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A thrilling new science fiction mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of the Donovan novels Dr. Timothy Ryan, head of the military psychiatric unit at Grantham Barracks, is meeting a new patient, a woman known as "Prisoner Alpha." As she is being transferred, they are attacked by assassins, barely escaping with their lives. One shooter vanishes, leaving behind A thrilling new science fiction mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of the Donovan novels Dr. Timothy Ryan, head of the military psychiatric unit at Grantham Barracks, is meeting a new patient, a woman known as "Prisoner Alpha." As she is being transferred, they are attacked by assassins, barely escaping with their lives. One shooter vanishes, leaving behind a dead companion unlike anyone Ryan has ever seen. But even more baffling is the puzzle of Alpha herself. She speaks in a strange tongue, and doodles in bars, dots, and little pictures like nothing Ryan has ever seen. Is she some sort of savant, or the most cunning spy he's ever met? Meanwhile, in Egypt, archaeologist Reid Farmer uncovers an 18th-Dynasty tomb that shouldn't exist, filled with Mayan epigraphy, mathematics, and materials that didn't exist 3,000 years ago. As a result of this discovery, Reid and forensic anthropologist Kilgore France--along with the sarcophagus they have found--are snatched away to a hidden lab to solve the enigma of a man lost in time. As dark forces gather, Alpha makes an impossible escape from Grantham. Ryan quickly becomes the prime suspect in her disappearance, but with a team of unique allies, sets out to prove his innocence. Together, they must find Alpha and save Ryan before it is too late.


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A thrilling new science fiction mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of the Donovan novels Dr. Timothy Ryan, head of the military psychiatric unit at Grantham Barracks, is meeting a new patient, a woman known as "Prisoner Alpha." As she is being transferred, they are attacked by assassins, barely escaping with their lives. One shooter vanishes, leaving behind A thrilling new science fiction mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of the Donovan novels Dr. Timothy Ryan, head of the military psychiatric unit at Grantham Barracks, is meeting a new patient, a woman known as "Prisoner Alpha." As she is being transferred, they are attacked by assassins, barely escaping with their lives. One shooter vanishes, leaving behind a dead companion unlike anyone Ryan has ever seen. But even more baffling is the puzzle of Alpha herself. She speaks in a strange tongue, and doodles in bars, dots, and little pictures like nothing Ryan has ever seen. Is she some sort of savant, or the most cunning spy he's ever met? Meanwhile, in Egypt, archaeologist Reid Farmer uncovers an 18th-Dynasty tomb that shouldn't exist, filled with Mayan epigraphy, mathematics, and materials that didn't exist 3,000 years ago. As a result of this discovery, Reid and forensic anthropologist Kilgore France--along with the sarcophagus they have found--are snatched away to a hidden lab to solve the enigma of a man lost in time. As dark forces gather, Alpha makes an impossible escape from Grantham. Ryan quickly becomes the prime suspect in her disappearance, but with a team of unique allies, sets out to prove his innocence. Together, they must find Alpha and save Ryan before it is too late.

30 review for The Alpha Enigma

  1. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    The Alpha Enigma by W. Michael Gear This book came into the world as a controversy. I am sorry to say Michael Gear was unfairly censored by a politically reactive criticism. First and foremost, I think the nit picking in this book is ridiculous. Michael Gear is an amazing author who uses the divine art of storytelling to draw in the reader. His character descriptions have a reason, and every character like every human has a history. If in fact that history is not always easy, or politically corre The Alpha Enigma by W. Michael Gear This book came into the world as a controversy. I am sorry to say Michael Gear was unfairly censored by a politically reactive criticism. First and foremost, I think the nit picking in this book is ridiculous. Michael Gear is an amazing author who uses the divine art of storytelling to draw in the reader. His character descriptions have a reason, and every character like every human has a history. If in fact that history is not always easy, or politically correct there is a reason to every decision the reader needs to suspend belief and they will find that his reasoning is impeccable. Alpha Enigma is a scientific thriller, reminiscent of Michael Gear’s prior books like Dark Inheritance and Raising Abel… A science fiction nature of the story is based in scientific theory. The ideas of particle entanglement, canonical quantum gravity, Bose-Einstein condensate, and general relativity all have basis in true science. These theories are exceptionally elaborate and expansive allowing Michael Gear to have a mythical reason for the events in this story. He twists and twines not only these scientific principles but psychology, Greek history, Egyptian history, Mayan mathematics, and biology. His story is amazing. I fell in love with all the characters even with their apparent flaws and foibles. Chief Raven, perhaps the strongest character, shows not only humanism, but also feminine divinity. Her PTSD and kleptomania not only define her and as a psychiatric patient but is the key mystery of her character. She is the most capable Seal I have ever read about, the first female Seal, the feminist should be elated. Falcon, may be the most dynamic character, his psychological diagnosis makes him the most fragile, yet his brilliance is apparent. Skipper is a remarkable psychologist, psychiatrist. I love how he is able to see his patients as people, he is amazing willing to sacrifice everything for his patients. I have only started with these three remarkable characters because I hope to read more and see more of them in particular. This story is only the beginning, I know the controversy has made Michael pause on the next book. Yet I hope in time that his fans love, and our support give him the strength to continue the story, and damn the criticism.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Vic

    Intricate and fast paced thrill ride that crosses timelines and dimensions. From ancient Egypt to the present, from one dimension to another, Gear presents a fascinating take on time travel combined with a future science beyond quantum physics. Characters abound in this first of at least two novels that will enthrall readers, stretch the imagination and go where even Star Trek has not yet gone. Archeology and science fiction, real science and make believe all come together in a strange harmony in Intricate and fast paced thrill ride that crosses timelines and dimensions. From ancient Egypt to the present, from one dimension to another, Gear presents a fascinating take on time travel combined with a future science beyond quantum physics. Characters abound in this first of at least two novels that will enthrall readers, stretch the imagination and go where even Star Trek has not yet gone. Archeology and science fiction, real science and make believe all come together in a strange harmony in Gear's latest work, Alpha Enigma. A cast of misfits, if you will. A collection of exceptional individuals, all broken in some way, who manage to excite the imagination. As with almost everything written by Michael Gear and his wife, Kathleen, women are comic book beautiful, strong, accomplished and not to be messed with. The characters are colorful and engaging and easy to like. At first, as in all Gear books, he seems a little over the top, as if he is purposefully challenging the woke culture with his objectification of women. It is only once the story unfolds that you often see the opposite is true. Yet for those who might cringe at the derogatory ways males all seem to view the strong women when they first encounter them—as potential sex partners—I encourage you to keep reading. My opinion after reading dozens of stories by both Michael and his wife, is that they view this male characteristic through the lens of human evolution: it's in our DNA. There is no doubt the man can write. His story telling is first rate and his use of science, history and technology often compliment his stories in interesting and mind-bending ways. Alpha Enigma is his latest journey into both the past and the future. Starting with an archeological dig that quickly goes sideways, readers are presented with the first mystery: a three thousand year old tomb is also filled with classical Latin writings and Mayan symbols. The second mystery he presents is of a mysterious woman who is currently being held in a military psychiatric hospital. Nothing is really known about this person but it quickly becomes clear that she seems exceptionally brilliant scientifically and culturally of lost at the same time. Rather than risk giving any more away I will stop with these two mysteries and leave it to you to fill in the missing pieces. The story is wonderful science fiction. Certainly quantum physics is now mainstream, but it wasn’t always that way. When it first started being written about in fiction, decades ago, it was what Gear is proposing now, the evolution of our understanding of the way the universe works. As usual I have no idea in Alpha Enigma what is real and what is imagined—the theories and science behind them are above my education and pay grade. Fortunately for us Gear makes it fun, and maybe a little scary, to imagine the possibilities.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Charlie

    While the premise was incredibly intriguing, I couldn't finish this book because of the mass amount of male-gaze descriptions. I was cringing at every chapter which was probably about every three pages because of the chapter size. I found maybe one character slightly redeemable but the rest were very unlikable and inconsistent in their character history and development. Not to mention that mental illness portrayal was handled very poorly and misunderstood on so many levels. Because this story, f While the premise was incredibly intriguing, I couldn't finish this book because of the mass amount of male-gaze descriptions. I was cringing at every chapter which was probably about every three pages because of the chapter size. I found maybe one character slightly redeemable but the rest were very unlikable and inconsistent in their character history and development. Not to mention that mental illness portrayal was handled very poorly and misunderstood on so many levels. Because this story, for maybe the first 150 pages, is set in a military psychiatric facility, one character HOPING that a patient had nymphomania because of how she looked, was my limit. Amongst other things including a character having intense PTSD and behaving in a way that doesn't make sense due to the type of trauma that she endured... Incredibly disappointed.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cynde

    Wow! This is a fantastic read with a twisty unexpected plot, very unusual characters and a kick-but thrill ride. A woman appears in the middle of a top-secret lab unable to speak any discernible language and is arrested and locked up in a military hospital for mental patients. The ward in the hospital is filled with brilliant damaged military patients looked after by a military psychologist affectionately known as "Skipper". Each patient has his or her own area of expertise and area of mental dy Wow! This is a fantastic read with a twisty unexpected plot, very unusual characters and a kick-but thrill ride. A woman appears in the middle of a top-secret lab unable to speak any discernible language and is arrested and locked up in a military hospital for mental patients. The ward in the hospital is filled with brilliant damaged military patients looked after by a military psychologist affectionately known as "Skipper". Each patient has his or her own area of expertise and area of mental dysfunction. When the mysterious woman disappears into thin air in her cell along with the doohickey she was building; it is up to these ragtag brilliants to find out how she escaped and why. The ensuing mayhem is a thrill ride of epic proportions. I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I have read several books by this author and he never disappoints. I anxiously await more in this series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sherron

    Cinematic characters, each with their “own super power,” use those skills to break out of a mental hospital and save the world from their teleporting, time traveling roommate—who is apparently evil as well? That’s as far as I’ve gotten. Seems pretty standard American TV and movie fare. Yawn..... So i started poking around on goodreads. Of the things I’ve seen mentioned here, i haven’t yet seen any “plot twists,” but i have seen some icky pulp fiction-era characterization of women, and thanks to t Cinematic characters, each with their “own super power,” use those skills to break out of a mental hospital and save the world from their teleporting, time traveling roommate—who is apparently evil as well? That’s as far as I’ve gotten. Seems pretty standard American TV and movie fare. Yawn..... So i started poking around on goodreads. Of the things I’ve seen mentioned here, i haven’t yet seen any “plot twists,” but i have seen some icky pulp fiction-era characterization of women, and thanks to the goodreader who reports the book ending is a setup for book two, I’ll stop the book now and perhaps resume reading when book two comes out. Somewhere between 2-3 stars so far.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Colin McGee

    Entertaining, well written thriller. The notion of using parallel universes and time travel as a basis is good, but the heroes reminded me of nothing so much as the A-Team, with smart phones. I'm always suspicious of characters whose last names include Raven, Falcon and Savage. It's a bit Boy's Own. And then there's this (sadly) unforgettable line: "Falcon was pale, shaking like a vibrator in a Thai sex shop." If it was the opening sentence it'd make a good entry for the Bulwer Lytton Fiction Con Entertaining, well written thriller. The notion of using parallel universes and time travel as a basis is good, but the heroes reminded me of nothing so much as the A-Team, with smart phones. I'm always suspicious of characters whose last names include Raven, Falcon and Savage. It's a bit Boy's Own. And then there's this (sadly) unforgettable line: "Falcon was pale, shaking like a vibrator in a Thai sex shop." If it was the opening sentence it'd make a good entry for the Bulwer Lytton Fiction Contest.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    A very interesting premise of quantum physics allowing travel between parallel universes. The characters were interesting, especially Falcon and lots of good action. The physics explanations got a big heavy in the last third of the book, and the ending was somewhat disappointing since it was basically a set up for book two. Definitely worth reading if you like trying to imagine where modern science could take the world.

  8. 4 out of 5

    David

    I am not a fan of parallel universe stories. They seem to lend themselves to solutions based on the absurd physics of the other universe (or ours) and are unsatisfying. This book, OTOH, did not go there. While it was obvious the good guys were going to win, how they got there was an entertaining and interesting journey. Looking forward to book 2.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Eileen

    Once again Michael’s character development gets us engaged and taken along in this sci-fi mystery. The thoughtful, absorbing, and detailed characterization is what drives his stories. Whether you end up hating the character or routing for them, you become invested in them. You look forward to seeing what happens to them in the next book

  10. 5 out of 5

    Brent Hawthorne

    Another solid hit by Gear Wonderful world building, wonderful characters, and great integration of the science in this great sci-if read thriller. I’m ready for that sequel to be in my hands already.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Chrisette Trevino

    What a statement of the theory of a multiverse universe. Very well written story. I had my doubts when first reading the introduction that the story line would be interesting but the author pulled it off. I can't wait for the next one now. What a statement of the theory of a multiverse universe. Very well written story. I had my doubts when first reading the introduction that the story line would be interesting but the author pulled it off. I can't wait for the next one now.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    What a wonderful book! I love the team and all their quirks. The idea of Many Worlds Quantum Physics is fantastic. This book is a must read for those who love mystery, espionage and time travel

  13. 4 out of 5

    Darkbloom

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nisham Mohammed

  15. 4 out of 5

    Richard Hoffbeck

  16. 5 out of 5

    Theresa Fitzpatrick

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jay C

  18. 5 out of 5

    Philip Orange

  19. 4 out of 5

    Bill Martin

  20. 4 out of 5

    Wolfgang

  21. 4 out of 5

    Antonia

  22. 4 out of 5

    Meg

  23. 4 out of 5

    Samuel Thrysøe

  24. 5 out of 5

    Andy

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ray

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jeni Walker

  27. 5 out of 5

    Shawn Nicoll

  28. 5 out of 5

    Danai

  29. 5 out of 5

    Matt

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

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