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Kindle Edition, 526 pages
Published April 6th 2015 by Champagne Books
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Maureen
Feb 22, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
With echoes of 'The Celestine Prophecy', this book crosses over three genres - thriller, sci-fi, and the paranormal. I can't pretend to understand the scientific terminology used, but the research needed to create this story must have been phenomenal. I not only found it difficult to understand the science behind it though, but also the concepts. There were chapters when I was blown away by the complexity of the storyline, and others where I was just a little irritated. That said, it WAS an inte ...more
Laura Mirian
Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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AnnaM
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2016-sfrs
Professor Beau Walker, a former government parapsychologist and now professional pariah gets strong-armed into a race to solve the ultimate mystery of the nature of reality, the outcome of which could either elevate mankind to unseen levels or obliterate it.

An enormous amount of research went into this story. It combines so many sciences I lost track, plus several religions, mythologies, and a diverse cast of unusual characters. The story spans the globe. At every turn things just get worse and
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Rosalind Black
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book via a Goodreads competition so many thanks.

This is like nothing I have ever read before! I really enjoyed the crossover of many genres that made up the story, and it was obviously very well researched as shown by the sheer amount of detail that the author goes into. It was very thought provoking, and I liked taking my time to read this, mulling it over and absorbing it all.

An original and intelligent piece of work which left me pleasantly surprised. I would definitel
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Arlene Mullen
Jul 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
I definitely did not know what to think when I started reading this book. It is all over the place genre wise but flows so well.
Beau walker is persuaded into investigating a laboratory explosion. The investigation does not go how expected. They have to deal with political, paranormal and so many other things. I do not want to go into to much detail but this book is a rollercoaster ride from the first page.
This book pleases more than the paranormal crowd. A great read
I received a cop
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Margaret
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Truly an interesting and thought provoking novel. Particularly enjoyed the science and genetics. Characters were well developed and excellent progression. Action packed thriller with side of romance. Certainly can imagine a similar scenario in our world today. Will read any and all from this author. Writing style is just what I like.
Susan Angela Wallace
The shiva syndrome trilogy by alan joshua.
Near Moscow, a mind warfare research experiment goes horribly wrong, igniting a chain of inexplicable events. A mysterious black cloud silently obliterates thousands of lives and vaporizes a city, leaving a mile-deep crater.
A very good read. I liked the story bit long but I took my time with it. 4*
InD'tale Magazine
“The Shiva Syndrome” is a riveting, page-turner, right from the start!

Read full review in the 2016 June issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Cold  Coffee
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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, f
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Shanell Meek
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting read with an interesting new concept.

This the first book in The SHIVA Sybdrome Trilogy. I’ll admit I had a hard time getting into this book it isn’t my usual cup of tea but I saw it and thought what the heck, I’ll try it. I’m glad I did. Overall it’s a good read. I was lost in some parts but for the most part I like to think I kept up very well. This is a very long read. It took me about a week to read if off and on and I was reading other books in between. I liked the characters, b
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Sherry
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Jim
May 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a thrilling book. A mystery of mind boggling proportions that not everyone is going to figure out. At the crux of this story is a government program that has gone haywire. This, by itself, shouldn’t be anything new, but the problem with this program going bad, is that it could destroy the world.

The start of the book reminds me of “The Andromeda Strain”. Our main character, Dr. Beaufort Walker, “Beau” for short, is recalled by his former boss to come work on a highly secret p
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Reader Views
Nov 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The SHIVA Syndrome
Alan Joshua
Champagne Books (2015)
ISBN 9781771551311
Reviewed by Sheri Hoyte for Reader Views (11/15)

Article first published as Book Review: ‘The SHIVA Syndrome’ by Alan Joshua on Blogcritics.


“The SHIVA Syndrome” by Alan Joshua opens inside a secret mind research laboratory in Podol’sk, Russia. When a key experiment suddenly goes awry, the lab explodes, obliterating everything in a one-mile radius, consuming thousands of lives and everything
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Paul
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beau Walker is a brilliant psychological researcher with a strong dislike for military authority. He is practically forced onto a military aircraft by Burton Grimes, the source of his dislike. Along with several other eminent scientists, he is taken to what was a secret research facility near Moscow.

Something happened to cause the total destruction of the facility and the nearby town, at the cost of several thousand lives. Whatever the cause, this was not a "normal" explosion. The cr
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Floyd Largent
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Let's get straight to the point: The SHIVA Syndrome is one of the best-written stories I've read in years. It's rare to even see a book that combines science fiction and spirituality effectively, especially when the nature of reality is thrown into the mix a 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 ...more
Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary
The Shiva Syndrome has all the typical elements of the type of thriller I normally enjoy, with the bonus of having a diverse protagonist (half black, half native american). By rights, I should have loved this book, but… I didn’t.

The thing that kept catching me up, and pulling me out of the author’s web, was that the character interactions with each other were just not believable. The rest of the book was on point. I loved the exploration of ESP and other paranormal abilities. But the
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Lawrence Bloom
Oct 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Man uses about 10% of his brain. Meditation, belief, will, drugs, sensory deprivation can lead to the other 90%.
Alan Joshua as written a modern day governmental Castenadian conspiracy work that harkens back to Altered States and Men Who Stare at Goats.
Set in modern times where the feelings of the Cold War and secret quasi-goverment research still linger in our memories and our folk lore, his protagonist, Bo Walker struggles to come to terms with his evolutionary inheritance and his p
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Diane
May 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A secret Russian mind research laboratory explodes in a big way, leaving a mile-deep crater and a host of unanswered questions about what happened - and that's where parapsychologist Beau Walker enters the picture, becoming a reluctant part of a SHIVA investigative team fraught with political tension.

At first glance one would think this to be either a sci-fi saga or perhaps a thriller: technically, that's correct; but it's so much more. Its focus on untapped human potential gone awry
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Jason Stewart
May 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Be prepared.... Alan Joshua's THE SHIVA SYNDROME isn't a thriller in the typical sense. And that's a good thing. The novel, Joshua's fiction debut, certainly spares no expense in raising the stakes as the protagonist, former Special Forces operative Beau Walker, and his compatriots deal with the unexplained vanishing of a central Russian territory into a man-made black hole singularity. But frankly, that's the least their problems as the book untangles the winding web of new horizon technologies ...more
Liquid Frost
May 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2015
This book reminds me of The Celestine Prophecy that was popular ages ago. It starts off as a fiction thriller then morphs into an author-driven philosophical positional paper. I found the story entertaining and there was plenty of action to keep the pace jogging along. I also enjoyed some of the various hard science information as well as the speculative fiction. I think the differences between star reviews will be the background of the reader and the debate between "speculative fiction" and "qu ...more
Ashok
Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Shiva Syndrome starts off with a bang, then morphs into speculative/ science fiction, with much action and realistic descriptions. Character development is good but the multitude of characters addressed/ referred by first or last names is confusing. The scientific descriptions are interesting, but need to be read again to be understood. All in all, a book to make one think and ponder on what could be, how little we know and how we are mindlessly raping the planet.

His website describes
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Kurt Springs
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review was originally published on Kurt's Frontier.

Note: This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis:

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
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Marjorie
Aug 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Given To Me For An Honest Review


The SHIVA Syndrome by Alan Joshua is a real page turner. Once you open this book it will grab you and hold you down tightly and you'll watch those pages turn and turn and turn some more until you reach the last page. Then you won't be sure what your read and you'll just re-open the book and read it again. You may just find a few twists and turns too. Now, be sure sure to put your seatbel on because you will be on the ride of your life while readi
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Danielle Urban
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Shiva Syndrome is one novel readers will enjoy. The exciting tale takes readers on a journey of paranormal activity, a deadly experiment with politics and spiritual tones. A must read for all. Alan Joshua has masterfully crafted a one of a kind novel that will blow readers away. The characters, plot, and magnificent settings, will forever trap readers into this story.

For readers wanting something good that is fresh, completely different but enchanting, then Shiva Syndrome is the novel for
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Trang Tran (Bookidote)
Sep 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Excellent storytelling ! A mix of thriller and science fiction at the same time. The suspense was on point ! I am usually not a big fan of science fiction but I have to admit that this book was really entertaining. Action after action, like in a movie. I would love to see this book on screen !
Beau Walker, a psychologist who finds himself dragged into a research team in Russia, helping the government about a top secret project.
I really don't want to spoil the plot more than that, beca
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Don Pedicini Jr.
Not your typical Sci-fi thriller.... one of the best books of 2015

I received a free electronic copy from Net Galley for a fair review. An explosion rocks a secret lab within Russia which obliterates an area the likes of which even a nuclear blast cannot create. A group of scientists and other researchers are sent to investigate it. At this point I am sure this sounds like one of many themes being written all the time. Hold onto your e-readers folks because this isn't your parents' sc
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Montzalee Wittmann
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! It has everything I love in a sci-fi and fantasy in one book and makes it flow seamlessly and naturally. The books has empaths, ESP, black holes, black op government cover-ups - generic engineering, teleporting, telekinesis, time travel, out of body travel, inter-dimensional travel, parallel universes, and so much more yet it is written is such a way that all ...more
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Aug 12, 2015 added it
THE SHIVA SYNDROME took a while longer for me to read than normal. It wasn’t because it was scientifically complex, but because of the verbosity. The author switched the references to the characters from first to last name and back again multiple times, which made it difficult to follow who was speaking and to whom. The characters lacked emotional depth and they came across like a bunch of bipolar children. I am a big fan of showing the story through action, interaction, and clear images which l ...more
Bonnye Reed
Dec 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
XXX I received a free electronic copy of this novel from Alan Joshua in exchange for a review. Thank you, Mr. Joshua, for sharing your work, with me.

This is quite simply, an extraordinary novel, one I would recommend to any SiFi fan. Set in Russia and the southwestern US, this is a vivid tale that brings together all of the idols and religions of the world into one basic outline of belief that changes your perception of the world. And besides that, it's a great tale that you won't want to miss.
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Paula
Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I reviewed this book for NetGalley.

All I can say about this book is "Awesome, awesome, totally Awesome!!!"

Mr. Joshua fuses a number of tropes and genres into an exciting, fast paced and fascinating novel. Paranormal, science fiction, New Age, conspiracy theory, secret government agencies and the next stage in human evolution - this book has it all and does it so well.

The characters are believable and likable; the dialogue well done; the plot is action filled w
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Alan Joshua (pen name) is a clinical psychologist who has published nonfiction journal articles and book chapters.
The SHIVA Syndrome Trilogy is a prize-winning science fiction/paranormal thriller incorporating his paranormal research and experiences with healers, intuitives, so-called psychic sensitives, etc.

A mind research experiment studying human consciousness goes horrifyingly wro
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