The God Wave is a much needed addition to the
SF genre. Patrick Hemstreet has now articulated
a masterful story that has all the imaginary elements
of a SF story, yet at the same time stays grounded
enough to still sound and feel plausible. It starts
out slow with one man’s idea how to better
the world, and from there, it speeds up, and mushrooms
into something much bigger. The characters are all
easy to follow, even the ones who you don’t
necessarily like and or cheer for. My favorite character
is Chen Lanfen. The biggest challenge the book seemed
to take on and conquer was the fact it detailed
very specific ideas that normally only a neuroengineer,
scientist, or any advanced mechanical engineer would
talk about, yet it is detailed in an easy to understand
language, without dumbing it down to the point no
one would want to read it. Then there is the fact
that every detail was described in a way that I
never guessed as to what was happening. Considering
this is a debut novel, is almost scary. I can only
see him getting better as he goes.
Hemstreet is a novelist, neuroengineer, entrepreneur,
patent pending inventor, special-warfare-trained
Navy Medic, stand up comic, and actor. Despite an
incredibly busy schedule, he has agreed to answer
a few questions, to give some insight into the man
behind the book.
Congratulations on what is clearly a book based
upon a lot of tireless writing. How long did it
take you to write THE GOD WAVE?
Hemstreet: The God Wave took two and
half years. I find that stories emerge and transfer
to the page at their own pace.
The story not only has a lot of twists and turns,
it also expanded out and finished in a place I would
have never would have predicted. Did you have the
whole story mapped out, or did you let the story
develop on its own?
Both, I know that sounds peculiar. The story is
outlined and mapped as it were. However elements
emerge and change throughout the process. It is
rare that the original inspiration is what you find
on the page of a completed novel.
THE GOD WAVE is listed as science fiction on the
back cover (cutting edge SF no less), is that the
genre you would use for this?
I like the term “cross genre.” My book
crosses the lines between sci-fi, tech thriller,
and spirituality. I hope that readers share my view.
Some of the elements of the story line seemed so
real they make you think they are possible. Do you
see any of the scenarios in this book becoming a
Neuroplasticity is real. I admit that I take it
to another level, but I do believe that our brains
change and adapt based on dominant thought patterns.
Every year- there are approximately 300, 000 plus
books published annually, in the United Stated alone.
What do you think separates your book from the rest?
Well I would say the cross genre aspect I spoke
of earlier. I think that my book would be enjoyable
to a wide variety of readers. I can only hope that
the literary public shares this sentiment.
THE GOD WAVE is your 1st novel, and I do see now
you have one more. Do you see yourself writing more,
or moving onto something else?
I am currently working on the third book in the
series and yes I can absolutely see myself writing
more. I still have many more yarns to spin.
If your readers get only one thing out of reading
your work, what would you want it to be?
Entertainment. That’s all I can ask for, anything
else is a bonus.
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