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Review: ANTIPHONY by Chris Katsaropoulos
The term "Antiphony" generally refers to a call-and-response type of singing, as is found, for example, in certain church music. Yet it has another definition, which applies here: a reciprocal interpretation of thought or of ideas.

Brilliant but unworldly physicist Theodore Reveil (I love the comparison of his surname with the concept which the character embodies in the novel, "to reveal") has created his own specialized corner of String Theory, which he terms "Perturbation Theory." In transit to deliver a keynote speech at an important physics conference, Theodore is struck.with a metaphorically blinding revelatory vision: the Universe is not Energy--but Thought. Now he must determine whether to reveal all, and suffer the consequences of mockery, loss of face and of career, or to be hypocritical and cling to his original presumptions.
ANTIPHONY

ANTIPHONY


Beautiful and Lyrical Novel Reveals Deep Understanding of String Theory and Spiritual Metaphysics
Is there a God, and if so, is science fighting a losing battle in its search for the ultimate Theory of Everything?  

CarmelINSometimes the most amazing glimpse of the infinite comes through the prism of the human spirit. This is the premise of a new novel that brings to the forefront the ongoing debate between science and religion about some of the most fundamental questions of all: “How did theuniverse come into being?” “Why does it behave the way it does?” and, “Why is there something as opposed to nothing at all?”

ANTIPHONY (Luminis Books; $18.95) by Chris Katsaropoulos dramatically depicts the downfall of Theodore, a String Theory physicist who commits the biggest faux pas in the world of science, proposing to his colleagues at a major international conference that perhaps consciousness—God—could be the missing piece in discovering the Final Theory of the universe. To the horror of everyone at the meeting, Theodore proposes, “What if the Universe is really a giant thought?”

ANTIPHONY traces the downward spiral of Theodore’s career in the wake of what he has said, and the remarkable transformation that leads him into the depths of madness . . . or the revelation of the Final Theory, the ultimate secret of the universe.

Katsaropoulos explores Theodore’s downfall with a depth of feeling and meaning that is 


expressed in a lyrical style that challenges readers to think beyond what is readily apparent and on the surface of things. As novelist Al Riske put it in his recent review of ANTIPHONY, “Katsaropoulos has a way of delving deeply into what seem like small moments—the whole novel takes place in just three or four days—and capturing all their nuances and vibrating tension.”

As Riske says in his review, “Throughout Antiphony, the protagonist experiences dreams and visions that fill pages the way a flash flood fills a ravine—a torrent of words flowing into the space between the margins and pressing onward to the next page and the next. It makes me wonder how he did it.

Is there a God, and if so, is science fighting a losing battle in its search for the ultimate Theory of Everything? In the end, ANTIPHONY lets each reader decide for themselves…  

Luminis Books was launched in October 2008 with a mission to publish meaningful fiction for children and adults. As an independent publisher, Luminis has the opportunity to champion excellence in fiction from new authors who might not get the attention of the larger houses. Luminis Books is distributed by IPG. 




Review: THE FIELD by Tracy Richardson


Tautly-plotted, well-written tale interweaving concepts of astrophysics and metaphysics, of the Universe and Energy, into the foreground tapestry of a maturing high school soccer star, his new girlfriend, his teammates, and a Visiting Professor seeking to convert the Energy of the Universe to pragmatic use.


Tracy Richardson  lives in Indiana with her family and their dog, Ernie. When her children started reading she rediscovered all her childhood favorites and began developing stories of her own.Images from her childhood growing up on Lake Michigan and the landscape of Indiana feature prominently in her novels, and sometimes bits and pieces of actual people and events – much to her children’s delight and sometimes dismay!

Author Bio
Tracy Richardson wasn’t always a writer. She has a degree Biology and has worked in a hospital microbiology laboratory, for a health insurance company and as a financial advisor. But when her children started reading and she rediscovered all the books she loved as a child,  she found herself developing stories of her own and began writing novels for children. Images from her childhood growing up on Lake Michigan and the landscape of Indiana feature prominently in her novels, and sometimes bits and pieces of actual people and events – much to her childrens’ delight and sometimes dismay!    She lives in the suburbs of Indianapolis with her husband and two children and their Jack Russell terrier, Ernie.

Tracy Richardson wasn’t always a writer, but she was always a reader. Her favorite book growing up was A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. In a weird way that book even shaped her life through odd synchronicities. She has a degree in Biology like Mrs. Murry and without realizing it she named her children Alex and Katie after Meg’s parents! Tracy uses her science background in her writing through her emphasis on environment issues and metaphysics. When she’s not writing you’ll find her doing any number of creative activities – painting furniture, knitting sweaters or cooking up something in the kitchen for her vegetarian, carnivore and no-carb family.  She lives outside of Indianapolis with her husband and two children and their Jack Russell terrier, Ernie.



Kirkus Reviews“Readers will appreciate the fast-paced, compelling drama. A good choice for people who hope there’s more to space than space.”


THE FIELD
by Tracy Richardson
Fans of Firestorm - The Caretaker Trilogy by David Klass will love THE FIELD!


Eric Horton has been having visions - terrible dreams that wake him up at night - of explosionsu and fire and someone screaming. On the soccer field, he's been in the 'zone', saving shot after shot as one of the starting keepers for his high school varsity team with what feels like supernatural awareness of where the ball is going to go next. And the connection he feels with Renee, the hot new student from France, seems almost like he's known her forever. Still all these wild visions and synchronicities are nothing compared to the strange experiments Renee's dad is cooking up in the physics lab at the University. He's asked Eric to take part in these tests, and that makes Eric question whether what he's seeing and hearing is reality, or
something far beyond it.
When his best friend Will starts drinking way too much and Renee has eyes for other guys, Eric loses the edge he's always had in the goal, and confidence in himself. If he's going to pull it together, Eric must tap into a part of himself that he never knew existed, and that might just be the part that connects us all.

"The Field plunges the reader into the realistic world of high school soccer and the mystical world of the Universal Energy Field—an intriguing combination."
–Judith L. Roth, author of Serendipity and Me

Tracy Richardson lives in Indiana with her family and their Jack Russell terrier, Ernie. When her children started reading, she rediscovered her childhood favorites and began developing stories of her own. Images from growing up on Lake Michigan feature prominently in her novels, and sometimes bits and pieces of actual people and events—with the names changed to protect the innocent! THE FIELD is her second noveland features one of the characters from her previous YA novel, Indian Summer. Connect with Tracy through her blog: http://tracyrichardson.wordpress.com

THE FIELD
by Tracy Richardson
Luminis Books
October 12 2013  Ages 12+  224 Pages
Hardcover: $15.95  ISBN: 978-1-935462-83-5
Paperback: $11.95  ISBN: 978-1-935462-82-8
E-book: $7.95  ISBN: 978-1-935462-84-2

 was launched in October 2008 with a mission to publish meaningful literary fiction for children and adults. As an independent publisher, Luminis has the opportunity to champion excellence in literary fiction from new authors who might not get the attention of the larger houses. Learn more about Luminis Books at www.luminisbooks.com.


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