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The Eidolon [Paperback]

Libby McGugan
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7 Nov 2013
A contemporary SF thriller. The divide between science and the human spirit is the setting for a battle for the future. ... When physicist Robert Strong loses his job at the Dark Matter research lab and his relationship falls apart, he returns home to Scotland. then the dead start appearing to him, and Robert begins to question his own sanity. Victor Amos, an enigmatic businessman, arrives and recruits Robert to sabotage CERN'S large Hadron Collider, convincing him the next step in the collider's research will bring about disaster. Everything Robert once understood about reality, and the boundaries between life and death, is about to change forever. and the biggest change will be to Robert himself... Mixing science, philosophy and espionage, Libby Mcgugan's stunning debut is a thriller like no other.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Solaris (7 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781081581
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781081587
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 441,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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 500 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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"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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