Book Review: The SHIVA Syndrome by: Alan Joshua

Publisher: Champagne Books

Publication Date: April 6, 2015

Origins:  From Author for Review

Synopsis: Power from the past; danger in the future.

Science opens the door for humans to reach God-like powers of creation and destruction. 

A secret Russian mind research laboratory erupts, annihilating thousands and leaving a monstrous, one-mile deep crater in its wake. Beau Walker, a psychologist and reluctant empath, is coerced into joining a research project, code-named SHIVA, to investigate the catastrophe. An ordinary scientific investigation leads Walker and the research team into alternate realities. 

Walker struggles against political and military deceptions, deadly superhuman adversaries, and personal demons to unlock the riddle of the SHIVA syndrome, risking his life and the very existence of humankind. 

The SHIVA Syndrome offers a dizzying ride into extraordinary human abilities. Prepare to alter what you believed was reality.

Review: THE SHIVA SYNDROME took a while longer for me to read than normal. It wasn’t because it was scientifically complex, but because of the verbosity. The author switched the references to the characters from first to last name and back again multiple times, which made it difficult to follow who was speaking and to whom. The characters lacked emotional depth and they came across like a bunch of bipolar children. I am a big fan of showing the story through action, interaction, and clear images which let the characters, the setting, and the plot shine. THE SHIVA SYNDROME was a lot of telling, which slowed down the plot and let readers disengage from the story. While I thought the overall message of THE SHIVA SYNDROME was interesting, there is a lot of exposition to wade through for this discovery.

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