Astronomer and TV science guy Gevin Rees just landed the interview of a lifetime with the world's most famous physicist. Remarkable, because the eccentric genius is notoriously reclusive, and he's already dead.
What happens next forces Rees to run for his life from not one but two deadly assassins and global powers desperate to bury what he's just uncovered. Mind-blowing technology and solid evidence that would rewrite religious history and challenge the faith of billions.
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This was my first book by Lee Burvine. I found it well written and it wove an engaging tale sprinkled with science and history that kept me in the story. The narrator, Seth Andrews was a superb choice. I could listen to that man read a phone book with a voice so smooth.
Current themes, science
Gevin Reese, no doubt. Smart, insightful
Yes, but didn't have the opportunity
Seth's narration was outstanding.
The sci-fi concept referenced by the title was merely the McGuffin of a mediocre intrigue plot and not a central part to an actual sci-fi story. It could have just as easily been the secret formula for Coca-Cola that the action revolved around and the story wouldn't have changed at all.
Aside from missing its opportunity to focus on the myriad of possibilities of what happens when the actual events of religious history are revealed, the story was instead a series of repetitive episodes of the protagonists being pursued, captured and escaping from bad guys.
Seth Andrews was good with the character dialogue but the non-dialogue portions of the story sounded more like the movie commentary for hearing impaired audiences than it did normal story-telling.
The various evil operatives and Burvine's painful digressions into their motivations and psyches. Conspiracy theory elements of the story could have worked better if the threats remained more shadowy. Burvine instead overly detailed his bad guys going so far as to give them back stories and switch parts of the narrative to their point of view. They held up the plot more than advanced it.
Arthur C Clarke's "The Light of Other Days" is a much better sci-fi novel on this topic. It actually explores the ramifications and reactions to the central sci-fi concept.
Father, Husband, Atheist, Scientist, Ravenclaw
If you like the Dan Brown (Angels and Demons) mix of fact and fiction I expect you'll like this too. I've heard better stories but this is really good and the action just comes back to back. I do love that there are times in the story where the author could have added another action scene and the characters braced themselves but it passed as just a coincidence like so many experiences we have everyday.
I think the major problem was that the author had a destination for the story which IMO is a mistake. You need rich characters, put them in a situation & let the story unfold for you. If you're fascinated as an author it may find an audience. This story seemed to be backwards. Here's where I want to drive it & now I'll find a way to get there. The story seemed to want to teach a lesson rather than just be entertaining. I have to confess I almost didn't finish it. I couldn't tell you any of the names of the characters or even how it ended (and I did finish it). It was so disappointing I went back & read a few Peter Clive novels afterwards to wash away the bitter feeling. I had to force myself to finish it. The last time I forced myself to finish a fiction novel was about 35 years ago when I was reading Battlefield Earth. That book almost killed me it was so bad. At least it kept me from being sucked into Scientology. Someone wanted to do some Dianetics work with me & I thought it sounded cool but when I realized the same jerk-off who wrote Dianetics wrote that pieces of crap Battlefield Earth I ducked out. This book is NOT that bad (no book is). I've just read so many fantastic books as of late that this one just hit a sour note for me. It's not memorable. The characters are bland as milk toast & add in the reader & it is just a boring mess.
I am a huge fan of Seth Andrews. I don't say this lightly, he shouldn't be reading fiction. He has a great radio voice but that doesn't translate to being a good actor or reader. The presentation of the material hurt the story which wasn't great to begin with. I wouldn't recommend anyone I like because the book is so boring.
Boredom. I almost didn't finish it. Able to time view? Sounds awesome. Forward by Krauss??? Can't possibly be bad. Dissing religion? Sign me up. Perhaps my hopes were too high.
I always enjoy Seth Andrew's storytelling style. There was never any doubt that I'd enjoy his narration of this novel, and he definitely did not disappoint. His voice is rich and he gave such life to the characters, both male and female, without resorting to exaggerated falsetto or bass that some narrators adopt.
As for the story, Lee Burvine grabbed my attention quickly. The story is fast paced and believable. It did not take me long to become invested in the well-being of the main characters. It was action-packed, entertaining and often educational (at least to a science nerd like me).
I enjoyed everything about this story and will most likely listen to it again soon.
I listen to a lot of audio books, but this is one of the best books I've heard in a long time! Not only is it a gripping, superbly written page-turner, but it's well-researched and really makes you think about the bigger picture. The characters are relatable and well-developed and I couldn't stop listening!
The narration by Seth Andrews is top quality and really pulls you in. All in all, this is the best audiobook I've listened to all year!
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