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Maze Master: A Thriller

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New York Times bestselling author Kathleen Gear's new apocalyptic thriller Maze Master shows the world ending not in fire nor in ice but in science.

Kathleen Gear, who often co-writes with her husband W. Michael Gear, has authored 42 books which have been New York Times, USA Today and international bestsellers. Translated into 29 languages, there are around 17 million copie
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published July 17th 2018 by St. Martin's Press
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Jul 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Maze Master by Kathleen O'Neal Gear is a apocalyptic thriller in which the world is quickly coming to the end due to a plague sweeping around the world. While the story is fictional a lot of the book is taken from real things and events to build a what if type of book.

As the book begins the virus has already been spreading and taking out the population very quickly and we join various characters as they try to discover what the virus is and how to stop it. When it's found they are dealing with L
Jul 28, 2018 rated it liked it
James Hakari is called the Maze Master because, as a geneticist, he created elaborate puzzles to teach his students about genetics. He believed that God spoke through the DNA code. Years ago he tried to warn people about a deadly retrovirus that he believed would threaten humanity. The virus has now appeared all over the world, but Hakari has disappeared. The US government believes Hakari holds the secret for a cure of the virus and tasks his former student Anna Asher to find him. Asher is also ...more
Sep 16, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoy reading dystopian or apocalyptic thrillers. The suspense, action, and fight-for-survival plots when well-written always make for exciting reading. Add in some supernatural and ancient artifact/legend type accents and that just heightens my enjoyment. I guess that's why I'm also a sucker for disaster and end of the world movies, too. Something about the human spirit fighting to survive against insurmountable odds just makes a good story.

Maze Master opens with the human race facing the spr
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is addictive. I literally couldn’t put it down.
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Digital ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

4/5 stars

Sci-fi/mystery/thriller novels are pumping up some reading hype to me like the Dan Brown books and James Patterson books.

I am on the stage of being hype with these novels when I clicked this on the netgalley because who wouldn't love some apocalyptic disease with a maze!?

Maze Master, I can't really summarize the story because of the technicality of some points and details that adds up the sciencey to
Diane Hernandez
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Da Vinci Code + World War Z + Jurassic Park divided by the Bible = Maze Master.

The LucentB virus is 100% deadly and is moving outward from France. Anna enlists the help of Christian professor, Martin, to find “Marham-i-Isa, the legendary healing ointment created by Jesus to heal the sick and raise the dead”—perhaps the only hope for humanity. While searching the Middle East for the ointment, Anna is also looking for her former mentor, the famed geneticist Hakari. In a parallel plot, Hakari is be
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4 stars

What a remarkable novel. It was engrossing and, while technical, the technical aspects made it very interesting. The story is loosely based on a real retrovirus, which made it all the more timely.

In this terrifying thriller, we meet an American woman who is working for the government named Anna Asher, a crazed genomic scientist James Hakari, a brilliant biblical scholar Dr. Martin Nadai and many others. In a race to save humankind, these people work together to find a cure. Anna and Dr.
Katy Cook
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I just finished the advanced reading copy of this book and am still euphoric. What an amazing thriller. Truly edge-of-the-seat writing. One of the best books I've read in 20 years. MAZE MASTER blends the latest biological research with anthropological genetics and ancient religious artifacts to create a absolutely unique and fascinating vision of the future. Highly recommended.
K.S. Jones
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"The past is but the beginning of a beginning, and all that is and has been is but the twilight of the dawn."—H. G. Wells

When the survival of humanity depends on decoding the clues of a brilliant, but possibly insane geneticist, a historical cryptographer with ties to him may be mankind's only hope.

Anna Asher, former student to missing geneticist James Hakari, enlists the aid of biblical scholar Martin Nadai, whom she believes knows the whereabouts of the Cave of the Treasure of Light, which ma
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
James Hakari, a legendary geneticist, predicts a virus will mutate into a global pandemic based on his study of biblical history and genetics. Thought to be crazy until LucentB starts killing people at an alarming rate both the Russians and Americans race to find him. One of his students, Anna Asher, a Captain in the U. S. Air Force is being sought as someone who may have clues to the cure.

Think Michael Crichton comparing notes with Dan Brown. This is a remarkable adventure. Anna recruits Dr. Ma
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Humanity is in danger. LucentB is a fast-spreading, incredibly dangerous virus, and no one is safe. Anna Asher is assigned by the US government to find the one scientist who is believed to be able to find the answer to this chaos: professor Hakari. Along with professor Nadai, Anna will follow clues left by Hakari in order to find a cure for the plague before it's too late. But Hakari hasn't earned
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Maze Master: A Thriller

by Kathleen O'Neal Gear

I have been anticipating Maze Master for many years, after first hearing Kathleen read it at People of the Earth Days, during Night at the museum, in Thermopolis Wyoming. The exceptionally amazing  introduction to the book is overwhelmed by the reading the actual book. Kathleen Gear looks into the amazingly remarkable ideas of retroviruses and tie it to anthropological genetic theory in this book. Using the basis of Kathleen’s personal experience in
Alik Tam
Sep 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
James Rollins meets Dan Brown meets Jeremy Robinson in this one. Sounds good, right? But nope, it just doesn't work. It fails to live up to that hype.

The book is rather messy to be honest. Jumping from character to character at random times. And going forward, it's pretty confusing to follow what kind of story the author really wants to tell as the plot and subject matter is all jumbled together.

A valiant effort from the author. And I do appreciate this attempt at a new, multifaceted thriller. B
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
While I did enjoy the intensity of this book, it did get a bit technical(mathematical) for me. You never quite knew who was working for who, the secrets kept twisting together.
Ariana Fae
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing

If Michael Crichton and Dan Brown had collaborated on a book MAZE MASTER would be the result. But, Katheleen O'Neal Gear beat them to it. She uses her adept storytelling skills combined with her archaeologist and scientific knowledge to create a superb apocalyptic thriller.

There was so much I liked about this MAZE RUNNER. Gear pulled me immediately into the book with her first chapter introducing Captain Anna Asher interrogated by the Russians. The words a
Oct 05, 2018 rated it liked it
An ancient virus had re-emerged to ravage the world and bring the human race to the brink of extinction. This book will make you think about the direction the world is headed when it comes to new illness and diseases.
This book is great for those who like a bit of everything in a thriller. It touches on political, action and mystery; all combined to create a thriller that makes you want to read more!
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A plague that is part of our DNA, waiting till something activates it, finding a cure that goes back to Jesus’s time! A good story!!
Aug 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: scifi
WTF did i just read?
virus without much explained symptoms (screw it as long as its deadly and not curable)
military actions with no reason behind, chars all too much interwined to understand a thing
a "maze" that i couldnt even come close to understanding for lack of explanation
all thrown together with religious and bible snippets interpreted at random
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Science, tech, history, math buffs of thriller mysteries
Maze Master is the best novel I have read this year! I love how creative and intelligent Kathleen O’Neal Gear’s writing is. Maze Master is based upon a real retrovirus called Herv-K. The virus in the book, LucentB, is decimating most of the world population. However, only pure humans, those without Denisovan or Neandertal genes, seem to be immune; humans that live in Sub-Saharan Africa.

In desperation to find the cure, ex intelligence officer Anna Asher is on a self imposed mission: find the lege
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love a good scientific/medical thriller, but usually find only books written by Michael Creighton, Dan Brown, and sometimes Robin Cook to be of the caliber that can keep me hooked, but page one of Maze Master reeled me in! I intended to read just a few pages to get my busy day started, but I couldn't put this book down! I was totally invested in these characters. Anna is a smart, strong female main character who absolutely captivated me, and although the male characters were totally different, ...more
Toni Boughton
Fast-moving thriller with a premise you've read before: small team of people with special skills must figure out ancient mystery in order to stop a threat. The main differences in Maze Master is that the threat is an apocalyptic plague that is killing millions. While the book is good and races along at a nice clip, the immediacy of the threat is muted somewhat by the author giving only the scantiest details about the viral plague and its worldwide effects. Sometimes I wondered if I was reading t ...more
Kathleen Gray
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Complex and complicated thriller that blends all sort of themes into a hunt for a scientist in order to save humanity. Whew! The LucentB retrovirus is the sort of thing we all fear and now it's making it's way out into the world. Anna Asher is trying to find James Hakari, the geneticist who is believed to be able to fix things. This search will remind you of the Davinci Code as she wraps in Martin Nadai, who is a paleographer who can also expound on religious issues. Thanks to Netgalley for the ...more
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An excellent thriller. Lots of biological information . Definitely a maze. An enjoyable read.
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a very enjoyable, fascinating pandemic fiction story similar to ‘The Andromeda Strain’ and ‘Outbreak’. It’s about a secret Biblical cure-all that ends up turning into a virus that threatens the survival of the world population. That’s really too dimple for a story that very complex and detailed.

My only problem was keeping the names straight since sometimes either the first or last of a person’s name is used within the same conversation.

It always bugs me when authors, etc. use the parts
Edwin Howard
Jul 24, 2018 rated it liked it
MAZE MASTER, by Kathleen O'Neal Gear, is about a virus that is quickly spreading to pandemic levels and the two people who endeavor to contain and eliminate the virus before it destroys humanity. Anna, a military geneticist, and Martin, a religion and history scholar, embark on a mission deeply rooted in religious history and how genetics and religion intertwine to hopefully lead them towards the cure before its too late.
As a good thriller does, the reader is introduced to Anna and Martin early
Maria Rose
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Without revealing much, I will say as a spoiler that the title explains the plot of this novel. That said, I got interested in this book because of the intriguing concept discussed what genes do and how much we still don't know about what we carry in our DNA.
The story stays geographically in the area around the places discussed in the Bible, which we all know have religious beginnings for three major religions, it is also an area of high archaeology study and one of the areas where pre-historica
Barb Martin
Oct 08, 2018 rated it liked it
They say that climate change is melting the ice caps and unleashing ancient viruses that could devastate the earth's population. Really. I read an article and everything. In a nutshell, that is the premise of "Maze Master."

Set in the near future, the world has been overrun with a plague that is wiping out whole countries. The surviving remnants of competing armies are killing one another in a quest to create a vaccine or to steal a viable vaccine from someone else. Holding the keys to solving th
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Maybe 2.5 stars.
This was the first I read from this author and I could feel her science underneath the fiction but it was a bit distorted and mixed up, I couldn’t follow some of the plot or reasoning for the DNA problems, which in itself is hard to comprehend in this present world of unusual illnesses and following one’s family tree in current available websites.
Characters were fairly well developed, though the main one, Anna Asher, was an odd duck. Some repetition of trying to explain to read
Aug 13, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked this story but when I look at apocalyptic thrillers I have Justin Cronin to thank for my high standards. There is a virus killing off the population and years ago, James Hakari tried to warn the governments around the world. Then he disappeared. The US government, in a race with Russia for world domination through a cure has tasked his former student Anna Asher to find him and hope he has a cure. He has left clues for her and as she travels the world scrapping to stay alive she finds anc ...more
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
The story in this book was exceptional. It had me on the edge of my seat, and piqued my interest throughout although I must admit the science did get away from me but that was okay. That did not detract from the enjoyment of reading this book at all. The reason I did not give Maze Master a 5-star rating was the sloppy editing. There were several dropped letters resulting in confusing sentences, and the writing definitely needed to be tightened up. But all-in-all, it is a definite recommend.
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My professional life began in the dark basement of the Museum of Cultural History in Los Angeles, where I was cataloguing three-hundred-year-old Guatemalan saint carvings. I quit this fascinating job and moved to Wyoming to work for the U.S. Department of the Interior as a historian and archaeologist. When I finally understood the error of my ways I moved to Wyoming and started writing books. Sinc ...more