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The R.E.M. Effect: A Thriller (The REM Series, Book 1) Kindle Edition
"Combines cutting-edge genetic research with fast-paced action, resulting in a science-fiction thriller that kept me turning the pages." - Marian Thorpe Reviews
"A cautionary tale that will open your eyes about pharmaceuticals, your trust in them and the awesome power of your mind, dreams and meditation." - Mary Green, Amazon Review
"A well-written, well-researched sci-fi book that draws back the curtain on pharmaceutical skulduggery. Chasing a profit has deadly consequences." - Temple Emmet Williams, a former editor of the Readers Digest
"Has all the elements of a top-notch medical thriller." - Steve Silver, Silver Screen Videos
"A compelling, frightening story." - Roxie Prince, Roxie Reviews
"Nicely balanced between scientific exposition and action. The dialogue never feels artificial. The characters are well developed and interesting. If I had to compare Mr. Lanham's writing to another author whose work I enjoy, I would recommend The R.E.M. Effect to anyone who enjoys the novels of Douglas Richards." - Jack C., Goodreads Review
"This one you don't want to miss." - Steven M. Moore, author of More Than Human: The Mensa Contagion
From the Author
I can still remember how excited I was when I got my hands on the first full-length paperback I ever read, Jurassic Park. I must've been in second or third grade at the time, and there were plenty of words I couldn't wrap my head around, but Crichton's contemporary sci-fi classic sparked something inside me that lives on to this day.
That something was an obsession with realistic science fiction.
I don't know about you, but when I stumble across a great technothriller that's chock-full of action, technology, and current events, it makes me want to dive right in without coming up for air until the very last page.
These are the kinds of stories that have always interested me, and are what led me to write and publish The R.E.M. Series. My goal in creating this sci-fi trilogy was to leave readers like you the way I was left after finishing Jurassic Park: half-excited, and half-wondering if any of this could ever really happen.
If you've got a little time to connect, I'd love for you to visit jmlanham.com. There you can sign up for my mailing list to receive future offers, book discounts, and more.
I also love talking to fellow readers, bibliophiles, and science-fiction fans, so please feel free to drop me a line at email@example.com with any questions, comments, or general inquiries about the series and I'll get back to you ASAP.
- ASIN : B01N3JW90X
- Publisher : Firewave Media LLC (November 15, 2016)
- Publication date : November 15, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 1278 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 330 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #708,403 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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We are a nation plagued with insomnia. For any number of reasons, it's hard for many people to experience a solid eight hours of restful sleep. Many insomniacs turn to sleeping pills, but many of those stop working after a while or have side effects.
In this very compelling story, a drug company has found the perfect sleeping pill. The company goes into the clinical trial stage of research. Most of the participants in the trial enjoy a perfect night of sleep. But a few start to have strange side effects.
They experience terrible migraine headaches. And they experience dreams that are so vivid that they seem way too real. For this group, the dreams actually come true. But how?
What these participants don't know is that they possess certain physiological and neurological qualities that enable their minds, through the dreams, to actually affect the world around them.
The plot focuses on three such participants and a drug company executive who wants to understand and harness this telepathic ability, but with bad intentions for its use.
I don't want to give away any more of the plot but it is a thriller. From the middle of the story until the end, it is also a race against time as the three are brought together and realize that they know too much to stay alive.
The included violence isn't graphic, but the language includes more profanity than is necessary to convey the story.
The story is told from multiple perspectives, including that of Paul's brother Alex. So, until they are well into the story, it isn't as easy for the reader to connect to how everything ties together. It actually seems to pull the story in different directions at the end, when Claire and Paul themselves have different priorities and split up.
This also contributed, for me at least, difficulty in connecting to the characters. When Paul's wife was being held at gunpoint, I realized that while Paul cared, I didn't. She had only been a place holder who appeared in a scene at the beginning, then didn't show up again until the end.
You should know that not all questions raised will be answered, and it was uncertain to me if the ending was a set up for a sequel, or simply to engage the reader into considering what the future will be.
Still, the author connected most of the dots and wrote a relatively believable story, so, four stars.
I had a really hard time with this story. Way too wordy, a lot of which was over my head and beyond my real understanding, which is why I gave it 2 stars. I think it could have been written differently because the gist of the story was interesting, but the author kept bogging me down with too much detail. And of course, I won't be reading any sequels Just my opinion though. Others probably enjoyed it very much. :)
I thoroughly enjoyed the story but was even more impressed with the reference articles included at the end.
Just because I'm paranoid doesn't mean it couldn't happen.