Thomas A. Cahill, Ph.D., is a professor of physics at the University of California, Davis. His early work at UCLA, in France, and in Davis, California, was in nuclear physics/astrophysics, but he soon began applying physical techniques to applied problems, especially air pollution. While he has authored or co-authored hundreds of academic articles and book chapters, this is his first work of science fiction.
Annals of the Omega Project - A Trilogyby Thomas A, Cahill
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On a flight from Sacramento to Denver, Professor Ken O�Neal discovers he has a telepathic and loving connectedness with flight attendant Michelle Kolberg. Believing that other �sensitives� probably exist in their midst, they embark on the formation of a group of �like� minds they call the Omega Project at a University of California campus. The Omega Project�s benevolent communication is suddenly threatened by powerful people in San Francisco � older men in secret Covens who use ancient mind-control techniques to trap their telepathic victims and perform horrific deadly �feedings� on their brains to strengthen their own powers of domination. A �feeding� on the brain of a university student named Bonny ignites warfare between the Covens and Omega members, with gruesome fatalities.
Ken and Michelle learn more about the frightening control of the leaders of the Covens� organization in Europe, forcing Omega to go underground. Fearing the growing capabilities of the Omega members, the Covens call upon their Gypsy allies, some of whom they casually sacrifice as part of their strategy to frighten and execute Omega members. Furious, the Gypsies reluctantly realize they must reconsider their alliances.
The battle spills over into Europe, and some innocent bystanders who become aware of the Coven monsters in their midst pay an awful price. Eventually acknowledging the compassionate intentions of the Omega Project, the Gypsy clans cautiously develop trust and agree to help Omega launch a counterattack against the Covens, despite knowing they must face the evil Emil, who is powerful enough to kill by thoughts alone.
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So – I was hooked in to the book at the summary, and while I expected complexity, I did not realize that the depth of the story and concepts, all to illustrate a basic tale of good versus evil would be hidden within these pages. It was an interesting concept, with forays into telepathy and mind-control, characters that convey good and evil in equal measures, political and tactical alliances and a battle for control. The need to know what direction the author would take Omega, and whether good could triumph was a major impetus for me to keep reading, even when I found repetition of simplistic elements, or a passage that was overly detailed and would have better served the plot with less information given, but more detail shown. What was not clearly explained, and leaves me wondering is the apparent naiveté of the members of Omega. While they do question those they encounter about their activities, there doesn’t seem to be any further investigation of the story or the belief in it. Where I was confused was if their skills were better attuned to “truthful” statements, or if the passivity of the characters that comprised Omega was not thought to be important enough to address, or somehow I missed the explanations early on. In situations where they must be offensive, the passivity does seem to fade to the background, and they do manage to focus and get things done. Devotees of science fiction stories will find many things to like in this book, and find it unique. Some readers may find difficulty in the basic language of the text: the author is a university professor, with writing style and word choice best suited to those with a facility in the English language, and ability to follow / grasp complex scientific concepts and find the interrelations between concepts presented and plot elements happening. It was not an easy read, but it was a read that was unique in concept although I could not read this all in one sitting. I did receive an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review for the Indies Rock promotion for I am, Indeed. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.