Intelligent Design: Revelations

Intelligent Design: Revelations

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ISBN-13: 9781942708414
Publisher: J.M. Erickson
Publication date: 04/27/2017
Pages: 156
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.36(d)

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Intelligent Design: Revelations 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
The existence of life on other planets has consistently been a question that no one has a definite answer to, but that has not stopped many people from dedicating their lives to researching the unknown. In Intelligent Design: Revelations, we meet one such person, a doctoral student by the name of Andrea Perez. Andrea has dedicated years to the study of light and how it can hide things from our line of sight. Her recent study has indicated that light has somehow been hiding the existence of an unknown planet behind the sun. This means, of course, that this ‘new’ planet has been obscured from Earth’s view for millions of years. However, when anyone gets close to an answer about this obscured planet their research suddenly is lost and the scientist ends up missing. As Andrea’s research closes in on this planet, her life is suddenly turned upside down. She is apprehended by the FBI and told that her life is in danger. Apparently there are some people in the U.S. Government who do not want the research Andrea is doing to go public. If getting rid of Andrea is the only way to get that accomplished, that is what would be done. Now, Andrea has a choice to make and that choice could take her on a journey she could never have imagined. Meanwhile, in the midst of losing one of her closest colleagues, Roberta Joanne Riesman is feeling misplaced. Her colleague, Hiaki Nakamura, was a brilliant scientist and together they were conducting amazing research. Now he was gone, along with all of his research and there appears to be no hope of recovering it (or him!). As Riesman tries to make it through the funeral luncheon she notices some odd people lurking around who just seem out of place but she cannot understand why. Later, she is apprehended by agents of the U.S. Government who tell her she will need to spy on a friend by the name of Anthony Perez (who just happens to be Andrea's father). Riesman is told that Anthony might be a lead to an enemy of the country. Confused on what is the truth and what is not, Riesman is given no choice on the matter. She will soon come face to face with the actual truth and have to make a choice on what she wants to do with the rest of her life. This book did not hold back one bit in creating a fast-paced science fiction storyline that I enjoyed imagining as I read, as thinking about the unknown is always interesting. Adding the element of mystery and conspiracy via the plot of the U.S. Government trying to cover up the research of an unknown planet added an extra element of suspense and excitement that made for a good read. However, there were a few times that I had trouble keeping up with where the story was as this book was told from many perspectives and from many different times. The chapters would switch from not only different characters but also jumped back and forth from past to present and even to the future, which, at times, made it difficult to follow. Overall, however, this is a very enjoyable read. Quill says: A great read for the true science-fiction lover.
SamRyan More than 1 year ago
This is now the fourth book I have read from JM Erickson and at the risk of sounding patronizing I think his writing just continues to get better and better. Perhaps it was due to the shorter length of his particular work (it’s a novella, as opposed to a full length novel) that everything just felt tighter and more focused… to an extent. I admit there were a few places that caused me some minor confusions (like when there are 2 Perez characters each being referred to as “Perez”) and the time jumps I sometimes lost track if I’d set it down for a bit. I was confused that the description read that it was 6 million years ago, but then in the book is says 63 million… anyways, small details. But overall I really liked the premise and the characters, human and non. I’d like to see this expanded into a more fleshed out series if that’s the direction the author decides to take.
JennaBrewster More than 1 year ago
Intelligent, complex, riveting, and with surprising twists, “Intelligent Design: Revelations” was an unexpected treat for me. I’m not a big sci/fi fan at all… in fact I confess I only chose this book to read because I vowed to try new genres this summer. And I may just be a new fan! Happy that this author has other books, and I’ll be checking them out as well. I was pulled into the story right away and liked the new “take” on our history/reality and the idea of a planet being basically hidden in plain sight is really cool. The technology and advancements were believable and yet almost feel ahead of its time. But what I liked the best was that I was never bored… I read it straight through and felt like I could have read more. I couldn’t tell by the last chapter if this series was done or not… almost seemed like it could go either way. But regardless, this is a very engaging and intelligently designed (pardon the pun) novella that can appeal to Science Fictions readers and Non-readers alike.
SDecker More than 1 year ago
having read three other books by this author earlier this summer (The Birds Of Flight Series) and really enjoying them, I was very eager to read Mr. Erickson’s latest novella, “Intelligent Design: Revelations”. And while the subject matter and even the genre is quite different, (the Birds of Flight series were more political thrillers; this is a Sci/Fi adventure) I enjoyed it just as much! This was a great, fast-paced plot driven novella that combined a lot of different elements to make it be much more than just a “stock” sci/fi book. There is a lot of creativity here, and interesting subplots that all tie together towards the end to put things in a different “light” so to speak. I liked that it wasn’t cliché or predictable, and I easily devoured it in the span of less than an evening. If I have one complaint it’s that I wish it was longer! A great read for any sci/fi action lover.
KMatthews More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars... I am wavering on this one, as the premise and execution are terrific, and I can’t remember reading a book that has this original take, especially in a genre where it seems like everything has been done to death. Overall the plot, the characters, the voice, and dialogues were done quite well. But it did take me some time to get really grounded in the story line, and at times it seemed almost too rushed, but then would focus on some events (or conversations) that didn’t seem as important. I think this book and the subject matter has such huge potential to take it really deep and expand even more… a science fiction book that combines elements of religion and spiritualty and technology would have endless possibilities in my mind. But I liked that many interesting questions/ideas were brought up and given an almost philosophical angle that caused us to think outside the box some. I would have liked to see more character development, personally, but that’s just me maybe – I like more “personality” to them, but in a way the characters aren’t really the focal point of this story. Would recommend for fans or literary sci/fi, action-adventure, metaphysical, etc… suitable for older teens and adults. And I would also recommend this author’s “Birds of Flight” series as well.
Ebienic More than 1 year ago
What if we are not alone in the Universe, but there still exists a Creator? Historically these viewpoints seemed mutually exclusive, but a growing number of people are starting to question this assertion. Intelligent Design: Revelations explores this possibility, including some transplanted humans’ quest for knowledge on Planet X (known as Terra to the occupants) while simultaneously trying to help Earth survive impending catastrophe. Because I find the subject fascinating, I was actually a little disappointed at the brevity of the novel. I realize it’s a huge topic, but within the confines of the story I thought there was a little more room for exploration. As it stands the novel could have a sequel but it could also stand alone as a novella. Still it raises interesting questions to ponder and I really enjoyed the read.
JulieGB More than 1 year ago
Andrea Perez is on the verge of discovering how to bend light, when the head of NASA’s search for intelligent life division approaches her. He informs her that there has been evidence of something intelligent just out of sight behind the sun. The problem is every piece of data seems to disappear or become corrupt, along with each scientist working on it. This begins the first day of Perez’s new life where she also disappears from the human population, and world. She is taken to a world known as Terra, and spends the rest of her life there working on keeping the planet invisible to earthers.  I didn’t quite understand the first half of the book. There was a bit of technology talk that was over my head, and didn’t really keep me interested. At the halfway point was when it started getting interesting to me. I finally warmed up to Andrea when she became more comfortable on Terra. I was intrigued with the story as it seemed quite possible for all this to happen. Personally though, I don’t believe that there was no God, and that we are alien descendants.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite Over 60 million years ago, planets were destroyed and with them the life that existed there. The people on earth once believed that theirs was the only planet that had life on it, but recent events have made scientists question if this is true. These scientists are also faced with the possibility of the existence of another planet that has never been discovered by man. However, all efforts to discover the truth about this new planet are futile. Any scientist who seems to be making progress disappears and data containing years of research is mysteriously deleted off computers. The latest scientist to disappear is doctoral student Andrea Perez who was under witness protection at the time of her disappearance. Three questions remain to be answered: is there really another planet that has managed to stay hidden from man all these years? Could there still be life left on the abandoned planets?  And who is foiling the scientists' efforts to discover the truth? Intelligent Design: Revelations by J. M. Erickson is an interesting science fiction novel that goes back and forth across millions of years and cuts across different planets and different timelines to bring you a story with a unique and fascinating plot that will catch the mind of any science fiction fan. J. M. Erickson wrote a book with an interesting background and very captivating current events. The book combines intriguing past and current scientific events and theories, conspiracy, high-tech gadgets and a touch of humor, with a cast of unique characters to give you a gratifying reading experience. It is an interesting read and fans of science fiction will love it.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Suzanne Cowles for Readers' Favorite Intelligent Design: Revelations by J.M. Erikson is an engaging science fiction novella depicting worlds on various planets in our solar system. The fictional story begins with Master Architect Janus communicating with a Keeper computer. The Keepers protect planets and act as portals to other locations. Over time, the female artificial intelligence develops feelings and emotions as if she is evolving. In the meantime, the existence of Venus, Mars and Earth hangs in the balance. The Terrans are Neanderthal hominids with Venusian DNA. Terra is cloaked from Earth’s view. There is a father-daughter science duo working with math and statistics to bend light. Dr. Perez goes missing while NASA searches for clues. His daughter is pursued as she tries to piece together the mysterious puzzle. Mixed in the story are failing holographic emitters, the Martian invasion, the destruction of the dinosaurs on Earth, giant attacking rats, human tracking devices, Lucifer software, rogue federal agents, out-of-control government agencies, impending cataclysmic events, an all-female Delta Force, a bio-defense mechanism tablet, spectrograph science and gravity. J.M. Erikson in Intelligent Design: Revelations writes in third person and uses a timeline spanning 63 million years as chapter breaks. On top of the who-done-it mystery and science themes, the real story seems to be about the Originators and whether there is a God, as well as the realization that man on Earth has evolved without the interference or guidance of a Keeper. Overall, the story is an enjoyable read with many exciting twists and turns akin to techno-drama science fiction.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Paul Johnson for Readers' Favorite Around sixty-three million years ago, on the planet Mars, the balance between technology and nature has been achieved. That is until a catastrophic event occurs. The Gemini planetoids between Mars and Jupiter suddenly fall out of their orbits and are set for a collision course which will have a devastating effect. Master Architect Janus and his peers have a plan. Their plan is to preserve as much of their culture as possible, but at the same time set out to find their Creator. Millions of years later on planet Earth, Lieutenant Colonel David Farrell is baffled by a conspiracy that defies the laws of nature and the rules of science. FEMA Director Roberta Josephine Riesman is given an assignment that requires her to spy on an old friend. Riesman soon discovers that the very core of human existence is about to be challenged with the knowledge of an up to now hidden planet on the far side of the sun. And the biggest problem is that Earth is not prepared for that problem. Reluctantly, she decides take on the challenge to make a difference…if there is time. Interesting. One word that really describes this book. I’ve always been a fan of good science fiction and this story is just that, good science fiction and more. I really enjoyed the characters, settings and overall plot. I must have missed something, though, because I never did really understand why the Terrans wanted to stay hidden from Earth. Nevertheless, the story moved along at a good pace that kept my attention. The ending was a little abrupt, but left the story open for a sequel or maybe more.  Well done.