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In a nutshell, Chasing Omega is a blend of two books. In this unique novella, Michael Prescott combines his creative flair for writing excellent suspense/thriller tales, with a collection of well thought out and researched facts and theories about spirituality and the (so called) paranormal. For emphasis and verification, at the end of the book, he directs the reader to third party books, articles and websites to back up his non-fiction case.
But then, it's really a love story.
The plot centers around the quickly developing relationship between two protagonist's, Daniel Brand (no relationship to me :-) and Claire Holland; a relationship that unfolds with a smart mix of natural chemistry and external forces. Initially, Daniel and Claire seemed like such an unlikely couple, I didn't see their bond coming. The tipping point at which I started enjoying the story was halfway into the first chapter. When Daniel picks up a hitchhiking Claire, his obsessive concern for her had started to become too incredulous to believe - at first. But as the last half of the chapter unfolded, the plot really started to take off and make sense. Time and again, Michael Prescott throws a foil into the anticipated solution, only to resolve the dilemma with a surprising twist that presents a new cliffhanger in the process.
In my opinion, one of the marks of a good fiction book is the authors ability to keep the reader guessing, only to surprise him or her with the unexpected. Chasing Omega does that.
Love, corporate espionage, secret government programs, telekinesis, quantum physics, political maneuvering and all sorts of spiritual experiences weave their way into this excitingly informative story. Chasing Omega is informative because the dialogue between Daniel and Claire is periodically used to bring up issues that have been thoroughly debated and vetted for several years on Michael's blog. I personally think he used restraint in this respect, so he wouldn't gum up the flow of the drama and end up with a preachy paranormal rant. There's a balancing act between fictional suspense and credible intelligence going on here, and he deftly pulls it off without skipping a beat.
So...if this book whets your appetite for further research, be sure to check the references in the Afterword section, and look into Michael Prescott's blog archive. It's a spiritual/paranormal encyclopedia in it's own right.
I'm sure some hardcore skeptics will sneer at the idea of combining fiction with paranormal facts and cutting edge theory, but I seriously doubt Prescott cares. Folks hell-bent on debunking instead of objectively looking at evidence tend to sneer at everything and everyone but themselves.
However, for the seriously inquisitive, Chasing Omega provides a wonderfully entertaining platform to start an objective personal search for answers to the Big Questions about this life, and the life beyond.
This is not your typical Michael Prescott novel, but it is entertaining and thought-provoking from beginning to end.
My only (small) complaint about this book, it was a bit short for my preferences as I don't usually read or enjoy novellas.
As another reviewer has mentioned here, it would be nice to see this theme developed into at least one sequel. The romance possibilities between Brand and Claire were just beginning to bloom. It would be great to see where that might lead to. :-)
As a believer in the afterlife and spirit world, I have no doubt that our lives continue, far beyond this world. For that reason alone, I wanted to read this story. Prescott did not disappoint.
Geraldine Helen Hartman author of: Laughing AT the Grim Reaper! Gems of Wisdom for Aging Well
Overall there's a lot in this short book and if the topic interests you, you won't be disappointed. I've read most all from this author and this was a pleasant departure from his other work. It's a deep topic done with humor, sensitivity and finesse.
Definitely worth the time and the price.
I didn't want it to end! Would be great if sequels were written to this one....maybe the Chronicles of Omega?
This is a different kind of writing for Prescott but his talent shines through and you won't be disappointed! Not like the murder mysteries but yet a life mystery with the paranormal and psychic twists!
Really good, well researched and many references are other works you can read that were some of the inspiration for the story.