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A team of metaphysical scientists is dedicated to finding out why the Earth is in crisis. The rate, size, and destructive power of hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions is out of control. All of these acts of nature have become more devastating to human life than ever before in history, but why? Is the Earth cleansing itself of humanity? Or could it be that human thought is the true case? This is what the team is asking; the hardest question of all: Do we create our own reality?
“If this life be not a real fight, in which something is externally gained for the universe by
success, it is no better than a game of private theatricals from which one may withdraw at will.
But it feels like a real fight.”
The sand was golden and fine, like salt. Seashells dotted the shore. You could hear the
Palm trees' leaves rustling in the slight breeze. A small group of children were running up and
down the tide line, when suddenly it began to recede. Several tourists sitting in lounge chairs and
enjoying tropical drinks brought to them from the hotel bar by young boys began to notice the
water going further and further away from the beach. Some dogs, probably just mongrels, started
The children followed the water as it went out towards the horizon. A few of the native
men and women walked out with the water, wondering at the lowness of the tide at this hour.
More shells of unique structure were revealed as the water left the beach. Beachcombers began
hunting them like small treasures. Even some of the people from the hotel and the other tourists
who had been drinking their mai tais got up and walked out as far as they could.
Something ate at the mind of one woman tourist who watched the scene from her
balcony. The sea was going out too far and too fast to be a normal occurrence. She tried to
explore her mind for an answer as a tingle of fire lit up her spine. Danger, she thought. This
wasn't right. All those people down on the beach were in danger. Tsunami. That was the word
that came to her mind. But what if she was wrong? She wanted to warn everyone to get away
from the beach, but was scared to be thought a foolish woman tourist.
An old native man was calling out randomly down the beach, screaming something she
couldn't understand. The dogs ceased their barking and began to howl like wolves. The woman
had never seen dogs act this way before. She called out to her friend back in her room to come
quick. Something was happening to the ocean. Her friend arrived, having just gotten out of the
shower. She had a towel turbaning her wet hair. The woman pointed out to her friend the way the
ocean had receded now to perhaps half a mile offshore. “It's got to be only one thing then, hasn't
it?” her friend replied. She was a strong woman and a quick thinker. She ran, towel thrown to the
bed, out into the hallway, looking for the fire alarm. She found it several doors down and broke
the glass. When the alarm began to sound she ran back into the room. “The only thing to do is
get to higher ground,” she said. The two of them decided to take the elevator to the top floor.
There was no time to get a car and get very far. They'd have to take their chances. Before they
left the room the woman called the front desk and told the man who answered she thought there
was a tsunami coming. He thanked her.
Down on the beach, people began to become aware that there was possible danger
coming. A man holding a small toddler ran away from the beach as fast as he could, calling out
“tsunami!” A woman on horseback kicked her heals into the beast's flanks and headed away. She
stopped when she saw a small child by herself, crying, and pulled her up onto the saddle in front
of her and galloped away. There were at least a dozen people who had followed the water out as
far as it went. People were scattered all along the area where the water had been only twenty
short minutes ago.
When the two women from the hotel reached the tenth and top floor they went to the
beach side where there was a balcony overlooking the scene. “Oh my God!” said one. Words
failed the other, for in the distance, about a mile out they could see a great mountain of water the
size of which their brains couldn't comprehend. And it was building larger as it headed for the
coast. They could still see several people way out who seemed oblivious. They began shouting at
the top of their lungs, knowing even then that they wouldn't be heard. But maybe there was a
chance still for those on the beach below. Many of them looked up at them and tried to
understand why they were screaming. But some of the people had already seen the big wave
coming fast and hurried away from the beach. Some were screaming themselves as they ran. But
they could see many small children looking lost. Nobody was taking them away. They would
surely be crushed by the oncoming waters. All at once the two women stopped their entreaties
and could only watch as the horrific scene played itself out. The wave had already reached those
who were the furthest out. Of course they couldn't hear the screaming, but they did begin to hear
a low rumbling sound as the water came closer. It sounded like a freight train if you put your ear
to the ground near the tracks.
Then everything happened as if in slow motion. The tsunami seemed to eat up the ground
and everything or one in its path. It wiped everything clean. Now almost everyone on the beach
was running and screaming. One of the women noticed a very old couple still holding hands
together in chairs in front of the hotel. They just looked into each other's eyes. Tears prickled
down the one woman's face as she realized they didn't have a chance and knew it.
Produce was strewn about the upper beach where the vendors had tried to take their carts
hurriedly with them. Soon others from the hotel had joined the two women on the balcony. “We'd
better get back from this balcony if we're to survive.” It was hard to take their eyes from the
destruction, but they all ran for the opposite wall down the hallway. One of them suggested the
stairwell would be safest, and everyone agreed. They hunkered down as best they could, waiting
for the impact. “God have mercy on us,” one of them said tearfully.
Down on the beach the wave had already killed a dozen people. The great wall of water
had arrived at its original tide line and plundered on towards the many buildings, mostly hotels,
that lined the area. Trees were uprooted and boats were tossed around like playthings. The old
couple was gone now. The water hit the hotel straight on with a huge jolt. The people in the
stairwell heard screaming. Water rushed into the balcony, breaking the glass door with ease.
Seawater rushed down the hallway towards the stairs and came at them up from the bottom as
well. Several of them were crying and screaming and clutching at one another. Their clothes
became soaked, but the walls seamed to be holding. Beneath them the wave kept going with the
force of an atomic bomb. Nobody on the ground was safe. Old grandmothers died while holding
little ones, trying to keep a hold of them as the water pulled them out of their grasp. Even the
strongest of men was nothing to this body of water and was tossed around like a toy. A few
people managed to grasp the tops of trees as they were floating past them. Clinging for their
lives. One old man was carrying a small child while he kept them afloat on some jetsam. There
were some horses desperately trying to tread water.
The small group of people in the hotel stairwell survived with some scrapes and two
broken ribs. They were lucky. Many more had not gotten away in time because there was no
official tsunami warning in place in this very popular tourist getaway.
In the end, thirty-two hundred people were killed on that island alone, mostly tourists. On
a talk show not long after the giant tsunami took the lives of so many, a woman thanked Jesus
that she had changed her travel plans at the last minute or she might have died too. Shauna Troy
thought that was outrageous. Was it Jesus who decided?
Intriguing Novel with Metaphysical Backstory
Quantum Earth is about a team of seven metaphysicians, lead by Mel Hawkins ("Hawk") and Shauna Troy, investigating why the Earth is in peril.
In light of the tsunami, earthquakes, volcano eruptions, and other natural catastrophes, many people are wondering if Armageddon is coming for real. Would 2012 be the end of the human race, as we know it? Most importantly, are we responsible for these natural disasters? If so, are we being destroyed so the earth can replenish itself? How can we survive the Earth changes? What can we do to appease it and save the human race? These are the questions the team is asking and seeking solutions to. They have their work cut out for them.
Quantum Earth is more than about metaphysics and climate changes. The author, Julie Achterhoff, fills it with romance, mystery, and fantasy. I read this book in one sitting, because I couldn't put it down. I wanted to know who is this mysterious Starborn one, the friend of the team, and the equally enigmatic benefactor who donated 2.5 million dollars. What does he have to gain from the team's work? Is he benevolent enough to help save the Earth and the human race or does he have an ulterior motive? More importantly, I wanted to know the scientists' findings and solutions.
Ms. Achterhoff does a great job of keeping the story intriguing all the way to the end. I love that there are actions in this book. She makes me care about her characters, especially the romantically involved leaders of the team: Hawk and Shauna. My jaw dropped when I found out about half of her identity.
I love this book and highly recommend it.
Sambath Meas, Author of The Immortal Seeds
Excellent New Age Thriller by Steve Lindahl
Past lives, spirit guides, séances, Starborn ones (Space Aliens), and a billionaire villain are all in Quantum Earth, Julie Achterhoff's fascinating thriller. Achterhoff has added to her recipe a good amount of romance to produce a book worth reading, especially for those of us who enjoy stories with a new age slant.
This novel's concept alone is worth the cover price. Mel Hawkins or Hawk, as he is generally called, has put together a team of open-minded scientists who are tasked to test his theory that the growing number of natural disasters the world has experienced is tied to the state of mind of the world's population. These scientists set out to interview survivors of recent disasters. They also interview victims of the same events through Noah, a trance medium and Jackson, his spirit guide.
Along the way Hawk and Shauna Troy, one of the scientists on Hawk's team, fall in love. We get to experience their fresh relationship and enjoy the way those lovers are learning about each other physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Eventually, however, they both learn something about Shauna that is much more than they ever expected.
Achterhoff's novel is exciting and often surprising. It also made me think in ways I hadn't thought before. And that's what a good book should do.
What's Really Behind
When a series of increasingly deadly hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, and other natural disasters begin ravaging the Earth, a team of metaphysical scientists launch a desperate investigation into the source of the crises. With humanity more at risk of extinction than at any previous point in world history, what could possibly be the reason? Is the Earth cleansing itself of mankind's perpetual scourge? Or could it be that humans themselves - by their own collective thoughts and actions - are sealing their own fate? Regardless of the real answer, the scientists have their work cut out for them as they navigate their way through a host of difficult challenges in their valiant efforts to save all of mankind...
A dramatic, eye-opening account of what could be, Quantum Earth is an intriguing suspense thriller. In her compelling page turner, author Julie Achterhoff successfully capitalizes on the current "2012 Doomsday" hype by presenting a very vivid picture of how an Earth quickly coming to a cataclysmic end would actually look. Also, by interweaving elements of romance and mystery within the overall framework of metaphysical fantasy, Achterhoff compounds the reader's interest in her imaginative tale by fostering a deep-seated concern about the ultimate outcome of her unforgettable characters - not to mention the entirety of the human race.
With gripping action and a strong central plotline, Quantum Earth is a riveting tale about the very real perils of a quite possible future. A thoroughly entertaining read.
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