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The God Maps, Volume 1

By: Yvette Kendall
Narrated by: William Wells
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God sees everything...but who’s watching him?

The time period in which these events took place is not disclosed. Five very talented and ambitious scientists asked themselves an age-old question: Where do our souls go after we die? The question was posed, not in the esoteric sense, but in a geographical one. They committed themselves to find out the exact physical locations of “Heaven and Hell”.

However, their research gave them more than they bargained for. What you’re about to experience is a dramatic departure from the norms of science fiction and popular faith-based understandings. The God Maps is the first book written by new author Yvette Kendall, and she delves into the clockworks of the afterworld by means of creative and disruptive scientific experiments.

The mediums that the laboratory operates in are not bound by moral limitations until the line is drawn for them by opposing forces. Located in the sub-level of a well-known Ivy League university, the lab is run by Ameerah Mahar, a seasoned cryptologist, who is joined by four other accredited scientists that create the fringe science team of Lab-J71. Their ultimate goal is to unlock the mysteries of life, death, and God’s reality on a more tangible scale.

Their research and experiments have opened the Universe to the likes which have never been seen or heard of before. What we once had to wait for can be experienced right now, in real-time, and with their own eyes. Science can fill the gaps in extraordinary ways if you know how to use it! The innovative scientific processes that the team has developed will not only earn them a place in the history books, but the implications of their findings will undoubtedly garner them a revised spot in the good book as well!

©2019 Yvette Kendall (P)2019 Yvette Kendall

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Clearly...I loved this book! Volume 2 please!

The GOD Maps worked absolutely great as a standalone, please do not listen to The GOD Maps without reading the book first because so much clarity is printed on the pages. Kendall takes the time to painstakingly build a realistic foundation to support the Universe on. Her excellently crafted foundation planted seeds necessary to expand her universe even further. I really don’t want to spoil anything from the book so I’ll refrain from talking about the main plot and I’ll keep this review as concise and helpful as possible.

Her story is told with a multi-styled platform. Meaning that the feel of the book changes as you go along, eventually converging wonderfully closer to the end of the book. The story is mostly framed in a third-person past-tense narration, and does bob and weave with the Present time frame that is being told in the third-person present tense. The two timelines complement each other greatly in telling a thought-provoking story about science, discovery, and religious beliefs.

I’ve read a lot of Science Fiction books and The GOD Maps stands among some of the most original novels about human expectations beyond the flesh. In this way, it was something that I truly appreciated and I loved reading the detailed exposition of how the events unfolded. As much as I loved how smartly crafted this book was, the heavy emphasis on science and innovation did slow down the pacing a bit at a few points of the book.

The author did a good job of trying to balance information with dialogue and action. The pacing worked for me once I discovered that this book is meant to be more thought compelling than explosions and car chases. The world-building was stunning. Once again, I’m amazed by Kendall’s creativity and intricacy in creating this sci-fi series that’s well-researched and believable. Admittedly, I did read the book before hand. Personally I think it gave so much more than the audiobook. Even in that, the conclusion ‘WOWED’ me both times! When you reach the end, the impact shakes you every time! Believe me, I know this novel will be a hit for you.

Overall, The GOD Maps is a great read/listen. I still think that this is a must-read for anyone fond of unique takes on the afterlife, Heaven and Hell. It feels good to read a sci-fi story that’s incredibly inventive and audacious in its theme but not lacking in intrigue; that’s exactly what’s being provided with this first offering.

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This Book Will Be A Cult Classic. Period.

I’ve never heard a story like this before, and that’s saying a whole lot! What an ingenious concept, tagging the souls of the dying to follow where they might go. This is God’s secret and now man may figure it out! The story is BIG and the characters fit well in this world. It’s also refreshing in this day and age to hear a scifi story that’s not bogged down with dystopian themes. It is rich, full and colorful. My favorite character is “The Man”, I won’t give it away but he’s a beast and don’t mind telling you about it. The story also makes you feel small, small in a way that it constantly informs us that we’re not alone, and that we should behave accordingly. The wonderment of the delivery is on-point and easy to vibe with, come to think od it, he sounds like Morgan Freeman and James Earl Jones (depending on the chapter). With that said, this isn’t to be consumed in passing, you're gonna have to sit yo behind down and listen! Content like this is for die-hard lovers of science and technology based books and movies. It requires you to latch on to the lingo and immerse yourself in to the laboratory's going-ons. If this is a freshman effort, the author knocked it out of the park. You can feel the shadows moving behind you, jumping in and around the narrator”s words, and that’s key (I think) to a powerful narration. He did a great job expressing the ominous activities happening in background. As you listen, new stories emerge and new characters too, I enjoyed that! That's what made me feel that this could easily be a movie or tv series because the rotation is so commendable. I don’t know about you, but I’m thrilled to finally listen to a new take on a subject that concerns us all.

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The envelope has been pushed.

This is what I love about science fiction, anything is possible! These characters did somethings that I hope science does not have a way to do. Its scary what they came up with. It makes you think about what else is going on behind the closed doors of research facilities. Very good. If you not into science books, you might need to slow it down/pause/and rewind. I like sci fi and i still was like, let me back it up just one more time lol! Keep your ears open because you're gonna hear things you've never heard before.

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Sci-fi and biblical to another level!

Thrilled with this science fiction story. Plot held my interest and exceeded expectations. Can’t wait for volume 2. Loved the biblical aspect.

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I WASN'T READY....But This Novel Is Magical!

After reading the reviews and the book's preface on Amazon and Good Reads I was definitely curious about The God Maps. if nothing else, but to find out how the author dared to find the locations of Heaven and Hell using science. Like, What's the process of doing such a thing? I really, really expected it to be a flimsy attempt at doing the unthinkable "BUT IT'S NOT"! Its so well written and thought-out. Kendall is a descriptive writer and the voice of the narrator pulls you in before you know it. I would have given the performance 5-Stars but his voice scared the beegeebus out of me! Like on certain parts of the audiobook, I had to get up and turn the lights on and locks the doors. This needs to be a movie soon and I'll be there in the front row.

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This is a new kinda SciFi!

It sounds like a movie! Kendall's take on science and God has turned my understanding upside-down. When I tell you that, you will never look at God and his processes that same, that's ah understatement! The first few chapters are technical, I guess she had to get the science set up, but after that-we were off to the races. The stuff she crammed in this novel is mind-boggling! I won't give it away but do yourself a favor and listen when you have complete silence and no interruptions, because if you don't you will miss key information. It's a good book.

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BRILLIANT THE GOD MAPS SHOULD BE REQUIRED READING!

I was gifted the Ebook of this story several months ago and loved every minute of the book. Then I heard that the author was making an audiobook, I was super excited! The narrator's voice gives you a whole different depth on the book. Bringing the characters to life in a way that my imagination couldn't. Especially Scilectra and the Professor, they were the most complexed characters to digest but not to leave out the heroine Ameerah (she's awesome!). On the other side of it, listening to it. First it read like a book, then a graphic novel, and then a fabulous mixture of scifi with religious overtones! I fell asleep that night with strange dreams and a couple of nightmares and that never really happens to me. The voice and the content stays with you for the long haul, even days after! It's just so real. It got a little theatrical in some places (but I loved that too!), so reading along and listening made the trip even better. I definitely will be giving this as a gift to a scifi lover. Whatever this new Biblical Futurism genre is, it's a winner!

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A Thought Provoking Story

I had the privilege of reading the book and now listening to the audiobook, and I’m glad that I did both. The writing style is unorthodox to the benefit of the reader. There are important aspects in the body of the writing that can’t be overlooked. The author devised a fictional formula that could end the debate of who gets to go to heaven and who goes to hell.

Theoretically, that’s important! What if that ability were real? The audacious could neutralize the dogmas of theology that many religions hold near and dear. The story is considerate, in that, even though God is being challenged, it is not in a frivolous way. The pages are full of quotes and sayings that stay with you. It definitely left an impression on me. /CT/

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PLAYED IT ON SURROUND SOUND & LOVED EVERY MINUTE

Nearly 13-Hours long and I barely took a break, it's extremely engaging! Oldsoul has an intriguing opening to the book and I also liked the Amera character too. I can see how her book may be polarizing for some, especially those who may not see the coalition between God and Science. The author does skirt the edge of major belief systems, however, if you read it for what it is (science fiction), you will find it enjoyable. The ending was an unexpected surprise too! 5-Stars all the way around.

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I liked it! A new type of science fiction story.

“wisdom has a grave for us all” – The God Maps

I will start this review by saying I love stories that explore what it means to be human, consciousness, and who we are as people. That’s probably why I love shows like Westworld. When I was offered an ARC of the audiobook in exchange for an honest review, I wanted to give it a try. I am glad I did! This is such a unique concept, one I feel hasn’t been done before or explored much. I was also curious about this book because it was described as “biblical futurism” which is a term I’d never heard of before, so my curiously made me pick it up.

Rather than simply exploring the human mind, this book explores the human soul. A team of scientists are working to find the physical location of heaven and hell, and to find out where souls go when they die. They also want to prove if the bible is real or false. Basically, they are trying to find evidence of God via science. To do this, they tag the souls of dying people to track them. But not everyone is happy about what they are doing.

The story is well written and you can tell the author did research in order to tell the story. The only reason I didn’t give it a full five starts was that in a lot of places, we are told a lot of information in info dumps rather than shown what is happening. It slows down the pace of a story that could be very action-packed. For example, there is a character with issues with her dreams. I would like to see this in a scene rather than just being told about the problem. It would be cool to see all of the things happening in this book from a more action-oriented vantage point. Overall, it’s a good story and I must admit I enjoy the narrators voice.

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  • 02-23-20

Not finished listening yet but...

... I doubt I will. I'm a lifelong sci fi addict but I can't get into this at all. The subject sounded fascinating but the writing seemed to me to be flat and laboured as was the delivery. I can understand the purpose behind the style was probably to convey the superior status of the narrator, but I found it made for irritating listening. Maybe reading the book I'd find the style less annoying.