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4 Stars Out Of 5
November 29, 2009
The Y Factor for Liam Roberts is a fast-paced action packed thriller about genetics and terrorism. Eric Colburn takes a job at the National Genographic Society after the mysterious disappearance of a friend who was working for the company in Egypt. His girlfriend Alana also takes a job with them in hopes of discovering the truth. The two quickly find themselves caught up in a high-stakes game of terrorism and intrigue that puts their lives at stake. Ahmed Alomari, a shadowy Muslim figure has a secret plan to elevate Muslims into positions of power around the world with the information the Society is discovering in its genetic research, and he's not about to let Eric and Alana get in his way. There's lot of action and nail-biting suspense as the couple travels around the world, battle robed figures, and try to get to the bottom of Alomari's insidious plot. Alana's faith carries her through the rough spots, and Roberts does a good job of making both characters realistic in their prayers and discussions about religion. The book ends with too many unanswered questions. Eric never discovers the truth about his friend's disappearance, the initial impetus for his joining the company, and the truth about Alomari's research is never disclosed. If there's going to be a sequel, these questions really need to be addressed. If this is a stand-alone it's serious flaw in the plot. His descriptions of a Navy SEALS mission seems incredibly realistic and is a highlight of the novel.
When I received my review copy of The Y Factor, I figured Roberts would have a difficult time equaling well-known authors. But, within the first couple of chapters, I was hooked.What if you got an e-mail from a friend that sends a chill of fear up your spine? What if you thought that friend was in grave danger, the kind only terrorists can create? What if you hadn't heard from that friend in weeks? In "The Y Factor", computer scientist Eric Colburn receives just that sort of message. Fearing what may have happened to his friend Hamdi, who has been working on an international genetics project in Cairo, Colburn and his girlfriend Alana, another mutual friend of Hamdi, decide to put their skills to work the genetics research company.What follows is a mind-blowing series of events that kept me turning pages late into the night. From the moment the drama unfolds, Colburn, Alana, and another co-worker named Joey demonstrate the reality of living in mortal fear. The book gives the reader a glimpse into the world of al Qaeda and the violence that is a way of life in some countries. This book is well written. Roberts' style reminded me a lot of Ted Dekker especially in Dekker's "Blessed Child". I seriously wondered part of the way through if Dekker was writing under a pseudonym. The medical aspects of the story reminded me of Randy Ingermanson's "Oxygen".The violence in the book is handled tastefully, and there are so many examples of good Christian conduct in the business world in the book. Eric and Alana demonstrate purity in their dating relationship, a message our society needs. Plus, the gospel is woven throughout the entire story line without it being preachy. That's an accomplishment for a writer.I highly recommend this book to readers, both male and female, and I'm looking forward to other books by Roberts. Y factor should stand for yes factor in my opinion.
Driven by intense hatred and extreme violence the Muslim Brotherhood is in a battle for religious and racial supremacy. They are on a mission for world power and domination. Celebrated scientist Ahmed Alomari doing research to trace the DNA of the Islamic race to the beginning of human history and to uncover the Y factor.Liam Roberts book The Y Factor had me mesmerized before the end of the first page. The book is a fusion of mystery, and intrigue. The fast moving plot includes computer and genetics technology, scientific data, al Qaeda assassins,information on the Muslim religion, culture and history as well as military tacticsOminous plot twists, murder, bedlam, terrorists, and government agents find young computer analyst Eric Colburn and his geneticist girlfriend Alana McKinsey in a battle for their lives in cities around the world including: Atlanta, Georgia; Delhi, India; Tokyo, Japan; Cairo, Egypt; and Karachi, Pakistan. The plot is filled with an adrenaline rush that intensifies page after exciting page, combining conflict and resolution, and then a cycle of more conflict and resolution.Liam Roberts is a new voice in the techno thriller genre. Crisp strong writing and an amazing creative imagination insure that Roberts is destined to become a best selling author. His plot ideas are fresh and relevant, his descriptions are exceptional, and his characters are credible. The Y Factor will soon be a favorite for fans who enjoy the thriller techno suspense genre. Readers specifically drawn to novels which incorporate the role of Biblical prophecy with current events will find Liams writing exciting, enlightening, and plausible. I am eagerly looking forward to Liam Roberts next novel.As Reviewed for Midwest Book Review
The Y Factor by Liam Roberts is a fast-paced page-turner. The story of college friends who take the disappearance of one of their own seriously enough to stage a two-person manhunt is terrific - and thought-provoking - entertainment. This absolutely thrilling book is intelligently written and will bring the reader to a new level of thought. It seems authentically Mediterranean in flavor with injected phrases and words. You want to see these characters succeed. I was on the edge of my seat rooting for them.The scientific story is detailed with such logical plausibilities that plug right into scripture. This novel alone is so convincingly written that it could almost be used on its own to convince people that science and faith can blend! I havent finished the book, yet, but it is well worth the effort to savor. Once you get into the rhythm of the story and embrace the logic, the pages do move quickly. I can completely understand why Liam Roberts is compared with author Tom Clancy - He is that good - and that intelligent - of a writer!