The Lost Theory
by Michael Kelley
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 21 Sep 2021 | Archive Date 30 Sep 2021
Greenleaf Book Group, Greenleaf Book Group Press
Sean McQueen is a staid, middle-aged NYU literature professor leading an uneventful life, until he receives a cryptic letter from his intellectually and poetically gifted best friend, Dylan Byrne. Following years of extensive research, Dylan claims that he has discovered "the theory of everything": a revelation that promises to alter man’s view of existence by reconciling science with spirituality. The two men arrange a meeting to discuss the paradigm-shifting theory, but after Dylan never shows, Sean discovers his friend has died under mysterious circumstances and the theory has gone missing.
Sean teams up with Dylan’s scientific collaborator, quantum cosmologist Emily Edens, to find the lost theory. Together they embark on the adventure of a lifetime—traveling from the busy streets of New York City to the mystical corners of Kathmandu where Dylan realized his groundbreaking theory. On their quest, they encounter extraordinary allies and fearsome adversaries, including a covert government operative code-named "Guru," who is hell-bent on finding the theory first and preventing Sean and Emily from sharing it with the world.
The Lost Theory is an exhilarating adventure of self-discovery, full of magical realism, mystery, and romance, all wrapped up in a story overflowing with wit, intrigue, and a sense of ultimate redemption.
"The Lost Theory by Michael Kelley is a compelling thriller with a strong plot, a story that will appeal to readers who enjoy the puzzling kind of plotting they find in Dan Brown's work . . . The originality in the voice and style, as well as the author’s ingenuity in plotting complex scenes, make the story a spellbinding read." —Readers’ Favorite
“I confess that I’ve never read The DaVinci Code, but if it’s half as fast-paced, outright entertaining, and mind-blowing as The Lost Theory, I’d be tempted to give it a try. Michael Kelley has hit a home run on his first swing.” —Larry Dark, director, The Story Prize
“This wildly imaginative novel set amid the mountains of Nepal culminates in a burst of sublime illumination that reveals how poetic, scientific, and spiritual truths converge. The reader is both elevated and grounded as the characters learn the joy of living in a perpetual present. The story is told with delightful candor, humor, and deep feeling. An inspirational experience.” —Vicki Mahaffey, Kirkpatrick Professor of English and Gender and Women's Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
“The Lost Theory is a creative mix of crime, science fiction, and delicate romance. Right from the introduction, the book takes you through a world of government conspiracies, absolute love and spirituality, quantum physics, and humor. It will tug at your heartstrings, steer you to an epiphany, and keep you in a constant state of suspense and anticipation. I recommend The Lost Theory to lovers of adventure stories that take one through the good, bad, and mysteries of life.” —OnlineBookClub.org
"Michael Kelley's The Lost Theory is a captivating account of an ancient realization—that love is the substance, the cosmic glue, around which everything coheres. In our age in which materialism is increasingly worshiped, this is a significant message with profound implications for our very survival. This novel transcends fiction; it deserves a category all its own." —Larry Dossey, MD, author of One Mind: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters
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I absolutely LOVE science fiction books. Some of my favourite books ever written are in fact science fiction. So you can only imagine how much I adored this book. I really do love and appreciate when authors add in a variety of scientific concepts into their books because I love reading about then whether they are fiction or non fiction. This was really fun I loved it and will for sure pick up other works by this author in the future!
THE LOST THEORY, by Michael Kelley, follows Sean McQueen who is looking for a theory that is so transcendent and world changing that Sean, along with Emily Edens (who Sean calls M) has to dodge shady government agents abroad and domestic and all the while find clues that will hopefully guide him to the mysterious written theory before anyone else can get their hands on it. This theory, which was written by Sean's old friend, Dylan, carries Sean and M from New York all the way to Kathmandu. While in New York, there is a somewhat frantic and heightened feel that comes across in the writing that when the reader is whisked away to Kathmandu, immediately the entire vibe of the book shifts to a calm, easy-going approach to their journey. That underlying tone strips away much of the New York distractions and leaves Sean and M not only to have more clarity in how they approach the search, but also fosters their budding romantic relationship. The story does at a certain point seem to just about grind to a halt in Kathmandu and only a forced need to return to their lives eventually pushes Sean and M forward in the search. There is quite a colorful supporting cast of interesting characters that add plenty of depth to the book and are all fascinating people in their own right. The end of the book is quite exciting and has a really rewarding finish, I just wanted to get there a little faster. Epic in the scope, THE LOST THEORY is also an intimate tale of Sean McQueen finding out who he really is and what amazing things he is capable of. This book will inspire it's readers to look inward to revaluate who they are and who they can be.
This is not an easy book to read as it makes many, many references to other books, authors, science theories, events in the past and mixes them with mystery and a lot of imagination. It's rather different and makes you curious enough to keep on reading and trying to understand what is going on. It's intriguing!!!
Book is about a literary professor who is supposed to meet his best friend. The friend is going to share his Theory of Everything with him. But the friend dies the evening before the meeting. That starts the professor on a quest to find the theory. I enjoyed the book. It's a great first novel by Kelley.