The Last White Rhino
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The Last White Rhino
The story takes place in the future, after the New World Order is fully established under the benevolent dictatorship of a single World Ruler named Lucis. Under Lucis’ leadership, there is peace and unity in the world, but the people are bored. A sick but hugely popular contest is proposed. The uber-wealthy are urged to hunt a species to near extinction and then eat the last remaining animal, ending its lineage on earth forever. The game is called “Eat the Lisa.”
But the last animal has a chance to be spared. In a manner similar to ancient Roman Coliseum sports, where spectators were asked to vote, thumbs up or thumbs down whether the gladiator is killed or not, Eat the Lisa participants can vote thumbs up or down, rendering the final decision over whether the last animal lives, or is killed and cooked.
Naturally, many people are horrified by this game, but it proceeds none-the-less. The first species chosen for the contest is the endangered White Rhino, as it is exceedingly rare.
At the final vote, the “thumbs down” voters win the contest and the last white rhino is slaughtered and barbecued. 100 of the world’s wealthiest people, all men, pay $1,250,000 each to attend the dinner, which is televised live online.
But there is a twist (of course there is a twist).
The killing of the last rhino was “deep faked” and it is actually alive and well on a farm in Wyoming. Our wealthy diners unwittingly gorge on roasted warthog, which is poisoned. While everyone watches, the men die a horrible death, spewing green foam from their mouths and plowing their sauce smeared jowls into plates of very expensive beans.
The millions of people who voted “thumbs down” have their bank accounts hacked and 100% of their savings donated to the welfare of endangered species. The contest, which was supposed to run for 12 seasons, killing off 12 endangered animals, ends with the first and last show. Our anti-hero, the benevolent dictator Lucis, comes on the show and says: “Let this be a lesson to you. We WILL protect those who do not have a voice.”
In the final scene, we see the last white rhino grazing peacefully while orchestral music plays in the background.
Books by Brant
For Christmas 2018, my brother, a pilot with American Airlines, gave me a gift that became the experience of a lifetime: 12 months of free travel anywhere American Airlines flies.
Thus began a year long journey that took me from the rocky coasts of Portugal, to the hot sands of Morocco, to the mangrove swamps of Panama, with many places beyond and between. In cheap hostels and the backwaters of the nomadic milieu, I discovered a treasure chest of colorful and fascinating people. I tell their stories and a bit of my own.
The trip became as much a spiritual and emotional journey inward as it was a literal outward one, and found me in a place those of you who are in the second half of life are likely to recognize.
With references to the philosophies of Carl Gustav Jung, Jesus, Bob Dylan, and the Buddha, Blue Skyways is an international romp by a man in his 60’s with not much more than a pack on his back, and still much to learn.
A suspense/thriller novel!
When a university student uses advanced software to analyze dreams from around the world, he discovers odd, unexplainable patterns in the data. Where one dream ends, another begins…even though the dreamers are strangers. Unique objects appear in one person’s dream and reappear in another's.
The patterns form a map pointing to an ancient, lost object, but when the student is mysteriously murdered, his deadbeat brother and estranged wife embark on an international race to recover the map's buried treasure. Along the way, the troubled couple are opposed by dark forces of the religious underworld, who launch a global pandemic to ensure the map's secret remains lost forever.