The Large Hadron Collider sits deep below ground in Switzerland and France, accelerating protons to near light-speed and smashing them to learn the secrets of the universe. Shannon Fields, senior press relations officer, plays a key role at the CERN research facility in informing the world, in easily understood language, of the great discoveries the giant LHC makes. But there is a looming problem with a new discovery. Soon after the LHC goes to maximum power, an unexpected and inexplicable result occurs; a result that both pleases and baffles those who experience it. People begin to hear the voices of dead friends and relatives. Shannon, her brilliant physicist father, and a trusted security officer strive to unravel the mystery of “The Voices at CERN” before reputations are dashed and the integrity of CERN as a world-leading scientific facility is forever tarnished. Their discovery of the answer to the mystery of the voices focuses world attention on CERN. But the discovery also leads to an immediate threat from an intractable foe; a threat, which if carried out, would destroy the LHC and cause unequaled harm to every major nation in the world. Shannon and the others rush to stop their foe before the unthinkable happens.
Join author Franklin Clermont in The Voices at CERN, a science fiction mystery thriller, exploring the newest of scientific research and the deepest of philosophical questions.
©2013 Franklin Clermont (P)2014 Franklin Clermont
I dont' normally, but this one might well be an exception.
The clarity of the concept and the executional detail are compelling. This book really grows on the listener, until finally you are fully pulled in.
Not the best match of content and reader in my opinion, and she seems to have slowly warmed to the material throughout the course of the performance. Ends up not badly, but I would have chosen a Ray Porter or someone to do this one.
I did, and totally was engrossed.
This books totally expands and grows on the listener. It is scientifically reasonable enough to not need a large suspension of disbelief, and yet it is sci fi through and through. Very thoughtful and enjoyable, and highly recommended.
Besides incessant listening to audiobooks, I also read on my Kindle at night, birdwatch, garden (roses, daylilies), and do genealogy.
This is another example of a book I purchased after reading only one review. This time, I really enjoyed the book and have no regrets. While it is not without some small flaws, over all I feel this story has a great deal going for it.
I am assuming this is a first-time author, as I did not see any other books listed for him. I am guessing that new authors do not get the old tried and true narrators that many of us have come to know and love. This narrator, Cynthia Wallace, seems like a strange choice for this type of science fiction story. Cynthia has a lovely speaking voice but she hasn't mastered many of other types of accents and she has a tough time with male voices. Yet, it was evident she really gave it her all and it certainly wasn't what I would call a bad performance. I just think I would have enjoyed a more experienced narrator, preferably male, for this type of story.
As for the plot, it is such a unique idea, and it leads to so many interesting questions which could not be answered in a book of this length. I hesitate to provide spoilers as it will be much more fun for you to let the story develop as it proceeds. There is a lot of explanatory physics in the book, as of course there should be, as how many folks know the science behind the collider at CERN and how many folks really understand string theory? Don't let that deter you from getting this book as there are clear, simple explanations, just enough so you don't feel like a total ignoramus. This book would provide great discussions for a book club! Unfortunately, I have not been able to join a club so far, and I don't imagine alot of clubs would read science fiction. This book, however, is a lot more than science fiction and really gives you surprising things to mull over.
I had hoped for a surprising twist at the end of the story, which didn't come. I even knew what I thought would happen. It didn't . . . but still, I wasn't terribly disappointed. I felt satisfied that I had found an interesting and very engaging science fiction book.
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