Obscura by Joe Hart @authorjoehart

Posted June 30, 2018 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 2 Comments

Obscura by Joe Hart @authorjoehart Obscura by Joe Hart
Published by Thomas & Mercer on May 8, 2018
Genres: Science Fiction
Pages: 348
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited
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In the near future, an aggressive and terrifying new form of dementia is affecting victims of all ages. The cause is unknown, and the symptoms are disturbing. Dr. Gillian Ryan is on the cutting edge of research and desperately determined to find a cure. She’s already lost her husband to the disease, and now her young daughter is slowly succumbing as well. After losing her funding, she is given the unique opportunity to expand her research. She will travel with a NASA team to a space station where the crew has been stricken with symptoms of a similar inexplicable psychosis—memory loss, trances, and violent, uncontrollable impulses.

Crippled by a secret addiction and suffering from creeping paranoia, Gillian finds her journey becoming a nightmare as unexplainable and violent events plague the mission. With her grip weakening on reality, she starts to doubt her own innocence. And she’s beginning to question so much more—like the true nature of the mission, the motivations of the crew, and every deadly new secret space has to offer.

Merging thrilling science-fiction adventure with mind-bending psychological suspense, Wall Street Journal bestselling author Joe Hart explores both the vast mysteries of outer space and the even darker unknown that lies within ourselves.

I saw someone else was reading this, went and read the blurb, and decided I had to read it. I went to see where I could get it and since I had Kindle Unlimited I was able to get it there. I enjoy a science fiction story with diseases and a mystery. There is even some space opera here.

The world – building is broad and there is so much happening, it continues throughout the story. The main character Dr. Gillian Ryan is pretty well defined but many others are sort of a blur.  I felt for her and rooted for her. She did make a few interesting choices. She’s smart and capable but not a perfect person. She is trying to do the right things where others are only thinking about themselves. There’s more than one “bad” guy.

The fast pace and mysterious nature of the journey made for quick, pleasurable reading. It is rather futuristic or at least a very different world in some ways. Some issues like pollution, funding for research and politics are similar.  There were some real twists and action.  Obscura is a good read.

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Posted June 30, 2018 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 2 Comments

2 responses to “Obscura by Joe Hart

  1. carolesrandomlife

    This does sound interesting. I am pretty sure that I have several of Joe Hart’s books on my Kindle waiting for some attention. I do like the futuristic sound of this book. Glad you enjoyed it!

    • It is fascinating and heart-pounding suspense. The only reason it didn’t rate higher is it didn’t have a romance or as much in the way of family or friend connections as I might prefer I guess or not much humor. I’m not sure. It’s certainly worth reading.