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Seven Point Eight by Marie Harbon

Saturday, August 20, 2011
Seven Point Eight: The most powerful number in the universe. The number that connects everything. A physicist begins a quest to measure the soul but soon finds himself drawn into the world of the enigmatic Max Richardson, where research is sold to the military at the highest bid. However, he soon discovers another purpose when an extremely talented young psychic enters his life. He devises a project and builds a team to stretch the frontiers of exploration, only to make a reality-shattering discovery… The First Chronicle is the beginning of a 5 part epic which follows the spiritual and emotional journey of five people; their quest to understand the universe and our place within it. Along the way, they address the fundamental questions we all seek answers to: why are we here? What is the purpose of the universe? Is there a God? Quantum physics meets spirituality in a tale which begins in the 1940s, unfolds during the 1960s; an era of social and spiritual transformation and reaches its conclusion in the modern age. It interweaves the human dramas of love, betrayal, bitterness and above all, courage in a world where everyone must face their own dark shadow.

Goodreads Summary

This is a great science fiction book for those interested is mind power/control.  The main characters, Max, Tahra, and Paul, are embroiled in a project that allows one to project his/her consciousness to different areas of the world as well as, they soon find out, outside of this Earth.  Tahra is the character who is able to carry out this incredible feat.  The reader will enjoy exploring the author's idea of different planets in both our and other solar systems; Tahra sees new "entities" and meets the ultimate entity, angel like entities, at the very end of the book. 

There is also a different part to this novel, one concerning romance.  Max is a womanizer, he isn't a character one would expect to be faithful.  He does the nasty with several women-partly out of sexual frustration at Tahra's refusal.  He repeatedly attempts to secure a relationship, going so far as to offer marriage, to Tahra.  Tahra, who is very inexperienced and more mature, repeatedly refuses...she wants more from a partner.  Paul is much older than Tahra, two decades to be exact; however, he is much nicer and is drawn to Tahra, despite his relationship with another woman. 

The characters vary in their likableness.  The reader will most likely enjoy Tahra's character, she is both smart and sweet; however, the reader will not find Max's character nearly as palatable.  The plot is unusual, different, and in part, pure science fiction.  The reader may have to reread several passages in the book to make absolutely sure he/she understands the concepts acknowledged in the book.  This book was a quick read for containing so many chapters, the book would be great for young adult/adult readers who enjoy science fiction with a hint of romance.

4 Stars