Book: The SHIVA Syndrome
Published: April 2015
Publisher: BURST/Champagne Books
Genre: Science Fiction
Note: This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
What would happen if human science opened the door to God-like powers of creation and destruction? Would it be a good thing, or would it be like a child playing with his father’s gun?
A Russian city is destroyed when a mind research laboratory implodes, leaving a huge crater and shattered lives in its wake. Yet that is only the beginning. Beau Walker is a psychologist and empath who has been forced into joining a US Military research project that is traveling to Russia to investigate the catastrophe. The investigation leads Walker and the research team into alternate realities, but these realities are only the beginning. SHIVA has been conducting parallel research. Walker must struggle against political and military intrigues, new super soldiers, and his own personal demons before SHIVA brings about destruction on global scale.
The SHIVA Syndrome was a fascinating read dealing with powers of the mind and genetic manipulation for military purposes. Characters are well developed, and the author pulls the reader in, helping them suspend their disbelief. The story is mostly fast paced, though it does get a little bogged down in technical detail and can seem a bit “preachy.” The novel itself is thought provoking on the consequences and benefits of artificially expanding ESP powers and genetic manipulation.