“The Samsara Effect” by Paul Black [Book Review]

the-samsara-effectIf you like sci-fi mysteries, you’re going to love this page-turner by Paul Black!

I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Black at the DFW Writers Conference back in April.

I attended a workshop he presented, and I told him I wanted to read The Samsara Effect so I could steal some of his ideas for my newest novel, The Nebula, because our stories were similar. Wink. Wink.

Well, as it turns out our stories are only slightly similar, but I sure am glad I read his novel all the same.

This story grabs you from the very first page and doesn’t let you go until the very last sentence. The story opens with a small boy crying in the night. His mother races down stairs to find him pointing a loaded shotgun at her and demanding, “Get your hands up!” — in German, a language he’s never learned or spoken.

The father, who’s special forces trained, hears the commotion and charges downstairs, leveling his handgun at his own son ordering him to drop his weapon or he’ll drop him. What??? I was all in at this point!

What an engaging start to what weaves into the fascinating story of brilliant scientist, Dr. William Kanter, who has made an amazing discovery, a machine that can capture memories. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

As Dr. Kanter turns to professional colleagues to find funding to continue his research and validate his discovery, he soon finds himself trapped between greedy corporate opportunists and secret governmental agencies who don’t care about the betterment of humanity, only filling their own coffers with millions of dollars or using the machine to advance their own malicious causes.

Dr. Kanter enlists the help of Dr. Trenna Anderson, a child psychologist, as they work together to further the research on his invention and to save the life of a little boy. But forces on both side close in and terror ensues as Dr. Kanter and Dr. Anderson try to preserve the last hope for the little boy and present a discovery to the world that may help all mankind.

This story is very well written with a tight plot line, having numerous unexpected twists and turns. The characters are diverse and well representative of their cultures. The technology is fascinating and makes you think, “Hmmm, what if…?” The story had the right combination of sci-fi, technology, espionage, sexuality, and humor — all the essential elements that make a story great.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It was a great read. I would highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys thrillers, mysteries, sci-fi adventures, or just a well told story!

Paul Black is the international award-winning author of The Tels Trilogy and The Presence. His books have won numerous awards including The Writer’s Digest Book Award for genre fiction, along with the Independent Publisher’s Book Award for science fiction and the London Book Festival for general fiction. Mr. Black lives and works in Dallas, Texas. Learn more about The Samsara Effect and his other books at www.paulblackbooks.com.

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