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A team of neuroscientists uncover amazing new capabilities in the brain that may steer human evolution toward miraculous and deadly frontiers in this spectacular debut work of speculative science fictionLimitless meets James Rollinsthat combines spirituality and science in an inventive, mind-blowing fashion. For decades, scientists have speculated about the untapped A team of neuroscientists uncover amazing new capabilities in the brain that may steer human evolution toward miraculous and deadly frontiers in this spectacular debut work of speculative science fiction—Limitless meets James Rollins—that combines spirituality and science in an inventive, mind-blowing fashion. For decades, scientists have speculated about the untapped potential of the human brain. Now, neuroscientist Chuck Brenton has made an astonishing breakthrough. He has discovered the key—the crucial combination of practice and conditioning—to access the incredible power dormant in ninety percent of our brains. Applying his methods to test subjects, he has stimulated abilities that elevate brain function to seemingly “godlike” levels. These extraordinary abilities can transform the world, replacing fear and suffering with tranquility and stability. But in an age of increasing militarization, corporate exploitation, and explosive technological discovery, a group of influential powerbrokers are determined to control these new superbeings for their own manipulative ends?and their motives may be far from peaceful.


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A team of neuroscientists uncover amazing new capabilities in the brain that may steer human evolution toward miraculous and deadly frontiers in this spectacular debut work of speculative science fictionLimitless meets James Rollinsthat combines spirituality and science in an inventive, mind-blowing fashion. For decades, scientists have speculated about the untapped A team of neuroscientists uncover amazing new capabilities in the brain that may steer human evolution toward miraculous and deadly frontiers in this spectacular debut work of speculative science fiction—Limitless meets James Rollins—that combines spirituality and science in an inventive, mind-blowing fashion. For decades, scientists have speculated about the untapped potential of the human brain. Now, neuroscientist Chuck Brenton has made an astonishing breakthrough. He has discovered the key—the crucial combination of practice and conditioning—to access the incredible power dormant in ninety percent of our brains. Applying his methods to test subjects, he has stimulated abilities that elevate brain function to seemingly “godlike” levels. These extraordinary abilities can transform the world, replacing fear and suffering with tranquility and stability. But in an age of increasing militarization, corporate exploitation, and explosive technological discovery, a group of influential powerbrokers are determined to control these new superbeings for their own manipulative ends?and their motives may be far from peaceful.

30 review for The God Wave

  1. 4 out of 5

    Will Byrnes

    What is the potential of the human brain? We have all heard the line about how people use only 10% of our capacity, which is almost certainly not true. But what if people could be trained to harness the untapped portion, whatever percentage that might be? What might the limits be for the human brain? Telekinesis? How strong? How far? What else might the human brain be able to do unleashed from our current limitations? Telepathy? Mind control? If that brain is suddenly empowered, what does that What is the potential of the human brain? We have all heard the line about how people use only 10% of our capacity, which is almost certainly not true. But what if people could be trained to harness the untapped portion, whatever percentage that might be? What might the limits be for the human brain? Telekinesis? How strong? How far? What else might the human brain be able to do unleashed from our current limitations? Telepathy? Mind control? If that brain is suddenly empowered, what does that imply about the humanity of the enhanced? Are they still human, or a new type of human, say homo invictus? What might that mean for the rest of us? Patrick Hemstreet Chuck Benton, a neuroscience researcher and professor at Johns Hopkins, wants to be able to translate the brain waves that everyone generates into real world application. If brain waves could move the needle on an EEG printout, why couldn’t those waves be harnessed to real-world purposes? Why not drive a car with brain power alone, or paint a picture? All that would be needed is the proper interface. And therein lies the challenge. Benton may be a genius in his field, but he needs a higher understanding of math in order to translate brain waves into commands, let alone actions. MIT professor Matt Streegman is not exactly the most social person on the planet. But when he hears Benton being interviewed on an episode of Ira Flatow’s Science Friday, a lightbulb flashes on. Streegman might be a bit more social but for one thing. His wife, Lucy, lies in a hospital, comatose, but still possessing active brain waves. What if he could use Benton’s work to try to actually communicate with Lucy? Streegman has the math. His work on robotics interfaces gives him a unique appreciation for communication challenges. When he goes to see Benton a few days later, solution in hand, it is the beginning of a giant leap for mankind. Chuck and Matt set to work straight away. A diverse group of subjects is recruited, including a gamer, a martial arts specialist, an artist, a construction worker and others, and the game is on. Progress is intermittent and challenges many, but if they did not accomplish something special, the author would have had to come up with a very different title for his book. Three books actually. The copy I read was an ARE, and there is no indication, at least none that I spotted, that The God Wave is the first book in a trilogy. That it was not intended to be a stand-alone was pretty clear as I kept getting closer to the end and it seemed that the story-telling possibilities kept expanding. The God Wave of the title refers to a brain wave (like alpha, beta or gamma) that operates at an inhumanly high frequency, a state some of the test subjects achieve. Once there, they manifest abilities that are cool, impressive, and scary. The ramp up in the story-telling is a bit slow, but once underway the action is fast-paced and very engaging. Tension builds nicely. When their sugar daddy super-secret military group, Deep Shield, gets more involved than is comfortable, it does not take enhanced brain waves to see that our intrepid scientists and their team could be in some deep poo. There are internal tensions as well, with Chuck’s starry-eyed vision of helping humanity running into Matt’s desire for a very large payday. We see the growth of the test subjects, and the alarming abilities the interface is nurturing. And no, they are not using Professor Harold Hill’s Think system. We also see the increasing control being exercised by the baddies. Hemstreet injects a bit of humor, as the scientists and their team refer to the ever more numerous security personnel as Smiths, a Matrix ref. There will be battles. The force will be used. Smiths - from The Enquirer So, a nifty sci-fi, maybe twenty minutes into the future. Hemstreet uses tropes of the genre, which is perfectly ok if done well, and they are. And there are plenty of references to other material of this sort, from a scene that offers a nod to Aliens to scenes that will feel familiar to fans of the original Robo-Cop. One would have to suspect that a character named Kobayashi would be a reference to the infamous Star Trek training mission And there are plenty more overt mentions. Independence Day and Transformers pop to mind. So, a bit of fun in this. I did have some gripes, of course. While I do not expect from a book of this sort the degree of character development one might find in a literary novel, I thought his two primaries were a touch thin. I found it not at all credible that a scientist would enter into a major business contract without having his lawyer check it out. I felt that the condition of Matt’s wife, raised early as a significant motivational factor, seemed to get lost a bit. A more regular update would have been welcome. Early on there is a concept tossed off that I found a bit dodgy. “..the human brain is an interpretative interface between the mind and the human body.” Really? If there even is such a thing as the mind there has been no evidence I am aware of that demonstrates its existence without a human brain to generate it. Tossing out this notion of the mind as an independent entity as a universally accepted fact seems disingenuous. I don’t mind a bit of truthiness in a work of science fiction, but it seemed unnecessary to go there, at least in this volume. Hemstreet has had a hand in the neurodiagnostics biz, (although his Linked In page indicates only a BA in liberal arts) so we presume he knows a thing or two about gray matter, and what may or may not be possible. But he does not limit his look to the purely scientific, however speculative. He offers adult consideration of diverse perspectives. I was particularly impressed with his dialectic on security versus openness. Considering that this is Hemstreet’s first novel, it is pretty impressive. He keeps things moving along nicely, ramps up tensions with aplomb, tosses in a fair number of surprises, brings considerable creativity to bear, offers some adult perspective on real-world issues and looks at theoretical sources of potential ethical conflict as well. I was disappointed when the book ended and I hope that volume 2 will be in print before too long. Maybe if I concentrate really, really hard… Review posted – 1/29/16 Publication date – 5/17/16 =============================EXTRA STUFF Links to the author’s Twitter and FB pages Ira Flato’s Science Friday is a real show and definitely worth checking out The 10% myth - a wiki and a nifty look by Neuroscience for Kids Experiments on Tibetan Buddhist monks have shown a correlation between transcendental mental states and gamma waves

  2. 5 out of 5

    Faith

    A group of scientists and research subjects experiment with using brain waves to cause physical outcomes on objects, computer programs, etc. Their research is promising enough that they set up a company to further the research and exploit its practical applications. Some of the subjects develop abilities that are way beyond the original scope of the experiments. Naturally their work attracts the attention of a shadowy governmental operation that hires them to train its operatives. Of course this A group of scientists and research subjects experiment with using brain waves to cause physical outcomes on objects, computer programs, etc. Their research is promising enough that they set up a company to further the research and exploit its practical applications. Some of the subjects develop abilities that are way beyond the original scope of the experiments. Naturally their work attracts the attention of a shadowy governmental operation that hires them to train its operatives. Of course this doesn't end well. The build up in this book is somewhat slow but the last 20% or so has a lot of action, and then it just ends. As the author's first book, it's not the most artfully drafted book I've ever read, but it was entertaining. This sci fi thriller is the first of a trilogy and so far I'm interested enough to want to continue with the second book. Unfortunately, that's pretty much required, since nothing is resolved here. This book is just a set up for the next book and ends with a cliff hanger. Enter shadowy organization number 2.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    The God Wave is a perfect storm of tech-fi infused with plausible reality. Author Patrick Hemstreet, a neuroengineer has crafted a dynamic and thought provoking tech thriller that, true to the blurb, captures the imagination and possibilities of Limitless and bumps it up a notch or two into X-Men territory by giving his characters superhuman abilities straight from the pages of superhero comics. It reads so damn real it's scary. Neuroscientist Chuck Brenton and MIT Professor Matt Streegman make The God Wave is a perfect storm of tech-fi infused with plausible reality. Author Patrick Hemstreet, a neuroengineer has crafted a dynamic and thought provoking tech thriller that, true to the blurb, captures the imagination and possibilities of Limitless and bumps it up a notch or two into X-Men territory by giving his characters superhuman abilities straight from the pages of superhero comics. It reads so damn real it's scary. Neuroscientist Chuck Brenton and MIT Professor Matt Streegman make a scientific breakthrough when they uncover the untapped potential of the God Wave (or Alpha Wave), a heightened brainwave that allows humans to control inanimate objects and move them by thought. Naturally the military catch wind of this tech and want a piece of it. Matt and Chuck (who's reluctant to get into bed with anyone wanting to weaponize the tech and is eventually convinced by Matt) are happy to seize the dollars for the betterment of their fledgling company but have no idea what's in store for them and their 'alphas' once they start questioning the black ops Government agency about their intentions and the unwanted surveillance the team is put under. I couldn't read this book quick enough and loved the way it evolved from a tech-fi into thriller into superhero-like territory with seamless ease. My only gripe is that the book didn't quite read as a complete story given the title is the first in a trilogy, I expect the threads to be picked up in book 2, The God Peak (published August 2017) which is on my to-buy list. My rating: 4/5 stars.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tonya

    First I have to disclose I was given this book by Harper Voyager to review. This was fan-freaking-tastic! Haven't said that about a book in a while. I probably would have read this thing in two days, but alas, life she gets in the way. I really enjoyed this book. (you can tell, can't you?) His writing is smooth, easy to understand, YET - it's smart, intelligent and YET - if you are not too bright you could still probably read this book. If you like Neil Stephenson or even Michael Crichton, you First I have to disclose I was given this book by Harper Voyager to review. This was fan-freaking-tastic! Haven't said that about a book in a while. I probably would have read this thing in two days, but alas, life she gets in the way. I really enjoyed this book. (you can tell, can't you?) His writing is smooth, easy to understand, YET - it's smart, intelligent and YET - if you are not too bright you could still probably read this book. If you like Neil Stephenson or even Michael Crichton, you will probably like this book. No, he does not write on the same level as either of those guys (but who does?) but this is pure science fiction. And he keeps you on your toes from page one. The story is great, the characters are not bad, likable, not-likable, funny, weak, strong - good rounded players. The concept of the book (brain waves, telekinesis, Neuro-stuff) is really a fascinating idea and not new in science fiction, but I like what he does with it. I'm not sure how accurate his details are as I'm not an expert on the brain, but the book is so damn entertaining, I'm not sure it matters. Worst part - you have to wait for the second book to know what happens. Hanging around, waiting for the next book, killing me. Just go read it. Will be a perfect summer read. Perfect!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Trike

    This is an okay book, but it has too much of a been-there-done-that feel coupled with cardboard characters. It doesnt help that it has been overhyped. On the cover a Kirkus quote screams: A flat-out astonishing debut! Its not. This is well-trod territory. Even the concept has been used innumerable times before. Its just another technology unleashes superpowers story, in this case telepresence leading to telekinesis. Which is fine, but you really need stellar writing to sell such a well-worn This is an okay book, but it has too much of a been-there-done-that feel coupled with cardboard characters. It doesn’t help that it has been overhyped. On the cover a Kirkus quote screams: “A flat-out astonishing debut!” It’s not. This is well-trod territory. Even the concept has been used innumerable times before. It’s just another “technology unleashes superpowers” story, in this case telepresence leading to telekinesis. Which is fine, but you really need stellar writing to sell such a well-worn trope. At best this is serviceable prose. I’m even okay with it being Fantasy masquerading as Science Fiction since that’s essentially what most superhero comics do. I just can’t get past the stock characters saying routine things while following a bog-standard plot.

  6. 4 out of 5

    William Bentrim

    The God Wave by Patrick Hemstreet This novel may be a authentic peek into the future. Consider the brain operated drones for a moment and how experiments are progressing with the brain operating prosthesis hands. This book goes a large but not inconceivable step forward in the direction of the main character in the movie Lucy. The thesis is the mind can be trained into using more of its potential. Hemstreet postulated two believable characters in Matt and Chuck. Matt as a bereaved pragmatic The God Wave by Patrick Hemstreet This novel may be a authentic peek into the future. Consider the brain operated drones for a moment and how experiments are progressing with the brain operating prosthesis hands. This book goes a large but not inconceivable step forward in the direction of the main character in the movie Lucy. The thesis is the mind can be trained into using more of its potential. Hemstreet postulated two believable characters in Matt and Chuck. Matt as a bereaved pragmatic genius and Chuck as a naive near genius. The two of them interact in a predictable manner for their personalities. The addition of the team provides the necessary counterpoints to the conflict between those diverse personalities. The books premise is both exciting and daunting. Exciting for the possibilities inherent in greater control of our own brain and daunting for how that control could be co-opted by outside malevolent forces. This book appears to be the first in a series and it should be a hit series as the book was fast moving, extremely interesting and provides a ray of hope for the future. I highly recommend it. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/Patrick-Hems...

  7. 5 out of 5

    John

    This inaugural novel is another example of the paranoid military-gone-amok trope. A neuroscientist, Chuck Brenton, has discovered a means to train individuals to change brain waves to the newly-named zeta waves, which has the potential effect physical reality, similar to psychokinesis. Such technology would permit individuals trapped in their immobile bodies, such as Stephen Hawking, to manipulate their physical space. When mathematician Matt Streegman teams up with Chuck he encourages the newly This inaugural novel is another example of the paranoid military-gone-amok trope. A neuroscientist, Chuck Brenton, has discovered a means to train individuals to change brain waves to the newly-named zeta waves, which has the potential effect physical reality, similar to psychokinesis. Such technology would permit individuals trapped in their immobile bodies, such as Stephen Hawking, to manipulate their physical space. When mathematician Matt Streegman teams up with Chuck he encourages the newly formed company to seek financial backers and to market their product. Who should some knocking at their door with an offer to good to turn down but a clandestine US military organization. Quicker than you can say, "World domination", the military officer over this company abandons his promised defensive use for the research for its offensive capabilities. I found the plot of this sci-fi novel predictable: scientific technology discovered which can benefit mankind, technology usurped by nefarious entity, scientists confront the military and win back the day. The characters were essentially stereotypes of stock characters. The plot was so plodding, I almost stopped reading it a couple of times. I wish I would have listened to my inner voice. A sequel has been released but I doubt seriously that I will read it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    wally

    just finished this one, the 1st of february 2019 friday evening, two stars it was okay kindle library loaner the first half was relatively...boring...scientist/lab types working with science lab stuff gizmos and gadgets...dry stuff. you say car...store...shed...beach...woods...people get it. this stuff? meh. still, interesting so you keep going. the last 20% of the story, i dunno, strange days, the pace picked up and it all got to be a bit much, you realize okay this is #1 of more to come, but just finished this one, the 1st of february 2019 friday evening, two stars it was okay kindle library loaner the first half was relatively...boring...scientist/lab types working with science lab stuff gizmos and gadgets...dry stuff. you say car...store...shed...beach...woods...people get it. this stuff? meh. still, interesting so you keep going. the last 20% of the story, i dunno, strange days, the pace picked up and it all got to be a bit much, you realize okay this is #1 of more to come, but you have this strange maybe government person maybe not and all his rank and file...then you have this mountain that materialized out of no where, lights blinking off at bases in...upper volta? naw, russia maybe it was. seemed to have hit a few bummers lately. interesting premise poor execution.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Brielle Harrison

    Great book. I binged all three in the trilogy one after another. It was very well written and I loved the direction the books took. I highly recommend them.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jon

    Man oh man, books like this are why I love being a Harper Voyager Super Reader. Just think, they sent me this book for free with the only requirement being that I give them an honest review. Sweeeeeeeeet!!! Ok, so the official blurb is "Limitless meets James Rollins" but to tell you the truth, Patrick Hemstreet out-James-Rollins' James Rollins. I say this because over the last 8 or 10 years Rollins has just flooded the market with works revolving around the same characters, to the point that (in Man oh man, books like this are why I love being a Harper Voyager Super Reader. Just think, they sent me this book for free with the only requirement being that I give them an honest review. Sweeeeeeeeet!!! Ok, so the official blurb is "Limitless meets James Rollins" but to tell you the truth, Patrick Hemstreet out-James-Rollins' James Rollins. I say this because over the last 8 or 10 years Rollins has just flooded the market with works revolving around the same characters, to the point that (in comparison to his early stand-alone works) he's become cliche and boringly repetitive. I can't blame him, if I found a machine that printed money I'd run that sucker till the wheels fell off, too. It just makes for sub-par reading. Hemstreet, on the other hand, is a breath of fresh air. Sure, everyone has done the "tap into the power of the human mind" thing, but he grounds the book solidly in current tech and (much like Edward Ashton in -his- debut last year, 3 Days in April) takes a diverse cast and spins them into a yarn that you just can't walk away from. I burned through it in a weekend and am seriously jonesing for the next installment (supposedly one a year through 2018 according to the literature). All I can say is next summer can't get here fast enough.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Reiter Reiter

    THE GOD WAVE by Patrick Hemstreet You have to love 'What If' Science-Fiction. Taking something we know as a jump-off point and casting everything into a whirlwind of possibility. One of my favorite stories to date is "Star Man", posing the question: what if someone answered the invitation we put in our space probe? Patrick Hemstreet takes the concept of the EEG and takes it into the Fourth Dimension! Turning the pages, I found myself thinking, "Well, what would happen if..." and isn't that the THE GOD WAVE by Patrick Hemstreet You have to love 'What If' Science-Fiction. Taking something we know as a jump-off point and casting everything into a whirlwind of possibility. One of my favorite stories to date is "Star Man", posing the question: what if someone answered the invitation we put in our space probe? Patrick Hemstreet takes the concept of the EEG and takes it into the Fourth Dimension! Turning the pages, I found myself thinking, "Well, what would happen if..." and isn't that the whole point?! I appreciated the group concept instead of the single character because seldom does a story-line lend itself to that perspective. The dialog was smooth, catchy and even edgy in some unexpected places. I came away wanting to read more of their exchanges! My only takeaway is that I was craving greater depth from the antagonist. However, as we are all so often proving, sometimes we are our own worst enemy. Personal agendas (credible and earnest) did a VERY good job making the group both accessible and vulnerable. I'm interested to see where the next book will take us! Good Job, Mr. Hemstreet!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Etienne

    Good book, interesting premise, well developed. I'm very critical of ending in book these days, I'm usually disappointed by them, this one's ok and set's up a sequel so we'll see how it progress. I will read the sequel (if there is one) as it was interesting enough to continue. Good work for a first book Patrick.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ruy de Oliveira

    Too much a "please, Hollywood, buy me and turn me into a mediocre action movie, pleeeeeeeease!". If the American Military were this stupid, we'd be all speaking Russian by now. Flat and stereotyped characters, linear predictable plot, kinda sad.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    Two men, one a scientist another a mathematician, set out to find ways to use brain waves to manipulate matter. One may call it telekinesis, but this succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. After finding people who could 'learn' to use their brains this way, the group discovers that the math whiz, Matt, has sold them out to the military. At least. that's what they think at first. Later, they begin to doubt that this group has anything to do with the US Military at all, at least overtly. One of Two men, one a scientist another a mathematician, set out to find ways to use brain waves to manipulate matter. One may call it telekinesis, but this succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. After finding people who could 'learn' to use their brains this way, the group discovers that the math whiz, Matt, has sold them out to the military. At least. that's what they think at first. Later, they begin to doubt that this group has anything to do with the US Military at all, at least overtly. One of the group's talents is to inhabit the body of a robot (mentally) and maneuver it at will. This military group is developing robots with weaponry, and forcing the group to train them. One group of six decide to escape. That leaves at least 3 behind. Three very talented individuals who don't need any kind of connection in order to manipulate things. And when the government people come after them, there is carnage like never before seen. The God Wave has changed their personality in ways that the other group has not experienced. What happens next is for the next book. Really good read!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Henry Lazarus

    Patrick Hemstreet tells of neuroscientist Chuck Brenton who works with advanced EEGs created from creative volunteers. Then he has a bright idea that the EEGs could be used to allow direct manipulation of computer effects. Working with a mathematician Matthew Streegman and others they soon discover that their subjects can create what they call a zeta brain wave, The God Wave (paper from HarperCollins Publishers), allows subjects to do impossible things like telekinesis. Unfortunately their Patrick Hemstreet tells of neuroscientist Chuck Brenton who works with advanced EEGs created from creative volunteers. Then he has a bright idea that the EEGs could be used to allow direct manipulation of computer effects. Working with a mathematician Matthew Streegman and others they soon discover that their subjects can create what they call a zeta brain wave, The God Wave (paper from HarperCollins Publishers), allows subjects to do impossible things like telekinesis. Unfortunately their company signs a contract to train members with what they think is the US Army but is actually a paramilitary group. The first half of the tale is a lot of fun, but then things go dark. It is the first book of a trilogy which I bought when I read that the tv and film right had been picked up. It should make for a great tv or movie series.Review printed by Philadelphia Free Press

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I think I was hoping for a little more from this book... like a deeper dig into the unforeseen or existential consequences of the premise... But that being said, it was an enjoyable light SF read for the most part. The premise was cool enough, but the story felt very surface level and the characters were pretty one dimensional. It reminded me a bit of Blake Crouch's Dark Matter - stylistically especially. It sacrifices the inner experience of the characters to keep the plot moving (which isn't I think I was hoping for a little more from this book... like a deeper dig into the unforeseen or existential consequences of the premise... But that being said, it was an enjoyable light SF read for the most part. The premise was cool enough, but the story felt very surface level and the characters were pretty one dimensional. It reminded me a bit of Blake Crouch's Dark Matter - stylistically especially. It sacrifices the inner experience of the characters to keep the plot moving (which isn't necessarily a bad thing, depending on your mood and preferences). I will admit that the ending kind of hooked me. I mean, what are those mysterious people doing in this crazy lab? What is their endgame? It made me feel like this book was a super long act one to something that could potentially be much more interesting.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Timothy Ward

    When I read the back cover about the genetic advancements in telepathy and how that could change our world, I thought this book is exactly what I want to read. Checking out the authors background made me even more excited because the book to come would have authentic scientific reasoning behind the advancements. The first third of the book reinforced these hopeful predictions. The gamma waves, zeta waves, and how each experimental lab rat developed their powers was fascinating science. I loved When I read the back cover about the genetic advancements in telepathy and how that could change our world, I thought this book is exactly what I want to read. Checking out the author’s background made me even more excited because the book to come would have authentic scientific reasoning behind the advancements. The first third of the book reinforced these hopeful predictions. The gamma waves, zeta waves, and how each experimental lab rat developed their powers was fascinating science. I loved the idea of how they could build a company with this advancement, and which industries they’d serve first. While I enjoyed the book from there to the end, there’s something about the direction that left me disappointed. It started to feel like too much science, and as we passed the halfway point and well into the second half and still more discussions of the technology, I began to lose interest. The action at the end was very cool, but I don’t think there’s really a character in here that I left feeling emotionally impacted by. This was disappointing because the technology and potential for how that would shape society is really exciting story fodder, it just turned out that the story might have taken too much time on the technology development and not enough exploration for my expectations. I listened to the audiobook, produced by HarperAudio and Nick Podehl, and thought the narrator did an excellent job. Very professional delivery that did everything possible to enhance to experience. I’m already a fan of his from his work on the Apocalypse Z series, so it was great to hear him again.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Vahid

    The premise sounded so cool: humans unlocking radical mind powers and progressing to the next state of human evolution! Awesome! The story ended up plodding along, laboriously, with some technical details thrown in that likely would impress someone who had never used a computer before and didn't know the difference between a wifi router and a microwave oven, and then some Michael Bay-style over the top stuff starts happening around page 300, and you know what, I don't think I'll be tuning in for The premise sounded so cool: humans unlocking radical mind powers and progressing to the next state of human evolution! Awesome! The story ended up plodding along, laboriously, with some technical details thrown in that likely would impress someone who had never used a computer before and didn't know the difference between a wifi router and a microwave oven, and then some Michael Bay-style over the top stuff starts happening around page 300, and you know what, I don't think I'll be tuning in for the rest of the trilogy. For a much cooler treatment of similar subject matter, with a bigger scope, and which is 'actual sci-fi' by comparison, maybe try A.E. Van Vogt's "Slan," which is probably like 70 years old at this point but is a lot more fun.

  19. 4 out of 5

    David V.

    Started 7-27-17; finished 8-4-17. Good science fiction thriller about the not-too-distant future. If brain waves can move a needle on a graph, what else can brain waves move or control? Two men become partners in this endeavor: one sees science as bettering mankind, the other bettering his wallet. Then of course a "super secret" military unit becomes involved, and we all know how that will turn out! Lots of action in the 2nd half of this debut novel, including car chases, explosions, you know, Started 7-27-17; finished 8-4-17. Good science fiction thriller about the not-too-distant future. If brain waves can move a needle on a graph, what else can brain waves move or control? Two men become partners in this endeavor: one sees science as bettering mankind, the other bettering his wallet. Then of course a "super secret" military unit becomes involved, and we all know how that will turn out! Lots of action in the 2nd half of this debut novel, including car chases, explosions, you know, the usual exciting mayhem. The second book in the series is The God Peak, and I just started that one.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Terri Weitze

    This was an interesting book, filled with interesting characters. The premise is what happens when an interface between humans and machines becomes possible? And then what happens when one of the creators decides they should be making as much money as possible from the concept? The book's pace is too slow for me and filled with a lot of scientific jargon. I have no doubt it is well researched. And with the "gimme" of the initial premise, it is pretty believable. I just didn't find it compelling; This was an interesting book, filled with interesting characters. The premise is what happens when an interface between humans and machines becomes possible? And then what happens when one of the creators decides they should be making as much money as possible from the concept? The book's pace is too slow for me and filled with a lot of scientific jargon. I have no doubt it is well researched. And with the "gimme" of the initial premise, it is pretty believable. I just didn't find it compelling; and certainly not compelling enough to read any further into the trilogy.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Chip

    Eh. 2.5 stars. Don't get the rave reviews. Kinda silly, and very unrealistic. For example (a) the concept of how people were able to make the jump to (avoiding spoilers) use of the God Wave for basically absolutely whatever wasn't remotely thought out or explained - silly, (b) the idea that either of the two main founders would (or could) spring such material surprises on each other - silly, and (c) (again, vague so as to avoid spoilers) the whole story with General Howard - extra-silly. Eh. 2.5 stars. Don't get the rave reviews. Kinda silly, and very unrealistic. For example (a) the concept of how people were able to make the jump to (avoiding spoilers) use of the God Wave for basically absolutely whatever wasn't remotely thought out or explained - silly, (b) the idea that either of the two main founders would (or could) spring such material surprises on each other - silly, and (c) (again, vague so as to avoid spoilers) the whole story with General Howard - extra-silly. Basically a lightweight, less thoughtful Robert J Sawyer book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Courtney Skelton

    Remarkable! The God Wave is a much needed addition to the SF genre. Patrick Hemstreet has now articulated a masterful story that has all the imaginary elements of a SF story, yet at the same time stays grounded enough to still sound and feel plausible. It starts out slow with one mans idea how to better the world, and from there, it speeds up, and mushrooms into something much bigger. The characters are all easy to follow, even the ones who you dont necessarily like and or cheer for. My favorite Remarkable! The God Wave is a much needed addition to the SF genre. Patrick Hemstreet has now articulated a masterful story that has all the imaginary elements of a SF story, yet at the same time stays grounded enough to still sound and feel plausible. It starts out slow with one man’s idea how to better the world, and from there, it speeds up, and mushrooms into something much bigger. The characters are all easy to follow, even the ones who you don’t necessarily like and or cheer for. My favorite character is Chen Lanfen. The biggest challenge the book seemed to take on and conquer was the fact it detailed very specific ideas that normally only a neuroengineer, scientist, or any advanced mechanical engineer would talk about, yet it is detailed in an easy to understand language, without dumbing it down to the point no one would want to read it. Then there is the fact that every detail was described in a way that I never guessed as to what was happening. Considering this is a debut novel, is almost scary. I can only see him getting better as he goes.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Joanne

    First, I received this book from Goodreads for my review. I anticipated this story as it blended high technology with excellent ways to use this new technology. But the nefarious "bad guy" has other ideas. With mind control, robots can be used as undefeatible military weapons. Great premise, but the ending disappointed. Since there now is a sequel available, I understand that the author has left things dangling to create an audience for book 2. I will give this a 3.5 which should have been a 4.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Philip Lopresto

    Pretty solid for a first novel. I liked the "real science" science fiction the novel radiated. Obviously the plot isn't real science, but it seems plausible with the build up of the story. Plot fell a little flat about 2/3 through the book, but good finish. Will definitely put the other books of this series on my "to read" list.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

    The one saving grace of this debut was that it was a pretty quick read. That may be because a lot of the story has been done to death for decades in science fiction world and the science and characters were both lightweight enough that you did not have to slow down to give much thought to the book. Very stock characters in completely predictable circumstances.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    This book started out rather slowly and I had a hard time sticking with it. But the last 100 pages made it worth it. I'm not sure though that I'll chance the next 2 books...maybe... I liked the story premise and some of the characters had interest. But I don't think it's good enough for me to move the trilogy up in my reading queue.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Joe Poppino

    Great premise Entertaining read. Occasionally the characters or setting felt two-dimensional, but overall a great story. I loved the premise of controlled human evolution. A little like X-men...

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rob

    Interesting and different This novel was unlike anything Ive read before. It took some scientific principles, some concerns about the military-industrial complex, and mixed them with the potential for the evolution of the human brain. Cant wait to read what comes next. Interesting and different This novel was unlike anything I’ve read before. It took some scientific principles, some concerns about the military-industrial complex, and mixed them with the potential for the evolution of the human brain. Can’t wait to read what comes next.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    I do not know enough (what a laugh - nothing!) about neuroscience or robotics to know if this story is believable, but from where I come from it seems to make sense. The last couple of chapters especially kept you on edge, waiting to see what would happen.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Really great premise-gives you much to think about. The characters are not really well developed but there is an increasing amount of action as you go on. I am hopeful that in future books, the author explores more of the ramifications of The God Wave, as it is quite fascinating.

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