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- Print Length: 348 pages
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ET8EMN0
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- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
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Wish there were more good martial arts sci fi stuff out there.
I once heard a story,possibly apocryphal, of a study in which the question was asked a group of elite athletes: If there were a technique or substance that allowed you to be absolutely the best in your sport but would seriously curtail your lifespan, would you take it? The answer was an overwhelming "Yes!" This is the kind of story behind the Kundalini Equation. Adam Ludlum, in his attempt to get in shape in order to win his father's approval and his girlfriend's respect and admiration, comes upon a technique for transformation, a technique to which he becomes addicted with disastrous consequences to himself, to those around him, and ultimately to the world.
The lesson I find over and over: how does one strive for excellence without becoming unhealthily obsessive? How does one maintain sufficient contact with one's community to be pulled back from the brink of self-destruction? How does our obsession with technique manifest as addiction wherein we are powerless to stop even in the face of the unmanageability of the consequences both societal and personal?
This is a solid book, well written with good secondary characters. Barnes gets you deeply into Adam's emotional life so that you appreciate his progression and demise. The secondary characters are also fleshed out well enough that you appreciate their concern and ultimately their anguish over Adam. The story is three dimensional and real.
I first bought this book in 1986 and have re-read it enough that my copy is held together by a rubber band. I got the Kindle version so that I wouldn't have to deal with keeping all the pages in their proper order as I read it again.
The Kundalini Equation proposes just such a theory. Although a work of fiction, it does provide food for thought. Just what are the limits of our human bodies if we discipline our minds?
I guess blood, gore and mass destruction are the norm these days, and that's the case here. I will credit Barnes for concluding the story, not purposely setting up a sequel as everyone seems to do these days ( as I wait feverishly for the next "Expsnse" installment!).
So much great sci-fi revolves around a whodunnit, and the characters develop along that journey. Barnes does this well, so you end up rooting for, and often saddened by, their fate.
If you enjoy an inner battle as well as good guy-bad guy, this 'equation ' has a solution for you.