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The New Reality (Alex Pella Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Martino
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Book Description

Author Stephen Martino delivers an action-packed medical thriller in a heart-stopping race to save humanity.

In the year 2080, a deadly virus similar to EBOLA is inadvertently released upon the planet. Facing financial ruin and catastrophic loss of life, the world's nations turn to acclaimed neuroscientist Alex Pella and NIH expert Marissa Ambrosia. Assembling a team of experts, the scientists begin an international search for the cure while fighting off a foreign elite military unit sent to stop them at all costs. Guided by a code concealed within the Hebrew text of the Old Testament, the scientists must traverse ancient lands and solve a biblical riddle in their quest to save humanity from its eminent destruction.

Drawing from both our nation's politically charged environment and the worldwide economic crisis, The New Reality follows Alex Pella on a journey that projects a frightening path for human existence in the twenty-first century.

Editorial Reviews


"Readers are in for a chilling thrill ride..." -Pacific Review

"Once you start reading it, you don't want to stop..." -Little Read Riding Hood

"Great story. Keep them coming." -Betty Brune

"The New Reality is an exciting page turner that will keep you guessing..." -She Treads Softly

"With a storyline that could be ripped from tomorrow's newspaper headlines, author Stephen Martino reveals an extraordinary ability for creating memorable characters embedded in a thrill ride of an adventure that will grip the reader's total attention from first page to last. Attention Hollywood! This is the stuff of which block buster movies and ratings gold television series are made! Highly recommended for community library fiction collections and personal reading lists..." -The Midwest Book Review 
"This one will certainly have you reading far into the night and praying that this does not become the new reality!" -Miki's Hope
"This is such an awesome story. A great mix of mystery and suspense. I just can't say enough about how much I loved this book. It kept me intrigued and I cannot wait until the next book."- My Life, Loves, and Passion
"I can not believe that this book is Dr. Martino's first book." -Cheryl Koch, Amazon Vine Voice Reviewer
"The New Reality is a fast-paced thriller that manages to combine all of the best from medical, Christian and political genres into one book. I definitely recommend you read The New Reality by Stephen Martino." -In Our Spare Time

From the Author

As the Ebola virus reaches pandemic proportions and spreads outside of Africa, one must ask if this disease will cause worldwide havoc like the Influenza viral outbreak of 1917. One must also ask if such a global pandemic was predicted in The Old Testament, Torah or even the Book of Revelation.
The New Reality explores these possibilities and also predicts the political, social and economic ramifications of such a biblical plague. As the world dives deeper into crippling debt, the United States' healthcare system begins to disintegrate, and our government engages in greater militaristic actions and invades our personal freedoms, are we at a critical turning point whereby a viral outbreak such as Ebola irrevocable change life as we know it on earth?
Read The New Reality to find out.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1326 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Light Messages Publishing (May 15, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I82JG52
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #410,758 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GIVE IT A TRY AND SEE WHAT YOU THINK.... July 8, 2014
The premise behind this book is really intriguing to me. I really like medical thrillers, especially combined with a dystopian theme, with a little bit of the spiritual thrown in. The author delves into a lot of current political issues (trade monopolies, big business, rising cost of healthcare vs quality, bio-terrorism, etc). The story itself is well-paced, quickly getting the reader involved, and wanting to stay involved.

However, the format the story is written in is a little off to me. The story shifts gears very quickly and without much explanation early on, and although I can understand the plot necessity for that to an extent, it can be a bit confusing to the reader at times. It also seems to shift points of view multiple times within the same chapter, first person to third person to omniscient, etc. Again, understanding at times, but still confusing. There needs to be more of a separation of different parts other than just going to the next paragraph.

All that being said, the story itself is a great addition to the thriller genre and a commendable first effort at a novel. Alex Pella is a great protagonist to have as the main character and to continue having for several novels. I would definitely want to follow his story and see what happens in the world we have created.

Give it a try and see what you think if you like theses types of books. Received for an honest review.

Rating: 3

HEAT Rating: none

Reviewed By: Daysie W.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great interesting book July 17, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
It's the year 2081 and there is a new treat running around. It's called The Disease. It started in the somewhere around turkey and no one knows how. Now after many tries and failures they bring what they know to America. Alex and Marissa now have to work quickly to figure out what's wrong. Not only that but there is more going on then they know.
This is such an awesome story. A great mix of mystery and suspense. I liked how there was a religious aspect but it is not overwhelming. I just can't say enough about how much I loved this book. It kept me intrigued and I cannot wait until the next book.
I recieved a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Sometimes experience and knowledge really does count. I have read many books now that are written by doctors. I have to say that the knowledge and experience that they bring to the story that they are writing really helps add another layer to the story. For example, I can not believe that this book is Dr. Martino's first book.

Alex is an interesting character. He helped lead this story along nicely. However I would like to get to know more about him. Even though this story took place in the future, there was enough details good storytelling by the author to make it believable. I hope this never does become the case. The pacing of the book was good. It had enough action to keep my interest and it moving along without too much lag. I look forward to seeing what Dr. Martino comes out with next.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pacific Book Review June 3, 2014
Readers are in for a chilling thrill ride the second they pick up this novel, “The New Reality” by Stephen Martino. The story follows Alex Pella, a rich doctor and the head of Neurono-Tek, the only privately run research hospital. Alex and his team are tasked with finding a cure for the Disease, a new illness that sweeps the world like the Black Plague.

Alex’s team consists of a well-rounded bunch with his partner, Samantha, as a standout character. Things really begin to take place when Jonathan, a mysterious man with a Bible full of clues, contacts Alex and leads him on a worldwide search to find a cure for the illness. The novel reads cinematically and you could easily imagine it as a movie or TV series, with beautiful locations at the forefront.

The book fits nicely into the trend of dystopian fiction without being gimmicky or too far-fetched. In fact, Martino brings up many issues we are grappling with now—the rising cost of health care, national debt, and religious fascism—and creates a future that seems pretty plausible. The book is set in 2081, a mere generation away from the present. Many of the issues he brings up in the novel will have readers questioning the world we are leaving our children to inherit.

It’s hard to believe this book is the author’s first novel, given his impeccable sense of pacing and story structure. The story moves quickly without leaving out details, and the characters are full, deep and realized – something which normally isn’t the case in such a quick read. Martino also takes the time to add brief moments of levity and flirtations through the characters’ dialogue, which adds for a nice break from such a serious subject matter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific August 2, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The New Reality by Stephen Martino is a terrific book. It took me a bit longer to read because it is deeply intelligent and well written. The nuances demanded a deeper understanding and the action/suspense was expertly interwoven. The main characters are strong, smart, and thoroughly conceived. I am extremely impressed with depth that this author created to give a complete story line. There were no questions left unanswered. I am looking forward to more from this author.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good idea but....
While I liked the idea for the story,the writing is juvenile at best with many grammatical errors, poor sentence structure, and in some places just bad writing. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Another overrated newbie/indie author effort.
The premise is very interesting, but the story is poorly executed. One thing that grated on me in particular was the occasional wrong usage of a word -- for example, "He recanted... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jeffrey Ellis
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Interesting, but not really exciting. Not one of my favorites.
Published 7 months ago by The Shepherd
4.0 out of 5 stars Scary Reality.
The New Reality was a highly entertaining book. Lots of twists and turns. Very imaginative.
Published 7 months ago by JLD
2.0 out of 5 stars What this novel needs is some graphics
Fair warning: I didn't finish this book. So it's possible that I missed the point where it turned into a readable novel. Read more
Published 7 months ago by James Crain
2.0 out of 5 stars It read a bit like an old children's television show where a narrator...
I cannot remember the last time I read a book with such one dimensional characters. It read a bit like an old children's television show where a narrator would tell you to boo and... Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Read like a good first effort. The author has a good imagination, however the dialogue was very stilted rather.
Published 8 months ago by Steve
2.0 out of 5 stars Not ready for the Big Leagues
Okay, I really tried to like this book. The premise was great, the execution not so much. And again the high percentage of rave reviews is a puzzle. Read more
Published 8 months ago by billfromreading
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the time
The book description intrigued me, but I found the book poorly written. I usually finish books I start, but recently have decided there are too many fine books I will never have... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Rev. Judith Kelsey-Powell
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great book!
This is a great book! I just couldn't put it down. I love this book and enjoy it. Read this book and enjoy it too!
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More About the Author

By trade Stephen Martino is a board certified neurologist, practicing in New Jersey. He has been quoted in the local newspaper, publicized in a New Jersey medical flyer and featured on a major hospital system's neuroscience website. He also is an avid educator, instructing both medical students and residents along with high school students, EMS squads and physicians throughout New Jersey. His dedication to the field of medicine has been recognized both nationally and locally.

Stephen Martino is active in his local community and is a member of the Knights of Columbus. When not working, he spends time with his wife and 5 children. Whether it be running a cub scout meeting, playing LEGOs on the floor, going to one of his kid's soccer games or watching a school play, he is kept busy with their ever expanding activities.

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