Saturday, December 26, 2015

Question




Book Name          :    The Question
Author                 :    R. Breuer Stearns
Publisher             :     Createspace
Number of Pages:      270
Publishing Year  :      2015
Edition                 :    Kindle
Rating : 4.5



Blurb

THE QUESTION invites readers to consider this premise: If you could have the answer to one question, and only one question, what would you ask . . . and who would try to stop you from asking it? To what extremes would they go? THE QUESTION is a thriller that explores a new way of thinking, a method powerful enough to answer very complex questions . . . perhaps powerful enough to solve the universe's most fundamental mysteries . . . perhaps powerful enough to resolve religions' most beguiling unknowns. THE QUESTION is an adventure story . . . fiction that you may wish, may believe, may know, is true. The narrative occurs in the present, with scenes in California, Washington, D.C., Paris, Shanghai, New York, and Afghanistan. The story is aimed at high-school and older readers and contains some graphic violence and occasional sexual allusions. The plot is action-oriented with an element of scientific fantasy, similar to Jack Finney's "Time and Again." The prose is crisply written, professionally edited, and organized into movie-scene chapters. THE QUESTION is ideal reading for anyone who is curious . . . for those who gaze into the cosmos at night and wonder . . . for those who look into the mirror and imagine . . . for those whose hearts beat faster when confronting the unknown . . . for readers who enjoy a fast paced, contemporary thriller that inspires them to think. 


My Review

The Question is a thriller. Protagonist Nate is trying to solve a Unity Theory. Through experiments, he learns that solutions to problems could be reached easier and with most accuracy if asked to a group- without letting them talk to each other. Nate tries to see if a million people would be able to solve the abstract question "Is there a God?" or " Does God exist?"

What difficulties would Nate face while trying to solve the maze?
Will he succeed? Is there more questions that he try to solve? How will his personal life change ?  Grab a copy to know more.

The book is a club of thriller, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary fiction. We can see glimpses of different realms of life. The story-line swivels to unforeseen directions which  astonishes the reader. This is one of the most unique stories that I have reviewed lately. The message of the book is the ultimate spiritual reality conveyed in the background of an exhilarating experiment. Another quality of the book that impressed me is that author did not use erotic scenes to make the depth of the relation between Nate and his girl friend to the readers. If you are looking for a book with substance, you should definitely read this. On the other hand, if you are looking for an easy read, I would not recommend the book.
There are a lot of characters in the book. Each one is given due importance, in accordance with their role in the story.

Highlights

  • The plot of the book is promising
  • The writing style of the book is crisp.
  • Characters are crafted well.
  • The pace of the story is maintained well.
  • There are a lot of twists and turns which forces the readers to hang on to the book.

Drawbacks

  • The beginning of most chapters are vague. There is a suspense in the beginning of  almost every chapter, which was unwanted
  • There were a few typos.
  • The blurb is ambiguous.


Reviewed for the iRead Book Tours




Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book as a complimentary copy in exchange for a honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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About the author

R. Breuer Stearns is an investor and author.
Mr. Stearns graduated from Phillips Academy, Andover (1970), Harvard University (AB, 1974), University of Chicago (MBA, 1977), and DePaul University College of Law (JD, 1979). He rapidly ascended on Wall Street in the 1980’s, serving as Managing Director, Mergers & Acquisitions at Lehman Brothers and Head of Investment Banking (North America) at UBS Securities.  While living in New York, he founded “Terrific Teachers, Inc.,” a foundation dedicated to identifying and rewarding the best of the best of the city’s public high school teachers.

Shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Mr. Stearns launched a private investment bank in the former Soviet Union.  He spent the early 1990’s seeking to marry emerging science, primarily emanating from Russia’s Defense sector, with Western capital.  During this period, Mr. Stearns made a small fortune, albeit from a larger one.  The venture provided a remarkable lesson in hubris, a tremendous reservoir of internal strength, and first-hand source material for Mr. Stearns’ first book, Winning Smart After Losing Big (Encounter Books, Beijing University Press).

Subsequently, Mr. Stearns served as Chief Financial Officer of The Dial Corporation, Chief Financial Officer of Columbia/HCA Corporation, Chief Financial Officer of PacifiCare, Inc., President and Chief Operating Officer of Vascular Genetics, Inc., and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Quepasa Corporation (QPSA:Amex).

Mr. Stearns is a Founder of VestaPoint Capital LLC, a family of investment funds focused on real estate development.  He lives in Arizona with his wife, two dogs, two cats, and a horse.  He travels extensively and is intensely curious.