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Simply out of this world! Sentient by Dr. Victor Acquista is a marvelous work of science fiction at the highest level. Sentient was a delight from the very first sentence,gripping you all the way to the surprise ending. Dr. Acquista immediately draws you into his world, using alien words and beautiful descriptions, which paint us a dramatic picture of survival, triumph, and humanity. The world and culture of Adden is simply beyond anything we could possibly dream up. There is no war,no crime, and no government. All of the citizens freely help and exchange with each other due to their 'collective mind' and telepathy. However, nearly all of them are destroyed by the terror known as The Mind Warriors of T'rox, who are another race of telepathic aliens that are bent on becoming the most supreme race in all of the galaxy. Only a handful of Addenites are able to escape,including our hero Anyeuros. The story then flips between the perspectives of Anyeuros, the Addenite colonists, the T'rox, and present day Earth. Here on Earth, we find our other main hero, Professor Strickland. This is where I truly began to fall in love with this book. Professor Strickland, genius in his own right for his inventions, has a medical condition known as schizophrenia. Dr.Acquista has done plenty of research into this topic and it shows, because his well-detailed description of the mental illness, as well as the way the book discusses the social stigma of mental illnesses without any touch of malice or rancor, show how truly gifted this author is with his words. The plot continues to flow effortlessly, even the shifting perspectives do not distract from the elegance of the story, as we follow how Anyeuros and Professor Strickland work to solve the mystery of schizophrenia and thwart the invasion of the T'rox. Dr.Acquista, through his characters, also helps to challenge society standards and what we value most. 

Sentient tackles the tough issues, such as homelessness and society indoctrinating violence, but it handles it with such humor and kindness that it is easy to digest. There were several times I had to put the book down just so I could ponder the questions and feelings that it had brought up. The best and worst of humanity are highlighted, but yet it does not feel as though it went too far to the extremes. This debut novel is witty, intelligent, saddening, and beautiful. This book is amazing, and I truly would love to recommend it to everyone. I look forward to more by Dr. Acquista in the future.

Reviewed by Lauren Stafford, San Francisco Book Review Star rating: 5/5

Sentient is a superb debut, a rollicking sci-fi saga that beautifully combines action and philosophy, visionary ideas, and prescient social critique. In creating an alien world with its own cosmology and rituals,Acquista sheds light on our own struggling little planet, and does so with humor and style. This is a work to be savored. ~JJ Amaworo Wilson, award-winning author of Damnificados
Victor Acquista understands the science behind his plot and has written a classic science fiction adventure that portrays the highest potential for humanity. I found Sentient to be deep fiction grounded in real science with warm, lively characters that stick in my memory. This is a story that needs to be told. And, read. ~GD Deckard, author of ThePhoenix Diary
The concept for this book was great, very well thought out and brilliantly crafted. The writing was very good, and I've never read anything like this before...Overall, "Sentient" is a compelling Sci-fi read, and one that is sure to appeal to fans of the genre... I thought many of the ideas presented were pretty amazing. This book covers so, so much and it's almost as literary and dramatic and philosophical as it is 'science-fiction'...Acquista tackles many complex subjects that will force you to live outside your comfort zone and look at things differently. I know I did. Liked how mind-bending it was...~Stephan Beacher--Indie Book Reviewers

I was impressed with the vivid descriptions and an original plot - hard for this genre...the characters were really interesting(human and non), and once I really got into it I couldn't put it down! Definitely recommend...~Eliza Brown--Indie Book Reviewers

Once I started reading I didn't want to stop until I'd finished the whole thing...The interweaving plot lines were well-developed and certainly not predictable, and there were so many aspects to this book that appealed to me on an emotional, creative, and intellectual level.  Appreciated that for a book involving so much'alien mental powers" it felt very authentic and not some caricature-style plot device I've seen over and over... It was intelligent, weird, sad, dark, deep,tragic, suspenseful, and with profound psychological elements I've never read about before...An interesting read, one that will test the limits of your imagination and take your mind to new places...~Megan King--Indie Book Reviewers is incredibly written with some of the most interesting and compelling characters I've read in a long time, and it's obvious the author is mad brilliant...a good story with an original plot, great world-building with some really unique idea and a surreal, philosophical approach to the story, and interesting characters...~Brenda Maxwell--Indie Book Reviewers

"Sentient" is the first book I've read from this talented author Victor Acquista, but I hope it won't be the last! ~Marcella Gonzales--Indie Book Reviewers

This wasn't the typical sci/fi 'aliens vs. humans" book that we see all too much of in this genre (yet this element is definitely there!). This story is extremely intelligent, deep and provocative, yet very easy to get swept up in and lose yourself in...Recommend for readers of literary/philosophical science fiction. ~Claire Middleton--Indie Book Reviewers

About the Author

Dr. Victor Acquista has become a successful international author and speaker following careers as a primary-care physician and medical executive. He previously helped to co-found The Collaborative for Community Health, a non-profit, is a founding member of River Valley Market, a food co-op, and authored a syndicated Health and Wellness column.

His non-fiction and his workshops focus on personal growth and transformation,especially as pertains to health and wellness. His fiction includes social messaging intended to get the reader engaged in thought provoking themes. His writing is intended to raise consciousness.

Dr. Acquista has a longstanding interest in consciousness studies, is a student of Integral Theory, and strives to do his part to make our planet a wee bit better. He lives with his wife in New Mexico. More info can be found at

Product details

  • File Size: 953 KB
  • Print Length: 404 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Sinister Grin Press (October 15, 2016)
  • Publication Date: October 15, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01LB7NTW6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,669 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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