“…written by a man I call the Tom Clancy of Christian authors.” — Spotlight newsletter, Winter, 2008
“…a page burner. — Spotlight newsletter, Winter, 2008 –This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
The Y Factor by Liam Roberts kept me holding on by the seat of my pants after the last page was turned and I set the book down my only thought was “Father please let none of this be true.” Unfortunately, even through this is a fiction book, I fear there is a lot of truth mixed in with Roberts’ fiction. Why you ask? Liam Roberts is an unknown, writing under a pseudonym, but when I picked up The Y Factor I was immediately hooked.
National Geographic’s Genographic Project is mapping hundreds of thousands of DNA samples to develop a comprehensive family tree of the human race. Computer scientist Eric Colburn and geneticist Alonna McKinsey join the project and continue their college romance, but find the stress of workplace conflict and business travel test the limits of their relationship. Eric stumbles on a plot by a brilliant Muslim scientist, Dr. Alomari, who has co-opted the Genographic project.
Before Eric is able to produce the proof, he is targeted by al Qaeda assassins in a series of devastating attacks. A Mossad agent uncovers the explosive plot: Alomari plans to inflame the Muslim faithful with genetic proof that will vindicate Ishmael as the rightful heir of the Abrahamic covenant. Armed with this knowledge, Alomari vows to unify the fractured Muslim kingdoms into a mighty Islamic empire that will finally drive the Jews into the sea.
It’s a race against time as Alana becomes a target in an attempt to silence Eric. When she disappears in the slums of Kar?chi, Pakistan, Eric resolutely embraces the role of reluctant hero and is determined to rescue the woman he loves. Eric succeeds and they desperately elude the relentless terrorists, but their options begin to diminish. Their hope of staying hidden begins to fade as Alana relays an urgent plea to her brother, an officer with the Navy SEALs.
Will the SEALs risk a daring rescue from a Islamic nuclear power – a tenuous ally in the war on terror? Will Eric and Alana live to reveal the explosive truth? The Y Factor will keep you engaged as these subplots come to a breathtaking climax.
Many of us in America do not realize how much the wars in the middle east are driven by religious beliefs. Many of us are driven by what we can prove logically. What if evil men can produce irrefutable evidence that what they say in the bible is wrong?
The Y Factor includes computer and genetics technology, scientific data, military tactics, al Qaeda assassins, and detailed information on the Muslim religion, culture and history. Roberts’ was able to make technical detail easy to understand even for the everyday lay person. If you love the thriller suspense genre, you will love The Y Factor. But like I mentioned at the beginning, I pray to God there is more fiction than fact in The Y Factor, but my fear is there is equal parts. I strongly recommend this book!
The Y Factor by Liam Roberts can be purchased here.
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Liam’s career began with a degree in Psychology and an MBA. He’s pursued excellence across four different industries and taught college Economics.
Liam has been married for thirty-four years to his lovely wife, Marsha, who blessed him with three incredible children. Their daughter is an accomplished chef at an exclusive restaurant. Their two sons are graduates of the United States Naval Academy. One is a Navy Special Operations Forces, the other a Navy pilot.
Liam Roberts is a pseudonym for practical reasons. Because Liam’s sons will be sent into harm’s way in areas where jihadists are commonly found, Liam was asked to use a pen name. The primary reason is due to the honest representation of radical Islam conveyed in the thriller, which could engender a hostile response from jihadists, given that the family name is somewhat uncommon. On a lighter note, the author has found it advantageous to shamelessly promote his book without it seeming self-serving.
FTC Disclosure: Special thanks to Rebeca Seitz of Glass Road for sending me a review copy of The Y Factor by Liam Roberts