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Sean Byron McQueen leads a solitary and ordinary life since the sudden death of his wife nine years ago. He juggles between teaching literature at NYU and nurturing his secret dream of writing a novel. His closest friend, Dylan Byrne, leads a lifestyle of scientific research and spirituality. He moves across the planet in search of elusive answers to life and force. One afternoon, a cryptic letter from Dylan interrupts Sean’s solitary bliss. Dylan claims to have discovered a mind-bending and life-altering discovery that even escaped Einstein, the theory of everything. He also expresses concerns about a government plot to silence him. Sean dismisses the claims but agrees to meet his friend for further discussions. The meeting never materialized, and Dylan was found dead in his hotel room with no apparent cause of death.
Fueled by curiosity, guilt, and love for his dear friend, Sean vows to uncover the truth and release the theory to the world. He joins forces with Emily Edens, a professor in the quantum physics department at Columbia University and Dylan’s collaborator. They begin retracing Dylan’s footsteps, ending up in Kathmandu, a mystical place where Dylan had the breakthrough. On their heels is the Guru, an influential and powerful CIA operative whose goal is to be the sole owner of the theory. In Kathmandu, things take a peculiar turn when they face both natural and man-induced calamities, leaving them within an inch of their lives. How deep does the government cover-up run? What will be the ultimate cost of Sean and Emily's pursuit? Most importantly, does the theory even exist?
Michael Kelley excellently crafts the characters, ensuring a realistic depiction of their nature. Each has a comprehensive and vivid description, bringing out their physical traits and personality attributes. The distinction between the literal and sensitive Sean and the scientific and rational Emily is clear and a unique blend. The various scenes and settings are also easy to visualize and experience, such as the calming ambiance of the Deeksha resort in Kathmandu or the cold and brutal interrogation cells. The book is also intriguing due to the author’s poetic writing style and philosophical approach to life and science.
The Lost Theory has two unfolding stories, and this is my favorite aspect of the book. First, Sean and his compatriot’s lives unfold as they dodge the government and continue searching for the documents. Concurrently, Sean is also converting his experiences and developing them into a novel. In it, Sean’s life is unfolding as James and Emily as Brigitte, and everyone else has their assigned names and roles as Sean sees fit. This made my reading experience highly appealing as I had two equally thrilling and suspenseful stories unfolding in parallel. I equally love the humorous metaphors and phrases used throughout the book. There is absolutely nothing to dislike about the book. The conclusion is perfect, leaving one yearning for more and sad to leave the world.
I found only one grammatical error, a testament to the book’s professional editing. The language is intelligible, and all the scientific concepts are easy to follow and understand. The use of profanities is minimal, and the intimate scenes are metaphorically and tastefully explained. There is mention of spirituality, Buddhism, and meditation within the read. However, it completes the story and is not imposing or offensive. The Lost Theory is a creative mix of crime, science fiction, and delicate romance. Right from the introduction, the book takes you through a world of government conspiracies, absolute love and spirituality, quantum physics, and humor. It will tug at your heartstrings, steer you to an epiphany and keep you in a constant state of suspense and anticipation. I recommend The Lost Theory to lovers of adventure stories that take one through the good, bad, and mysteries of life. The rating is 4 out of 4 stars.
The Lost Theory
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