Life is but a game: professional financial advisor Manuel Martinez’ fantasy 22: The War of the Gods
Why did you choose the Egyptian Tarot as a central metaphor in 22: War of the Gods?
It is believed that the Egyptian Tarot card originated with the legendary Book of Thoth, which supposedly belonged to the Egyptian god of wisdom. This book was engraved by Thoth’s priests into gold plates, providing the imaginary for the first tarot deck. Ancient Egypt is one of the oldest and long lasting civilizations we have ever known. Egypt is considered a cradle of civilization and for this reason the Gods use the Egyptian Tarot card to play a game of death and creation with the humans. Later on the book the reader will find out about “Gap Creationism” and will understand the reason to use the Egyptian Tarot cards in this game.
Your book is quite long. Was that length crucial to tell the story?
The book is really around 500 pages but the size of the printed letters is larger than normal and this the reason why the book looks much longer than really is. Yes, it was necessary that length to tell the story. The book will have a second part and possibly a third part. In my book past, present and future are happening at the same time and this is the reason why everything that is happening in the world will affect how many more books I write about this subject. Within the book you are going to find a historical novel but the kind of historical novel you have never read before. The novel delves occasionally into the missing time of some historical figures such as Jesus Christ, Leonardo Da Vinci or William Shakespeare among many others.
Do you think that the metaphor of life as a game, which you develop in your writing, reflects how real life works? Is that useful to help real people understand life, and does that imply that we really don’t have much control?
Metaphors and analogies are our ways of breaking down abstract concepts but our metaphors for life itself are probably the most critical. The way we see our lives is crucial for our ability to function within it. I believe that life is a game but you have to learn how to play it under certain rules. I don’t necessary believe that ordinary people have much control over their destinies because we really don’t control anything. Society makes us believe that we can control our destiny but we really can’t. Humans are ruled by emotions and nobody can control their emotions. To love or to hate are emotions that we can’t control but at the same time rule our lives. We don’t control our destinies because we need to react to decisions taken by others but affect our lives and our surroundings. We can complaint but the majority of times there is nothing we can do about that. Do I believe that the world is ruled by large unseen forces? Yes I do believe that the world is ruled by unseen forces. Just look around you and tell me what you see? Pain. A lot of pain, even in the moments of happiness. We might believe that we have progressed over the centuries but for humans the problem remain the same we live in a kind of a Matrix based on pain.
What inspired this novel?
There is not a single answer for that question. I have been a financial advisor and a money manager for many years. I understand how the market works and through some chapters of this book the readers will get to understand a little more about the world of finances. I am a numerologist and through numerology I try to explain the markets and some historical facts ruling these markets. I love history and I am bringing 22 important historical figures into life but looking at them from a different perspective. Some of them belong to the Light and some of them belong to the Darkness but all of them have an important role to play in my novel. The creation? Was only one God or many Gods involved in the same? You will find the answer through the pages of this novel.
What is next for you as a writer?
The second part of this book.