Decoding the Phoenix

Decoding the Phoenix

by MD Tchaves

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ISBN-13: 9780692922828
Publisher: Shoot for the Stars Publishing
Publication date: 07/18/2017
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

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Decoding the Phoenix 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
BrendaMax More than 1 year ago
fast paced, emotional, eye-opening and thought-provoking… and with a very strong and powerful message throughout, once I started reading “Decoding the Phoenix” by MD Tchaves I didn’t want to put it down until I’d finished! Seemed never a good place just to stop for a while as the action continued to build and build. Some ‘not far out there’ scenarios that come to life, in a way that makes you wonder what is really going on out there and questioning things that many people simply just accept as reality… when in truth there’s so much more to the story! I personally feel that there could have been a bit more depth to some of the characters, and some scenes seemed a bit too rushed (like toward the end). Liked the international setting and the characters, though, and didn’t expect some things to happen that did. Good characters, but some feel more fleshed out than others – some felt unnecessary. I read another review where it was compared in a way to Dan Brown and “National Treasure” and I think that is a perfect comparison, and I too love those types of stories! So if you do too, then this is a good one for you.
essieh More than 1 year ago
I ended up liking this book way more than I even expected to! In fact, now other books will seem boring/shallow by comparison! I like that it felt very plausible and ‘true to life’ on the sense that some of this stuff happens in real life, yet is presented in a way that is ‘entertaining’ (for lack of a better word!) and is exciting. I literally could not put my e-reader down for the last half of the book, at least. I would describe this book as being a very ‘realistic’ drama, adventure, mystery/conspiracy thriller book, and I thought it was awesome! I do think reading this helped me to appreciate and understand certain aspects of religious and historical and astrological aspects that I never much thought about, and ideologies that I’m not very familiar with other that what I’ve read in other books or seen in movies, so that part was interesting. Liked how the different characters all worked together, and there were some great conversations that I enjoyed! Many other profound and insightful observations but also makes you ask questions about what we really know and look at things differently. Wasn’t a fan of the cliffhanger ending, however, especially if the next book isn’t available yet. But hopefully it will be soon. Could use some better proofreading, but has a really great concept and I enjoyed it anyways. Way too much to get into here… this is a book that a simple summary can’t do it justice – you have to read and experience it for yourself!
CodyBCB More than 1 year ago
I was totally grabbed from the beginning of “Decoding the Phoenix” by MD Tchaves and my interest never faded for a moment! Great cast of authentic and strong characters (loved Lilac and Graham and the others) and storylines that continued to build with tension and shock and surprise. Just when you think you know what’s happening, something comes along to throw a wrench in it, or take us to a new place/adventure/time/mystery. This is good because I hate books that are super predictable (or boring!). And this one isn’t. It had a lot of ‘layers’ that kept revealing themselves as the story progressed…Although there are some familiar themes and tropes at play, and you will recognize real figures and events from the ‘real world’ (which makes this book even better, in my opinion) Tchaves brings a fresh attitude and literary style and makes it all his own and doesn’t just rehash ‘events from real life’. But there is plenty of that here too, (at least influenced or inspired by) which makes this book unique. I’ve read a bunch of books like this before (another review mentioned the “Dan Brown” feel and I agree… and maybe some James Patterson as well) over the years so I’m rarely really impressed by anything anymore but I can say that this author managed to do it – particularly with the top-notch narrative prose and realistic situations that feel well-researched. Brisk pace and the descriptive details really brought the story to life – authentic world building (and character development) is absolutely crucial in selling a believable story and it is done quite nicely here. Recommend for anyone (adults) who enjoy a well-written, action packed, true-to-life feeling drama with unexpected twists and a profound, philosophical messages that really think outside the box. Some language but nothing horrible. Just a fun ride. Looking forward to the next one!
SDecker More than 1 year ago
wow, what a powerful, complex, and relevant book! Okay, I don’t even know where to begin because so much happens and I don’t want to give anything away… “Decoding the Phoenix” by author MD Tchaves is a great mix of fact and fiction, loaded with historically and culturally relevant ideas and a plotline that will keep you hooked from the intriguing opener to the wild ending that will leave you reaching for the sequel (where is it??). But there is also a riveting human story here and I appreciate how the author made it so easy to read and used the characters in a way that really showed the story and the experiences firsthand. It also had a thriller/mystery feel to it in a way…. I liked it for so many different reasons, first the writing was very easy to read and with great flow. The fast-paced narrative and dialogue makes it a very easy book to sink into. There are enough descriptions where you can picture everything perfectly, but not so much that it bogs down the pacing. Right from the beginning Tchaves plops us down into the drama, and has such a cool mix of real life stories, legends, mythology, astrology, etc… I feel like I really learned something and had fun too. The chapters are short and the pace is fast. Because of the overarching storylines relating to real events (or plausible hypotheticals) it just felt more real than I expected and feels believable and not totally contrived which is important for enjoying a book like this. You have to believe that on some level it is something that could happen. It makes you think a bit what’s really going on, but I liked that there are some really interesting ideas put forth here and some fun characters to experience it all with.., I think this book will greatly appeal to fans of drama, thriller/suspense and (lite) sci-fi. Recommend.
SamRyan More than 1 year ago
I admit it took me some time to get into this book, and at first, I wasn’t really sure where it was going. But the more I read the more I got into it, the more wrapped up I got in this world and characters MD Tchaves created. It’s weird to think it’s actually fiction as parts really seem real, and are so astutely relatable to current times and events. I have a feeling that this book and the characters and their fates will stay with me for some time. I thought the overall plot and narration was good, but it could have used a bit more polish as there was some long stretches of ‘telling’ of the events (as opposed to ‘showing’ us to bring us closer to the action), and to me it seemed to just so quickly end – I thought it was so abrupt and wanted to know more and have more closure. I had a hard time connecting with any one character as it moved around a lot---it was weird how it would jump from being told in first person from Graham’s POV, then jump around to being in third-person. There is a significant amount of head-hopping as well. It didn’t ruin the book, but I would have just liked a better flow in my opinion. Some characters I feel like I really understood, while some others felt a little thin. Nevertheless I look forward to reading more from Mr. Tchaves in the future as he is truly a gifted storyteller with a fun story to share. It is clear that he is well-versed on global events and has done his homework. Could use better execution, but I think a lot of people would really enjoy this book.
LauraClarke More than 1 year ago
Great novel. Tight writing, great action, believable characters, important plotlines that shed light on things that are happening or have happened and mysteries and conspiracies and secrets (some in other parts of the world or a different time period) in a way that makes it relatable—and interesting— to the average reader…. Overall a terrific read that I feel really opened my eyes to interesting events from different perspectives. Such a great group of characters – I am hard pressed to think of another novel I’ve read lately where they are so dynamic, yet totally real – from Graham and Lilac and Jake and even the female President they each participate in the story in a way that highlights different elements of their roles. It is very fast paced, but the thing that I liked best was the constant tension throughout…. This isn’t a nonfiction book, but there is enough truth in here to give you pause. I thought the writing was descriptive and like I mentioned, the characters really helped bring the story to life in a relatable way. I can totally see this book as being a movie. Recommend for fans of intelligent and easy to read thriller/mystery.