- The author asks the reader to believe that a virus can be spread via plane sprays. Many conspiracy theorists believe the government, or more sinister force behind the scenes, has been spraying our skies since the 1960s for different purposes, such as geo-engineering and/or dispersion of chemicals that can alter the human mind. Do you think it’s possible to spread a virus around the globe in one day?
- Was the fishing episode symbolic of Zachary’s struggle to live within the tribe?
Zachary has a difficult relationship with his father-in-law. Does Pahtia’s actions indicate that he really does care for the younger man (even if he won’t admit it), or does he take care of the young man only out of obligation?
What does Haruto’s reluctance to marry tell you about her, and her relationship with Billy?
- How does Haruto and Father Chong’s interaction at the temple set a precedence for the rest of the novel?
The owl that appears outside the curator’s house signifies different things to Haruto and Billy. For you, does the owl offer wisdom or luck? Or bring an omen? Or something else? (One strange example of the owl’s meaning is found within the secretive Bohemian Society. Its members include the top 1% of the 1% (illuminati), leaders, influencers and US presidents, such as Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and both George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush. The Bohemian Society members don a priest costume and worshipped the 40-foot-tall Great Owl of Bohemia statue while standing near a bon fire and burning a coffin. Their motto is “Weaving Spiders Come Not Here”. This men-only event takes place each July in Northern California.)
Tom tells a story about the spider who spun webs to keep the stars in place, but lost a star and went after it. In her absence, a sneaky spider took control. What did each spider represent? Was the missing star symbolic of someone or something else?
THE AMAZON BRUJERÍA
Does Conchita overreact to the death of her son and father?
- The other children accuse four-year-old Eva of being a brujería (witch). Why are the children acting this way?
- When the Blue Morpho butterflies rest on Eva, does it make you wonder if she has special powers?
- Eva sees the best in people, despite what is going on around her. Her own mother, Conchita, isn’t “available” to her during this time, yet her father’s love seems to fill the void. Are Eva and Zachary an analogy of the relationship between earth and God (who is often represented as a father figure)?
The anaconda communicates with Eva, then allows her father to live. Why?
THE SOLDIERS ARRIVE
When Haruto rings the bell to warn of the soldiers climbing the foothills, do her actions enflame the situation? Or would it have played out the same?
- Bechard the fallen angel appears for the first time. Judging by Billy and Haruto’s reactions, what kind of relationship does this couple have with him?
- Here the soldiers tase Haruto and Billy, and then drag them away from the temple. How can soldiers who are trained to protect their country follow orders that hurt their own countrymen? If the soldiers understood the underlying factors, would they have acted differently or still followed orders?
- Is it plausible that the UN leaders could so easily take control of the Japanese soldiers?
Was there anyway that Haruto could have escaped before being taken to the underground alien’s headquarters?
Zachary and Eva are outcast from the tribe. Is this symbolic of being cast out of the Garden of Eden, especially after being bitten by a snake?
- Eva convinces the jaguar to save Takwa. Should she have?
- The caiman’s presence is interpreted by Zachary as threatening, yet it only wants to rescue them. What does this say about perceptions?
Does Pahtia’s earlier prediction that he would reincarnate as a caiman lead you to believe he is the caiman that helps Zachary and Eva? Or is it a coincidence?
TO HELL AND BACK
Is the trauma that Haruto experiences while being held hostage and during the alien experiments worth the prompting of her DNA mutation? Would her DNA have mutated anyway?LEAVING THE TEMPLE
When Haruto visits Father Chong at the parsonage, he opens up his home to her. Should she have been honest with him about trying to escape from the soldiers?
DARKEST BEFORE THE DAWN
When Zachary is discovered by the missionaries on the shore, he is near death, yet with their help recovers. Although the missionaries and him never share their beliefs, they impact each other. Why does the author keep introducing people who follow very different belief systems to each other?
Bechard enlists the help of shamans from around the world to heal Zachary, which brings him back to life. Is the resurrection symbolic? Why doesn’t Bechard do it himself?
THE DESOLATE RESERVATION
The soldiers taking the Bear Claw First Nation tribe members is eerily reminiscent of when the Native Americans were imprisoned on the reservations in the late 1700s through the early 1900s. Is the author making a connection?
Father Chong and Haruto seem to have a good relationship after spending days in each others company. What is the author saying about tolerance?
- Haruto transforms into an invisible state when she hears the soldiers storming through the priest’s house towards her. Does every great transformation take a traumatic event for it to occur?
- What powers are possible when Haruto is invisible? Semi-transparent?
When Haruto learns she can transform herself, she believes herself to be invincible. Does this mean she has become immortal?
When Zachary transforms, his body crumbles like brittle clay. Clay is mentioned in the text of an ancient Sumerian tablet. It reads:
In the clay, god and man
Shall be bound,
To a unity brought together;
So that to the end of days
The flesh and the soul
Which in a god have ripened –
That soul in a blood-kinship be bound.
Clay is mentioned in the Bible: “And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do.” Clay is also in the title of this book. How is clay symbolic of rebirth?
The main Earth Sentinels seem to have little in common with each other—all from different backgrounds and cultures. What do they have in common?
Bechard explains our origins to the Earth Sentinels. What parts of his explanation do you believe to be true? Ancient astronauts? Genetic engineering? Aliens living among us? Soul extraction? Illuminati?
The Earth Sentinels have acquired amazing powers, yet know very little about them. If you discovered you had these powers, what would you have done differently?
The blue-eyed race is given fairly nice accommodations and office jobs while the brown-eyed races are sent to the coal mines. What is it about the blue-eyed race, beyond their physical appearance, that is desirable to the Dracos?
- What were the military engineers doing at the Antarctic outpost?
- Haruto and Zachary discover inner earth. Is this place physically possible?
THE GALACTIC COUNCIL
The Galactic Council speak of the “Law of Oneness”. Does this mean that we can’t help people?THE TRIBE’S RESCUE
John is scanned by the UN leader. The label “Level 4” comes up on the electronic tablet, then the man is sent to a work camp. What do you think the criteria is for “Level 4”?
RESCUE ON THE RESERVATION
Who are flying the jets?
- John is bussed to a meat-processing plant where he is told he will be a future employee. Why do the hybrids go to the effort of putting the unsuspecting victims through this process instead of killing them outright?
- Why wasn’t Tom able to bring all the people who were shackled to the racks with him and John to the wheat field?
What is the significance of the light-blue scarf around the HR representative’s neck?
Should Haruto have killed the torturer?
Zachary and Billy reunite after being apart for five years. What kind of relationship do you think they have?
FINDING SHELTER AND FOOD
Of all their options, Tom and Cecile choose teepees instead of houses or mansions to bring to inner earth for their tribe members to live in. Why?
Why were the Mikos so resistant to Haruto’s invitation to live with her in inner earth?
Was Haruto too blunt when informing Father Chong about the aliens and their control over religion and society?
Was the Destiny Stone worth forming an alliance with the fallen angels?
Are the chest and Destiny Stone symbolic of anything else?
LORD GOD ABADDON
What insights to Bechard’s personality do you gain from meeting the fallen angels’ ruler, Abaddon?
- Can Haruto justify following her heart during such dangerous times?
DISPLAY OF POWERS
- Why isn’t Abbadon aware of the Earth Sentinels’ Powers?
- Why don’t the Earth Sentinels kill Abaddon and his soldiers?
- Zachary, Tom and Cecile agree to transport the fallen angel assassins to kill the Dracos. Zachary obviously has reservations. Should he have followed his heart instead?
THE DESTINY STONE
Did the fallen angels posses the Destiny Stone for their own future use, or simply to prevent others from having it?
KILLING THE DRACOS
Should the Earth Sentinels and Galactic Council be more aggressive in their attacks?
- Should they have attacked at all?
HAGSMAR PREPARES FOR WAR
Where is Abaddon flying off to?
Is the EMP attacks their only choice? What would you have done differently?
Would you have used the EMPs to attack only the military bases? Or the whole world?
- Although Bechard doesn’t claim to the be leader in this scenario, he planned the EMP attacks. Why does everyone keep listening to his counsel?
Can Haruto justify following her heart during such dangerous times?
This is the first time in the story that you meet the other Earth Sentinels’ indigenous healers and spiritual leaders from around the world. What insights does this give you into the main characters?
Was killing the UN hybrid leaders necessary? Was there a better way?
REPLACING THE CRYSTALS
Do you think it’s possible that the great wonders of the world mark the earth’s sacred vortexes?
MARI SAVES HERSELF
Why does Mari decide to save herself?
Was Conchita’s excuse for not being with her family when they were thrown out of the tribe good enough?
- Takwa taunted Zachary that Eva, the brujería, wasn’t there to save her father, yet it was the other way around—Takwa needed the little girl’s protection. How does this analogy play throughout the story?
Do you think Zachary would have killed Takwa if the jaguar didn’t?
Abaddon is waiting for something to come through the tunnel. Any ideas what or who it could be?
The Galactic Council and Earth Sentinels are unaware of the bio-crystals growing inside the humans, as well as the activities happening at CERN. Do you think earth’s rising vibrations are going to fulfill the Earth Sentinels’ mission?
How many “goose eggs” did you find?
- What was your initial reaction to the book? Did it hook you immediately, or take some time to get into?
- The main characters live in remote or semi-remote areas: the Amazon jungle, foothills in Japan, and a Native American reservation in Canada. How did where they live impact the story? If they had lived in more residential settings, how would the story have changed?
- How did you feel about the characters? Whom did you like or not like and why?
- Which character did you relate to the most, and what was it about them that you connected with?
- How did the characters change throughout the story? How did your opinion of them change?
- Do the characters seem real and believable? Can you relate to their predicaments? To what extent do they remind you of yourself or someone you know?
- How do the characters change or evolve throughout the course of the story? What events trigger such changes?
- Do the events in the book reveal evidence of the author’s world view?
- Did certain parts of the book make you uncomfortable? If so, why did you feel that way? Did this lead to a new understanding or awareness of some aspect of your life you might not have thought about before?
- Did you like the book? If you have read any of the author’s other books, how does this one compare?
- What did you think of the plot line development? How credible did the author make it?
- What moral/ethical choices did the characters make? What did you think of those choices? How would you have chosen?
- How authentic are the cultures represented in the book?
- Why do you think the author wrote this? What is her most important message?
- How do you think the main character’s point of view is similar or different from the author’s point of view or background?
- Are the characters’ actions the result of freedom of choice or of destiny?
- Is there any moral responsibility that was abdicated?
- Are there any symbols that may have cultural, political or religious reference? e.g. Flag, owl, sign of the cross, Destiny Stone and its chest, inner earth, etc.
- What tone does the author set with her word choice? Is it optimistic, pessimistic, prophetic, cautionary, humorous, satirical, venomous, cathartic?
- How did you feel about the ending? Would you have stopped there?