Title: The Question by R. Breuer Stearns
Genre: Fiction – Fantasy, Thriller
Length: 270 pages
Rating – 4/5!
THE QUESTION invites readers to consider this premise:
If you could have the answer to one question, and only one question, what would you ask… and who would try to stop you from asking it?
To what extremes would they go?
THE QUESTION is a thriller that explores a new way of thinking, a method powerful enough to answer very complex questions . . . perhaps powerful enough to solve the universe’s most fundamental mysteries . . . perhaps powerful enough to resolve religions’ most beguiling unknowns.
THE QUESTION is an adventure story . . . fiction that you may wish, may believe, may know, is true. The narrative occurs in the present, with scenes in California, Washington, D.C., Paris, Shanghai, New York, and Afghanistan.
The story is aimed at high-school and older readers and contains some graphic violence and occasional sexual allusions. The plot is action-oriented with an element of scientific fantasy, similar to Jack Finney’s “Time and Again.” The prose is crisply written, professionally edited, and organized into movie-scene chapters.
THE QUESTION is ideal reading for anyone who is curious . . . for those who gaze into the cosmos at night and wonder . . . for those who look into the mirror and imagine . . . for those whose hearts beat faster when confronting the unknown . . . for readers who enjoy a fast paced, contemporary thriller that inspires them to think.
Good morning and welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for The Question. I’d like to thank the author and iRead Book tours for giving me the chance to read this book in exchange for my honest review.
From my very first read of the description of The Question I was intrigued – and rightfully so! The Question was definitely not like any other book that I have ever read and I ended up really liking it. I had never before read a book that was at once both scientific and philosophical. The story itself was rather interesting and my attention was grabbed from the very first page and it wasn’t released until the very end. Even then, this is the kind of book that leaves you pondering even hours after you finish reading it.
I enjoyed the experience of reading this book. It challenged me in ways that I think most books don’t. It not only held entertainment value for me but also challenged me to think about my life and just about life in general. I enjoyed the writing style, I thought it was fluid with good dialogue and good characterization. I sometimes got lost in the scientific jargon but it was at the same time, super fascinating.
There was alot about this book that I found interesting and one of those things was the blurring of genres. This book was at the same time thriller, fantasy and science fiction. I don’t think I have ever read a book that quite accomplished that feat and it succeeded in doing so.
I definitely do recommend The Question, I think it was a rather different and satisfying reading experience. I ended up giving this book a four star review and I think everyone can find something to enjoy within it’s pages as it successfully hits different genre points.
About the Author
R. Breuer Stearns is an investor and author.
Mr. Stearns graduated from Phillips Academy, Andover (1970), Harvard University (AB, 1974), University of Chicago (MBA, 1977), and DePaul University College of Law (JD, 1979). He rapidly ascended on Wall Street in the 1980’s, serving as Managing Director, Mergers & Acquisitions at Lehman Brothers and Head of Investment Banking (North America) at UBS Securities. While living in New York, he founded “Terrific Teachers, Inc.,” a foundation dedicated to identifying and rewarding the best of the best of the city’s public high school teachers.
Shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Mr. Stearns launched a private investment bank in the former Soviet Union. He spent the early 1990’s seeking to marry emerging science, primarily emanating from Russia’s Defense sector, with Western capital. During this period, Mr. Stearns made a small fortune, albeit from a larger one. The venture provided a remarkable lesson in hubris, a tremendous reservoir of internal strength, and first-hand source material for Mr. Stearns’ first book, Winning Smart After Losing Big (Encounter Books, Beijing University Press).
Subsequently, Mr. Stearns served as Chief Financial Officer of The Dial Corporation, Chief Financial Officer of Columbia/HCA Corporation, Chief Financial Officer of PacifiCare, Inc., President and Chief Operating Officer of Vascular Genetics, Inc., and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Quepasa Corporation (QPSA:Amex).
Mr. Stearns is a Founder of VestaPoint Capital LLC, a family of investment funds focused on real estate development. He lives in Arizona with his wife, two dogs, two cats, and a horse. He travels extensively and is intensely curious.
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