I went to a book signing this weekend. Richard Cox was signing copies of his new book The God Particle.
We managed to show up just as the signing was underway and was able to hang out and talk to Richard for a few minutes before his line started forming. I actually met him before the signing; we are both members of OSFW and attend monthly meetings. Not only is he a talented writer, he is a really great guy with whom to talk.
Now, we couldn’t very well make a trip to Barnes & Noble without perusing the shelves. As we
Chera Kimiko. She is an anchor for our local Fox affiliate. Her good looks and quick wit have made her quite the local celebrity.
We finish our shopping and give a final farewell to Richard on our way out the door. As we are walking to the car, I read, For Chera. Hmmm, I think and move on to the acknowledgements. There it is in black and white; Chera Kimiko, whom I met while scratching out the first draft, and whose influence can be found throughout this book.
Wait, let me get this straight…he is a talented writer with a great personality and dashing good looks, he has just had his second book released, he actually has a line at his book signing, and he is friends with the hottest anchor person to ever grace our airwaves? It’s official…I am now forced to hate you Richard Cox. Just kidding, I threw that in there in case you ran across this review (yes, I actually plan to talk about your book here).
The book is great. It is fast paced and flows smoothly. I couldn’t put the damned thing down. I bought it yesterday afternoon and I was finished with it by late this morning. It has several different stories lines that dance and flirt across the page waiting for the moment that they will all intersect. It is a story filled with intrigue, betrayal, seemingly supernatural powers, aspects of science versus religion, physics, love and sex…lots of sex. Fear not, the sex scenes are tastefully done and quite pertinent to the story (as hard as that is to believe, as most sex scenes seem somehow gratuitous).
Take an American businessman (Steve Keeley), put him in Zurich and have him tossed from a third story building. For most people this would be the end of a bad day, but for Steve it is the beginning of an adventure. I have unofficially dubbed him Hal, but you will have to read the book to find out why.
Kelly Smith is Anchor for a local ABC affiliate (yes, I am fairly sure that he drew heavily from Chera for this character). She has a chance encounter with Mike McNair, a brilliant physicist and an unlikely romance threatens to blossom.
Mike McNair is “The Man” at a $12 billion facility that housed a super collider. You will never guess what he is searching for…oh, I guess you did, it is the God Particle. Some would say he is too young to lead this project, but…yeah, he has his hands full.
How do they all come together? Well, you are just going to have to read the book. I highly recommend it.