FEARFUL SYMMETRY: A Thriller
Author: Michael McBride
Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged
Narrator: Scott Thomas
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐
* I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an unbiased review.
As World War II was ramping up, five Nazi scientists embarked on an expedition into the Himalayas in search of the origins of the Aryan Master race.
What they found instead was something they could not have imagined, even in their wildest dreams.
Now nearly a hundred years old, Johann Brandt, the only survivor of that expedition has decided to share his discovery with Jordan Brooks.
Jordan is an evolutionary anthropologist and if what Brandt has shown him is real, he knows it could be the discovery of a lifetime.
Jordan launches his own expedition following in Brandt’s historic footprints. With the benefit of modern scientific knowledge and superior tools, he hopes to discover an entirely new species.
What Jordan and his colleagues find will challenge their view of the world as they know it. They have some decisions to make. That is, if they survive.
I don’t think my synopsis does this book justice. I enjoyed every minute of this audiobook. It is a non-stop roller coaster ride that will have listeners on the edge of their seats.
Narrator Scott Thomas does a truly spectacular job. He is able to voice not only American characters (both male and female) but the voice he uses for Brandt (the elderly German) sounds authentic and believable.
Because of the science in this book it could have become overwhelming to the listener, however once again, Scott Thomas does a superb job of making even scientific information sound compelling and interesting. His pacing and tone of voice allow the listener to immerse himself in the story.
This book was the first novel of Michael McBride’s that I have read and I will definitely be looking forward to reading more of his books.
The fact that this story comes across as scientifically possible is part of what makes it so terrifying. Are we as humans the final evolution of our species? Is it not the very pinnacle of arrogance to think that our species is the best it will ever be? History has shown us that all species continue to evolve and adapt. Therefore it would be ridiculous to assume that future generations of people will not change at all. We just have to hope that future changes are for the better and not for the worse.
This book will stay with you long after the final chapter. The ideas this book is based on are food for thought. For this reason, I think this would make a good book to choose for a Book Club. It would definitely generate quite a bit of discussion.
I rate this book as 4out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Michael McBride is the author of more than twenty novels and novellas. His short fiction has been featured in Cemetery Dance, Dark Wisdom, Dark Discoveries, and various anthologies. He lives in Westminster, Colorado with his wife and children.
ABOUT THE NARRATOR:
Scott Thomas has been doing voiceovers for twenty-five years. To learn more about him visit: https://www.voices.com/people/ScottAtAMC