Fiction - Science Fiction
542 Pages
Reviewed on 06/29/2012
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Author Biography

Eleni Papanou wrote her first poem when she was an outcast at school. Honored with the name, “Greek Freak.” She started to feel like one and believed life was plagued with torment and endless suffering. A spontaneous kundalini awakening thrust Eleni on a spiritual path and constantly tested her to the breaking point by challenging her world-view and everything else she held sacred. Through visions and personal insights, Eleni eventually discovered the Universe has a sense of humor. She started laughing more—mostly at herself—whenever she caught herself taking things too seriously. After many years on the path of self-rediscovery, along with a bout with cancer and caring for her two daughters, Eleni had a lot to say. Having already written several screenplays, she started writing novels where she could freely express her spirituality.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite

Unison by Eleni Papanou is a well-written science fiction book. It is told by Damon, the leading character of the story, in great detail. The time is after the Great Cataclysm and the city is Unity. Home is a very large dome offering protection from the contamination of the Outsiders and their world. Damon advances to a high level in Unity and is responsible for creating the technology that is wrongly used on the people. Damon believes the time is right and that it has become necessary to escape and explore the real world. We travel with Damon as he is reincarnated over and over and re-lives his life remembering the errors of his ways and always trying to make the changes that would correct his mistakes. With each reincarnation Damon finds himself outside of Unity, in the same cabin, being faced with the same horrors, trying to go back and fix the wrongs. As he awakens from each reincarnation he is faced with the same doubts: Flora the woman he loves trying to bring him back to Unity, leaders chasing him and meeting the same people again and again. Each reincarnation brings him closer to the truth and he is able to handle the situations differently. Upon his final awakening, Damon and we learn the truth of his journey.

Unison is written for the science fiction reader. Eleni Papanou presents the story in a believable way with characters that are strong and well defined. The last chapter of the book does a great job of answering all of the readers’ questions and it also includes a great ending that I didn't see coming. If you are a science fiction fan then I recommend you pick up a copy of "Unison".

'Unison (The Spheral Book 1)' by Eleni P

5 STARS - Deepak Menon's review of 'Unison (The Spheral Book 1)' by Eleni Papanou
Unison (The Spheral Book 1) by Eleni Papanou, is an intense and searching treatise into the mystery of reincarnation and the global worldwide belief that life continues eternally inspite of the certainity of the intervention of death. Damon, is a young man living in a highly technically developed city complex named Unity, segregated from the proven scourge ridden 'Outsiders' by a dome. The people of Unity are taught about the Scourge that afflicts all who live beyond the protection of the Dome, where they all live. Those who stray outside the dome, are infected by the Scourge which is accompanied by a death wish - so no one dares to stray from the safety of Unity. One young man, Damon develops an obsession to explore the world of the Outsiders, and actually runs away across the boundaries of the Dome into the area of the outsiders along with his friend Wade. Wade, jumps to his death, just as the progenitors of the scourge predict. The author creates an unimaginable event, where Damon is killed, but appears again as a reincarnation just before the point of the timeline of his original birth where he is planning to run away from the Dome of Unity ... and it is then that the story of Unison (The Spheral Book 1) takes off, adding new perspectives and visionary dimensions to the story.

The flow of the tale is fast paced and continuous. The story is absolutely original, even though it addresses the subject of the well explored area of reincarnation. The main protagonists are all very original in personality and traits - 'Damon', the narrator and reincarnated being; 'Old Woman', A Unitian defector who lives in a remote mountain cabin; 'Sephroy', a grumpy man who runs the trainlets in the old tunnel, 'Shisa', Old Woman’s golden-haired dog; 'Sutara', a woman who enters Damon’s dreams and many others, all of whom are quite unforgettable. The many tales comprising this great book revolve around a take on the many lives of the Great Hindu God Ganesha, who spent eight lifetimes overcoming his eight weaknesses: envy, conceit, illusion, greed, anger, lust, attachment and arrogance. The scenarios in each reincarnation are fresh following the place where the previous reincarnation ended. The cover of the book is attractive and imbued with a deep spirituality. There springs to my mind a memorable quote from the book, among many other equally memorable original quotes '“No matter what trials we force ourselves through, the soul of man refuses to be obliterated. We find ways to survive.” Papanou, Eleni. Unison (The Spheral Book 1) (p. 387). Philophrosyne Publishing. Kindle Edition. To attempt to summarise this book would take another volume in itself, so I end this review by awarding a resounding 5 Stars to Unison (The Spheral Book 1) by Eleni Papanou!