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Review~ The New Reality by Stephen Martino

20627886Title: The New Reality


Author: Stephen Martino


Publisher: Light Messages

Publication Date: May 15, 2014


ISBN-13: 9781611530742

Genre: Medical/Dystopian Thriller

Series: Alex Pella #1

Source: Received for an honest review.


Book Description Courtesy of Goodreads:

After a deadly retrovirus is inadvertently released upon the planet in 2080, no country is financially prepared to deal with such a disaster. Only the acclaimed neuroscientist, Alex Pella, and NIH expert, Marissa Ambrosia, have the audacity to lead a search for the cure while simultaneously fending off a foreign elite military unit sent to stop them. Guided by an ancient code concealed within the Hebrew text of the Old Testament, the scientists must traverse ancient lands and attempt to solve a biblical riddle in order to save humanity from its eminent destruction.

Drawing from both our nation’s politically charged environment and the worldwide economic crisis, The New Reality follows Alex Pella on a journey that projects a frightening path for human existence in the twenty-first century.

My Thoughts:

The premise behind this book is really intriguing to me. I really like medical thrillers, especially combined with a dystopian theme, with a little bit of the spiritual thrown in. The author delves into a lot of current political issues (trade monopolies, big business, rising cost of healthcare vs quality, bio-terrorism, etc). The story itself is well-paced, quickly getting the reader involved, and wanting to stay involved.

However, the format the story is written in is a little off to me. The story shifts gears very quickly and without much explanation early on, and although I can understand the plot necessity for that to an extent, it can be a bit confusing to the reader at times. It also seems to shift points of view multiple times within the same chapter, first person to third person to omniscient, etc. Again, understanding at times, but still confusing. There needs to be more of a separation of different parts other than just going to the next paragraph.

All that being said, the story itself is a great addition to the thriller genre and a commendable first effort at a novel. Alex Pella is a great protagonist to have as the main character and to continue having for several novels. I would definitely want to follow his story and see what happens in the world we have created.

Give it a try and see what you think if you like theses types of books. Received for an honest review.

Rating: 3

HEAT Rating: none

Reviewed By: Daysie W.

Review Courtesy of: My Book Addictions and More







Genre: Medical Thriller/Suspense/Mystery

(Rated R for mature themes and language)


Source: Received for an honest review    from the author.


  • Paperback: 358 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (April 30, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1497531233
  • ISBN-13: 978-1497531239



Book Description

May 18, 2014

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NEW! Join New York Times bestseller and real life ER physician CJ Lyons as she returns to her medical thriller roots with a heart wrenching tale of good and evil, despair and hope, and the unexpected gift of grace that comes with embracing our mortality.

Fatal. Insomnia.

“FAREWELL TO DREAMS has it all: a heroine you’ll never forget and a story that whips by at bullet speed.” ~Tess Gerritsen, NYT bestselling author of DIE AGAIN

“CJ Lyons scores a major triumph with FAREWELL TO DREAMS. Totally absorbing and impossible to put down.” ~Douglas Preston, #1 NYT bestselling author

In the chaos of the ER, functioning without sleep is a prized skill. But even Dr. Angela Rossi will admit that five months is far too long, especially when accompanied by other worrisome symptoms: night sweats, tremors, muscle spasms, fevers. Then a dead nun speaks to her while Angela is holding the nun’s heart in her hand.

“Find the girl,” the nun commands—although no one else in the trauma room can hear, the words drilling directly into Angela’s brain. “Save the girl.”

Falling into catatonic states where she freezes in the middle of a resuscitation and hears dead nuns talking to her? Not good. Maybe she should check herself into her own hospital…except a lost girl’s life depends on Angela.

Because the girl IS real. The threat to her is deadly.

Aided by a police detective fallen from grace, Angela searches the midnight catacombs beneath the city, facing down a ruthless gangleader and stumbling onto a serial killer’s lair. Her desperate quest to save the girl leads her to the one thing she least expected to find: a last chance for love.

As her symptoms escalate in bizarre and disturbing ways, Angie realizes exactly how serious her illness is. She might be dying, but she’s finally choosing how to live…

FAREWELL TO DREAMS reveals critically acclaimed, award winning New York Times bestselling author CJ Lyons at her best. Join the millions of readers who have already fallen in love with CJ’s “Thrillers with Heart” and grab your copy of FAREWELL TO DREAMS today!

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“Everything a great thriller should be–action packed, authentic, and intense.” –#1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child

“Compelling…I love how the characters come alive on every page.” –New York Times bestselling author Jeffery Deaver

“A pulse-pounding adrenaline rush.”–Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author

“The perfect blend of romance and suspense. My kind of read.”–Sandra Brown, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“A high-stakes adventure with dire consequences.”–Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author

“Packed with adrenaline.”–David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author

“Tense, whip-smart medical scenes … gripping.”–Tess Gerritson, New York Times bestselling author

“Harrowing, emotional, action-packed and brilliantly realized … an irresistible read.”–Susan Wiggs, New York Times bestselling author

“Exciting … engrossing, intriguing.”–Heather Graham, New York Times bestselling author

“An adrenaline rush and an all-around great read.”–Allison Brennan, New York Times bestselling author

“Breathtakingly fast-paced.”–Publishers Weekly

“Delves deep into the human soul.” ~RT Book Reviews


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FAREWELL TO DREAMS by C.J. Lyons is an exciting Thriller/Suspense/Mystery. #1 in her new series, “Fatal Insomnia”, and what a beginning. With her usual aplomb into the world of Medical Thrillers, Ms. Lyons has written a tale that is fascinating as well as action packed and thrilling.

Farewell To Dreams is an emotional, intense, medical driven, ghostly adventurous and that is just the beginning.

Dr. Angela Rossi finds her life suddenly very chaotic, not only due to her work, but she is being haunted by a nun, a dead nun about finding a missing girl. She is in serious danger in more ways than one. A very disgraced police detective will come to her aid and what follows if danger, romance, suspense, hope, evil, despair, and finding your own mortality. A thrilling tale from beginning to the very last page. The characters are engaging, as well as compelling and realistic. I love how the characters come to life, and how they respond to each other, their circumstances, and their situation.  If you have ever worked in the Medical field you will find this tale engaging, realistic and believable. If you have not, well, you are in for a real treat!

You do not want to miss a moment of Farewell To Dreams!

I can’t wait to see what is next in this intriguing series. Well done!! All I can say is WOW!! Another hit for this author.  Received for an honest review from the author.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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