- File Size: 666 KB
- Print Length: 312 pages
- Publication Date: November 24, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006VUL3I6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,613,367 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Everything Theory: Cold Compass Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
"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'.Read more ›
Our protagonist is a young 20 something who father died under mysterious circumstances, leading to a very hard childhood and resentment towards the father. He is then 'enlisted' to join the FBI because they believe that his father has bestowed a gift on him. What is that gift? Why the interest? Read on, in the first of a series of books that will definitely hold your attention.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
You're given just enough background on Gabriel's father to help the story line without giving too much away. Definitely left wanting more.Published 18 months ago by Kindle Customer
Magic & Science shaken not stirred with a dash of mystery.Published 23 months ago by Jeremiah Mccloskey
Napier made me a believer when i was not certain i wanted to be.....but i couldnt help myself. this brings together the right dose of our government covering up unknowns and... Read morePublished on March 1, 2012 by Pam A. Daily
Napier hooked me with his creative characters and stage setting in The Bleeding Room that I thought I would check out Everything Theory-Cold Compass. I was not disappointed. Read morePublished on February 27, 2012 by appgirl