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In the summer of 2025, Lydia's grandfather sent her a strange diamond pendant admonishing her to handle it with utmost care. From the moment that she receives the small package, her life changes. She becomes engulfed in a series of life-threatening events that lead her to realize the incredible properties of the pendant. Slowly she learns that the diamond contains an alien intelligence able to communicate directly with the human brain. Rumors of its powers spread, the Mafia designs a Machiavellian plot to seize the extraterrestrial gem, whose value is estimated at $ 100 billion. An unprecedented confrontation occurs between mercenaries hired by the Mafia and American security services. As rumors continue to grow, the American authorities are forced to release stunning revelations about the life and mission of the alien genius to the peoples and nations of the world. The news throws the scientific world into turmoil. Economic and political ideologies are brought into question and religious beliefs are shaken. But the Mafia wants to have the last say: confrontation is inevitable. This science fiction novel addresses questions relevant to a growing number of readers. Recent discoveries in astrophysics suggest that there is a large number of exoplanets likely to contain liquid water and a breathable atmosphere able to contribute to the emergence of life. If aliens exist, are they scientifically and technologically ahead of Earth by thousands, millions or even billions of years? If so, have they already colonized or visited Earth? How could they overcome intergalactic distances given the limitations inherent in the barrier provided by the speed of light? Is it possible that aliens have been present on earth for billions of years? If so, what form would they take? Can they communicate with us? If the answers to these questions are positive, how would humans react when informed of these facts via a large television news chain? What would your own answers be after reading "The Amazing Crystal"?
From page one of this book the action and excitement begins.
This book has everything; mafia, danger, a likable lead and a crystal with the power to communicate with your brain…what else would you possibly need in an exciting new read!
Lydia is instantly thrown into the deep end when she receives the crystal and the information that could change the world and the reader can instantly relate as we are discovering it with her for the first time.
The book is full of continuous action and the feeling of danger is always close by with the addition of the Mafia, which I find have been described and shown in a very cliché way which I really enjoyed.
The book does cover a lot of science talk which can be overwhelming at times but the action and fast pace make up for it.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found it an exciting new read.
About the authoR and the translator
Both the author, Gérald Lizée, and the translator, Robert Dykes, are scientists who give credibility to the science fiction novel.
Gérald Lizée built a career in physics and in information technologies. Having
obtained a degree in theoretical physics from the Université Laval, he taught
in several universities and Community colleges in Montreal before moving to information
technologies. Today, he is president of his own firm, Cyberconcept, which
provides consulting services in information technologies and notably
commercializes his writings in science fiction. This book, the first volume of
a trilogy of intergalactic adventures, describes the psychosocial impacts of an
extraterrestrial presence on Earth. Quebec
Robert Dykes, an American by birth, with a bachelor’s degree in Psychophysiology from the
of California at Berkeley
and a doctorate from Johns Hopkins University,
acquired French as a second language while following a career as a
neuroscientist, entrepreneur and educator in . Presently he operates a consultancy
that plans and executes innovative projects that improve an individual’s
capacity to contribute to the post-industrial society. Montreal
A few words from Gerald and Robert
I started thinking about this book ten years ago. I was and still am very preoccupied by the fact that humanity could destroy itself before the end of this century: mass destruction arms, both nuclear and biological, proliferate, intercultural and religious hatred increases, terrorism expands itself over the world; Earth is getting warmer and warmer because the modern man is sending more and more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, it could foster and already generates catastrophic events such as highly destructive tsunamis and hurricanes. This is why The Amazing Crystal tells the story of a superior intelligence who has been accompanying secretly Earth evolution for billions of years and suddenly decides to communicate directly with humanity. His mission: help us save our planet.
When I first read the novel, I realized that there was action and adventure, but more deeply, I realized that Gérald was exploring an idea that has fascinated man for centuries. Extraterrestrials may have made a positive contribution to humanity over a time frame measured in centuries. Now, mankind is at a crossroads that may determine its destiny. This story addresses what might happen if mankind were to discover that there is another intelligent entity on Earth. The discovery could change the course of human history, perhaps for the better.