Reader Review of The Shiva Syndrome Trilogy: Evolution in human consciousness?

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The progression in The Shiva Syndrome Trilogy is a sort of an evolution in human consciousness toward a greater awareness, a spiritual realization. Therefore, the spiritual mystery is itself an evolutionary process. . . I do think he has created an authentic genre. Alan Joshua’s spiritual mystery venture is for me an exciting romp of a read. I was frequently left thinking about one thing or another after I would put down the book. Buy and share it with my friends and colleagues.

Reverend Ronald Reed

The Shiva Syndrome Trilogy by Alan Joshua: A Reader’s Review

labBest book ever! Needs to be a movie!!! Must read for your sci- fi/fantasy library now! 
I love this series. It is about the power of the mind, research, and science, how the mind can go beyond what we ever imagined. Researching in a remote location, something goes wrong and then BOOM! Not only is the research facility gone but miles all around it gone also, and more! The blast does more than that…let’s talk time dimensions, the pull on the moon, etc. This is so exciting. The power of the mind to go beyond … and, to the paranormal dimensions too. LOVE this! The Shiva Syndrome is in the top 10 books of the best sci-fi/fantasy books I have read in over 40 years and I read over 200 books a year!

It has everything I love in a sci-fi and fantasy in one book and makes it flow seamlessly and naturally. Very scientific, very mystic, very action packed, edge of your seat, who is who, and who is WHAT action. This is a book for any sci-fi fan! I hope a director like Steven Spielberg , James Cameron, or any other great sci-fi director will read this book because this is worthy of a movie! The plot is full of surprises and fast moving with lots of twists and turns. The characters are well developed and complex. There is no putting this book in a certain category, it stands by itself. It is thought provoking and intriguing. Don’t miss out. I reviewed this book for NetGalley and I am so glad I had the chance or I might not have picked it up, don’t miss out!

Review: The Mind of Stefan Dürr: The SHIVA Syndrome Trilogy (Book 1) by Alan Joshua

The Mind of Stefan Dürr is a Sci-Fi Thriller and its the first book of the SHIVA Syndrome trilogy. An experiment studying the human’s mind goes wrong and suddenly strange things begin to happen in Canada, USA,  and Russia.

Dr. Beau Walker is recruited to search on whats going on and that’s when the adventure begins. In a world where there are unimaginable high advanced technologies waiting to be explored, Dr. Walker has to find the cause or else there won’t be much to live for.

The storyline has a mixture of science fiction and spirituality. This multidimensional story is far from over as you begin understanding the concept of its strong world setting. The author leaves nothing to question or doubt supplying a very in-depth and thoughtful plot.

The entire story is thrilling to read and satisfying to a person who really appreciates good literature and Sci-fi stories. I recommend this book to people that like to read stories where the human mind creates realistic outcomes in the world.

Enter Goodreads Giveaway: The Mind of Stefan Durr: The Shiva Syndrome Trilogy

by Alan Joshua (Goodreads Author) Giveaway dates: Oct 02 – Oct 16, 2017

A mind research experiment studying human consciousness goes horrifyingly wrong. Thousands are killed when a Russian suburb mysteriously disintegrates, leaving a mile-deep crater in which time and space are distorted. At the same time, a U.S. space shuttle vaporizes in orbit, and a Canadian mountaintop is ripped away.

One thing lies behind the mystery: The enigmatic mind of Stefan Dürr.

Existence is dreary hell for Dr. Beau Walker, an African-American/Mohawk researcher. An embittered loner, he sleepwalks through life until the government virtually kidnaps him to investigate the vanished city, hurling him into an incredibly menacing adventure beyond your wildest imaginings.

Forced to join a U.S./Russian scientific team, Beau searches for the cause of the disasters. Beginning with a treacherous, life-threatening exploration of the anomalous crater, where scientific laws don’t apply, he’s thrown into a world of unimaginably advanced biotechnology, biowarfare, genetics, paranormal research, and military intrigue.

The stakes are inconceivably high: Find and control the cause…or face worldwide obliteration as other minds across the globe tear reality apart.

The first book of three based on paranormal research, SHIVA is an odyssey from science to neuroscience to the paranormal. Can you handle this mind-bending trip?

Editorial Reviews:

  • Kirkus Review “Deft dialogue, crisp plotting, and a likable central figure make this multidisciplinary scientific adventure an exuberant and involving read.”
  • New Consciousness Review “A thrilling read”
  • Portland Book Review “Having the right amount of adventure and romance, this crisscrossing genre tale isn’t just a good read, but may also look great on a big screen.”
  • Self-Publishing Review “Any attempt to describe the book in a single statement is difficult, but the book mixes uncommon palettes and manages a masterpiece with it. If The Andromeda Strain was analyzed in four dimensions, The SHIVA Syndrome might be the result…The book mixes uncommon palettes and manages a masterpiece with it. It is a surprising, suspenseful, and utterly superb read from start to end.”
  • Midwest Book Review “…highly recommended, indeed; especially for thriller and sci-fi readers who have become deluged with too much predictability and who seek cutting-edge action, believable protagonists, and action that is solidly intense throughout.”
  • San Francisco Book Review “Science fiction fans will love The SHIVA Syndrome. Fans of paranormal fiction, psychological thriller, philosophy and fantasy will love it, too.”

Smashwords Interview with Alan Joshua

How long have you been writing?
Since I could hold a pen; elementary school to be exact. I was/am in love with film and drew poster ads for exciting films—Destination Moon, for example–adding text. Later, school compositions gave me the chance to exercise my imagination and share it. I wrote my first (unpublished) novel while working in a mental institution. The environment was as surreal as the book.
What is your favorite genre to write?
Sci-fi by far. I was stimulated by comics, movies, and reading Asimov and other major writers. I can remember a boost of adrenaline while reading R.U.R., by Karel Čapek. He first introduced the word robot into our lexicon. Later, when I saw Gort, the robot in The Day the Earth Stood Still, I was over the moon with excitement. Which genre have you never tried before, but would you like to try out?Actually, I’ve tried quite a few—of those I care about. With art, science, and psychology backgrounds, it’s very hard for me to limit myself (and feels artificial) to restrict my writing to genre categories. Writing is organic and should encompass whatever is needed to tell the story. The SHIVA Syndrome is multigenre. It even includes a touch of romance. It blends real and speculative science, a huge dose of psychology and parapsychology, myth, anthropology, genetics, neuroscience, and other areas needed to bring it to life. I think of it as “edu-taintment,” both for thinking readers as well as myself. The Midwest Book Review said, “At first glance one would think this to be either a sci-fi saga or perhaps a thriller: technically, that’s correct; but it’s so much more. Its focus on untapped human potential gone awry in a deadly experiment also lends to its enjoyment by new age readers or any interested in the paranormal – and let’s not forget the reader who enjoys political intrigue and a bit of spiritual reflection in their reading. The Self-Publishing Review put it well: “Any attempt to describe the book in a single statement is difficult, but the book mixes uncommon palettes and manages a masterpiece with it.” I’m not sure about it being a “masterpiece,” but I was honored when a British critic said, “Joshua shows his working in a way Asimov might have been proud of, bringing this plethora of scientists around a table to discuss the intriguing science and pseudoscience of the novel. The vision is enthralling, building a fantastical concept from a multi-faceted discussion of the world’s experts as they travel by plane to Russia to investigate the crash site.”
Please tell us about your book.
Beau Walker’s academic career is at a standstill, when he’s called to be part of a team that, under military supervision, aims to investigate a mysterious accident near Moscow. A mile-deep crater is all that remains after the city of Podol’sk is disintegrated by a black hole. The investigation is carried out by a secret international collaboration. Walker and the others risk their as the exploration becomes more complicated, more surreal. Everything suggests that it is the result of experiments on paranormal powers gone very wrong. The SHIVA project is the American counterpart of the Russian project that caused the disaster. The real fear is how to avoid repeating the disaster in the U.S. when none of the scientists has a clear idea of what they are doing and that vital information is being hidden from them by the military. One reviewer ‘s comment sums it up nicely: “Whatever your thinking. Think again. The first notable conclusion after reading this book is that it is nearly impossible to classify this book in a sole genre. It’s a unique mixture of paranormal, science fiction, thriller, and mystery.”
Which character was your favorite, and why? Which character was your least favorite, and why?
Understandably, my favorite is Beau Walker. The son of a Mohawk father and African-American mother, from childhood he is challenged by paranormal “gifts” he cannot understand. He grows past those early limitations to become a researcher, only to carry the painful residue of his formative years with him and into the story. My least favorite is also an intriguing enigma of a man: Karl Slezak, the director of the SHIVA project. He is almost reptilian in his cold-bloodedness and, up to the very end, shows Machiavellian traits. Both Walker and Slezak are inscrutable and not easily understood. Is this book part of a series? If so, how many installments do you have planned?Three, which are complete and available. Many readers/reviewers have asked for a prequel dealing with Walker’s life and a sequel.
If you could meet three authors, dead or alive, which authors would you choose?
This is a tough call. I’d have to say three at least. Shakespeare, of course. His use of words was beyond brilliant and his plays mirror reality, comedy, the tragic, and the paranormal. His work was absolute genius. Philip Dick would be another. His unusual views of other realities was extraordinary. Jules Verne, for his futuristic visionary writing that presaged what has been realized in the present. H.G. Wells, another visionary, who blended science fiction and social commentary.
What inspired you to write your book?
My psychological research into the paranormal and my personal exposure to it. I wanted to convey the sense that what we consider as “paranormal” is actually a normal extension of human consciousness. We love books and films dealing with these subjects as they open up worlds and possibilities beyond our senses. But limiting this to shallow, faddish pulp stories about vampires and zombies sells short the richness of parapsychological realities. Are you working on something now? If so, can you tell us more about it?I’m formulating ideas for a prequel and sequel to SHIVA, as well as another parapsychological suspense murder-mystery.
What is your writing routine? Are there things you absolutely need to start writing?These are two questions. First, I have no routine. I’m more of a “pantser” and, depending on my state of mind, will either write or conceptualize. I do need my muse. Call it insight or inspiration. It’s a blend of thought and feeling that says “Aha! That’s where it goes.” Quite often it’s the characters who take my hand and lead me. It’s during those times that I feel as if I’m “channeling” them.

The Mind of Stefan Dürr: The SHIVA Syndrome Trilogy (Volume 1)

Amazon Best Sellers Rank:

on June 8, 2017
Let’s get straight to the point: The SHIVA Syndrome trilogy is one of the best-written stories I’ve read in years. It’s rare to see any book that combines science fiction and spirituality effectively, especially when the very nature of reality is thrown into the mix as a major theme. The last one I can recall being worth reading was Asimov’s “The Gods Themselves,” and to be frank it was a lot less accessible than this book. Not to mention that it’s way dated, since it came out in the early 1970s. Some of the short stories of the sorely-missed James Tiptree, Jr. (actually psychologist Alice Sheldon) came close, but she’s been gone a long time now.

I’m not saying others haven’t explored these themes since Asimov and Tiptree, especially the idea that the human mind can shape reality—not just the perception of it, but reality itself. The quantum mechanical “observer effect,” in which just watching some scientific experiments seems to affect their outcomes, makes this inevitable. But most authors have avoided mixing mysticism with their science fiction, much less adding in the Clancyesque thriller elements that Alan Joshua includes here. The result is an easily readable, believable, and above all human story. It’s a big story (in more ways than one — I originally read and reviewed the 600-page single book edition!), but I guarantee, once you get into it, it won’t last long. You’ll gulp it down and go looking for more. That’s how good this story is.

The new trilogy includes additional story elements to bridge the three books. It must have been difficult to split the original book into thirds, since the story works well as one seamless whole. Yet I didn’t see any “surgical scars,” so to speak; the separation has been executed quite well.

I won’t spoil the story by describing it here in detail, except to note that it opens with a subject in a neuroscience experiment creating a black hole with his mind alone in a densely populated suburb of Moscow—and then the action and tension scales up from there. The book is packed full of well-rounded, believable characters, and enough ideas for any ten books. This is a series that you’ll want to go back to repeatedly, and while my Kindle editions are sharp and well-produced, I really want hard copies, too.

The Interdimensional Nexus [vol. 3] The SHIVA Syndrome Trilogy

COMING  TO AMAZON FRIDAY JUNE 9TH !!

With the genetically enhanced supersoldier’s murderous attack on Beau Walker, the research team’s fear rises to a critical level. A postmortem verifies his physical and DNA alterations. But a life-threatening surprise is buried deep within his brain.

Walker and the team must escape from the SHIVA complex with the biowarfare evidence. If they are to end the project, someone must enter the deadly Caduceus laboratory—safeguarded by nuclear self-destruct devices—to steal samples.

Adina Gerardo unexplainably disappears during their escape attempt. Using their powerful and deadly paranormal gifts, only her children, Emidio and Ana, can lead the team to her and protect them from their military hunters. The youngsters guide the team towards a prophesied encounter with the unknown and the boy’s certain death.

In a terrifying journey with a mysterious shaman, Beau crosses the threshold between physical reality and those lying beyond his senses, finally understanding the minds of Stefan Dürr and Adina Gerardo.

Adina opens a portal to an interdimensional nexus, leaving the team and their pursuers awed and overcome with wondrous sights and an astonishing, otherworldly confrontation.

 

“A thrilling read” New Consciousness Review

“Having the right amount of adventure and romance, this crisscrossing genre tale isn’t just a good read, but may also look great on a big screen.” Portland Book Review

“…the book mixes uncommon palettes and manages a masterpiece with it. It is a surprising, suspenseful, and utterly superb read from start to end.” Self-Publishing Review

“…highly recommended, indeed; especially for thriller and sci-fi readers who have become deluged with too much predictability and who seek cutting-edge action, believable protagonists, and action that is solidly intense throughout.” Midwest Book Review

“Deft dialogue, crisp plotting, and a likable central figure make this multidisciplinary scientific adventure an exuberant and involving read.” Kirkus Review

The SHIVA Syndrome Trilogy

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A mind research experiment studying human consciousness goes horrifyingly wrong. Thousands are killed when a Russian suburb is mysteriously destroyed, leaving a mile-deep crater in its place. At the same time, a U.S. space shuttle vaporizes in orbit, and a Canadian mountaintop is ripped away.
One thing lies behind it all: The mind of Stefan Dürr.

Existence is dreary hell for Dr. Beau Walker. An embittered loner, he sleepwalks through life until the government virtually kidnaps him, hurling him into an incredibly menacing adventure beyond his wildest imaginings.

Coerced into joining a U.S./Russian scientific team, Beau searches for the cause of the disasters. Beginning with a treacherous, life-threatening exploration of the anomalous crater, where scientific laws don’t seem to apply, he’s thrown into a world of unimaginable advanced
biotechnology, biowarfare, genetics, paranormal research, and military intrigue.

The stakes are inconceivably high: Find and control the cause…or face worldwide annihilation.

“A thrilling read”
New Consciousness Review

“Having the right amount of adventure and romance, this crisscrossing genre tale isn’t just a good read, but may also look great on a big screen.”
Portland Book Review

“…the book mixes uncommon palettes and manages a masterpiece with it. It is a surprising, suspenseful, and utterly superb read from start to end.”
Self-Publishing Review

“…highly recommended, indeed; especially for thriller and sci-fi readers who have become deluged with too much predictability and who seek cutting-edge action, believable protagonists, and action that is solidly intense throughout.”
Midwest Book Review

“Deft dialogue, crisp plotting, and a likable central figure make this multidisciplinary scientific adventure an exuberant and involving read.”
Kirkus Review

The Cosmic Ape, Book 2 of The SHIVA Syndrome Trilogy

Now published on Amazon and Kindle KDP.

Beau Walker and the research team are not aware that the dangers at the SHIVA complex are more complicated, more deadly than those left behind in Russia. They are astonished when they witness how SHIVA intensifies the destructive power of mind on matter in a demonstration. However, they have no idea of the vast distance the mind effects can cover.

Adina Gerardo, the main SHIVA subject who demonstrates its effects, is the mother of Emidio and Ana. They are gifted with amazing and lethal paranormal abilities. Beau soon learns that mysteries surrounding Gerardo and her traumatic past intertwine with his unrelenting investigation of Stefan Dürr. Adina is far more menacing than the gentle soul she appears to be.

Before long, Beau is ensnared in a treacherous, unpredictable, web of military deceit and intrigues… leading to treachery that forces him to face a terrifying threat. _________________________________________________
“A thrilling read” New Consciousness Review
“Having the right amount of adventure and romance, this crisscrossing genre tale isn’t just a good read, but may also look great on a big screen.” Portland Book Review
“…the book mixes uncommon palettes and manages a masterpiece with it. It is a surprising, suspenseful, and utterly superb read from start to end.” Self-Publishing Review
“…highly recommended, indeed; especially for thriller and sci-fi readers who have become deluged with too much predictability and who seek cutting-edge action, believable protagonists, and action that is solidly intense throughout.” Midwest Book Review
“Deft dialogue, crisp plotting, and a likable central figure make this multidisciplinary scientific adventure an exuberant and involving read.” Kirkus Review