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The Kundalini Equation [Kindle Edition]

Steven Barnes
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Book Description

Adam Ludlum has always been an underachiever. Then, as his father lays dying and his girlfriend gives him one final chance to shape up, Adam determines to take control of his life. He pursues a path, through yoga, martial arts and the teachings of a mysterious Eastern mystic known only as Savagi, to immense strength and power.

While early changes in Adam's fitness and physical strength seem positive, as his abilities grow Adam finds himself unable to control his anger or his reactions. He has gained superhuman powers -- and become a fugitive from the law as well as the focus of a sinister cult. Stepping back from the precipice of killings and uncontrollable violence seems impossible, as Adam's friends and two Los Angeles police detectives seek to halt the destruction that Adam has unleashed.
A fast-paced, moving and powerful novel. A thriller that leaves one questioning the boundaries of the natural and supernatural.

Steven Barnes is the author of many sf and fantasy novels, the alternate history novels LION'S BLOOD and ZULU HEART, and thrillers, including the forthcoming TWELVE DAYS. He is co-author with Larry Niven of four Dream Park novels, THE LEGACY OF HEOROT and sequels with Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, and DEVIL'S WAKE and sequels with Tananareve Due.

"Barnes gives us characters that are vividly real...and then he stokes the suspense up to levels that will make the reader miss sleep and be late for work."

“Barnes pulls no punches . . . characters are fully and beautifully drawn.”

“Barnes' sound and absorbing fantasy deals with that classic devil's bargain, achieving immortality by absorbing the life force of others.”
- Booklist (on BLOOD BROTHERS)

“Convincing at both the brain and gut levels.”
- Larry Niven (on STREETLETHAL)

“Imaginative, well-researched, well-written and devastating.”
- Octavia E. Butler, author of PARABLE OF THE TALENTS (on Barnes’ alternate history novels)

“Daringly epic in scope and written in undeniably rich appreciation of historical legend and human ties.”
- Publishers Weekly (on GREAT SKY WOMAN)

"An adventure on a grand scale, this initial installment in a projected two-volume series cleverly sets the stage for further action and will leave readers craving more."
- Booklist on GREAT SKY WOMAN

". . . a page-turner . . . always intelligent entertainment."
- Booklist on BLOOD BROTHERS

". . . at once rugged and elegant in style, a mix of harsh bloodletting with a primeval close-to-the-land beauty."
- Publishers Weekly on SHADOW VALLEY

“A cat-and-mouse chase in which role-playing serves as perfect training for heroics and survival.”
- Publishers Weekly on THE MOON MAZE GAME by Larry Niven and Steven Barnes

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 600 KB
  • Print Length: 332 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ET8EMN0
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #403,284 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A revisit to my youth 13 Dec. 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I read this book about 20years ago given to my by a then boyfriend. Well, the boyfriend didnt last but the book stuck with me for years! So much so I had to search for it again and re read it! Pleased I did. Not for everyone's taste but took me back to a nicer time!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An intense look at what makes more than a warrior 10 July 1998
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The story thrives on the concept that martial arts is only the first step of a much more powerful force. The characters are true to life and compelling from the start to the finish. A must read that is almost impossible to put down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic story - interesting concepts 1 Dec. 1999
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This author has done his research. I am amazed at the level of detail borrowing from martial arts, NLP and other disciplines - keeping everything real.
This story is hard to put down as well.
It's hard to believe the quality that is in this little paperback - but make amazon find you a copy and buy it.
If you are at all interested in martial arts, transhumanism, eastern philosphy, or good stories - this is for you.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to Put Down 31 May 2007
By Scott Masterton - Published on
"The Kundalini Equation" is one of Steve Barnes' early solo ventures and for those who are even half as passionate about human development as the author is, this is one of the best.

The story centers on a typical computer nerd that through chance and/or brilliance recreates through a powerful combination of yogic breath work, visualization, martial arts and diet a mind/body technology that evolves him from human to super-human. After a series of gruesome murders, the question soon becomes: Is he more than human or something less? This self-directed evolution idea seems to be one of Steve Barnes passions and the idea is evident in almost every piece of work that he writes. Frankly, I never tire of this and anxiously wait for everything that Barnes writes. His interests are so similar to my own, but much more than this, Steve Barnes is one of the best writers in the business. He has a great style of writing and an obvious passion for the written word, but more importantly Barnes knows people, their motivations, their lightness and darkness (and oddly seems to like them anyway).

If you can find a copy of Kundalini Equation read it and enjoy it.

Bravo Mr. Barnes.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Avid Reader's Favorite Book 22 Oct. 1999
By "eanelson" - Published on
This is one of the best books available to read. It is great writing. As well developed as a Stephen King Novel, with the plot drive of Thomas Harris. There is little this book doesn't offer. Martial Arts appreciation a plus, but not a requirement. Stephen Barnes is a master. I have read James Patterson, Richard Matheson, Stephen King, Robert Ludlum, Thomas Harris, Umberto Eco, Richard Bach. This book is a postmodern masterpiece.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT book! 14 Jun. 2002
By "garyg85" - Published on
I first read this quite a few years ago but reread it nearly every year - starting to wear it out actually. Barnes clearly did the necessary research to make the tale feel real. The story line and character development make this one of the best in the fiction world (I would love to see this turned into a screenplay).
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brutally gripping. 10 July 1996
By A Customer - Published on
Steven Barnes has always managed to captivate his audience with the reality of his characters - his art is the ability to bring a story to life.

The Kundalini Equation is no exception. From the moment I picked the book up, I was hooked. The characters were _real_, and their lives were definitely something to write about!

Without giving too much away, this is not a "hero kills them all" type of book. It's more a rocky road of action, suspense, history, excitement, with just a hint of spice and the air of the unknown.

Try it - you'll fly it!
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