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Everything Theory: Cold Compass [Kindle Edition]

Barry Napier
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Much of Gabriel Warren’s life has been tainted by the bizarre legacy his deceased father left behind. After being tapped by a shadow government organization to investigate his father's eccentric work in the fields of teleportation, time travel, genetic manipulation, and ESP, Gabe begins to discover supernatural talents that have been locked within him for his entire life.

Continuing his father's work is the last thing Gabe wants to do....until he learns that it is the only way to save the people in a small town from being slaughtered by an ancient evil, a horror that might be the direct result of one of his father's own experiments.

"Everything Theory is a dark and creepy ride that takes you right into the lair of the things that go bump in the night."
-Robert Swartwood, author of The Serial Killer's Wife and Man of Wax

"The Sixth Sense meets The X-Files...Barry Napier does an outstanding job of drawing you into the storyline while teasing you with glimpses of the larger world to come. Everything Theory: Cold Compass is a veritable page turner that will leave you begging for the next book, and has all the qualities of being an epic series."
-Gabriel Beyers, author of Guarding the Healer

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  • File Size: 666 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006VUL3I6
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,052,183 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Page Turner or Kindle Button Pusher or Which Ever September 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved this book. The story was quick to catch my interest, the characters were believable and the action was fast paced and wild. I'm not an avid reader or science-fiction or suspense, but this book hooked me, and I look forward to reading the others in the series. The story is part mystery, part science fiction, part supernatural phenomenon, part personal discovery, part drama and it all adds up to one heck of a book. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a fun, quick read. Great stuff!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Evil lurks in the woods of Hasper, North Carolina, leaving death and confusion in its wake. It is a malevolent entity with an insatiable appetite. The only person capable of stopping its destruction is a young slacker named Gabriel Warren.

Gabe has a gift. A strange power pulses inside of him and he has no understanding of this ability. His special skills have some very important people and groups desiring his assistance, such as the FBI. But the long reach of the United States government isn’t the only thing looking to get him in its grasp. As Gabriel’s world becomes a life of unfamiliarity and chaos, he begins to wonder if his gift is actually a curse.

In “Everything Theory”, Barry Napier has created a relatable protagonist who must realize his purpose before a malicious being succeeds in destroying all he holds dear. This novel grips the reader with each page as the mystery unfolds, revealing the layers of character and plot while also diving into the depths of an imaginative author’s world of deceit. Barry uses his pen like a sorcerer’s staff as he creates magic in every chapter. Through the perspective of the main character, Gabe, a connection to the ordinary world of a civilian takes shape, creating a conduit for sympathy in the process. With a twisting plot, creative prose, and wonderful secondary characters, this is a satisfying novel till the very end.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Made for Television July 29, 2013
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This review is cross-posted from Papyrus Independent Author Reviews.

"I have been instructed by those above me to allow you one last chance to change your mind. I am offering you that option now. If you want out, just say so. But after you leave this office and I make a call, this project is officially underway."

With one word, Gabe Warren has committed himself to a secret government organisation for a purpose he doesn't understand. All because of who he is - and who his father was.

"Cold Compass" is the first novel in a series about a young man whose mysterious background makes him important to a covert government operation investigating 'disturbances'. The story leaves the details deliciously up in the air, dropping breadcrumbs for the reader to follow as the story progresses.

This is a classic television series opener. Hints of "X Files", "Warehouse 13", "Ghost Whisperer" and other programs spring to mind while reading and although the story fits a mould, this didn't deter me at all. As a story, I thought it was worthy of some time investment.

The novel includes the opening case, the introduction of a mysterious antagonist and some revelations about the covert operation and Gabe Warren's past. There were a couple of times where I felt the story structure failed a little. In the first of Gabe's supernatural encounters, a particularly tense moment was all but destroyed by the inclusion of an untimely flashback.

A potential issue I have is that what the reader doesn't initially know, and is revealed over the course of the story, is the major selling point of the book. There is going to be significant pressure on future volumes to continue to 'come up with the goods'.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Here come the MiBs January 27, 2012
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Grab hold of the craziest conspiracy theorist's head you can find. Dump believable characters in one ear. Shake the head around like a maraca until--bloody and beaten--the characters crawl out the other ear. That's Cold Compass.

From what I've read, Napier promises to--over the course of 5 or so books--tie everything from ghosts to UFOs into one, unified Everything Theory. That's a pretty big claim, but after reading Cold Compass I'm actually inclined to believe he can do it. Napier delivers genuine characters and genuine scares in a book that you probably won't put down until you finish it. I'm not a series guy, and I can't wait for the rest.

Tighten the straps on your tinfoil hat, prepare yourself for a wild ride and buy Cold Compass right now.
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1.0 out of 5 stars TV in book form... not good October 2, 2014
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This reads more like a comic book or a TV series. While the book does not explicitly state that this is Book 1 of a series it sure ends that way. The protagonist in the book, Gabe Warren, is not a very likable character. As a reader you just don't feel for him and I found myself wishing that whatever was after him would catch him and the book would end. That's not the kind of personality an author should try to create.

This is much more of a horror or fantasy than it might be science fiction. Were this the first book of a series this one convinced me not to bother reading the rest of the series. It certainly reads and ends as if it were the pilot of a [bad] tv series.

I actually started off to give this 2 stars but the more I thought about how much I disliked it the more I was convinced to change it to 1 star.
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More About the Author

Barry has had more than 50 short stories and poems featured in print and online publications. He is the author of The Masks of Our Fathers,The Bleeding Room, The Hollows, Nests, Dark Water, and several other books. He was also the winner of the 2012 Amazon contest "Write a Dead Man Novel" which awarded him a contract with 47 North to write the 18th installment of Amazon's Dead Man series, Streets of Blood.

A collection of his short fiction, Debris, was published by Library of Horror Press in 2009 but is currently out of print (many of the stories featured in Debris can be found in his newer collection, Broken Nightlights). In 2010, his debut poetry collection, A Mouth for Picket Fences, was published by Needfire Poetry.

A humble servant to ambient music and coffee, Barry continues to work towards further self publishing projects as well as pursuing traditional markets. He is currently at work on two series and a number of stand-alone novels.

He keeps his online home at and you can follow him on Twitter under the name @bnapier.

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