3 out of 4 stars
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The meaning of entanglement is the action of entangling: the state of being entangled. So, to entangle means to cause to become twisted together or caught in a snarl or entwining mass. In Physics, the definition becomes more encompassing in that it means: to cause the quantum states of two or more objects to become correlated in such a way that they remain correlated, even though the objects are separated spatially. Which is kind of mind-bending in the way that the characters and the story line in this book, Entanglement: Quantum & Otherwise, by John K. Danenbarger, were portrayed: as if they were destined to be intertwined within each other’s lives in some way across time and space. Coming into and out of their individual realities as if by a force of nature or, forces within the quantum fields of existence that stretch beyond the realistic thought processes of man.
The characters all played some role in the upliftment or destruction of the others in the book. For example, when Joe, back in the 80s, had met Beth, Geena’s mother, and assisted her in getting clean and going to Bermuda, but fraudulently. Or, a significant incident that ultimately would seal the fates of both Joe’s life partner, Martin, and the biological mother of Davis, the adopted son of Beth and her husband Kevin, whose role would be a significant part in the story and still very entangled within the realities of two of the previously named characters.
Reading this book gave me the sense of being in the mind of the author, John K. Danenbarger. His ability to piece together characters with complex attributes that span at least 60+ years and create plot twists that will leave you in suspense at times, is one reason I could not put the book down (unless I physically had to). I was thoroughly delighted while reading it. The nuances of the characters personas were satisfying in that they seemed like real people in real, and sometimes, surreal struggles.
The only negative aspect of reading this e-book copy, was that the formatting of a paragraph within the text was smaller than the rest of the text within about 3-4 different chapters. Almost like it was done purposefully, in my opinion. Also, in my copy, I was left with a cliff hanger on the last page. I am unsure of whether it was the device I was on or the app that I was able to download the book onto. But, being left in suspense on the last page in the last chapter entitled ‘Epilogue Erasement’, is sad because I would’ve loved to have known what happened to Joe in the end. Overall, though, great read.
Based on my summary paragraphs above, I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. It does seem to be exceptionally well edited. I would have given this book a 4, but because of the e-book copy I possess, my version had formatting errors and left me with an unfinished story in the last chapter of the book. Nevertheless, this would be a great story for young adults around the age of 25+ years old, and mature adults alike, who love to read books involving complex characters and plot settings that will have one delving into their own worlds to discover the quantum reality that co-exists around us all.
Entanglement - Quantum and Otherwise
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