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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Solaris (November 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781081581
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781081587
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,486,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Libby McGugan was born 1972 in Airdrie, a small town east of Glasgow in Scotland, to a Catholic mother and a Protestant-turned-atheist father, who loved science. She enjoyed a mixed diet of quantum physics, spirituality, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. Her ambition was to grow up and join the Rebel Alliance in a Galaxy Far, Far Away. Instead she went to Glasgow University and studied medicine. A practising doctor, she has worked in Scotland, in Australia with the Flying Doctors service and, for a few months, in a field hospital in Basra, during the second Gulf War. She loves travelling and the diversity in how different people see the world. She has been trekking in the Himalaya of Bhutan, potholing in Sarawak, backpacking in Chile and Europe, and diving in Cairns.

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I looked forward to getting back to it each evening.
scotfiddle
This is a good book with good writing hampered by an ending that just seems to through together some ideas and then goes out with a whimper.
Ramon Rozas III
I appreciate new ideas (hard to find), good prose, real characters, and twisting plots.
Ken Walker

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ken Walker on January 12, 2014
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I have been reading Sci Fi for over 50 years. Ouch. I appreciate new ideas (hard to find), good prose, real characters, and twisting plots. This has it all. I will look for more of her stuff. Nice take on hell and the bad guy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By scotfiddle on December 7, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a great read. I looked forward to getting back to it each evening. I agree with another reviewer: this could be read as an entertaining thriller or as an invitation to explore one's own perceptions and beliefs more mindfully.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Barlow on December 23, 2013
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I couldn't put the book down until I had finished it. Loved the twist at the end - I never saw it coming!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Library Laura on November 13, 2013
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This is a well-crafted, fast-paced thriller. Debut author McGugan fully inhabits her strong male protagonist, giving him equal parts macho and self-deprecation. She's done her homework on both physics and locations, and imbues this tense page-turner with great atmosphere. She is either playful with her ideas on death, bodily particles and spirit or she's nudging the reader to expand their ideas on all of it. No matter, the reader can either cruise along soaking up the tension for pure enjoyment or gather some like-minded readers for a provocative group discussion. I'm looking forward to McGugan's sophomore effort.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carol Kean VINE VOICE on February 19, 2014
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MIXING SCIENCE, MURDER AND ESPIONAGE, Libby McGugan's debut novel "The Eidolon" delivers two hooks I cannot resist: the atom smasher, and evidence of a human afterlife. Add strangelets, stigmery and WIMPS (Weakly Interacting Massive Particles), let the characters marvel at swarm intelligence in bees, and I can emphatically state that this is no run-of-the-mill thriller. Not until the last chapter did I want to hurl the book into an Iowa blizzard in a fit of let-down and gnawing rage. Instead, I did the unthinkable. I read the novel a second time.

Had I known death haunts the novel like a cold, impenetrable fog that never lifts, I'd have read it any other month but November. My sister was killed in November, 1975. She didn't have the IQ of a physicist, but that shouldn't be necessary for spirits of the dead to figure out how to visit the living. Revisiting the novel in December made me feel a little more charitable. But only a little. The chilling, nebulous narrator of the prologue falls silent after page one, and I have no doubt he/she/it will speak again in sequels to "The Eidolon." I want the whole story NOW.

McGugan is not only young, she's a violinist, a mountain climber and an emergency physician; she's worked field hospitals in the desert with the Flying Doctors service; for that, I'll forgive plot holes, black holes and whatever lurks between the gaps. Not that the "plot holes" ever mattered much. I watched every season of Dexter in spite of the lamest premises a writer ever dreamed up. I still love and re-watch "The Wizard of Oz," in spite of Glinda the Good Witch telling Dorothy "you wouldn't have believed me" about the red shoes, "you had to find out for yourself." Rubbish. Dorothy would have believed her.
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