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by Paco Ahlgren
Building on the vision of Kurt Vonnegut, the suspense of Michael Crichton, and the rich characters of Stephen King, Paco Ahlgren's first novel Discipline paints a chilling picture of a world that defies human perception. Douglas Cole is being hunted --and protected--but he doesn't know it. His life has been shattered by inexplicable tragedy, his waking hours haunted


Building on the vision of Kurt Vonnegut, the suspense of Michael Crichton, and the rich characters of Stephen King, Paco Ahlgren's first novel Discipline paints a chilling picture of a world that defies human perception. Douglas Cole is being hunted --and protected--but he doesn't know it. His life has been shattered by inexplicable tragedy, his waking hours haunted by ominous visions, but the more he pursues the questions plaguing him, the more elusive the answers become. Pushed to the brink of insanity, Douglas begins a desperate psychological battle with an enemy he cannot see, the outcome of which will determine the past, present, and future of human existence. Fusing blunt, gritty realism and philosophical passion with electrifying suspense, Discipline dissects our assumptions about reality.

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Paco Ahlgren has spent the last two decades examining the connections between quantum physics and its implications for modern scientific, economic, financial, and psychological theories, as well as its incontrovertible similarities to eastern philosophies and religions--most notably, Taoism. His first novel, Discipline, is a confluence of these passions. Paco splits his time between his homes in Austin, Texas and Durango, Colorado.

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Kiko1021 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Quantum physics, economics, romance, philosophy, all meld into an excellently crafted plot. I was fascinated by the multiverses, bursting, and was captivated from the first page to the last one. Great book!
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Just_Be More than 1 year ago
You are here reading these reviews because you heard about Discipline and wanted to learn more. Something drew you here, whether it was a recommendation from a friend, a review read somewhere out there, or even better, you stumbled across it seemingly at random. Well this is your lucky day. This is the book, THAT book. It's the one you've been waiting for, the one you didn't even know that you had to read. Except you did know, because you're here now. Be intrigued. Flawlessly crafted, wildly engaging, endlessly fascinating, Discipline transcends fiction and, when read with an open mind, is the story of everyone's life if only we could all let go of our preconceived notions about the state of being. The underlying message may be subtle, but it's there if you allow it to be, bringing truth and clarity and ultimate freedom along with it. Paco Ahlgren weaves a high stakes tale of amazing adventure, electrifying philosophy and gut-wrenching human experience, connecting the previously unconnected with such skill that you are left with chills and a feeling that there not only may be, but MUST be, more than meets the eye after all. Discipline will stay with you long after you finish reading it. Let it. Sit with it, take a deep breath, let go and see where it takes you!
DiscountedValue More than 1 year ago
It took me a little while to collect my thoughts before writing this review. I am 34 years old and one of the most skeptical people you will ever meet. Despite a great deal of professional and personal success, I have never found anything approaching spirituality. None of it ever touched me in the slightest and I sought long and hard for *anything* that did. I am a sane, staid individual and I dare say by any measure most would call me intelligent. I am an investor by trade and stumbled upon the author's blog a few months ago. At first, his claims seemed outrageous to me. I won't touch on their specifics here so as to avoid revealing any of the book's plot. Despite Ahlgren's seemingly radical predictions, I found myself unable to dismiss them. They made too much basic sense. Intrigued if still quite skeptical, I ordered this book. It languished on my desk for about a month. Then one day for reasons I can not explain, I awoke positively compelled to read it. What followed was nothing less than a personally transformational experience. I know and understand that what Ahlgren has written has a firm basis in reality. I know this to a degree I have never known anything in my life. The synergy of philosophy and science combined with the staggering accuracy of the author's predictions galvanized my mind in an electrifying way. I felt the warmth and light of pure truth and unblinking belief, something I had long ago given up hope of ever experiencing. I *get* it now. I understand how little I understand. My defeated arrogance has been replaced with an illuminating humility. If I read this review I would probably dismiss it as the ramblings of a lunatic. I can only ask you to read the book. If you have ever been bereft of hope, if you have felt like you were doomed to live a life without any meaning, if you have investigated and been disappointed in the tenets underlying traditional religious faith, please read 'Discipline.' It has changed my life forever, and who knows? It might just change yours too.
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aimee1 More than 1 year ago
This is one of those reads that you will absolutely devour! An original masterpiece! Not for the faint- of-heart. This book will not be easily forgotten. Paco...Please write another book very soon!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am almost finished with the book and I have to say it has taken me by surprise. Since this was Mr. Ahlgren's first novel I figured it might have some major flaws in it. Nothing could be further from the truth. This book is a melting pot of views and ideas. There is so much here. All well fused together to make up an amazing story. Personally what I enjoy the most is the character descriptions. There is a mentor in the book that is so well described that I believe that Mr. Ahlgren must have met someone like this. I have. The descriptions of how a calm and wise person carries himself 'or herself' are so correct and real that its scary. I love it and I recommend this book to anyone willing to open their minds a little.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A very impressive debut from a first time novelist. Don't let the description of 'religion, philosophy, psychological theories, or quantum physics' scare you away. This suspensful thriller will leave you wanting more. And from what I read on Mr. Ahlgren's blog, we'll be getting that soon too! I am always in favor of supporting new authors, and this is one everyone can get behind!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Paco Ahlgrens DISCIPLINE is a success! Just look at the reviews! Chess players, fictional readers, financial professionals,and just about anyone! So how about it people?' If you caught a glimpse of your own death, would the knowledge change the way you live the rest of your life? Get the Discpline today, read it, then really think about your answer! You might be glad you did! No chess game will ever be the same! Look out 2012!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has changed my perspective on life forever...I've read thousands of books and not one has touched the core of my inner being as this one has. Paco combines eastern philosophies, quantum physics, spirituality, and financial analysis in a way that everyone can understand. The fluidity and movement keep you sucked in up to the last page and then starving for more.. Discipline accentuates what Faith really is and has left me with an inner peace that I didn't have before. I can't wait to see what Paco brings to the table next!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Most first-time novels can be seen as obviously that, a first novel - and it is difficult for the author to hide that fact. Not so in the case of Paco Ahlgren¿s debut book, 'Discipline' ¿ Ahlgren writes with the confidence of an author who has been published for many years. He is unafraid to introduce to the reader many topics that are not part of most people¿s everyday discussion¿to say the least. It is not often that somebody can combine high finance, metaphysics, personal demons, chess, politics and psychology and make it digestible, but Ahlgren does that (and more), and does it with seemingly remarkable ease. The characters are well-constructed, but without the glut of back-story found so often in debut novels, as the author is struggling to make sure you get the minutiae. The reader does get a good look back at the life story of the protagonist, Douglas Cole, but that is integral to the story line. Ahlgren trusts you to engage in the story, learning about the characters as you go, thereby freeing up the pages for more action and intrigue, of which there is plenty. Told primarily in the first person from Douglas Cole¿s point of view, 'Discipline' takes the reader on a wild ride across the metaphysical map, between continents and through cities as Cole struggles to cope with his own personal demons while, at the same time, making decisions that could impact everyone¿s economic future. The book gives its readers the opportunity to ask themselves some insightful questions, as well as to ponder some interesting ¿what-if¿s in regards to the way our world is run.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Paco Ahlgren¿s new novel Discipline is a fast-paced, intellectual thriller that keeps you on the edge of you seat until the very end. Beginning with the first page, Mr. Ahlgren creates characters and a plot line which make putting down the book nearly impossible. This compelling and sometimes downright terrifying novel asks the question: if you found out how you die, would you change the way you live? Through mind-altering drugs, dedicated friendship, quantum physics, and the great game of chess, Douglas Cole, the protagonist of Discipline, finds his place in the universe. I highly recommend this book, and I eagerly await the sequel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the opening chapter until its ending, this novel not only inverts human-defined concepts of time and space, but also condemns society's self-inflicted parameters on human imagination. This is to say that this novel juxtaposes human identity in a supposed limitless universe with the undeniably salient forces of good and evil. More than a psychological thriller, beyond the scope of science-fiction, and outside the boundaries of traditional Realism, this novel cannot be classified into one particular literary genre. In fact, it might very well be the birth of something entirely new. If you like suspense, if you like the thrill of being intellectually challenged, if you appreciate explorations of supernatural potential in human beings, or even if you simply enjoy back-breaking Realism (that's easy to relate to), then this book is for you. All the elements are here. Pay careful attention to dates throughout the novel, as well as Chapter headings. This book is not without subtlety, but is, without question, a workhorse for redefining the linear concepts of past and future. There is great hope embedded in the statement, 'There are no coincidences.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
This killer plot unleashes powerful characters who draw on ancient strengths and practices to ready themselves for their undeniable task. Ahlgren's skill in storytelling propelled me through several days of reading: A book I could not put down! Discipline is a real masterpiece!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book with great expectations and wasn't disappointed in the least. This is a fabulous novel that intertwines economics, time travel, quantum physics, just to name a few. This is also a great read to learn more about each of us as human beings and the perception of reality in the world around us. This is a must read for anyone that wants to experience what is important to each and every one of us in today's world - or in the past or future for that matter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow¿reading this book was like being struck by lightning! Similar to those who suddenly have enhanced psychic abilities, 'Discipline' served as a conduit to a heightened new awareness¿it provoked me to question my whole perception of reality, not an easy feat! As one who tends to gravitate towards non-fiction, I was pleasantly surprised to get completely sucked in and swept up in Douglas Cole¿s world. And what an extreme world it is¿yikes! It makes you wonder if any of this tale is semi-autobiographical. If so, it makes the story all the more frightening on so many levels. Before reading this book, I must say I was a little wary of the heady topics described on the jacket. I thought, how on earth is this guy going to weave all these random themes into a plausible correlation, but he does just that. Ahlgren masterfully and subtly threads these ¿disciplines¿ together and presents them in a very accessible and palatable manner. Like many other readers have said, the trip from the first chapter to the last was most definitely NOT the end, as I LOOPED right back to the beginning again. I¿m now re-reading the entire book to be certain I don¿t miss anything! Bravo for a completely engrossing first novel¿I look forward to the sequel and hopefully, an audio version as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Discipline is the most captivating book I¿ve read in a long time. Although many of the central subjects in Discipline are of particular interest to me, what really hooked me the most were the main characters Douglas, Jack, and Jefferson. I absolutely fell in love with them. They were ordinary people with no hard and fast lines drawn between their darkness and their light. They were so accessible and oftentimes hilarious. The choices these ordinary men made in the face of extraordinary truths and forces were what made the story totally exciting for me. The theme of science meeting spirituality is really popular these days, but I feel like Ahlgren is the only one who has really allowed actual human beings in this world full of tragedy, miracles, and everything in between to experience the complexity and mystery of our universe(s) without some divine external intervention but with their own minds, hearts and emotions. The spirituality that emerged in these characters was from them simply and courageously opening themselves (sometimes with so much struggle) to what is truly before them: a reality that is exceedingly complex, graceful, impersonal in its lightness and darkness, and alive with infinite potential. Their humanity is never lost or transcended, but expanded. And to engage life with heart never stops being a choice for them. I think what Ahlgren has done with these characters is so important right now. My only criticism of Discipline is that I really wished the female characters were more developed. I¿m really curious to know how Ahlgren would portray a woman being met with such extraordinary forces and choices. Perhaps he¿ll develop some female characters for his sequel. I can¿t wait for the sequel regardless.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Discipline was recommended to me by a friend, and as she promised, I looked forward to reading this book every single day. When I wasn't reading the book, I was thinking about the next chapter. I'd recommend it to anyone who is looking for a book that is unlike any other they've read. Can't wait to read the next one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Certain works are written, I believe, to begin to prepare society for change. They are written to continue to expand the state of the integrated web of human consciousness. In my opinion, Paco Ahlgren¿s book, `Discipline¿ is one of those books. As a society, I feel, we find ourselves in a very unique space and time. Scientific discoveries and technology are moving so quickly values and beliefs being reexamined information overload and I will only mention the condition of the political landscape. I have noticed so many people are living with a nagging level of generalized fear. Others, able to sense something beyond the fear, can see possibilities and continue to explore. Mr. Ahlgren has that passion and vision. I inhaled this book. It is at times gritty and dark, but then it takes the reader far beyond that base level to vast possibilities. Thankfully, passion drives vision and accomplishment. I know after reading Mr. Ahlgren¿s `Discipline¿ he has the ability to take a variety of subjects and weave them expertly into a story you just can¿t put down. I¿m ready for his next adventure!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Paco Alghren is a friend of my friend's dad, so my friend told me to read this book. I ended up reading this book for hours, only to be pulled away when absolutely necessary. This book actually makes the reader think. I recommend to all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Discipline' is truly a worthwhile read, one of those rare works that will stay with you long after you've put it down. Good writing is an art form, and too many authors get caught up in writing to please the masses and end up failing to get their point across. Ahlgren writes for himself, and it shows. 'Discipline' is a great work of art that deserves to be read over and over. The author has successfully taken on topics that we've all been fascinated with at one point or another. More importantly, he has shown that there is colossal connection between science, politics, economics and spirituality and that they are not mutually exclusive of one another. It's STIMULATING! It is one of those very rare works that begs for a second and third reading. My first reading was an adrenaline rush. I couldn't put it down. My second reading proved to be much more revealing than my first. . .you'll understand what I mean when you read it for yourself. 'Discipline' is the perfect book for discussion groups, it is sure to spark some passionate and interesting dialog. I look forward to reading Mr. Ahlgren's next work of art!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought Discipline, after seeing the trailer for it at the authors official website, and reading a excerpt from it. Little did I know then what this story really was. My first impression was that it was unique, and interesting, but once I started reading it, I quickly saw that it was even more so that I first though. The story is compelling, interesting, and always changing, becoming deeper and more complex as you read. Economic, social and existential ideas and thoughts start filling the story, and when you've read it all the way trough, you no longer look at the world the same way. Despite it's depth and length, it is never boring. The story draws you in, compelling you to read on. It's hardly ever predictable, as the story keeps shifting, evolving, and becoming something quite different than you could Imagen when you start reading. The characters, locations, themes and story, all make this book stand out. There's no doubt in my mind, that this book will one day be considered a classic. Read this book, you will not regret it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Let me make this short and sweet: If you haven't already added this to your wishlist or your shopping cart- DO IT NOW. When I first heard about this book, I tried buying it at a couple different stores but everywhere I went, it was sold out...which of course only drove my curiosity even more. When I finally got a copy in my hands, I couldn't put it down.... Overall, I found it to be a well-written fantastic read from the get go. I never would have thought I would find chess or quantum physics remotely fascinating, but Mr. Ahlgren has certainly peaked my interest. His sense of humor and writing style are refreshing as is his capability to explain concepts which I had clearly never understood before. I hear he is currently working on his next book and I can't wait to read it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
To call it a work of science fiction barely scratches the surface because it is oh so much more. A psychological and visionary thriller? Indeed! Yet in all actuality, something altogether different. Discipline is an incredible epic of political, psychological, and metaphysical proportions and significance. It is an exploration into the incomprehensible and limitless realms of the human mind, as well as the universe and the frontiers of science with all of their untapped potential, possibility and power. Prolifically written in an eloquent yet effortlessly uncomplicated style. A story about the tragedy and madness that surrounds the life of Douglas Cole as he is hunted. The delicate balance of the mind and its alarming potential to shatter altogether, contaminate and destructively take hold of one¿s life at the expense of all that one sees and experiences in a lifetime. And the ability of the human spirit to rise up out of the ashes, tap into one¿s divine potential and become something greater. Ultimately the story about the struggle of Douglas Cole to control the power of his own mind in all of its psychoses, as well as all of its brilliant glory and capability. Out of the depths of hell and darkness Douglas chooses to prevail, and his resurrection catapults his life into another direction entirely, literally another sphere, filled with the shocking upheavals of pure evil, revolt, and political and socio-economic revolution in a world that touches the existential and mystic yet seems so possibly real that it powerfully and defiantly grabs hold of you and shakes you! I am a believer. An amazing and truly significant piece of literature written by quite the curiosity of a mind. . . Paco Ahlgren a true and rare talent. A revolutionary mind of this time. Discipline. In a league all of its own.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Discipline is, without a doubt, the best book I have ever read. I finished it in two evenings then turned back and read it again. Page-turner is an understatement. However the complex nature of the book will force you to slow down or just read it again. This book will change the way you see the world.