Awards and a Major Review

EPIC, the Electronic Publishing Internet Coalition, chose The SHIVA Syndrome as one of four 2016 eBook science fiction finalists.

EPIC finalist

International Book Awards chose The SHIVA Syndrome as one of two science fiction finalists.
intern bk awardUniversalCreativityInc14  selected The SHIVA Syndrome as 2nd place in the Best Fiction Award Contest

universalcreativityinc14 Best Mystery--Thriller Fiction Award


A professor and parapsychology researcher discovers a key to mankind’s evolution or destruction in this debut thriller. Beau Walker is a man without a field… 
In the Russian city of Podol’sk, a project partially based on Walker’s work has gone horribly awry, killing thousands and leaving traces of mysteries that threaten humanity’s scientific understanding. Discovering what occurred, and how to prevent it from happening again, falls on Walker and his new friends… 
But as secrets and revelations accumulate, the team’s combined knowledge and abilities may be inadequate to stop what’s coming…
Joshua writes with a sure hand, managing to squeeze in many discussions and esoteric concepts, ranging from mythic structures to neuropsychology to remote viewing, while keeping the dialogue realistic and sharp…Joshua allows the surfeit of information to proceed naturally from the characters’ words and thoughts. Because of this fluidity, the characters react in believable ways, even when the plot developments, which borrow from quantum physics, anthropology, and psychology, inspire incredulity…Joshua has crafted an appealing protagonist in Walker. Short-tempered, kind, thoughtful yet impulsive, he is a flawed but ultimately heroic character, and serves as a narrative linchpin throughout this absorbing story.
Deft dialogue, crisp plotting, and a likable central figure make this multidisciplinary scientific adventure an exuberant and involving read.

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