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Donovan review of AP

Readers may not anticipate a spiritual and moral read in a title that mentions astrology and presents Book Two in a series; but one of the strengths of Astrologer’s Proof lies in its ability to surprise, and leading a new age-sounding book to a greater discussion of faith and transformations on more than one level is just one of its many diverse surprises.

From the beginning, Astrologer’s Proof holds compelling reasons beyond faith alone for why the characters are involved in an astrological quest: “Thomas didn’t really care about the details of astrology, but he genuinely supported the quest. He was a disciple because he shared Rufus’s belief that the implications were enormous.”

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Christian theology, philosophical reflections, and hidden agendas combine to impart the flavors of a thriller, a reflective religious story, sci-fi, and more. This means that readers who anticipate a new age novel about astrology may be disappointed and could even be challenged by the various currents running through Astrologer’s Proof. Others who appreciate depth and contemplative stories designed to enlighten as well as entertain will find that it holds plenty of fine insights that move from family relationships and apprenticeships to repairing broken lines of communication: “For Rufus, the most poignant aspect of returning home was grappling with how to restore a sense of trust with Robert. Although it could not have been anticipated, Rufus had stretched their bond to the breaking point. His nephew had a right to be disillusioned…Pursuing Jacob’s plan without the support of his young apprentice was not the course Rufus preferred. He had to find the key that would open a door he never thought would be closed.”

Because the story is as much about the keys to connections as the doors that lead to psychological and spiritual revelations, readers receive a story with all the action-oriented qualities of a thriller, but with an approach that elevates it to something far more than an account of one-dimensional relationships and their evolution.

Under David John Jaegers’ pen the story winds its way through the social and political evolution of a philanthropically significant organization on the track of a greater truth and purpose in life. Although a healthy dose of intrigue holds the story together, the inclusion of Christian undertones that lead to a unique astrological discovery makes for an unusual approach that will delight readers who look for stories a cut above the ordinary and predictable.

Familiarity with the prior book, Astrologer’s Apprentice, is suggested but not necessary for a smooth introduction to this ongoing saga, highly recommended for new age and astrology readers interested in more philosophical and spiritual considerations than most astrology novels offer.

Chanticleer Review

David John Jaegers’ Astrologer’s Proof is all about the steps leading to utopia, involving both ephemeral and cosmic mechanisms, balancing on the edge of an ethical paradox.

The science fiction/fantasy author Orson Scott Card wrote a book called Characters & Viewpoint in which he posited that all novels divide broadly into four different story types: Milieu, Idea, Character, and Event. He dubbed these categories the “MICE” Quotient, and each sets up specific expectations in the reader.

Within that framework, Astrologer’s Proof qualifies as an Idea novel. It is Book 2 of the Astrotheologian Series, a metaphysical techno-thriller trilogy in which a Big Idea is explored.

What’s the Big Idea? Simply put, it’s the search for an empirical proof that astrology is a valid science that defines and guides human nature and destiny, dovetailing with all religions into a unified cosmic truth that can positively change the world.

That’s a lofty promise which author David John Jaegers delivers.

Of course, proving the premise takes serious work – and a lot of illegal maneuvers to gather the necessary data. Astrologer’s Proof thus becomes an end-justifies-the-means story, where honest, moral, well-intentioned philanthropists break laws, invade privacy, deceive their loved ones, and establish front organizations, all to gather the information they need to demonstrate they’re right—in scientific, indisputable terms.

Some series fiction forms the continuing adventures of one or more characters. Astrologer’s Proof, conversely, is the middle segment of a grand epic covering the Big Idea. Book 1 (Astrologer’s Apprentice) establishes the situation and players; Book 2 (Astrologer’s Proof) describes the process of making the Big Idea happen, and Book 3 (A Virtual Life) will reveal the repercussions. In other words, this book is the fat juicy middle of a delicious Po-boy, worth every bit of effort to digest.

In Astrologer’s Proof, Jaegers unfolds the Big Idea and patiently tells us how it is transformed into action. Here the author demonstrates his depth of knowledge with the material and impresses the reader with the story’s thoroughness, technical veracity, rationality, and fascinating possibilities.

In many ways, this book is an experimental novel, with the traditional elements of storytelling over-arching the trilogy, spreading across multiple characters in the telling. Jaegers brings his skill to the forefront here and invites his audience deeper, into a complex world that he skillfully weaves.

For sophisticated readers who yearn for a multifariously inspired scenario that stretches the psychic mind and challenges beliefs, look no further. Astrologer’s Proof is your perfect match. This is a story with exceptional intelligence and visionary quality. It cleaves to the author’s heart, and those who read the book will be affected by its positive energy.

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“Utopia is at hand when science and spirituality merge. But can such a state be ethically obtained when proof allies with deception in the name of science? Discover for yourself in David John Jaegers Astrologer’s Proof, second book in the Astrotheologian series.” – Chanticleer Reviews

Kirkus review of Astrologer’s Proof

A group’s noble effort to validate astrology entails the rather illegal procurement of millions of people’s private
information in this second installment of a series.
Rufus is a sheep farmer by trade, but his real passion is astrology. He’s even written a book, in which his discussion of
unified religions is supported by astrological science—including the concept that everyone’s life is guided by heavenly
bodies. Rufus’ ideas earn him an invite to the Data Collection Group, which hopes to authenticate astrology by linking
real-life data with horoscope predictions. This requires a colossal amount of information, as specific as possible.
Hacking’s the best option, and Rufus—along with his nephew Robert and Robert’s hacker pals, Petey and Matthew—has
already gotten his hands on the 1960-2010 American census data. But the “money people,” including Walter and his
wife, Erica, want more, from data brokers to social media. Walter’s soon-to-open, wholly legitimate Institute for
Humanistic Innovation will give the DCG covert access to a supercomputer to handle the mass of material. Though it’s a
large-scale invasion of privacy, the group’s purpose is philanthropic, with no plans to steal anyone’s identity. Some in
the DCG, however, have a hidden agenda that most, including Rufus, may oppose. While Jaegers’ (Astrologer’s
Apprentice, 2016) series opener was primarily an introduction to astrological theories, his latest tale focuses on
espionage. One scheme for pilfering data, for example, begins with a faked cyberattack, which, to avoid detection, puts
Petey and Matthew in two different states with encrypted laptops. This maintains a constant threat of arrest or
incarceration, as well as some humor: Rufus acknowledges DCG members in public with a surreptitious nod or wink.
The story’s unhurried but absorbing, dishing out character dilemmas (Petey may give up a college diploma for DCG) and
spiritual insight from Rufus: “Each man’s soul is an integral part of a collective universal soul.” Jaegers ends the novel
by leaving the door wide open for another.
A wealth of white-hat hacking gives this enjoyable sequel a boost.