The SHIVA Syndrome Trilogy by Alan Joshua
ARE WE COSMIC APES?
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.
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.
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.”
What is/are your favorite book(s)?
Narrowing this answer to a single book is virtually impossible. After so many literature courses, I found myself enjoying everything from Homer to Dean Koontz. Within that broad sphere, science fiction is where the heart is. Among these, outstanding in my mind are Robert Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land, Altered States (Paddy Chayefsky) and Bradbury’s Martian Chronicles among so many others. Chief among these due to their literacy and uniqueness of content are Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Bram Stoker’s Dracula, along with Jules Verne’s impressive and prophetic works.
Who is/are your favorite Author(s)?
Without a doubt, I would have to say William Shakespeare. To enjoy his work, I prefer listening to audiobooks. This allows me to close my eyes, lean back, and absorb his literary jewels. I am in awe of his creative genius, scope, imagination, and absolutely incredible use of the English language. Shakespeare covers a broad range from fantasy to the paranormal to comedy and tragedy. Of all of his work, Hamlet is the most brilliant synthesis of drama, mystery, the supernatural, a touch of comedy as irony and sarcasm, and the painful self – examination of a brilliant intellect and introvert.
Is there anything you would like to add about yourself?
During the completion of The Shiva Syndrome Trilogy, I wrestled for hours trying to transform some of the abstract ideas into a more easily understood form. But something unexpected happened. Some of the ideas related to psychology or the paranormal were transfigured and enabled me to understand them in a different light. Because I was thinking like Beau Walker, the main character, I gained a different, sometimes deeper, perspective on familiar concepts. Although I hope the readers benefit, this was an unexpected bonus for me.
Written by Alan Joshua (aka Allan Cooperstein, Ph.D.)