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The Eidolon [Kindle Edition]

Libby McGugan
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When physicist Robert Strong – newly unemployed and single – is offered a hundred thousand pounds for a week’s work, he’s understandably sceptical. But Victor Amos, head of the mysterious Observation Research Board, has compelling proof that the next round of experiments at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider poses a real threat to the whole world. And he needs Robert to sabotage it.

Robert’s life is falling apart. His work at the Dark Matter Research Laboratory in Middlesbrough was taken away from him; his girlfriend, struggling to cope with the loss of her sister, has left. He returns home to Scotland, seeking sanctuary and rest, and instead starts to question his own sanity as the dead begin appearing to him, in dreams and in waking. Accepting Amos’s offer, Robert flies to Geneva, but as he infiltrates CERN, everything he once understood about reality and science, about the boundary between life and death, changes forever.

Mixing science, philosophy and espionage, Libby McGugan’s stunning debut is a thriller like no other.

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About the Author

Libby McGugan was born 1972 in Airdrie, a small town east of Glasgow in Scotland, to a Catholic mother and a Protestant-turned-atheist father, who loved science. She enjoyed a mixed diet of quantum physics, spiritual instinct, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. Her ambition was to grow up and join the Rebel alliance in a Galaxy Far, Far away. Instead she went to Glasgow University and studied medicine. As an emergency physician, she has worked in Scotland, in Australia with the Flying Doctors service, and in a field hospital in the desert. She loves travelling and the diversity that is the way different people see the world, and has been trekking in the Himalaya of Bhutan, backpacking in Chile, USA and Borneo and diving in Cairns. Her biggest influences are Joseph Campbell, Lao Tzu, David Bohm, Brian Greene, JK Rowling and Yoda.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 669 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Solaris (27 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G9GR7E6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #214,199 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.6 out of 5 stars
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality Debut 8 Nov. 2013
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
As a reader I'm always a fan of the "Spirit of Man" when it comes through in books. With individuals who refuse to be broken, who stand tall for what they believe in and continue trudging forward regardless of the adversity that they face, so I was more than interested in this book by Libby McGugan which promised all this and more.

What she brings to the table brings all the best elements of Urban Fantasy with a cracking Science background to the table and allows the readers to ask questions as the story reveals itself over the pages. Add to this some wonderful turns of phrase and a lead character that not only questions his own sanity (along with the reader) really allows you to get to the heart of thing as Libby's wondorous prose really does take you on a journey. A great way to spend some quality time with a debut that's announcing a cracking talent. Magical.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
"You're asking me to sabotage one of the greatest experiments in scientific history?" asks The Eidolon's narrator, theoretical physicist Robert Strong, before he makes his key Faustian pact with Victor Amos, the leader of the highly secretive Observation Research Board - self-appointed global `guardians' of cutting-edge scientific research, with a mission to protect humanity from the worst excesses of its own curiosity.

Newly-unemployed, newly single - oh, and also apparently seeing dead people - Strong is asked to help sabotage the latest experiments about to start at CERN using the Large Hadron Collider, which ORB are convinced will destroy the world. It's a belief which, strangely enough, echoes a vision of impending destruction that Strong himself had while trying to 'find himself' in Tibet.

This is an intriguing, opportune `day after tomorrow' thriller, that gets away with its James Bondian secret bases and conspiracies by scrupulously grounding itself not just in its characters' lives and relationships but also in modern particle physics. On occasion, debut novelist Libby McGugan's first-person narrative can be a tad guilty of info-dumping, but on the whole this is an absolutely fascinating, thought-provoking and thoroughly engrossing read which, while in no hurry to shock, holds your attention right to the end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Thoroughly enjoyed this thriller from the very first page....... and, in my opinion, it is definitely a THRILLER rather than a Science-fiction novel.
Fast-paced and gripping from the start with characters which you really want to learn more about - what their background is and where they are heading to. Super plot, with the main character operating as a double agent in CERN.
Couldn't put the book down. There has to be more to come and cannot wait for the next installment!
Would love to see it on the big screen too!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book now! 8 Mar. 2014
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Yes, buy this book now. Then you will be able to say that you were reading this before every one else found out about it, when it was just appearing in a niche market. There is a good chance it will be a movie. It will then be repackaged and appear on the shelves in Tesco. It will loose the Science Fiction label then as well. It is very different, but what is it? In my view it is a superhero origin story, but that's just my view. Make your own mind up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic page-turner 21 Jan. 2014
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I read most of this in one sitting! I loved the melding of real and fantasy science - it was all very credible. The characters are deftly painted, without too much detail. I can't wait to read more from this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mustered, make no mistake. 13 Jan. 2015
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Now I know people always say "I was hooked from the first page and I literally couldn't put it down!" in most reviews, but I'm not gonna do that. Because I *did* put it down, as I require two hands to eat steak and need sleep like a normal person. However, I did very much enjoy this book. It makes a nice change for a debut (like this one) to be as well written as this. It's almost as if the author is a veteran who's been writing for years, and this just flowed greatly. Awesome characters, great plot, lovely twists, and most of all, excellent time and research put into it! Made me feel like I was actually there. Can't wait for the sequel.
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