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Omega [Kindle Edition]

Raymond Leonard
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One winter evening, before a television audience of millions, a scientist, famous for his chilling computer simulations of the future, makes a speech that will alter the course of history. Then, on the island of Malta, work soon begins on building a gargantuan computer. The OMEGA project brings together some of the worlds most brilliant scientific minds. Eugene Grant, a Noble Prize Winner and Jesuit priest, Marie Singh, former head of Artificial Intelligence at I.B.M, and the petulant Chief Technician Dave Tolley each have their own reasons for doubting the morality and wisdom of what they are creating. Soon OMEGA takes on a personality, with a superhuman capacity for ultimate good or evil. But no one can be sure whether OMEGA's coming signals a new age of enlightenment, or the beginning of a nightmare end for humanity. As the last moments of human independence tick away, two men begin a desperate battle to outwit OMEGA and perhaps save mankind from their new master.

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About the Author

Professor Leonard is author of over two hundred wide ranging scientific papers, which include a technique now used to safeguard the ozone layer. Lifelong fascinations have been science, religion and the future. These interests were combined in a series of novels, now revised and re-printed, whose titles included The Nostradamus Inheritance, Omega and The Legacy of the Shroud. The novels were well received worldwide, and even found translation into Japanese and Hindu. Professor Leonard has appeared frequently on radio and television to discuss the boundaries between science and religion, and gave the Cardinal Newman Lecture at Oxford University in 1986. More recently he has published a collection of poems, entitled Pearls Along The Path.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 445 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1453891943
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00545M3I8
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #53,839 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Raymond Leonard: Scientist, Novelist, Poet or Latter-day Prophet?

Raymond Leonard was born during an air-raid on the centre of Manchester, in which his parent's home was destroyed. As a youth, in the city slums, he devised many ways of helping the family budget, including being a newspaper boy and running a fruit and vegetable stall on bombed land. Having left school at 14, he went on to win a State Scholarship and then a Ph.D. After a Senior Industrial Career he joined the academic staff at Manchester University. Here he founded his own department of Total Technology, which won the Queen's Anniversary Prize presented at Buckingham Palace. During his academic career he supervised numerous doctoral students, wrote over 200 research papers in science and engineering and a textbook on Applied Technology. He also co-authored the book 'How to Avoid The British Disease' which the then Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher referred to as being her 'little Bible'.

Lifelong passions for Professor Leonard are science, religion and the future. These interests inspired a series of futuristic novels. When the Daily Express was reviewing The Nostradamus Inheritance it carried the headline 'Scientist Predicts The Day The World Will End'. This caused widespread concern in the UK. The headline also helped the book hit the best seller lists, and even find translation into Japanese and Hindi. This public concern for the future was heightened when Professor Leonard's own predictions in The Nostradamus Inheritance started to become chillingly fulfilled. Other predictions in subsequent novels, such as the immediate collapse of the Soviet Union, as forecast in Legacy of The Shroud, now titled The Jesus Clone, added to his growing reputation as a Latter-day Prophet. This prophetic image resulted in Professor Leonard giving the Cardinal Newman Lecture at Oxford University. Here the title was 'Reconciling Prophesy With Freewill'. It was noted that the Old Library was filled to capacity for Professor Leonard's presentation.

All Raymond Leonard's five novels, recently revised by the author, are now available on Amazon/Kindle. There is also an Amazon edition of the complete collection of his poems (published or otherwise). A selection of these poems are freely available for reading on his website, www.rayondleonard.com. The poems, entitled, Pearls Along The Path, bridge the wrongly perceived divide between Science and Faith. They also give a vision of the world that awaits ourselves and our fragile Earth.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars out of this world 28 Jan. 2012
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I was intrigued to pick up this book after reading other kindle books by the same author. Like all the rest it does not disappoint. The story moves at a brisk pace with plenty of action. Unlike some books of its genre it has no random plot variations and this lets you really empathise with the characters. If you wish to see the future before it happens then this is the book to read. The scene is the not too distant future, with a world on the brink of collapse. Population, pollution, resource depletion and arsenals of hideous arms are the order of the day. So what avenue might exist for survival? In this book the answer lies in building a computer of epic proportions and gargantuan intellect. But should OMEGA be turned on? Here the writer makes full use of his acclaimed scientific background in a chilling scenario with three dimensional characters who carry the plot to its riveting end. Normally I can predict how a novel will wind up but not this one. Yet on a second reading everything is consistent with the fate that man inherits. This book is a masterpiece of its genre and I recommend it to everyone interested in what may lie ahead. I can't wait to see a film version made!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars thought evoking! 24 Dec. 2012
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After you have finished this book you can't help but think about the story and ....the "what if" scenario occurred. Very cleverly written again by Mr Leonard excellent ending
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book 5 Nov. 2012
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CAUTION>>>>SPOILERS AHEAD>>>>
Loved the idea that this book delivers,easy to read.
The ending thou I thought could have been fleshed out a bit more,as it seems to come to an abrupt end!( still a good ending ) Would have liked to see it with a bit more "battle of the minds" between omega and the characters, as it seems it took alot to get to that point but then nears the end.
Enjoyable read and I would /will read more of his books.
as i said i think it could have been taken forward from the end a bit more ,with a look see into the first 1-2 years after,if only a brief description of events.
having said that i say its very much worth a read and a very interesting Idea that we all face in the not to distant future...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating 8 Dec. 2012
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this book is so gripping because it could happen! i liked the way it gave alternate futures and how it brought it together at the end :-)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Is this written by a 12 yr old? 29 Jan. 2013
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Oh dear what a shock to come down to this from the excellent works of Ian Hocking and Richard Phillips. Sorry, I don't like to belittle someone's work but really when I got to the line 'United Nations Resolution 666' that was enough. The plot is just silly, obviously American and seemed to be carrying some underlying evangelistic message. I got to about Chapter four but the narrative was just so juvenile it made me laugh, sorry not worth the time for me.
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