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The SHIVA Syndrome Paperback – September 2, 2015
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In The SHIVA Syndrome, the author (a clinical psychologist) skillfully and ingeniously interweaves altered states of consciousness and parapsychology... to produce a frightening, brisk, and film-worthy story building to an intense climax.
5 stars [A] fascinating book! It'll magnetize you... [A] sci-fi thriller, a mystery that unfolds on a background of myths and religions, biotechnology, military power, politics, and paranormal human abilities.--The Portland Book Review
5 stars If The Andromeda Strain was analyzed in four dimensions, The SHIVA Syndrome might be the result. It is a surprising, suspenseful, and utterly superb read from start to end, facing modern mindsets with past, present, and future thinking all at once.--Self-Publishing Review
5 stars [A] truly exciting read...a good blend of science and spirituality... The story basically had every alternative science-based subject under the sun plus the added intrigue of a black op backed by the government. So, if I had to categorize it, I would say it is a metaphysical thriller...Highly recommended.
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The main character, Beau Walker, a psychologist finds himself drafted into a research team in Russia. The team is faced with a task that tests what they are made of. It gets the reader wondering what our government may be hiding.
Alan Joshua really is a master of plot development and character development. Joshua really knows people, their fears and ambitions. The book is heavy on scientific terminology. At times, I felt intimidated with the scientific dialogue. The book tapped into such themes as neuroscience and psychology but on a more spiritual level. The Shiva Syndrome sets its standards high and keeps them throughout the novel. It is dark and enlightening, it takes the reader headlong into uncharted realms of matter and mind, soul and spirit, into battles of darkness and light. The Shiva Syndrome keeps the reader breathless, but leaves the reader awed, awakened, on the quest, and begging for more! A refreshing read! Alan Joshua, thank you for sharing your story.
Alan Joshua as written a modern day governmental Castenadian conspiracy work that harkens back to Altered States and Men Who Stare at Goats.
Set in modern times where the feelings of the Cold War and secret quasi-goverment research still linger in our memories and our folk lore, his protagonist, Bo Walker struggles to come to terms with his evolutionary inheritance and his personal past. Walker literally strides between worlds, those of his parents, his father a full blood Native American shamen and his mother a African American Evangelical healer. His father' wish is to stay true to his heritage while his mothers is for him to accept Gods will. Bo rejects these wishes and turns to science in order to understand his inner torment.
We find that Bo Walker has a "history" he is trying to escape. Unfortunately, his past catches up with him and we find him all but kidnapped and coersed in to joining an elite team brought together to research and ultimately understand a massive explosion in the back country of what is now the Russian Republic. Hundreds of thousands dead, a crater of emense proportion left, a Space Shuttle destroyed and other simultaneous disasters all point to one conclusion; and how soon will it happen again.
Using past and current science as well as the more earthy holistic and traditional Native healing Alan Joshua weaves a narrative that is speculative, riviting and makes you nod your head acknowledging your hidden feelings about top secret organizations. Well thought out, I was drawn step by fertive step along with Bo from introduction to the final word of the book. A blend of speculative Sci-Fi, Para-Psychological, Philosophical Fantasy this Thriller with Mythologic overtones is a good read, one that had me reading non-stop.
Do I recommend this book? You betcha'.
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