I’ve just watched “Rise of the planet of the apes” starring James Franco, best known for his role in the Spiderman franchise. The movie (plot and special effects) is absolutely brilliant.

James Franco plays a scientist who’s intent on finding the cure for Alzheimer’s. In his search for this miracle cure, he develops an experimental drug which is tested on chimpanzees. The result of the drugs is rapid mental development – think chimps playing chess and communicating complex ideas through sign-language.   

John Lithgow, who plays James Franco, is compelling Alzheimer’s suffer. And the plight of the smart of smart chimpanzee … At one point I found myself so moved by the storyline that, and I’m not ashamed to admit, I found myself wiping away the tears.



Anyway, I’m currently reading David Maine’s, “Fallen”. I’m a huge David Maine fan. I’ve loved him ever since I picked up his book, “Samson”. And I’m glad to report that “Fallen” doesn’t disappoint.

It’s the story of Adam and Eve’s expulsion from the Garden of Eden. And unlike most stories it doesn’t start it the beginning. It starts off with Cain, the first person ever to commit murder, as an old man. Cain looks back on his life, on the murder of his brother and the events that led up to this unimaginable act.

Here’s an extract of the novel:

Lately something strange has been happening to Cain: he has been having conversations with his dead brother. In the early morning, during the rift between sleep and consciousness, Abel appears in the hut, squatting at the foot of Cain’s sleeping mat, cracking his knuckles or picking his teeth. – And how is it lately? he likes to ask. His voice is colorless, like the air.

Abel has gone fifty years now, and Cain is a jumpy, scared old man.

These visitations terrify him, but the terror precludes any violent outcry. He does not command Spirit begone! Or Out with you, shade! or any dozen other entreaties that cram into his mouth, fear command that he lie half-groggy on his mat and converse civilly with his long-murdered brother. So he replies, I am well enough.       

Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Cain, Abel, David Maine

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