"Trial Run" By Thomas Locke Synopsis: Reese Clawson's work is mind-bending--literally. Her company specializes in global data analysis for an elite group of industry executives, and now a lucrative government contract is moving her into the realm of cutting-edge intelligence gathering. She is determined to crack the limits of consciousness--and in doing so, the boundaries of secrets and lies. But her experiment crashes as test subjects slide into a coma-like state. Reese is left scrambling to maintain control, drawing three disparate people into the search for answers--an adrenaline-amped thrill junkie with altered brain chemistry, an Italian scientist working on remote-viewing technology, and a math prodigy whose algorithms subvert computer encryption.
Will this piecemeal team prevail when a government operative is sent to investigate? As the threads of perception and reality become tangled and even time itself twists in unexpected directions, one warning remains clear: what you don't know can kill you.
With a concept so daring and writing so gripping, readers will swiftly fall under the spell of Thomas Locke's endlessly creative mind. This thrilling psychological journey into the very nature of causation and consciousness will leave them turning the pages and grasping for solid ground.
My Opinions: I was looking forward to reading this novel, as I believe that we all need to widen our scope and be open minded enough to read a variety of works, however, I found myself struggling to get involved in this story. The many characters confused me. I had to continually look back at the story to figure out who people were and what their role was in the tale. I must say that even with extreme effort, I gave up midway through the book. At the halfway point, my attention was still not engaged.
Perhaps, part of my difficulty was that the book was highly scientific and technical in nature. I was unable to identify with any of the characters nor quite understand what their part was in the whole scheme of things. The number of characters, each with his or her own story didn't seem to connect to main plot. This story may appeal to those who can deal with the technical jargon and fantasy type books. But unfortunately, it just didn't make sense to me and the more I read, the more I was confused. That being said, I believe I expected it to be more of a mysterious thriller.
I really cannot recommend this book, at least , not to all readers. There must be an audience that this book appeals to, however, I am not one of that crowd.
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