by Victor Acquista


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Survivors from an almost absolute genocide flee through space/time to make an attempt at propagating their species.

The architects of their race's destruction realize that their mission was incomplete.

The resulting conflict will be waged on our home planet where a troubled physicist, his young neighbor, and an artificial intelligence may prove to be key in deciding the outcome.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781944044497
Publisher: Sinister Grin Press
Publication date: 03/14/2017
Pages: 402
Sales rank: 1,250,357
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

Dr. Victor Acquista has become a successful international author and speaker following careers as a primary-care physician and medical executive. He previously helped to co-found The Collaborative for Community Health, a non-profit, and authored a syndicated Health and Wellness column. His fiction includes social messaging intended to get the reader engaged in thought provoking themes. Dr. Acquista has a longstanding interest in consciousness studies, is a student of Integral Theory, and strives to do his part to make our planet a wee bit better. He lives with his wife in New Mexico.

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Sentient 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
MegKing More than 1 year ago
This book by Victor Acquista was terrific! Once I started reading I didn’t want to stop until I’d finished the whole thing. It sucks you in from the beginning, and I enjoyed the author’s descriptive narrative and style of writing. The interweaving plotlines were well-developed and certainly not predictable, and there were so many aspects to this book that appealed to me on an emotional, creative, and intellectual level. Appreciated that for a book involving so much ‘alien mental powers” it felt very authentic and not some caricature-style plot device I’ve seen over and over. The way this book was written grabbed me right from the beginning and kept my attention throughout. It was intelligent, weird, sad, dark, deep, tragic, suspenseful, and with profound psychological elements I’ve never read about before. And while the beginning may have more setup than action, the tension continues to build throughout, and the ending will definitely leave you wanting more! An interesting read, one that will test the limits of your imagination and take your mind to new places (pun intended). This is a standalone book (not part of a series it appears) but I’d love to read more from Acquista in the future!
BrendaMax More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars I am of somewhat mixed feelings on this novel, “Sentient” by Victor Acquista. On one hand it is incredibly written with some of the most interesting and compelling characters I’ve read in a long time, and it’s obvious the author is mad brilliant – maybe too much so, as I felt a lot of the concepts went over my head, and I was confused by some of the wordage and had a tough time keeping track of all the characters. I do read a lot of scifi and know that goes with the territory, but this book always felt just a bit ‘out of reach’ for me. But that is just my opinion, other people may disagree. I felt it needed more tension to thrust us forward as for too long things felt to “safe” (this changes) but there weren’t the high stakes that I like to see that makes me just *have* to keep reading. But it did get better as it went along (about 25% in…) and I saw how things were falling into place. I’d say overall is a good story with an original plot, great world-building with some really unique idea and a surreal, philosophical approach to the story, and interesting characters, and I can see people liking it.
ElizaBEB More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars This book was great, although I admit at first I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it. The beginning is a bit slow and confusing, but as the story revealed itself, I was impressed with the vivid descriptions and an original plot – hard for this genre. I admit at first I was confused as to what was going on…it’s a very complex and highly intelligent type of book so there was a lot of world building that needed to happen for me to start understanding the whole thing. Seemed to lack a tension or any real ‘hook’ for quite some time. Some bouts of ‘telling’, and on occasion the dialogue had chit-chat (that didn’t really add to the plotline). But the characters were really interesting (human and non) , and once I really got into it I couldn’t put it down! Definitely recommend, even if the beginning seems a bit confusing just keep going because it will all make sense soon. Best recommended for mature readers.
SBEACHER More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars The concept for this book was great, very well thought out and brilliantly crafted. The writing was very good, and I’ve never read anything like this before. Due to the complexity of the various interweaving plotlines, at times I wondered where the story was headed, and there seemed to be a clear lack of focus. Around the half way mark, however, things started falling in place for me, and I was all in. Overall, “Sentient” is a compelling Sci-fi read, and one that is sure to appeal to fans of the genre. Mr. Acquista infuses an intelligent and creative blend of humanity and artificial intelligence and how the two affect each other, for better or worse. Other than a bit of a slowish start the story flowed well and I thought many of the ideas presented were pretty amazing. This book covers so, so much and it’s almost as literary and dramatic and philosophical as it is ‘science-fiction’. This is not a quick and easy read by any stretch, nor should it be. Acquista tackles many complex subjects that will force you to live outside your comfort zone and look at things differently. I know I did. Liked how mind-bending it was and actually feel like I may have even learned something!
MarcellaGonz More than 1 year ago
"Sentient” is the first book I’ve read from this talented author Victor Acquista, but I hope it won’t be the last! I thought the storyline and the plot development to be very well done and thought out. I feel like this level of futuristic world-building complexity could have easily ended up badly, but instead I darn near gobbled the whole book down in one week (fast for me). Solid writing that is super descriptive but not so much as to kill the tension (a tricky balance to achieve, I think). I did find the beginning to be a bit slow, however, and it did take me some time to really get grounded in this world(s) and understand the carious characters/races/ and their roles (I admit to feel pretty lost for a while). At times I felt it lacked focus and felt it could have used more heightened conflict at times. Decent editing (only minor punctuation things on occasion) and great flow, and an interesting mix of characters (some more developed than others) along the way makes for an entertaining, and quite profound and unpredictable read.(
ClaireBear74 More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars this book was really good, and totally unlike anything I’ve ever read before! I loved how complete and thoroughly imagined the world here was, starting from the scenes on Adden to Earth to the ones in Space. This wasn’t the typical sci/fi ‘aliens vs. humans” book that we see all too much of in this genre (yet this element is definitely there!). This story is extremely intelligent, deep and provocative, yet very easy to get swept up in and lose yourself in. Fortunately though it’s not convoluted or confusing, even though it could have been! (helpful Glossary at the for the special language used). Liked the characters, and thought the whole take on the mind powers, the collective consciousness, gene manipulation was really cool. This book makes you think outside the box and I like that it has a sort of “philosophical” feel to it as well. Loved the ending, even if it was very abrupt. It wraps up well. Recommend for readers of literary/philosophical science fiction