God Particle

A Chloe Johansson Thriller (Chloe Johansson Thrillers 1)

Young Adult - Sci-Fi
164 Pages
Reviewed on 10/28/2013
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Author Biography

Toby Tate has been a writer since about the age of 12, when he first began writing short stories and publishing his own movie monster magazine. He is a freelance journalist and writer with dozens of pieces published on sites like eHow.com as well as in The Pedestal Magazine, Voluted Tales Magazine, Famous Monsters of Filmland, Scary Monsters Magazine and more.

An Air Force brat who never lived in one place more than two years, Toby joined the U.S. Navy soon after high school and ended up on the east coast. Toby has since worked as a cab driver, a pizza delivery man, a phone solicitor, a shipyard technician, a government contractor, a retail music salesman, a bookseller, a cell phone salesman, a recording studio engineer, a graphic designer and a newspaper reporter.

Toby is the author of three novels. His latest, GOD PARTICLE, a young adult sci-fi thriller, was published June 2013 by Crossroad Press. A songwriter and musician, Toby lives near the Great Dismal Swamp in northeastern North Carolina.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite

Chloe, a genius 16-year-old MIT student, is the main character of God Particle - A Chloe Johansson Thriller (Chloe Johansson Thrillers 1) by Toby Tate. She seems to have a rather good life until everything starts to go wrong when she sits in a library preparing for exams. Her best friend calls to say she's pregnant and the next phone call from her mum brings the news that her dad is missing. Her dad is not just anyone, but a famous scientist who was part of the team that discovered the God particle and something has happened - something big. Chloe travels home after her exams and gets involved in the adventure of a lifetime. The God particle has more power than anyone expected; Chloe has the ability to use it but so have others - others that are not from this dimension.

Toby Tate did a great job with God Particle and I finished it in just two sessions because I wanted to know how things would work out in the end. It was hard to predict how the story would end because, for reasons I cannot mention here (no spoilers!), the characters need to find ways to be unpredictable. This, combined with a flowing writing style, makes it a very enjoyable book even if you aren't a young adult anymore. You also learn a bit about science if you haven't heard about the God particle before. The big plus is that the science talk is well written, easy to understand, and might make people want to learn even more. The characters are likeable and Chloe is definitely someone I wouldn't mind reading about again because it feels as if there still is quite a lot to learn about her character.