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

Amber Hawke rated it it was amazing
Dr. Beau Walker was an embittered loner, with a rather boring life until he suddenly finds himself kidnapped by the government and forced into joining a U.S./Russian scientific team. While on the team Beau searches for the cause of disasters that have no clear cause. I found myself enjoying this book due to its novelty and uniqueness. I loved that it did not have a predictable story line and that it was not based off of a different book, movie, or TV show. Instead it was clearly something new. I loved how it kept my interest and pulled me from one page to the next. I felt like I just could not stop reading!

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.

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

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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: The SHIVA Syndrome Trilogy (Book2)

A throwback to our past or the seeds of our future?


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

GIVEAWAYS: THE SHIVA SYNDROME TRILOGY

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“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 Mind of Stefan Durr: The SHIVA Syndrome Trilogy (Book 1)

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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 Human Mind, The Final Frontier: Manybooks Interview with Alan Joshua

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MANYBOOKS INTERVIEW

As a clinical psychologist and parapsychologist, Alan Joshua is fascinated with the human mind and everything that makes it tick. He combined his extensive knowledge with his passion for sci-fi in his action-packed debut fiction novel, The SHIVA Syndrome, which has received rave reviews and has already been nominated for several awards. As our author of the day, we chat with Joshua about the inspiration behind his book, the immense amount of research that went into it and whether or not the human mind is still evolving.

Please give us a short introduction to The SHIVA Syndrome

A professor and parapsychology researcher, [Beau Walker] discovers a key to humankind’s evolution or destruction in this debut thriller…

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. (from the Kirkus Review)

What inspired you to use mind science as a theme in your book?

It was only natural. After all, the mind and its potentials are my field. I’m a clinical psychologist and parapsychologist. Over the years, through education and personal experience, I developed a deep respect and awe for the paranormal potentials of human consciousness. In my personal experience, I’ve explored possible reincarnation experiences using hypnosis, researched so-called “psychic” or spiritual healers, and investigated other areas of parapsychology.

One of the only books that delved deeply into this area was Paddy Chayefsky’sAltered States, a novel he researched for two years. Although the film that was made was relatively popular, very few read the book that preceded it. Chayefsky’s venture into fiction, along with Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land among others books stimulated me to integrate science, science fiction, and parapsychology.

The Shiva Syndrome is your debut novel – what was the experience like?

To say it was arduous would be putting it mildly. My doctoral research and dissertation were a cakewalk compared to the amount of time and effort that went into The SHIVA Syndrome.

Although there were many effortful periods, one of the most stressful was in translating some of the scientific concepts into language that could be understood by readers. Fortunately, it seems to have paid off because many editorial reviewers said some very nice things about the uniqueness of the story and the characters. I’ve even been asked to write a sequel and prequel.

You believe that human consciousness is the final frontier – not space. Why?

The answer to this is complicated and challenging. In spite of our many technological advances, we’ve explored only approximately 5% of our oceans. This should, of course, increase over time. However, I would estimate we understand far less than 5% of the human mind. Newly developed instruments can help expand our knowledge of the ocean and the universe, but only a small fraction of our minds can process the information it receives through our senses. When we speak about the human mind, we have to consider the nature of human consciousness itself, as well as what lies beyond “ordinary” consciousness—parapsychology. Many consider parapsychology to bea pseudoscience. Some bluntly and prejudicially dismiss the so-called paranormal completely. So long as that attitude exists, we limit our understanding of ourselves and reality. In doing so, we’re unable to fully grasp information gained from our exploration of space. In short, to understand our world and the universe beyond it, we have to develop a fuller and deeper understanding of ourselves.

Why did you decide to mix science with spirituality in your book? Those two topics often don’t see eye-to-eye.

That was never a conscious goal. In writing a book, you become immersed in the characters. When that happens, there is a strong tendency for the characters to lead the author in unanticipated directions. Of course, you can resist those urges and images. I struggled with this and decided to go along with the flow of material as much of it seemed to be coming from beyond my conscious mind. Since my subconscious is far greater, deeper, and more powerful than my conscious mind, who was I to argue? At the end, I’m glad that I surrendered.

Beau Walker is a short-tempered, flawed character who also struggles with the duality of his heritage.  Why did you make your protagonist such a complex character?

You’re quite right. Walker does not suffer fools gladly. He is certainly flawed, which makes him quite human. He has many struggles, one of which is his African-American/Mohawk heritage. However, who among us hasn’t struggled with questions like who am I, what am I here for, what is real and what is not? I hope that readers can identify with at least some of Walker’s conflicts.

As to why I made him so complex, I did not intentionally construct him that way. As I said earlier, as characters take on greater dimensionality, they exert a force that directs them in certain ways and causes them to act according to their natures.

Tell us a bit more about the title.  Why The SHIVA Syndrome?

Many people ask me that question. SHIVA actually has a double meaning. It represents the Hindu God and his qualities of creation and destruction, but it is also an acronym for the research project described in the book. I’ll avoid a spoiler here.

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Does your book contain an underlying message? Something you wish to convey to the reader?

Absolutely! I get a great deal of pleasure when a reader truly “gets it.” There are many who read the novel and enjoy it but never quite grasp the core meaning. My first drafts were largely science fiction oriented with a simple moral. It was only after I became more deeply involved that I was able to grasp that there was, in fact, a deeper message that I missed in earlier drafts. So, while I’m very pleased when someone puts up five stars and talks about it being a thrilling book, I’m even more satisfied when that reader has also grasped the deeper issues.

The novel explores a lot of topics, among which are ESP and other paranormal abilities. Do you think the paranormal would ever be explained by science?

That’s a terribly complex answer. Many mainstream scientists close their minds to the possible existence of paranormal phenomena. Despite this, qualified researchers have moved ahead and are learning more about phenomena existing beyond the scope of ordinary scientific understanding. Dean Radin, a well-known parapsychologist, describes the word paranormal as very broad and not very useful. In relation to human capabilities (such as ESP, psychokinesis, precognition, etc.), he refers to these as “supernormal,” unexplainable capabilities above or beyond normal. Although his term is useful, I believe it falls short: supernormal events/abilities are found among ordinary people. In my clinical practice, I’ve been surprised by the numbers of people who have reported supernormal experiences, from out of body and near-death experiences to precognition. I’ve come to believe that supernormal abilities often go unnoticed and exist within us to some degree. Many of them are written off as hunches or coincidences, etc. Others keep their experiences very hush-hush.

One young man saw me for emotional difficulties. I asked him to keep a journal. Weeks later, when I asked to review the journal I learned that he had been having out of body experiences for years. I was the second person who knew about this. His mother told him it was “the devil’s work,” making him feel ashamed and causing him to hide the experience because he thought there was something pathological about him. After having him read Robert Monroe’s book Journeys Out of the Body, he was relieved to learn that he was far from alone.

There are, however, certain individuals who have more–than–average events. In my novel, Beau Walker is one of these. As a scientist, he knows too well the reactions his colleagues would have if he revealed his talents. That’s why he keeps them “in the closet.”

In answer to your question, in spite of the obstructions and roadblocks I believe that science – in a modified form – will achieve a greater understanding of supernormal abilities.

How much research did it require from you to write this book? What was the most interesting aspect of that research?

At least as much research – if not more – as was involved in doing my doctoral dissertation. It was complicated because members of the scientific team in the novel each had their own specialty and, if the book was to be realistic, I had to understand each of the sciences, have the characters relate their information in ways that were relevant to the science yet make it readable. Overall, it was quite an endeavor.

Do you believe that the human mind is still evolving? And would that be in a good or bad way?

Actually, that subject is dealt with in the book. The evolution of the human mind has evolved in small ways over the past 5000 years. I believe the next major breakthroughs that cause significant evolution will come from science, through genetic engineering, for example. That is, unless humanity is foolish enough to further damage the Earth, creating an environment that causes devolution instead.

The Shiva Syndrome has the makings of an action movie.  Which actors would you like to see in the lead roles, should it ever get a movie adaptation?

You’re one of many who have seen a film developing from the novel. Strangely enough, it helped to me to write by envisioning films stars as characters. First, I saw Javier Bardem in the role of Beau Walker, a bearded Jon Goodman as Burt Grimes, Morgan Freeman as Lincoln Carter, Anthony Hopkins as Karl Slezak, Diane Kruger as Leigh Kampmann, Jude Law as Allyn Gareth, and Meryl Streep as Julie Thorsten.

What are you working on right now?

At the moment I’m in what you might call the incubation mode. I’m toying with ideas that could be useful in a prequel or sequel.

Where can our readers discover more of your work or interact with you?

This was my first fiction novel, but I have many nonfiction publications that can be found by searching on my name. I would enjoy hearing from readers or potential readers with questions through my website at www.allanjoshua.com .

The Shiva Syndrome

Alan Joshua
Mind science allows us to reach god-like powers of destruction. A Russian city is mysteriously destroyed. Psychologist Beau Walker, a reluctant empath, is kidnapped by the military to join an investigation. What is at stake? Humanity’s very existence.
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InD’tale.com Review: The Shiva Syndrome–a fantastic read

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InD’tale.com Review

SCI-FI/PARANORMAL/THRILLER:  Something horrific has happened to the small Russian city of Podol’sk and the potential for the same fate to befall the rest of the planet grows exponentially as time goes by.  Disgraced research professor Beau Walker becomes part of a scientific team tasked with discovering the cause of the destruction and a way to prevent it from happening again.

“The Shiva Syndrome” is a riveting, page-turner, right from the start! The story draws from diverse sources such as science, parapsychology, and theology and fuses them into a cohesive narrative that is as thought provoking as it is exciting. It boggles the reader’s mind to consider all the careful research that went into this novel.  Definitely a labor of love, Mr. Joshua considers the story from multiple perspectives of opposing dogmas and fuses them in a beautifully coherent original theism.

Brilliantly written and researched, fans of science fiction and the paranormal will find “The Shiva Syndrome” a fantastic read.  Readers who love a story with multiple twists and turns and turn-the-page excitement will also love this book.