I’ve just finished reading my first book of the season. It’s called “Final Theory” by Mark Alpert. I haven’t read anything worthwhile lately but this book and fired up my reading engine back up and now I can get started on read more books. I must say that this book was an interested read and it was hard to put it down every night. I tried to read a chapter a day but each chapter was fairly long. I only bought this book a couple of weeks ago so for me to finish it that quickly, it had to be good.
The premise of the book is based on the idea that Einstein had solved the Theory of Everything. It’s a unified theory of theoretical physics that incorporate relativity and quantum mechanics that attempts to explain and links together all known physical phenomena. Einstein came up with the popular Theory of Relativity which was used to create the atomic bomb. If he has known that the formula could be used to create something so destructive, the probably wouldn’t have published the theory so what if he came up with another theory but saw that it has even more of a destructive power. Wouldn’t he try to hide the theory to prevent more destruction?
From the start of the novel, there’s some action going on. A hit man was hired to get the formula from three of Albert Einstein’s assistants. It was believed that the knowledge was passed on to the three assistants and each held a different piece of the puzzle. The hit man did whatever it took to get the information out of them before killing them. He was close to get an answer from his first victim, a professor but the police arrived. That didn’t stop him though because he was following the victim every step of the way.
The professor was close to dying because he had sustained a lot of damage to his body but he managed to pass on a clue, a set of random numbers to his assistant, David Swift. David’s task was to figure out what the clue meant and find the location of the final theory but he had the FBI and the hit man on his tail the whole time. The FBI wanted that information because they were working for the government and the killer wanted the information for his client.
The thing that made me want to keep reading was the final theory. I was eager to figure out what it was too. Every step of the way, the characters get closer and closer to the theory but they keep running into obstacles. Sometimes their time was dead on and other times they were just at the wrong place at the wrong time. But as you read on, you start to see other puzzles come together so everything was brilliantly planned out. There were a lot of twists and turns and by the time I finished the book, I was very satisfied. Nothing was left unexplained.
There were a few things in the book that I found to be odd. The hit man was able to keep up with Swift every step of the way. It was like he knew exactly where to look or who to talk to in order to get an answer. I mean, yes he had some help from the inside but other time he was making decisions based on hunches.
The character development of the novel was excellent. I felt like I knew exactly what every character’s purpose was. The science behind the plot was pretty believable. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say that everything in the novel was true. There were a lot of surprises in the book which made me pause for a few minutes to think it over and when I was done thinking, I was wowed. This book was definitely a great read and I’d recommend it to anyone.