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Linking three different people to an ancient past and the near-future fear of world war,The Matriarch Matrixprovides a rich mix of science, sin and star-crossed romance.

Peter is a tech-savvy guy traumatized by bizarre mental images and the imminent prospect of his grandfather’s death in the real world of 2021. As he lies on his deathbed, the old man repeats to Peter the tenets of a family oral tradition connecting a “long-tailed star,” the evil Reindeer People and a “black object” that will guide Peter to a new life. Elsewhere a beautiful and embittered warrior woman named Zara wants revenge for the savage terrors inflicted on her Kurdish people. But she too is haunted by a vision of a black object hidden away thousands of years ago in the Middle East, in the time of the great matriarch Nanshe. The third link is a disaffected Catholic monk, Jean-Paul, whose scientific bent leads him to suspect the dark object might be a magnet for the DNA of those who search for it.

Each of these three wears a MoxWrap, the latest technological wristband miracle with the smarts of a minicomputer. An international entrepreneur named Alexander uses the device to attract Peter, Zara and Jean Paul to work for his company Mox enterprises. In their intrigue-shrouded activities, they will come to understand more about their shared DNA, find the black ages-old artifact and realize the fate of the earth itself is now in their hands.

Author Maxime Trencavel is a transcontinental traveler whose knowledge of exotic cultures and settings has aided in the design of this cerebral sci-fable, displaying her often detailed knowledge of religion, science, psychology, business and archeology. Much of this wide-ranging saga is about sensuality and sexuality, as it seems that men such as Peter are more affected by the dark apocalyptic visions while women are somehow able to comfort the men through sexual contact. Rape, by the enemies of Zara and others, is also heavily featured, counterbalanced through the strength of Zara herself and her determination not ever again to be dominated by any oppressor. Some readers may find Trencavel’s book, at over 500 pages, too long and at times, repetitive. Dividing the story into two or even three volumes might have been a useful strategy. Nonetheless, the combination of fantasy, history, myth, time-warping and future-tech is undeniably gripping.

Modern marvels just beyond our reach and ancient mysteries, including the oldest one of all – the mystery locked in the human heart – make Maxime Trencavel’s premier novelThe Matriarch Matrixan innovative cross-genre read.

Reviews are pouring in on Amazon and Goodreads. I thank everyone who has reviewed this book. If you read The Matriarch Matrix, please leave a review as reviews are how the world can discover the wonders of a new book.

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And take a peek at how these compare to what the beta readers said:

October 16, 2017Verified Purchase
The Matriarch Matrix is a suspense, adventure cum romance story. The central character Peter is very close to his grandfather and is asked by him to look for a legacy that the family had been seeking since centuries. The only things to lead him to that legacy is his tormenting dreams which he seem to forget as soon as he gets up. The problem is that he is all alone in the search as his mother does not approve of this search and keeps his sister away from it. The only solace that could give reprieve to him from his tormenting dreams is a passionate reunion with a woman who understands his seeking. However, he finds this woman in the most unexpected of places and the journey of love, romance, passion, thrill, danger and search begins anew. There are plentiful flashbacks from prior era that adds mystery and allure to the tale. The best thing about the story is that the author was able to capture and diligently portray the uniqueness of each community and ethnicity while joining them at the humane level. The story had me absorbed and intrigued and I could not wait to read the end.
on October 1, 2017
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on September 27, 2017
I found this to be a very interesting read. The story itself flows very well and the writing is very sophisticated, especially for a debut novel. I liked the concept. The prologue is extremely intense. It sets this up as a book that will captivate you. It definitely delivers. There is suspense and drama. The story takes a look at religion, different cultures, politics and social justice. The cultures are blended in a unique and interesting way. It has evil giants and memories being shared over centuries. The characters are engaging and realistic. The characters are on a journey of self discovery that allows you to connect with them and follow their lives. it makes them feel more real. I liked that the characters were all from different, and in some cases opposing backgrounds, finding themselves on the same life journey. I found the artifact interesting. it seems similar to today’s technology. all in all a very interesting read.
on September 25, 2017
With a beautiful command of language, Maxime Trencavel has written a riveting novel in The Matriarch Matrix. From the intense and scary prologue to the final scenes the writing is creative, engaging, and propels the reader forward with the plot. This is a thoughtful story that melds together many elements from aliens to ancient artifacts. That the characters are well developed and believable is a bonus. Not only is the plot suspenseful, but the story also takes a look at religion, different cultures, politics and social justice. There is virtually something for everyone here to enjoy and latch onto. The MoxWrap was an interesting device to say the least as well, and doesn’t really seem that far off from today’s technology. Overall, a solid novel that explores a lot of different territory that is infused with science fiction, current events, and world problems, this book is not to be missed and highly entertaining.

on September 25, 2017
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book and I have to say it wasn’t what I expected. I ventured out of my normal YA reads because the books description was intriguing. I was not disappointed. A great story of different people drawn together, overcoming their differences, learning to trust each other, and working toward a common goal; our world could take a few notes from this book! I enjoyed the read and would highly recommend this book.
Sep 25, 2017Space Cowgirlrated itreally liked it
Gonna Go Back in Time🕐
ARC received for an honest review
There are a massive amount of ideas and hypotheses to try to absorb here, in this very very long debut novel.The idea of shared memories over millennia is a stretch for me, but since this has a work of science fiction, the author can write it any way she wants.
Peter is a modern man who has been handed down memories from 10,000 years ago through his lineage, through his DNA. He remembers the attacks of giant men from the north called Reindeer Men. He dreams about his ancient wife and his ancient family. He has nightmares about his failures to protect them from the giants. The giants come South into what is present day Turkey to kidnap women for breeding. They are a completely cruel people, killing or capturing the men into slavery and taking the women as concubines, whom the giants use mercilessly. They murder as many as they capture.
There is an artifact that the people from both time periods are looking for. It is a black stone or monolith and It has supernatural powers. It has the power to destroy.
I liked the book after I got to the parts about the ancients. That interested me. I would not have read this book if it had not been an ARC. It is just too long and jumps back and forth too much from the past, to the future, and then to somewhere inbetween.

************I appreciate this author’s candor. Her comments reflect what some of the beta readers also felt.

1) This book is long. It is the length of a Dan Brown novel, in between Da Vinci Code and Inferno, or the length of a Lord of the Rings novel. If this is not a reader’s style or desire, then they should not buy this book. It’s about an eleven to twelve-hour read.

2) The story is not linear. An important part of the story happens in 8000 to 9000 BCE and it is interwoven throughout the book. By the last third, this neolithic story becomes interwoven in key chapters. Back histories of the primary characters are interwoven as full chapters. These different time periods require the reader to stop and think about where the story is at that moment, which can take a reader out of the dream-like state that a good escapist story brings. If this would drive you crazy, then this is not the book for you.

But for those who like books with these two characteristics, then you may enjoy the reading experience of The Matriarch Matrix.

And this reviewer I truly respect for the depth of his analysis. He is right. “Metaphorically” The book is full of metaphors for the world we live in, the worlds we came from, and where we may be going.

5.0 out of 5 stars
on November 5, 2017
This is an epic; a very interesting story is located in the Middle East more particularly in the Kurdish Region of Iraq. There is much tension in the area, and the threat of worldwide war as the two majors, the US and Russia with their [powerful weapons, fight proxy wars. The characters carry with them a blend of religion, local culture, manipulation; politics, social justice; and widespread affliction by the same dreams. The main characters are brought together to search of a black stone associated with the culture behind the dreams, but each has their own particular reasons. Add to this we have giants from another planet who periodically raid villages, killing capturing the men, and viciously and publicly raping the women. Already we have the basis for suspense and tension, all the more so because of the inner traits of the characters.
Zara, a Muslim woman, is a warrior deeply involved in Kurdish resistance but also having herself been viciously raped by the giants. Peter, and atheist, is a complex person – he (and his father) also has the dreams which expose his shallowness and timidity. Yet he shines. He thinks that aliens brought us to earth and guides our lives. The Jesuit priest, Jean-Paul, has left the order but had not renounced his vows – he believes that the stone is associated with the DNA of those persons afflicted by the dreams. Alexander, the global entrepreneur, has his own motivations in putting the team together as best suited to find the stone with which he believes he can communicate with aliens. and experiment with human DNA.
At one level, the book is about women and the prospect of prosperity and peace if women were in charge. The primary thesis is that man took over and has since mistreated women throughout history. Behind this is the tale of a cult of women, and this bloodline (and the dreams) and the voice have been passed down through Zara’s family. An oral tradition tells the story that the stone can be found, but it has to be done by a man and a woman, presumably acting as one. Only then would there be peace. Zara and Peter are seen as the ‘chosen’ couple, Most of the story tells about their ups and downs and arounds in ‘coming to one’, and the final outcome is surprising.
The literal story is itself interesting, but I prefer to see it metaphorically.. We should also link this to the level of patriarchy ongoing in the region. We are revolted by the stark ravaging of women by the giants I needed a more acceptable but culturally consistent picture. In effect, the gross mistreatment of women by men has both physical and psychological results on both, leading them to hide the events in the dark recesses of their minds, never a peaceful place. The impact on other men is to ‘guiltify’ their minds that they cannot defend their women, even when a mercy killing is the best solution to put the victims out of their misery (“You’re convinced that you cannot be a hero.”). Some older violated women like Zara may stand up and fight, as would some men, but the wounds are deep. And remember, the afflicted women had their own oral traditions for peace. Just beware the new daughters and granddaughters who carry bows and arrows.
The constant search for new land seems to fit well with the concept of a woman cult and women seeking new arrangements and respect from men
There are, of course, religious issues – the contact of Islam, Christianity and Atheism living in a Muslim home is deeply suggestive.. I see that part pf the tradition that says: ‘The object can save but only for the man and woman together’ combined with the love ultimately experienced by Zara and Peter as reminiscent of the Bible quote (in part) “and the two shall become one….” The mystery is that Zara finally leaves Peter to do her ‘God’s work’ with the Kurds.
One of the striking features of this book is that it makes the reader think. You will find much to ponder. The book may be long, and at some points heavy and overdone. It does require some perseverance and structuring to keep going.

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