The Omega Theory opens, literally, with a bang and goes on from there.
The book appealed to me before I read it on a couple different levels. One, I like thrillers. Two, the blurb mentioned that the blast that starts of the story is different and that appealed to my inner science geek. The third reason is related to the second - I have read some of Mr. Alpert's articles in Scientific American and wanted to see how I would like the fiction.
Generally speaking, I enjoyed reading the book. The scientific details presented are first rate and I think explained in such a way that will appeal to people without boring them. What appeals to me is how Mr. Alpert takes what has been said about Iran in the news (along with other scenarios), says "what would happen if....?" and blends it in with the scientific details.
Could a group like the True Believers happen? Who knows? It certainly is plausible.
I had a couple issues with the book (some details regarding the True Believers and Michael's kidnapping), but other readers may not have them and those details blend in with the story setup.
“T he wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid. And a child shall lead them.” She smiled. “That’s you, Michael. That’s why Brother Cyrus needs you. You’re going to help us fulfill the prophecy.”
The Omega Theory opens with media reports that, despite U.S. warnings, Iran has tested a nuclear bomb. But the blast from the device is different and far more dangerous than that of any previous nuclear weapon. Surveillance instruments show that for one split second an event occurred that had not taken place since the Big Bang fourteen billion years ago. Meanwhile, science historian David Swift and quantum physicist Monique Reynolds learn that their autistic son, Michael, has been kidnapped by a militant cult called the True Believers. Michael, a descendant of Albert Einstein, has inherited Einstein’s remarkable intelligence and is the only person in the world who knows Einstein’s last secret—the Final Theory, a set of equations that could explain all the forces of nature. Only those who understand the key to creation could know how to destroy it. The Iranian nuclear blast is a demonstration of this understanding. Soon David and Monique realize their desperate search for Michael is also a desperate race to stop the horrific power of the theory from being unleashed. Joining forces with FBI Agent Lucille Parker, David and Monique race from the Old City of Jerusalem to the deserts of Turkmenistan to rescue Michael and stop the cult’s fanatic leader. Their journey proves just how difficult it is to stop those who are willing to die in the name of God. Praised by bestselling peers such as Douglas Preston and James Rollins, Mark Alpert shows he is at the top of his writing game and the cutting edge of science, seamlessly weaving fact and fiction with nonstop heart-pounding action in this explosive thriller. We will never see our universe in quite the same way again.