Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Blog Tour: 2036 The Proof

2036 The Proof

by Zvi Speiser

Release date: 1st August 2017

2 out of 5

Synopsis
Can Heller and Thorne figure out why scientists keep getting involved in accidents?What do a huge asteroid rushing into earth, human DNA going crazy in a lab, exploding stars and an ancient sect have in common? All have been ingeniously woven together in this riveting science fiction thriller. Join Chicago police Detective Rick Heller and investigative journalist Will Thorne as they try to figure out why scientists connected to these discoveries are almost killed and a security guard is murdered.

Can the US president marshal covert scientific knowledge to safeguard the world?When Will Thorne discovers a mysterious link among the asteroid, the DNA, the exploding stars and the ancient sect, US President Emily White tries to use this top-secret tinder box, revealing the discovery of the most profound secret of the human race, seeded millions of years ago, for a peaceful message to humanity. Her initiative ultimately results in aggressive religious riots that threaten human security throughout the world.

Can an ancient, secret sect be the key to human salvation?In 586 BCE, soldiers of the Sect of the Guardians gave their lives to secure the hiding place of the Ark of the Covenant, which they had removed from the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. What is the ancient secret, more than 3,300 years old, that the Guardians are ordered to hide at any cost?


Review
Dr Tom Lester has pushed gene research to the limits, and is about to find something dangerous pushing back.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

You know when you look at other reviews and think they read something completely different...
I thought the synopsis was very misleading. 
This story is not about Heller and Thorne, they only rise in prominence in the last 25%, and even then they're sharing the spotlight. 
This story is not about US President Emily White, except the last 5% where she makes a speech.
This story is not about religious riots, except the last 4% after the President's speech.
This story is not-really about an ancient sect, except the introductory 5%, and a couple of brief scenes scattered throughout.

This story is about science.
It is about scientists, researchers and their assistants, astrophysicists etc. They each discover something that is inexplicable. And their discoveries bring them to the attention of an ancient sect, whose duty it is to keep these things hidden.
But mainly it's about the science.

Dr Tom Lester is one of these scientists, and he is the one who's story is easiest to follow (as for the guy who got injured, becomes miraculously eiditic, and instinctively knows baddies are after him and has to play brain-damaged - ok).
So, Tom's colleague, a security guard at the labs, is killed.
Tom then goes on to give a science lesson to Detective Heller, that goes on for about ten pages, with the odd murder-related question thrown in, so it doesn't seem toooo disconnected.

Nobody else really seems to give a shit that a man has been murdered.
Seriously, the assistant Lise is more shook up by the discovery of unusual shapes within a DNA sample than a freaking murder. I mean she is completely rattled by her discovery, losing sleep and on edge at work.
The fact that her colleague was killed, the murderer hasn't been caught, and security hasn't been beefed up? That's all fine.

I really struggled to read this book.
It is very "smart", full of technical terms and more science than I covered in my degree. Which I don't mind, a book can be full of intellectually-stimulating stuff; this just forgot the stimulating part.
It was very dry, and I might as well have read a textbook.
It's supposed to be a conspiracy, except there aren't any secrets. There's vague risk, as people are feeling threatened; but I didn't care for any of these people.
Instead of connecting, we got science.
I think it would have been much better if it just followed one character, like Tom, who is so prominent in the first half.
He's a scientist, he gets head-hunted by a mysterious company, fears for his wife and children, has a lover, is involved with a murder and an impossible discovery. It all sounds fantastic, but came across as... sterile.

Interesting premise, but badly executed.

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