Audiobook Review – THE GOD WAVE by Patrick Hemstreet (Narr. Nick Podehl)

The God Wave by Patrick Hemstreet
Narrated by: Nick Podehl
Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins 

Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date:05-17-16
Publisher: HarperAudio

Synopsis:
A team of neuroscientists uncover amazing new capabilities in the brain that may steer human evolution toward miraculous and deadly frontiers in this spectacular debut work of speculative science fiction—Limitless meets James Rollins—that combines spirituality and science in an inventive, mind-blowing fashion.

For decades, scientists have speculated about the untapped potential of the human brain. Now, neuroscientist Chuck Brenton has made an astonishing breakthrough. He has discovered the key—the crucial combination of practice and conditioning—to access the incredible power dormant in ninety percent of our brains. Applying his methods to test subjects, he has stimulated abilities that elevate brain function to seemingly “godlike” levels.

These extraordinary abilities can transform the world, replacing fear and suffering with tranquility and stability. But in an age of increasing militarization, corporate exploitation, and explosive technological discovery, a group of influential power brokers are determined to control Brenton’s new superbeings for their own manipulative ends—and their motives may be far from peaceful.

Review:
When I read the back cover about the genetic advancements in telepathy and how that could change our world, I thought this book is exactly what I want to read. Checking out the author’s background made me even more excited because the book to come would have authentic scientific reasoning behind the advancements. The first third of the book reinforced these hopeful predictions. The gamma waves, zeta waves, and how each experimental lab rat developed their powers was fascinating science. I loved the idea of how they could build a company with this advancement, and which industries they’d serve first.

While I enjoyed the book from there to the end, there’s something about the direction that left me disappointed. It started to feel like too much science, and as we passed the halfway point and well into the second half and still more discussions of the technology, I began to lose interest. The action at the end was very cool, but I don’t think there’s really a character in here that I left feeling emotionally impacted by. This was disappointing because the technology and potential for how that would shape society is really exciting story fodder, it just turned out that the story might have taken too much time on the technology development and not enough exploration for my expectations.

I listened to the audiobook, produced by HarperAudio and Nick Podehl, and thought the narrator did an excellent job. Very professional delivery that did everything possible to enhance to experience. I’m already a fan of his from his work on the Apocalypse Z series, so it was great to hear him again.

About Timothy C. Ward

Timothy C. Ward is a former executive producer and Hugo Nominee of Adventures in SciFi Publishing. He has been broke and lost on the other side of the world and now dreams of greater adventures from his keyboard in Des Moines, Iowa. This summer, he released his second Sand Divers book, Scavenger: A.I., where two parents use an ancient technology to fight a reproducing A.I. while trying to resurrect their deceased infant, and a new series that begins with Godsknife: Revolt, an apocalyptic battle for godhood in the rift between Iowa and the Abyss. Sign up for his newsletter for news, sales, giveaways and more: http://www.timothycward.com/newsletter/.

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