Goodreads Review: 98% of people liked The SHIVA Syndrome Trilogy

Cold Coffee Cold Coffee rated it 5 stars

From the very first paragraph, I was hooked on this prize-winning, sci-fi, paranormal adventure. If you are not afraid of the unknown and are willing to become part of this suspenseful page-turner, I strongly recommend this book.

Alan Joshua begins The SHIVA Syndrome Trilogy in the basement of a Russian brain research institute. If you’ve ever wondered if humans are being used in mind control experiments hidden in the underbelly of governments as scientific research, this realistic, fictional account will make the hair stand up on the back of your neck and pulse pound. Full of astonishing detail, it reads like a handbook for psychic development: “Stefan Dürr’s wiry frame hovered in a transparent, liquid-filled, vertical sensory deprivation tank. Naked, with the exception of a soft weight belt, straps battened down a round, silver helmet covering his head and shoulders. When he exhaled, a plastic umbilical line at the top released a stream of bubbles that crept through the viscous solution toward the surface.”

In a time where understanding and controlling horrific catastrophes, far beyond the threat of climate change around the world, researchers conclude that the evolution of human consciousness might be our only salvation. For those of you who have seen or read Chayefsky’s Altered States, this is similar but Altered States on speed, reaching far beyond.

This is great storytelling and is striking in its visualizations. It is filled with dialog that will hold your interest as well as believable characters, like disgraced research professor Dr. Beau Walker. For example, in Philadelphia, Walker resigns himself to a weekend of scoring his students’ booklets on basic psychology. But the weekend is not what he imagined. As he naps, the Russian city of Podol’sk is inexplicably vaporized in deadly silence. Unaware of his paranormal bond with the event, Walker “clawed at the sweat-saturated shirt, now tinged pink with oozing blood, rolling his head back and forth on a damp pillow.” What is this puzzling link with event 5,000 miles away?

Walker’s nightmares continue when he is snatched by the government and coerced to join a U.S./Russian multidisciplinary scientific team, searching for the cause of the disasters. Their descent into a Russian crater will have you on the edge of your seat.

This trilogy is for any sci-fi, paranormal, or action-adventure fan. Certainly, worthy of a movie, it is full of surprises and twists and turns. I urge you to step into a story where science, the paranormal and human consciousness meet with unexpected and devastating results. Be prepared for the “after sense” as I call it, the lingering thoughts after you close the book. I recommend that you buy this combined version of the trilogy.

The SHIVA Syndrome Trilogy is not limited only to sci-fi fans. It is for thinking people seeking stories of some complexity that can be intriguing and mentally stimulating. If you love science fiction and are tired of the lack of imagination found in many books and movies today, this psychological thriller should be your next read.

I expected to hate this book but wow was I wrong!

 

Wendy L, Reviewer #SFRTG

I expected to hate this book but wow was I wrong! While Thrillers and sci fi are my favorite genres
the paranormal is not my thing. This book blends all three in an unexpected and interesting way.
The research that went into this book is exhaustive. It's a bit hard to follow at times due to how the
author refers to the characters (first names then last names) but it's worth it.

Beau Walker is asked to join an expedition to find out what went wrong with a laboratory experiment in
Podolsk Russia. All that is left of the lab is a huge crater that is slowly expanding. What they find
there and what follows will make you really stop and think. 

I definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in sci fi, thrillers, paranormal and spirituality.

The Shiva Syndrome Trilogy

More than a scientist, more than the offspring of a Mohawk–African American marriage–and far more than human, Beau Walker holds the key to human evolution…and its annihilation. A disgraced researcher, Walker is snatched by the military and forced to join a U.S./Russian scientific team, searching for the cause of the disaster. Beginning with a terrifying descent into the mile-deep Russian crater where he finds an American astronaut’s arm, he is hurled into the worlds of advanced biotechnology, biowarfare, paranormal research, and military intrigue.
The stakes are unimaginable: Find and control the cause of the events or face planet-wide obliteration.
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Dr. Stanley Krippner, internationally known parapsychologist, writes: 
5.0 out of 5 stars
A remarkable book!
After a Russian mind-research project opens a black hole in a Moscow suburb, researcher Beau Walker is coerced into joining the ensuing investigation. He soon realizes that anomalies worldwide–including the loss of an American space shuttle and a bizarre personal experience–coincided with the Podol’sk singularity. As events escalate, Walker embarks on an epic journey to come to terms with his personal demons, even as he struggles to save humanity from itself.

In The SHIVA Syndrome Trilogy (by Alan Joshua), the author (a clinical psychologist) skillfully and ingeniously interweaves altered states of consciousness and parapsychology with genetics, paleontology, mythology, and religion to produce a frightening, brisk, and film-worthy story building to an intense climax. The story challenges conventional notions of reality, ultimately concluding that human consciousness extends well beyond the flesh–and offers enormous potential for both creation and destruction.
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Amazon:
Feb 27, 2019 Sherry rated it it was amazing
The Shiva Syndrome Trilogy is destined to become a sci-fi classic. The excitement never lets up and it would take years to fact check all of the information it contains. The scope of the story reveals a lifetime of research and deep thought. It spans almost every hard scientific field and delves into psychology, anthropology, religion and the paranormal. Alan Joshua’s rich and grounded imagination manages to connect all of these seemingly disparate systems into a thought provoking unity of human experience. The writing is totally engaging and the sustained intensity makes it hard to put down, except to catch your breath.
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KIRKUS REVIEW: “Deft dialogue, crisp plotting, and a likable central figure make this multidisciplinary scientific adventure 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.”

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.”

IND’TALE MAGAZINE: “a riveting, page-turner, right from the start!”

PHENOMENA MAGAZINE: “Well plotted and written, this is an absolute thrill ride of a book that is almost impossible to put down: it might also cause the reader to wonder what really does go on (MK-Ultra for example) in some of the secret government laboratories dotted around the world.”

Amazon and Goodreads Readers:
“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!”

“Let’s get straight to the point: The SHIVA Syndrome Trilogy is one of the best-written stories I’ve read in years.”

“I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a science fiction journey that is so well researched that it truly could be happening right now! This was one book that caused me to rethink what happens behind closed doors.”

 

The SHIVA Syndrome Trilogy: Mind control experiments hidden in the underbelly of governments

Cold Coffee

From the very first paragraph, I was hooked on this prize-winning, sci-fi, paranormal adventure. If you are not afraid of the unknown and are willing to become part of this suspenseful page-turner, I strongly recommend this book.

Alan Joshua begins The SHIVA Syndrome Trilogy in the basement of a Russian brain research institute. If you’ve ever wondered if humans are being used in mind control experiments hidden in the underbelly of governments as scientific research, this realistic, fictional account will make the hair stand up on the back of your neck and pulse pound. Full of astonishing detail, it reads like a handbook for psychic development: “Stefan Dürr’s wiry frame hovered in a transparent, liquid-filled, vertical sensory deprivation tank. Naked, with the exception of a soft weight belt, straps battened down a round, silver helmet covering his head and shoulders. When he exhaled, a plastic umbilical line at the top released a stream of bubbles that crept through the viscous solution toward the surface.”

In a time where understanding and controlling horrific catastrophes, far beyond the threat of climate change around the world, researchers conclude that the evolution of human consciousness might be our only salvation. For those of you who have seen or read Chayefsky’s Altered States, this is similar but Altered States on speed, reaching far beyond.

This is great storytelling and is striking in its visualizations. It is filled with dialog that will hold your interest as well as believable characters, like disgraced research professor Dr. Beau Walker. For example, in Philadelphia, Walker resigns himself to a weekend of scoring his students’ booklets on basic psychology. But the weekend is not what he imagined. As he naps, the Russian city of Podol’sk is inexplicably vaporized in deadly silence. Unaware of his paranormal bond with the event, Walker “clawed at the sweat-saturated shirt, now tinged pink with oozing blood, rolling his head back and forth on a damp pillow.” What is this puzzling link with an event 5,000 miles away?

Walker’s nightmares continue when he is snatched by the government and coerced to join a U.S./Russian multidisciplinary scientific team, searching for the cause of the disasters. Their descent into a Russian crater will have you on the edge of your seat.

This trilogy is for any sci-fi, paranormal, or action-adventure fan. Certainly, worthy of a movie, it is full of surprises and twists and turns. I urge you to step into a story where science, the paranormal and human consciousness meet with unexpected and devastating results. Be prepared for the “after sense” as I call it, the lingering thoughts after you close the book. I recommend that you buy this combined version of the trilogy.

The SHIVA Syndrome Trilogy is not limited only to sci-fi fans. It is for thinking people seeking stories of some complexity that can be intriguing and mentally stimulating. If you love science fiction and are tired of the lack of imagination found in many books and movies today, this psychological thriller should be your next read.

ARE WE COSMIC APES?

THE COMPLETE SHIVA SYNDROME TRILOGY

HALF-PRICE AT SMASHWORDS STARTING 2/28/2018

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 Complete SHIVA Syndrome Trilogy

The complete SHIVA Syndrome Trilogy

                     

Available at Amazon

EDITORIAL  REVIEWS

  • SCIENCE FICTION OR SOMETHING ELSE? BRIAN ALLEN, EDITOR OF PHENOMENA MAGAZINE (UK)
    If ever there was a book that richly deserved to be made into a film it is this one. It starts off at full tilt in a secret mind research lab in Russia where experiment goes horrifically wrong, creating a black hole that devastates the city, leaving a mile-deep anomalous crater.
    The hero of the piece, Beau Walker, is a research psychologist who, along with other experts, is coerced into helping the US government work with the Russian authorities to uncover what happened to prevent such an event recurring.
    One gets the feeling from the subjects mentioned in the book, shamanism, The Stargate Project, the frequently strange goings on at Ft Meade, Jim Channon’s First Earth Battalion, hemi-synch technology and experiments at the outer edges of consciousness, that this might also be a handbook describing what could actually happen should science and technology succeed in extending the limits of what is possible in terms of consciousness and how this might intersect with our perceived ideas about reality.
    Anyone who has seen the film ‘Lucy’ will get the idea, but more so. Well plotted and written, this is an absolute thrill ride of a book that is almost impossible to put down: it might also cause the reader to wonder what really does go on (MK-Ultra for example) in some of the secret government laboratories dotted around the world.
  • Kirkus Review  “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…But as secrets and revelations accumulate, the team’s combined knowledge and abilities may be inadequate to stop what’s coming…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.”
  •  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 “…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.”

READERS’  REVIEWS

on October 10, 2017

The Interdimensional Nexus (The SHIVA Syndrome Trilogy, Book 3) by Alan Joshua is the fast and heart stopping third book. I didn’t want to see this end. I hope he adds another set to this. So much action, thrills, things wrapped up, and so much goes wide open in this exciting finish. I loved this series. Science, the power of thoughts, the brain, corruption vs goodness, who are we vs the universe, it is a deep book. LOVED it. Sci-fi at it’s finest! Must get!

5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie if done right.

on November 27, 2017

This is the third and sadly last book in the series. Although there is room for more or a spin off. Just love the Beau character! Thrilling series that I would recommend. No spoilers but a good ending, but would like to read more. This would be a great movie – if done right.

The SHIVA Syndrome Trilogy: Goodreads Reviews

Peggy

Nov 14, 2017 Peggy rated 5 stars it was amazing  
Wow, just really impressed with this book and how intrigued I was with reading it. I actually felt like I need more of this book. The author skills and ability to produce a book of this nature is amazing! Stepping out of my comfort zone once again just to come across a book this fantastic!
Amber Hawke

Oct 29, 2017 Amber Hawke rated it 5 stars 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 interested and pulled me from one page to the next. I felt like I just could not stop reading! 
Happy Booker

Oct 08, 2017 Happy Booker rated it  4 stars really liked it 
The Mind of Stefan Dürr is a Sci-Fi Thriller, and it’s 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 is recruited to search on whats going on, and that’s when the adventure begins. In a world where unimaginable high advanced technologies are waiting to be explored, Dr. Beau 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. 

J.D. Dehart

Sep 05, 2017 J.D. Dehart rated it 5 stars it was amazing
This book was a little more on the horror side than I usually read, but I found it to be very engaging. Alan Joshua writes in a clear way that cuts to the chase and delivers an interesting story. If constructing a metaphor, I would call this a furnace of creativity, with a story that keeps burning throughout. I stayed up late to finish it.

The SHIVA Syndrome Trilogy: The BookViral Review

A mind bending, philosophical, science fiction thriller, The SHIVA Syndrome Trilogy is the debut 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.

The SHIVA Syndrome Trilogy: An excellent read!

5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read!

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.

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!