The SHIVA Syndrome

Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Thrillers

By Alan Joshua

Publisher : BURST/Champagne Books

ABOUT Alan Joshua

Alan Joshua
A native Philadelphian, Alan Joshua (pen name) is a Clinical Psychologist with a background in Forensic Psychology. His diverse background includes working in a State penitentiary and mental institution, a sleep laboratory, and a pain management center. Joshua has published many nonficti More...


Debra Miller rated it 5 of 5 stars
The SHIVA Syndrome combines elements of mysticism, religion, psychology, paranormal phenomena, science fiction... and gathers all of them together, and presents them to the reader in an exciting and well-written format. While some elements of the tale can be found in other works (Babylon 5, for example), the story is original and unpredictable. I never knew where the book would end up. That, and the thought-provoking nature of the tale (yes, it DOES have a lesson) makes it one of my favorites. It is a great read. Thank you Alan Joshua!

After immersing myself in parapsychological research, I was staggered by the reality of paranormal abilities and their life-changing potentials. These were powers known to ancient masters, dating back 30,000 years ago, but were lost amidst the disbelief of modern science. But disbelief doesn't negate their reality and the profound realities lying beyond our senses. This is a story of their twenty-first century resurrection and the awesome power they can bestow.

The SHIVA Syndrome is endorsed by Dr. Stanley Krippner, a leading psychologist and parapsychologist: "In The SHIVA Syndrome, the author (a clinical psychologist) skillfully and ingeniously interweaves altered states of consciousness and parapsychology with genetics, paleontology, mythology, and religion to produce a frightening, brisk, and film-worthy story building to an intense climax."

The Midwest Book Review says, "At first glance one would think this to be either a sci-fi saga or perhaps a thriller: technically, that's correct; but it's so much more. Its focus on untapped human potential gone awry in a deadly experiment also lends to its enjoyment by new age readers or any interested in the paranormal - and let's not forget the reader who enjoys political intrigue and a bit of spiritual reflection in their reading. Lots of action, intriguing concepts, and examinations of belief systems and the greatest opportunity in human history to reshape the world: that's the essence of a powerful saga in The Shiva Syndrome, which is not only highly recommended 'as is', but would translate well to the screen."

The Self-Publishing Review reports, "Any attempt to describe the book in a single statement is difficult, but the book mixes uncommon palettes and manages a masterpiece with it. If The Andromeda Strain was analyzed in four dimensions, The SHIVA Syndrome might be the result. Such a base comparison is an overall disservice to the unique nature of this book, however. It is a surprising, suspenseful, and utterly superb read from start to end, facing modern mindsets with past, present, and future thinking all at once."

The New Consciousness Review opines, [If] I had to categorize it, I would say it is a metaphysical thriller, while knowing that it truly falls under many genres...The Shiva Syndrome is a thrilling read, and I could definitely imagine this in the theater. The author is skilled at putting the pictures in your head without confusion. You find yourself connecting with his characters so that you are vested in their outcome. Would love to see a part two! Highly recommended."