and extend it.  Perhaps you could do a pre-quel trilogy set 200,000 - 2,000 years ago."

Roger Curnow

 

"Hi Andy, I really enjoyed the Followers Of Horus. Great job! Looking forward to the third and final instalment."

Nigel Fowler, Kent

"Superb work.  Great result of "crawling into an Anunnaki's mind" which I can't even imagine.  Can't wait for book #3!!"

Warren Judd, Texas

Just wanted to say that I finished ‘The Followers of Horus’ quite a few weeks ago and I really enjoyed it!  I can’t wait for your next novel! 

Cindy Wright, Suffolk

 

"When Bill Bainbridge, reporter for the London Daily Standard, was pulled off restaurant reviews in 2012 to investigate wild NASA UFO conspiracy theories, little did he know that he'd still be doing it six years later.
True, he and his friends uncovered the UFO -- a giant, top-secret nuclear-powered spaceship called Ezekiel One, built by NASA and crewed by U.S. astronauts. But soon enough the ship slipped from the view of earth-bound astronomers and headed into the great unknown.

The events of 2012 were covered in Andy Lloyd's first science fiction novel called, appropriately enough, "Ezekiel One". The sequel, called "The Followers of Horus", begins with Bill trying to meet up with an Italian astronomer. Bill's employer, a Russian tycoon named Mr. Provotkin, very much wants to know the coordinates of the mysterious Dark Star, the purported destination for the spaceship. However, anyone on the verge of finding out tends to end up either comatose or floating face-down in a river. Very powerful interests want the Dark Star to remain secret, and they'll stop at nothing.

Bill was very paranoid in 2012, and rightly so -- he survived at least two assassination attempts. However, he's gotten sloppy, lulled into complacency by years of fruitless investigations. In his heart, he's fed up with the whole thing and just wants to go back to reviewing restaurants. By the end of the first chapter, we'll see how disastrous Bill's carelessness turns out to be. While a good portion of the earlier half of "The Followers of Horus" focuses on the search for the Dark Star on Earth, an equally important plot line follows the voyage of Ezekiel One itself. This dominates the latter half of the book.

Amazon links to follow as the book becomes more availableThe trip is to last fifteen years. The crew consists of relatively young men and women who are beginning to feel the tedium. Having completed their spectacular flyby of Saturn and passed beyond the orbit of Neptune, there is really nothing now for them to see through the transparent glass observation dome, apart from the Milky Way. Day to day, nothing ever really changes. The ship feels motionless. The Dark Star, actually a giant planet called a "sub-brown dwarf", is far too dim to notice. There is a very small amount of artificial gravity produced by the slow, but steady, acceleration of the ship, but it is not enough to prevent significant bone and muscle atrophy. The human body is not designed for prolonged weightlessness. There are exercises the crew members are supposed to perform, but they're getting lackadaisical. Also, a need for secrecy means that, for long time, the ship is cut off from radio contact with Earth. On-board food production is starting to falter, and people are feeling the hunger pangs. Foolishly -- and against clear orders -- they have begun to have children.

One major source of tension is the fact that only the commanding officer, Bradley Pierce, knows the true nature of the mission. There are twelve priests on board, all schooled in the ancient Sumerian language. Supposedly, they're to serve as ambassadors for humanity when Ezekiel One reaches Nibiru, a planet-sized moon orbiting the Dark Star. However, they are keeping watch over a secret cargo, in a no-go portion of the ship. As increasingly mutinous crew members hatch a daring plan to shorten the voyage and, perhaps, save themselves from starvation, Pierce tries to dissuade them. The priests will not accept any shortcuts, but Pierce can't tell anyone why. Before long, tensions will build to the crisis point, and the crew will learn a terrible secret.

Andy Lloyd with his new novel, "The Followers of Horus"I have known about Andy Lloyd for the better part of a decade, thanks to his "Dark Star" book and website. I always figured that his theories about a hidden binary companion to the Sun would make good science fiction novels, and Andy for the most part has delivered. I first read the books last fall, and have just finished them a second time. I enjoyed a couple or three exciting run-for-your-life chase or escape scenes. I also enjoyed some subtle humor, such as the absurd Monty Python line translated into Russian.

A major character, known to Bill Bainbridge as the Tall Man, has a surprising amount of clout. His audience with the Pope is quite unconventional -- he doesn't exactly go in through the front door. And when a character jokes that he's an alien with cool space tech -- well, maybe he isn't really kidding after all. I especially liked the vivid descriptions of Nibiru orbiting in close proximity to its primary, bathed in ruddy or magenta light, looking very much like the Eye of Horus of ancient Egyptian lore.

The plot does suffer from a few flaws. The one that sticks most in mind involves a very dramatic scene where the major villain reveals himself -- and he talks like Yoda. It just doesn't quite project the right kind of menace. But after this he mainly stays in the background and lets his henchmen terrorize the protagonists, and the story starts clicking again. Andy also could have used another couple of eyes looking over the text.

I know from firsthand experience how hard it can be for a writer to ferret out those pesky typos. Also, at one point the names of a mother and her daughter were transposed, stopping me cold until I figured out what was going on.

If you're looking for a science-fiction treatment of some ancient Babylonian and Egyptian legends, in the same vein as Stargate, this book could be for you. But definitely you'll want to read "Ezekiel One" first. I'd love to see a third book follow up on the fate of the crew of Ezekiel One, and other events on Nibiru. This story definitely isn't over yet."

Robert Shepard Jr

How to order advanced, signed copies of 'The Followers of Horus':

Signed, dedicated copies of the book can now be obtained directly from the author, Andy Lloyd, who is based in England.  Direct payment can be accepted through PayPal, using a regular credit card if required.  To order using PayPal, click the button below correct for your location:

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Confirmatory details of your order will be forwarded to me automatically, but I would appreciate it if you could send an e-mail with details of whom you want the book dedicated to. 

E-mail Andy Lloyd at andy-lloyd@hotmail.com

 


Habitable Planet Orbiting Dwarf Star:  As described in "The Followers of Horus"

 

My fictional work is a vehicle to put forward some new insights and ideas.  In "The Followers of Horus" I have outlined how a world orbiting a Dark Star could provide an habitable environment for life.  Scientists discuss 'The Goldilocks Zone' - the rough distance from a given star where liquid water on a planet's surface could support life.  The smaller the star, the nearer the planet must be to the star to be within this habitable zone.

The Sun is technically a 'yellow dwarf', and lies on at the high end of the dwarf star spectrum. The next down is a red dwarf, and a planet in its Goldilocks Zone has a much smaller orbit than Earth.  Brown dwarfs have closer zones still, and sub-brown dwarfs, like the Dark Star I describe, have very close Goldilocks Zones - almost like moons. 

The closer planets get to their parent stars, the more likely they will be 'tidally locked', like our Moon is to the Earth.  This means that the planet rotates on its axis over the same time period as it rotates around the dwarf star.  This is known as 'synchronous rotation'.  The result of this is that one side of the planet will face the dwarf star at all times.

That's why I predicted in "The Followers of Horus" that a habitable planet circling the Dark Star would be tidally locked.  Here's an extract from the book, written in 2009:

Through the great glass dome, the crew of Ezekiel One could now see this world approach.  The homeworld was smaller than Earth, although larger than Mars. 

It orbited the Dark Star in almost precisely 12 Earth days and was close enough to be directly warmed by the weak infra-red radiation emitted by the parent star itself.  As Ezekiel One approached, the bright crescent of the planet glowed red in the dim magenta light of the Dark Star. 

The side facing away from the Dark Star was as black as tar, and apparently was entirely covered in a thick layer of ice and snow.  The planet Nibiru was locked into synchronous rotation by the Dark Star’s tidal forces.  Like the Moon circling Earth, Nibiru rotated on its axis at the same rate as it orbited around the Dark Star.  As such, it always displayed the same face towards the warming parent star, and the dark side of Nibiru was literally that - eternally enveloped in complete shade.  As a result, the side of the planet facing away from Nibiru was frigid and ice-covered.  One half of Nibiru enjoyed eternal daytime, while the other was eternally dark. 

As Ezekiel One moved from the back of Nibiru towards the front, its brightly lit red crescent increased in size and magnitude.  Through the clouds, great mountains of ice shone in red light.  Eventually, the light side of Nibiru came into view, as Ezekiel One slowly moved into an orbital path around the homeworld.   

The gathered crew in the Ecodome gasped as one.  It was immediately apparent why Nibiru was known as the “Eye of Horus”.  Literally, it looked like a bloodied eye hanging in space.  Because the hemisphere facing the Dark Star was perpetually irradiated, the lit side this world was warmed into a wide, detailed vista of clouds, seas and landmasses.  In the centre of the hemisphere-wide ocean was an immense, habitable landmass covered in clouds.  Fringed with red ice sclera, the ruddy blue circular ocean was the iris to the central landmass’s dark pupil.

 

Funny, then, that an exciting new discovery in the extensive Gliese 581 planetary system should involve a habitable world with synchronous rotation! Gliese 581g bears the same hallmark as my fictional account of the Anunnaki homeworld of Nibiru, as I've described in "The Followers of Horus".  Here's an extract from the relevant news item from the BBC, on 30th September 2010:

"The planet's average surface temperature is estimated to be between -12C and -31C. But unlike Earth, this alien world has one side always facing its sun and the other side constantly in the dark. So in-between the two sides, between shadow and light, there could be an area where life could potentially thrive. "Any emerging life forms would have a wide range of stable climates to choose from and to evolve around, depending on their longitude," said Dr Vogt."

A distant Earth-like exoplanet 'could have life' http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-11444022 with thanks to David, et al