Sunday, February 14, 2010

The Divine Theory of Everything-Book 1- Wanderer

Genre: Fantasy
Author: Robert D. Berger

Without balance, good and evil would run rampant. Someone must intervene and the one chosen is ripped from their daily life and is thrown into another dimension where magic substitutes for science.

The Divine Theory of Everything is a truly amazing story. The novel begins with the ancient symbol of evil, the Prince of Darkness, known in this story by the name of Iblis, who with his armies of demons is battling an army of men and dwarves in a land called Eden ruled by the High Priestess goddess. It appears evil will win and creation will come to an end. The story then shifts abruptly to a space ship preparing to leave the Earth with the 144,000 chosen from all the tribes of Israel. Will they escape from the wrath of Iblis? What of those being left behind? It is here the story shifts once again and we meet the unlikely hero of the story, Steve Morgan, an engineer who is thrust from his 21st Century world into a world of magic of both time, space and place.

The story is complex, to say the least, and a valiant attempt to, as the title suggests, reconcile religious creation belief with scientific evolution theory. Without going into any details revealed in the story, author Berger makes an interesting argument for religious belief and the scientific approach of empirical reasoning being just two sides of the same coin - much like chaos and order or good and evil. It’s all about balance. But whatever you believe or disbelieve, the story makes for an interesting read.

Berger has a scientific background. He now works as an engineer but the idea for the story first came to him when serving onboard the first attack submarine, the USS Sunfish. Berger says he deeply believes in God, sometimes feels torn between science and religion, and hopes someday to know the real “Theory of Everything.”

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys original ideas set in a world of fantasy- one small note of warning for some. Berger takes chances not only with being original in thought. He also dares to write in the present tense. Example: “Steve wonders why he is chosen.” Reviewer: Pete Klein, Allbooks Reviews.

Title: The Divine Theory of Everything
Author: Robert D. Berger
Publisher: Llumina Press
ISBN: 978-1-60594-284-1
Pages: 330
Price: $17.95
Date: Dec 2009

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