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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Chaos Theories

When I first viewed the cover for this book, I figured it would be an interesting story touching upon chaos theory. I wasn't wrong, but I wasn't completely right. This book was so much more than that. 
Chaos Theories by Stephen H Banks
What comes to mind when you hear the age-old question of fate vs. freewill?

One moment changes a lifetime.

The main character, Jim Parish, is a single, methodical, IT geek who lives a monotonous and organized lifestyle. A sequence of events leads to Jim being in a specific place at a specific time; he hears a scream and happens to look up... His entire life is changed from that moment on.  Even with his introverted and socially awkward tendencies, Jim ends up finding love.

The FBI is on the hunt for a serial killer. The killer is a highly intelligent man, who, by a series of unfortunate events, becomes the monster that goes on a cross-country rampage committing gruesome acts of violence and terror. Anger, lust, hatred... Can emotion be predicted? What if you could predict the future actions of such a man?

Perhaps the idea is fate and freewill. One cannot exist without the other. The author has carefully composed each circumstance to hold a distinct story within itself. Yet the characters, commencing from completely different walks of life and unrelated in terms of association, become intertwined in an ingenious twist of macabre occasion.

Stephen H. Banks wrote an incredibly enthralling book. Chaos Theories is an all-consuming, fascinating read that will cause the reader to think upon his or her own perception of reality.

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