ARE WE COSMIC APES?

THE COMPLETE SHIVA SYNDROME TRILOGY

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Neanderthal brains were larger than ours are. They thought in symbols and made and used tools over a million years ago. They interbred with modern humans, passing on a percentage of their genome in modern DNA. But did they endow us with covert paranormal abilities?

Let The SHIVA Syndrome Trilogy take you on an exciting adventure into this possibility—that is, if it is only a possibility.

UNLEASHED PARANORMAL POWER

An experiment goes horrifically wrong in a secret Russian mind research laboratory. A black hole vaporizes the city of Podol’sk, leaving a mile-deep crater and snuffing out thousands of lives. Simultaneously, a U.S. shuttle vanishes in orbit and a French astronomer spontaneously bursts into flame.

What do these events have in common? The mind of Stefan Dürr, the mysterious subject of the experiment.

Dr. Beau Walker, a disgraced researcher, is kidnapped by the government and coerced to join a U.S./Russian multidisciplinary scientific team, searching for the cause of the disasters. Beginning with a life-threatening descent into the Russian crater where scientific laws don’t apply, he’s thrown into a world of advanced biotechnology, biowarfare, genetics, paranormal research, and military intrigue.

The stakes are inconceivable: Find and control the cause of the events or face planet-wide annihilation.

REVIEWS

Brian Allen, Editor of Phenomena Magazine, says, “Anyone who has seen the film ‘Lucy’ will get the idea, but more so… [This] is an absolute thrill ride of a book that is almost impossible to put down.”

SHIVA is also recommended by Kirkus Review–“an exuberant and involving 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–“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,” 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,” and the 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.”

The SHIVA Syndrome: One of the most engaging, thought provoking and genuinely entertaining books you’re likely to read this year

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A  mind bending, philosophical, science fiction thriller, The SHIVA Syndrome (click on red quill at left bottom to support SHIVA) is the début release from author Alan Joshua and it’s sure to grab your attention. Books like this don’t find their way onto the shelves very often and when they do they tend to stand out because they don’t fit the usual genre paradigms and people take notice. Joshua’s release is certainly in that vein. With rich narrative threads that he exploits to the fullest it’s riveting from the start, whilst Beau Walker is one of those eclectic protagonists who readily resonates with the reader. Pace and plot feel exactly right, which given the scope of his theme is quite an achievement, and when the last page is turned it’s likely to leave you deep in thought. More importantly there’s a wholly pervading sense of authenticity which in the main comes from Joshua’s exacting eye for detail. He revels in the complexity of his tale as he weaves converging plot lines together, but every piece of information is there and flawlessly meshes together as he leads us toward a powerful and well-crafted denouement that will linger in the memory for days to come.

One of the most engaging, thought provoking and  genuinely entertaining books you’re likely to read this year, The Shiva Syndrome is a must read for fans of this ever popular genre. More importantly though, it heralds the arrival of Alan Joshua and raises high expectations for his future releases. It is recommended without reservation.

The SHIVA Syndrome in Kirkus Reviews

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Kirkus Indie Editors selected The SHIVA Syndrome review to be featured in Kirkus Reviews 3/15 issue (p. 141). One of only 35 reviews in the Indie section, it is sent out to over 5,200 industry professionals (librarians, distributors, publishers, agents, etc.).

Less than 10% of Indie reviews are chosen, so this is a great honor indeed.

Their review follows:
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. Teaching at a backwater university after being dismissed from a government project because of his ethical concerns and bureaucratic maneuvers on the part of a one-time friend, Walker is an academic pariah until two soldiers appear one day. His former friend needs Walker’s expertise, and the professor—who is haunted by both his empathic abilities and the memory of the one time they failed him—has little choice but to cooperate. 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, who are initially perplexed (in a meeting, Walker confesses, “There’s something I can’t grasp, like trying to grab a slippery ball in a swimming pool. Always just out of reach”). But as secrets and revelations accumulate, the team’s combined knowledge and abilities may be inadequate to stop what’s coming. Throughout the investigation, Walker, a complex intellectual, struggles with the duality of his heritage—African-American mother, Mohawk father—as well as the divide between the rigorous scientific experiments in neurophysiology and psychopharmacology and the intuitive, imaginative aspects of his psychological and cultural studies. 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. Although the author leans on slang a bit heavily at times…the pace rarely flags, and 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. In addition, 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.

Now a finalist in the 2016 EPIC science fiction award competition.

Available at Amazon, B&N, KOBO and others in eBook and paper formats.

I’m in the future!

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“WHOOPS! I’VE GONE TOO FAR AROUND THE CIRCLE. I’M IN THE FUTURE!”

After hours of exploring possible past lives, I decided to “push the envelope.” Mary, now easily slipping into a deep hypnotic state, was guided to move further into the past. Moments of my encouragement were punctuated by periods of silent waiting as she adjusted to her ever-deepening state of consciousness.

Then, to my surprise, Mary said, “Whoops! I’ve gone too far around the circle. I’m in the future!”

What circle? The future? What could she mean?

Following her pronouncement and making the situation even more provocative and anxious,  Mary would (or could) not speak. She continued to show signs of being deeply entranced, but she didn’t reply to my questions.

I considered what I might do, then asked if she could write. Eyes closed, she nodded.

But what could I ask? Heart pounding, Mary and I were in unexplored territory. Then it occurred to me: Her name. She’d demonstrated other, possibly past personalities. Now, unbidden, she was about to reveal a possible future personage.

I placed paper on her chest and a pencil in her hand. “Would you write your name,” I asked.

Unfamiliar with the change in communication, she gripped the pencil and, without looking, wrote Rishah Shaelum.

Later, I looked up the name. She didn’t have enough time to process it, so I was very interested in seeing if it bore any relationship to past or present names.

There it was. In Strong’s Concordance, Rishah (the original word in Hebrew was רִאשֹׁת) meant beginning time, early time. It was a feminine noun phonetically spelled ree-shaw’ and derived from rosh, or head.

But Mary was an Italian and a Roman Catholic. Where could she have come up a Hebrew name?

I still had to investigate Shaelum.