The discovery of a new planet, a paradise among the stars, is supposed to provide war-torn humanity with its last chance for survival. Unfortunately, it's anything but the savior mankind so desperately needs. It's the human race's nemesis, an alien threat unleashed, one that has the power to harvest humanity when the collaboration of a sinister global sect tears down Earth's defenses at the critical moment. The fate of mankind rests in the hands of two broken men who must overcome their own inner demons before they can take on the implacable force that lies in wait at the heart of Eden to destroy everything humans have ever known.
About the Author
By day, Barry runs a European Program to help keep air traffic safe in European skies. A psychologist by training, he focuses both at the ‘controller error’ level, trying to avoid mid-air and runway collisions, and at the company level, trying to avoid the equivalent of Deepwater Horizon or Chernobyl. He is the author of several nonfiction books, including A Guide to Task Analysis (Taylor and Francis), A Practical Guide to Human Reliability Assessment, Changing Regulation, Human Factors in Air Traffic Management. Seven years ago, Barry wrote a short story called ‘Trouble in Eden’ which grew into a novel, The Eden Paradox, which is available at Barnes and Nobel.
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The Eden Paradox based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
The only unique resource on Earth not readily available elsewhere in the solar system is us, and Mr. Kirwen knows it. With the art of a master swordsman, Mr. Kirwen carves out a tale of diabolical intent and our desperate struggle against both ourselves and an implacable, superior enemy. His characters are instantly involving. Each has a unique history and cultural background that is made clear through clever use of exposition and offhand remarks that really convince the reader that these are real people involved in a visceral struggle for survival. Overall Mr. Kirwen made excellent use of mixing dialog with exposition, although there were a few places where I felt he should have spent more time showing the reader some of the action leading to the present situation instead of having a character reminisce about the past. At no point did the book feel rushed or ponderous. His ability to merge poetic prose with technical knowledge and amazing descriptions that kept clicking the forward button on my Kindle in every free moment I had. At no point did the science overwhelm the story and the book is a smooth read from start to finish. Mr. Kirwen's plot line is complex, but he uses his superior writing talent to tie all the lines together to a satisfying, and chilling conclusion that left me wishing I had already bought the sequel. Truly, if you don't read this book you're missing out. I highly recommend The Eden Paradox to any lover of science fiction and good, edge of your seat stories.
Fifty years into the future, the earth has been maimed by war and is near collapse from heat exhaustion. Scientists have already found the vaccine for AIDS and robot soldiers have quelled rebel invasions. The 3-year long World War between the United Secular Nations and the ‘Big Five’ Religious Front countries has left half a billion dead and a shortage of food, power and fuel. Then a new planet is discovered: Eden, a green-purple world bathed in blood-orange sunlight, a planet filled with virgin lakes and forests, a place so beautiful it could be compared to pre-war Switzerland. Now, the Ulysses, a faster-than-light ship carrying a crew of four astronauts, is on its way to Eden. The venture has given one last hope to mankind. If Eden fails, all humanity will see is an abyss. Then one of the astronauts begins having strange nightmares about a desert-filled Eden and a horrific creature. The nightmares put the astronauts on edge. After all, there’s reason for concern: Ulysses isn’t the first mission to Eden. There were two before which failed miserably under mysterious circumstances. One stopped transmitting after an hour of arrival; the other one exploded five days before landing. Do the nightmares have any substance or in any way predict the future? What, in reality, is going on in Eden? The Eden Paradox is a well-written, action-packed, suspenseful novel. Told in multiple points of view separated by chapters, the story moves mainly between two characters: Micah, analyst at Eden Mission Control on earth, and Blake, lead astronaut at the Ulysses. Micah feels he’s being thrust into a vortex of murder, deception and conspiracy; he feels coerced into a probably fatal role in a game he doesn’t understand nor cares about. Blake, on the other hand, is intend on protecting his crew, find out what’s really going on in Eden, and return to earth successfully. In spite of all the action, there are a lot of exposition and backstory in the first few chapters. There are also a lot of characters and it took me a while to identify with any one of them. However, I have to say that the scenes are very film-like in nature and I felt as if I were watching a movie. Although the plotline is different, the pace and tone reminded me of the Alien series, which are one of my favorites. The author uses a lot of detail to bring his fictional world to life, and in this aspect he was quite successful. In short, even though I’m not an avid fan of sci-fi, I enjoyed the novel and would definitely recommend it to readers of the genre.
The setting, turmoil, politics, societal climate and universe the Kirwan creates are gripping from page one. Particularly capturing are the challenges and inner demons faced by the characters. Looking forward to the next book in the series.