Mark IV

Yet what if we limited our scope to, say, evil and corruption?
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In our world of increasing complexity and the resultant human and physical constraints–overpopulation, global warming, rampant stupidity, unchecked evil, corruption, scientific advances used for ill–what is to be done? Are even the best governments incapable of maintaining order? Is the future of humankind at stake? How many of us have wondered what we would do if we had some kind of world dictatorial power or other absolute influence? Many would find that conjecture to be overwhelming. Yet what if we limited our scope to, say, evil and corruption? The next barrier to fighting such iniquity would be the realization that too often world governments are inept when it comes to such endeavors. Inadequate due to legal, religious, intellectual, political and traditional moral strictures. In view of that, what then if a choice had to be made between the world falling into chaos, and one in which there is secular salvation, but only through efforts that lie outside the normal bounds of the best of civilizations? There are immeasurable individuals and groups outside the laws who are vile and malevolent; why not a last-resort counterpart–unfettered by normal laws; practical and down-to-earth–dedicated to good, but who find it necessary to resort to harsh measures? Those who realize that we have come to a point in history where we must fight fire with fire. Enter Ragnarök, a secret organization that inflicts punishments in the forms of Mark I, II, III, IV, or worse, Mark V (death).

This novel's protagonist, Bors, first attempts to fight evil with evil, enlisting in an organization delivering an escalating series of warnings and drastic punishments to the corrupt. Too late, he finds his attempts to back out of this decision interrupted by violent resets beyond his control and about which he lacks memory. Bors' tribulations reminded me of K's attempts to deal with his "case" in Franz Kafka's "The Trial". A good read, with a lot of hidden philosophical depth.

-- Jerry Attrich

James Ostby (Author)

James Ostby grew up on the barren High Plains of northeastern Montana, on the farm homesteaded by his grandparents in 1912. He holds a bachelor of science degree in general studies, a bachelor of science in film and television production, and a minor in history. He was a personnel psychology specialist in the Army in the mid ’60s, has worked in public and commercial television, and was the owner and manager of a small-town radio station in Wyoming. He and his wife, Donna, and their two young daughters, returned to the farm in 1977, where the long, cold winters and the isolation provided the perfect writing environment. James and Donna lived aboard their bluewater sailboat Skycastles, then Evangeline, for the winters of fifteen years. They are now full-time “dirt dwellers” in Montana.

Yet what if we limited our scope to, say, evil and corruption?

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