The God Wave (God Wave Trilogy)
by Patrick Hemstreet
Cover Artist: Bilgin Dogan Oz / EyeEm / Getty Images
Review by Mel Jacob
Harper Voyager Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780062419507
Date: 17 May 2016 List Price $24.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Patrick Hemstreet’s The God Wave could well be extropolated from today's headlines. Neuroscientist Chuck Brenton is investing the brain waves of creative people as they perform tasks. When mathematician Matt Streegman learns of the research, he foresees marketable products. However, neither man understands where the research will ultimately lead. When mysterious military types become involved, both men are threatened as is the entire country.
During Chuck's research, he discovers a unique pattern he calls a theta wave. He and his team believe it can be used to control objects without any interface or additional machinery. Matt Streegman's software routines provide a means to enhance that potential. Chuck's interest is developing human potential and using it to better all humanity. Matt is focused on making money.
The two men form a company to fund their research and to market useful products. Matt seeks funders and signs an agreement supposedly with the U.S. military. Security applications take top priority. The funder wants his people taught to use Chuck's techniques so they can better control weapon systems.
Chuck feels betrayed by Matt and wants to pull out of the project. The military personnel underestimate Chuck and his trainees. After researching the military through various contracts, Chuck learns no one has heard of the project and the head of it may be a rogue officer.
Once Chuck learns of the plans to take over the research solely for military applications, he wants out of the deal. Matt is convinced it can be salvaged. Things come to a choice when three of Chuck's trainees take over the secret military complex. What they find is horrifying.
The situation is frightening and Chuck is determined to protect his trainees and to ensure his research reaches others. A cat and mouse game begins with rogue officer. The military attack the secret complex and many deaths occur among the attackers.
Hemstreet provides a thrilling read with enough solid background to make the action plausible. His characters are three dimensional although some have stereotypical features, especially Matt. Thoughtful readers will enjoy his extrapolations of human machine interfaces and how technology may enhance human capabilities. While this is his debut novel, others are sure to follow.