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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Book "Chaos Theories" by Stephen H.Banks

About the Book: One moment can change everything forever.
For Jim Parish, that moment came on an ordinary morning like every other morning in a thoroughly ordinary existence, as he was walking to a bus stop on his way to a perfectly ordinary job. A splash from a passing car driving through a puddle soaked his trousers, stopping him in his tracks. He heard a scream from above and looked up.
A jumble of white and blue with flying black hair toppled out of a third floor window, followed by a horrified wail from the woman who lunged out and just missed brushing her fingers against the falling bundle, desperately clutching empty air and leaning out so far that she nearly fell herself. Jim watched with his mouth open; before he could assess the situation he instinctively put his arms out and, to his amazement, caught the child and pulled her safely to his chest.
That one moment in itself would have been enough to shake the foundation of any world, but this was no ordinary girl who had fallen into his life. A chaotic storm swirled around this tiny nucleus, pulling Jim into a highly improbable stream of seemingly random events. He would discover love and fear, hope and terrible loss, and learn the immutable lessons of probability mathematics. The chances of the socially awkward Jim Parish becoming involved with a beautiful PhD, an unusual pair of FBI agents, a mysterious government think-tank, and a vicious serial killer might have seemed impossible; but as Jim learned, any event, however improbable, becomes a near certainty once it has actually occurred.

About the Author: When Stephen Banks was in high school, his Career/Guidance counselor looked at his test scores and said "You could do anything." Without any clear direction, Stephen tried a little of everything instead. He majored in Theater at Bennington College for a year, dropped out, married his high school sweetheart, and started a family while bouncing around between jobs - electrician, auto mechanic, shipyard mechanic and retail manager. Eventually he started selling PC's, taught himself programming, and worked his way up to become CTO of several small companies. Stephen now works as an independent consultant and novelist. In his spare time, Stephen acts, directs and writes for a number of community theaters and independent film companies. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and two cats.

My Review: This is one of the most brilliant and intelligent book I have read in a long time. The author uses his technical knowledge to create a whole story, full of rich characters, with a simple plot, easy to follow and very entertaining, that will keep you reading to the last page siting on the edge of your chair. Jim is just an ordinary guy living an ordinary life. Maya is a brilliant scientist working for a company that does an unusual work: based on the Chaos Theory they are trying to develop a system to predict the future based on past events and how they affect each other. Although we know that small differences in initial conditions yield diverging outcomes on the behavior of dynamical systems, rendering long-term prediction virtually impossible, the whole idea is fascinating. Jim and Maya meet in an unusual incident and their lives got entangled, but danger is just around the corner. Allen, Maya's ex-husband is trying to find her and their two year old daughter Tali.
I highly recommend this book to the permanent library of any reader that appreciates a very well written book that will keep you entertained for hours. It took me around 11 hours to read the whole book.
This book was written by Stephen H.Banks and it was published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform in January of 2013. I received this book from the author for reviewing but I was not requested to provide a positive review. Opinions expressed here are my own.

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