The New Reality: An Alex Pella Novel

The New Reality: An Alex Pella Novel

by Stephen Martino

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Author Stephen Martino delivers an action-packed medical thriller in a heart-stopping race to save humanity.

In the year 2080, a deadly retrovirus is inadvertently released upon the planet. Facing financial ruin and catastrophic loss of life, the world’s nations turn to acclaimed neuroscientist Alex Pella and NIH expert Marissa Ambrosia. Assembling a team of experts, the scientists begin an international search for the cure while fighting off a foreign elite military unit sent to stop them at all costs. Guided by a code concealed within the Hebrew text of the Old Testament, the scientists must traverse ancient lands and solve a biblical riddle in their quest to save humanity from its eminent destruction.

Drawing from both our nation’s politically charged environment and the worldwide economic crisis, The New Reality follows Alex Pella on a journey that projects a frightening path for human existence in the twenty-first century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611530759
Publisher: Light Messages Publishing
Publication date: 05/15/2014
Series: Alex Pella , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 326
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Stephen Martino holds an MD from the University of Pennsylvania and is a neurologist in New Jersey. If he is not working, he can be found with his 5 children either on the soccer field, in cub scouts or at a dance recital. The New Reality is his first novel. Visit his website at

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The New Reality 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
bucmjt More than 1 year ago
The New Reality by Stephen Martino is a terrific book.  It took me a bit longer to read because it is deeply intelligent and well written.  The nuances demanded a deeper understanding and the action/suspense was expertly interwoven.  The main characters are strong, smart, and thoroughly conceived.  I am extremely impressed with depth that this author created to give a complete story line.  There were no questions left unanswered.  I am looking forward to more from this author.
amm02 More than 1 year ago
It's the year 2081 and there is a new treat running around. It's called The Disease. It started in the somewhere around turkey and no one knows how. Now after many tries and failures they bring what they know to America. Alex and Marissa now have to work quickly to figure out what's wrong. Not only that but there is more going on then they know. This is such an awesome story. A great mix of mystery and suspense. I liked how there was a religious aspect but it is not overwhelming. I just can't say enough about how much I loved this book. It kept me intrigued and I cannot wait until the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quite possibly the best thing about Stephen Martino‘s debut novel, The New Reality, is the fact that the action is fast-paced from the very beginning! There’s nothing worse than picking up a new book, getting excited to get into the story that you read about on the back cover, and then having to trudge through 100 pages of back story just to get things going. Martino avoids that entire concern by just getting right to the point and that, alone, made this one of the best thrillers that I’ve read in years. The fast-paced action aside, I also enjoyed the story that Martino tells – even if it may be a harbinger of things to come. The New Reality is a medical thriller set not far in the future with very real connections to today’s political world. As the story moves along, the reader is introduced to different characters situated on a global landscape ranging from America to the Arab states and more. For example, the main antagonist – Ari Lesmana, known as “the Malik” – seems to be born from the hype that surrounded President Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign. The main protagonist is a scientist and medical entrepreneur named Alex Pella who is cast in the same mold as a Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, or Jeff Bezos. During the story, Martino ties Lesmana to a citizenry with a near-brainwashed level of euphoric fanaticism. From my perspective, that connection closely followed the bizarre euphoria that followed Obama’s supporters after 2008. Martino does an excellent job of bringing the reader into the panic that surrounds The Disease and, particularly, the desperation that Pella and his team feel as they try to find a cure before it’s too late. Unlike many recent releases in the thriller genre, The New Reality brings the reader a fast-paced, action-packed adventure that moves as fast as you can flip a page. There are no long, drawn out segments of the book to bore you to tears. Instead, Martino writes in a style closely resembling that of Dan Brown and Harlan Coben. And that is the style that this story needs to be told in because of the amount of movement that the characters experience during the story. One chapter takes place in America while the next chapter takes place in a high-tech, super-fast airplane while the following chapter might be in Israel or somewhere in the Arabian Peninsula. If you like reading a strong “thrill of the chase” novel that actually has a significant story to tell, then this is the one for you. And watch out for the storyline extension at the end of the novel – it’ll leave you hungry for the next book in the Alex Pella series! The New Reality is the perfect book to read while you’re laying on the beach this summer, too. As I’ve noted, the story moves quickly and Martino moves the core discussion along in each chapter. You won’t be left waiting for dozens or hundreds of pages to find out why a certain character said something in a prior chapter – the answers are given to you as fast as you can read them and put the pieces together. Martino’s experience as a neurologist certainly plays into his ability to write a strong medical-based thriller. If you’re a fan of this genre, looking for a great book to read this summer, and/or just looking for a book that has characters with depth, a story with resonance, and a real lesson to teach today’s political leaders, then The New Reality is for you. Plus, based on the high level of quality in his first novel, I think we’ll be seeing more of Martino in the literary world.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
The premise behind this book is really intriguing to me. I really like medical thrillers, especially combined with a dystopian theme, with a little bit of the spiritual thrown in. The author delves into a lot of current political issues (trade monopolies, big business, rising cost of healthcare vs quality, bio-terrorism, etc). The story itself is well-paced, quickly getting the reader involved, and wanting to stay involved. However, the format the story is written in is a little off to me. The story shifts gears very quickly and without much explanation early on, and although I can understand the plot necessity for that to an extent, it can be a bit confusing to the reader at times. It also seems to shift points of view multiple times within the same chapter, first person to third person to omniscient, etc. Again, understanding at times, but still confusing. There needs to be more of a separation of different parts other than just going to the next paragraph. All that being said, the story itself is a great addition to the thriller genre and a commendable first effort at a novel. Alex Pella is a great protagonist to have as the main character and to continue having for several novels. I would definitely want to follow his story and see what happens in the world we have created. Give it a try and see what you think if you like theses types of books. Received for an honest review. Rating: 3 HEAT Rating: none Reviewed By: Daysie W. Review Courtesy of: My Book Addictions and More
MikiHope More than 1 year ago
Why does it seem to me like all the medical doctors are suddenly writing medical thrillers? This one will certainly have you reading far into the night and praying that this does not become the new reality! So much of what is depicted could actually occur and, if the truth be known is already happening. I don't want to blow the story for you so I am going to say not one more peep--READ IT--and let's not allow this to really become our future!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very exciting read. Hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic read! After a virus embedded in our genetic code inadvertently gets released upon the planet, no country is financially prepared to deal with such a disaster. In order to save mankind from extinction, the high-tech wiz Alex Pella and his colleagues must travel the world in order to solve an ancient biblical riddle before time runs out. I highly recommend it. It will be hard to put down in one reading.