Somoza The Art of Murder combines elements of SF, horror and suspense in an ingenious novel with an original intellectual premise that delivers a megaton of action and adventure. In , Madrid physics teacher Elisa Robledo receives a phone call that plunges her back 10 years to a time when she worked with famous Spanish physicist David Blanes. Blanes theorizes that by using quantum physics and string theory he can build a machine that will enable researchers to see the past. Elisa joins Blanes and a small team of scientists on New Nelson, a mysterious island where they realize all of Blanes's theories.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Lisa Dillman Translator. While an advanced physics graduate student at one of the most prestigious universities in Europe, Elisa Robledo, a young physics professor was invited to join a select research team working on manipulating String Theory, making it possible to witness images of the past as if they were live and actually happening.
According to the team's research, breaking down particles of While an advanced physics graduate student at one of the most prestigious universities in Europe, Elisa Robledo, a young physics professor was invited to join a select research team working on manipulating String Theory, making it possible to witness images of the past as if they were live and actually happening.
According to the team's research, breaking down particles of light, and accessing the code hidden within each fragment, they theorized that the possibility of witnessing the past, viewing such milestone events as of the crucifixion of Christ, or the earth when dinosaurs still roamed. Scurried away on a remote island in the Indian Ocean, they made leaping advancements in their analysis.
Yet, their experiments resulted in something much more frightening and dangerous than any of them could have ever imagined. The team awoke something dangerous in their meddling into the fluctuation of Time.
Now, years later, Elisa is faced with solving the mysterious and gruesome deaths of each member of the team she was once so proud to be a part of. Something or someone has focused their sights on Elisa and her former academic fellowship. In order to solve the mystery behind what the team's experiments awoke and just who or what is behind the dark forces trailing the once team's every move, Elisa must discover what really happened on the island where her team was once sequestered, and where she had naively thought their dedicated science was meant for good.
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Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Zig Zag. But 10 years after the project was unexpectedly terminated, her colleagues are suffering horrifying deaths one-by-one, and she gets a terrifying phone call that confirms that she could be next.
Zig Zag is sci-fi deeply entrenched in physics and the possi "Scientists are not after the truth; it is the truth that is after the scientists. Zig Zag is sci-fi deeply entrenched in physics and the possibilities of viewing events of the past - for research purposes, of course Hits: The science is lofty, but not written in a way that makes non-scientist's brains blank out and scramble.
Each character appears to be equally deception. There are enough secrets to go around, and we aren't completely familiar enough with each character to know who's innocent and who's a maniacal supernatural serial killer.
The diversity of the characters - Spanish, American, Russian, etc. I love it when a cast goes international. Trust me, we get it. She's pretty, all the men wanted to sleep with her. And we definitely got robbed on the big reveal of the outcome of the project. Only 3 past events? Come on! There was SO much we could have seen! Finally, the ending. Three stars, because it held my attention and I kept anticipating a huge dramatic ending that was only partially delivered points for a slightly unexpected twist.
I guess what bothered me most was the fact that Somoza objectified his own heroin. And although the objectification makes sense -quite cleverly, one might say- in the end, the uneasiness remains, highlighted by the lack of a redemp Juan Carlos Somoza — Zig Zag Another brilliant idea not so brilliantly executed.
And although the objectification makes sense -quite cleverly, one might say- in the end, the uneasiness remains, highlighted by the lack of a redemptive character development. Another thing that spoiled the fun for me was the way the author served his characters on a plate. Starting with the heroin, he spends four pages describing every bit of detail, from how she looks and what she wears to how she interacts with other people and how they interact with her, forcing us to wave the joy of gradual discovery goodbye.
A method he uses with all his characters from start to finish. I might be wrong, but I feel that if it was written some decades back, its literary value would be as big as its originality. Jul 05, Jeannine rated it it was ok Shelves: scifi-horror. As others have said, this book's concept of seeing into the past is so interesting that I just long for better treatment of it.
For example, from the book: "Let's suppose we ask the satellites to capture a sequence of the Nile delta. They do it, send it to us, and a computer processes it and obtains a series of maps of the pyramids. After streaming the beam of electrons through our synchrotron, we recover the recently formed particles, and then another computer reconstructs them and captures the As others have said, this book's concept of seeing into the past is so interesting that I just long for better treatment of it.
After streaming the beam of electrons through our synchrotron, we recover the recently formed particles, and then another computer reconstructs them and captures the new image. If we've used the right amount of energy, then we'll be able to see the same place, the Egyptian Pyramids, but, say, three thousand years earlier But then I only wish this book was about the project and not some crazy explanation about how the entity came to be.
And why it's killing everyone. Aug 25, Amy rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Crichton lovers. Shelves: books. If you like Michael Crichton, you will like this book. I am learning quite a bit about String Theory so far. I'm having trouble putting it down too. The action moves quickly. What an exciting book. The ending surprised me and I love that. I hate it when I figure it out before I get there. The science was fascinating and understandable.
I had to stop and think about it at times, but it was not "over-your-head" kind of theoreticl physics. Soon, the pages raced on, not until I scratched my head at the ending. Many books had done that to me, either the effect really out of excitement or only out of the sheer desperation to finish it. I had those mixed feelings as I read Zigzag on. I have prepared a synopsis below for those of you who are too lazy, or find the book too confusing, though please approach it with some caution.
I might be wrong too. Elisa Robledo, one of the original scientists behind the project is shocked at the loss of her former cohort and shocked at her own safety. Flash backward to before it all started. David Blanes not the magician of course is a renowned Physicist and also notorious in that school. Here, she first meets Ricardo Valente Sharpe, another genius, called as Mr.
Many things happen at Elisa before the project started- bearded men make their appearance, a student with a deadline for a journalistic course starts to egg her with questions, Elisa receives increasingly bizarre pornographic spam emails, and Blanes shows off misogynistic tendencies when he refuses Elisa to take part of their conversations.
When she finally knew what the emails were, Elisa goes to the scene conjured by the emails and meets Ric there with the intention to tell her that because of their natural abilities, they were dangerous to the state and are thus monitored. He then takes her to a room where none of the operatives knew, talks her about it, which naturally makes Elisa raise an eyebrow. Elisa agrees. The symposium was to be the portion where they knew the winner, and of course, Elisa loses the deal as what she thought it would be but before she gives in, she tells him that whoever Blanes will be taking to Zurich where CERN was and his research would supposedly be will be the winner.
Zurich though was just a front. From Zurich, they were taken to New Nelson, a few miles away from Maldives. The premise here kicks in- time moves forward but the Past and the Present are moving simultaneously, thus there is a possibility that they can view the past as it happens.
José Carlos Somoza ‘Zigzag’
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There calm, on the screen. A real woman who really lived two thousand years ago. Where was she going, to market? What was she carrying in her bag? Had she seen Jesus preach?..
He was born in Havana , Cuba. In his family moved to Spain after being exiled for political reasons. His family proved to be in difficult financial situation after having moved to Spain because they had been forbidden to take anything along except their child. And there were a lot of friends who helped them a lot during their first years in Spain.
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