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Quantum web
Wilkins, Kirby L.
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New York : H. Holt, [1990]

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Booklist Review

Wilkins spins a suspenseful yarn involving the fusion of corporeal and transcendental reality. When Jack Malloy, a professor of theoretical physics, impulsively flees an academic conference in Bombay, he is inexplicably driven to establish contact with a reclusive Tibetan lama. Because the Chinese have surreptitiously established a nuclear facility in the Himalayas, his innocent quest for enlightenment and enhanced spiritual consciousness arouses suspicion among members of the U.S. and Soviet intelligence community. Ensnared in an network of mysticism and international intrigue, Jack must reconcile the metaphysical with the empirical in order to survive. A spellbinding psychic and scientific odyssey. --Margaret Flanagan

Publisher's Weekly Review

Wilkins ( King Season ) blends quantum physics and Eastern mysticism in this somewhat muddled tale set in the early 1970s. At a scientific meeting in Bombay, American physicist Jack Malloy learns that India has detonated an atomic bomb. Feeling guilty and despairing, he flees to the Himalayas, where, after killing a man he believes is a robber, he is taken as a prisoner to meet the mystically powerful, cave-dwelling Lama Dorjem. Following months of study in Kathmandu, Mallow confronts the lama again, this time in the company of Tsering, a Tibetan woman who has been a Chinese collaborator; Gonpo, another holy man; and American and Soviet agents curious about the Lama Dorjem's military value. Back in Berkeley, Malloy's confused scientific colleagues try to ``share'' his experience under the guidance of yet another lama. By the end, although the most skeptical and antagonistic minds may have benefited from Malloy's strange odyssey, more than a few readers will have fallen by the wayside. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Learning that India has detonated a nuclear device, Berkeley physicist Jack Malloy flees to Tibet in search of inner peace and a powerful lama. His fellow adventurers in his Himalayan trek include a CIA agent, a Tibetan Marxist (female), a Russian KGB agent, an endearing urban lama with aspirations to mysticism, and an engaging Sherpa woman. Torn by self-doubt, suspicious of each other, exhausted, and threatened by climate, mountains, and warring Asians, the group struggles to its final revelations. Mystical physics adds spice to this adventure story. The references to quantum theory, Bell's theorem, and particle behavior will intrigue and/or madden the reader. Give this to your physicist patrons and prepare for passionate reactions.-- Elsa Pendleton, Computer Sciences Corp., Ridgecrest, Cal. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.