Monday, September 26, 2011

A Book Review: Seven Point Eight: The First Chronicles

Seven Point Eight: The First Chronicles, by Marie Harbon
Genre: Sci-Fy
Product Description

Seven Point Eight: The most powerful number in the universe. The number that connects everything. A physicist begins a quest to measure the soul but soon finds himself drawn into the world of the enigmatic Max Richardson, where research is sold to the military at the highest bid. However, he soon discovers another purpose when an extremely talented young psychic enters his life. He devises a project and builds a team to stretch the frontiers of exploration, only to make a reality-shattering discovery… The First Chronicle is the beginning of a 5 part epic which follows the spiritual and emotional journey of five people; their quest to understand the universe and our place within it. Along the way, they address the fundamental questions we all seek answers to: why are we here? What is the purpose of the universe? Is there a God? Quantum physics meets spirituality in a tale which begins in the 1940s, unfolds during the 1960s; an era of social and spiritual transformation and reaches its conclusion in the modern age. It interweaves the human dramas of love, betrayal, bitterness and above all, courage in a world where everyone must face their own dark shadow. A clever and intriguing story with underpinning geeky science and spiritual theory intertwined, full of sub-plots and fantastical worlds.
Please note: Contains some adult material.

My thoughts:

OMG. A million kudos to this author. Really. It was a sci-fi novel I could relate to. There are no fantasy kingdoms. No new languages you’ll have to learn. If you understand and appreciate quantum physics, you’ll love this book and not want to put this one down. And when you get to the end, it will be as if someone unexpectedly kicked you off a cliff. You’ll be left hanging.

Not only will the author have you wondering about ‘Is there a God? or ‘What is the meaning of life?’ But she’ll have you wondering who Ava Kavanaugh really is and who is Sam. Let me tell you why.

First the writer takes you into the 1940s where Paul Eldridge is delivering a speech on quantum physics. There you meet Max Richardson who questions him about the soul.

So many chapters in, the writer introduces you to Ava Kavanagh, a young scientist on the rise, and her sister (they were adopted as babies), taking her readers to the eighties. On the way to her sister, Ava sees things but not like a normal person would. She senses another reality which scares her because her sister lives in a psych ward all vegged out. And Ava fears she will end up in the same place due to what she believes are her own personal hallucinations.

Not long after, we’re introduced to Sam (he sees dead people), her cousin who is attracted to her. He’s younger than her but he’s ready to throw caution to the wind. When you first meet him he’s seventeen and she’s twenty-one. And as the writer writes on they grow older and their lives and their relationship grow more complex.

In the meantime, you’re thrown back into the sixties and introduced to Tahra, a psychic from Tehran. And a twisted love triangle happens amongst her, Paul Eldridge, and Max Richardson around an experiment with remote viewing and out of the body experiences.

All through this tale she drops hints along the way from the past that leap into the future. Not to mention, angels and dead people are constantly appearing. Now, I’m left really wondering about  a possible connection between Ava, Sam, Tahra, Paul, and Max. I’d like to go onto the next book.

You can purchase this for your Kindle @ .99 or buy it as a paperback for 18 dollars at

This book gets Shelly’s  TWENT-FIVE shiny stars.

Tomorrow, I’ll be back to posting my travel tales. Sorry, guys. My plate is too full.


  1. Not usually my genre, but it certainly sounds intriguing, Shelly!

  2. It does sound like a great sci-fi! Thanks Shelly. :)

  3. @Lydia: It was a great read.

    @Sir Wills: Me, too. Usually with sci-fi there's a whole new world to explore along with new languages. Not my thing. But this was a truly great read.

  4. It does sound interesting. And I do like sci-fi and quantum physics.

    But I'm not wondering if there's a God or not.

  5. I love anything to do with quantum physics. :) Thanks for the review!

  6. Quantum physics is always intriguing

  7. @Norma: I think you'd like this book. It's delivered well especially how she jumped to and fro the different years.

    @Lynda and Golden Eagle: You'd like this book.

  8. I love the artwork on the cover. I'd buy it for that alone. But the story sounds good too.. I'm sold.

  9. Great review! Sounds like a must-have book for me.


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