Obscura by Joe Hart

Obscura

She’s felt it before…the fear of losing control. And it’s happening again. In the near future, an aggressive and terrifying new form of dementia is affecting victims of all ages. The cause is unknown, and the symptoms are disturbing. Dr. Gillian Ryan is on the cutting edge of research and desperately determined to find a cure. She’s already lost her husband to the disease, and now her young daughter is slowly succumbing as well. After los...


Details Obscura

TitleObscura
Author
Release DateMay 8th, 2018
PublisherThomas & Mercer
GenreThriller, Science Fiction, Fiction
Rating

Reviews Obscura

  • Paul Falk
    1970-01-01
    In the not-too-distant future, mankind's plagued with a merciless killer. A disease. Its origin hiding within the deep recesses of the brain. The author awakened me to a horrific storyline that drove deep into the twisting vortex of space. Kept telling myself, "This can't be real." Awash in a hypnotic trance, the pages turned in quick succession as the print danced to a tune of its own making. There was no stopping it. The character-driven scenes...
  • Liz Barnsley
    1970-01-01
    This was brilliant.I love a good psychological thriller, I love a good dose of science fiction, I love a good mystery and I love great divisive characters. So to find them all under one magnificently readable roof was a pure joy for me.Someone (I can’t remember who or I would credit them) described this as “Shutter Island in Space” and I can’t disagree with that assessment – Obscura follows Dr Gillian Ryan, as in an effort to find a cur...
  • Stacey Camp
    1970-01-01
    **5++ Goodreads Stars**In Joe Hart's Obscura, researcher Dr. Gillian Ryan is on the verge of curing the disease that killed her husband and is threatening to destroy her 8-year-old daughter's life. The disease erases one's memories, much like Alzheimer's. When Dr. Ryan's research funding is axed, she makes a life-altering choice to work for a top-secret NASA program that promises to help her cure the disease. As part of her assignment, Dr. Ryan ...
  • Jon Recluse
    1970-01-01
    In the not so distant future, a lethal pandemic of unknown origin is sweeping the planet. A virulent form of dementia that spreads unchecked to people of all ages, with fatal results. The leading researcher into the contagion, driven by the loss of her husband to this plague, and the heartbreaking signs that her young daughter may be next, finds herself succumbing to addiction as her funding dries up. When an old friend offers her a chance at obt...
  • The Behrg
    1970-01-01
    If I had to resort to the old Hollywood 5-second pitch, I'd describe this book as "Shutter Island in space." That being said, this one deserves much more than a quick cursory glance.Obscura hits the ground running, forcing the reader to start jogging along if you don't want to get left behind. A disease similar to dementia and Alzheimer's is now affecting healthy young individuals, from adults to children. Due to circumstances which you'll discov...
  • Nadine
    1970-01-01
    Obscura is a story about a new form of dementia that does not discriminate age and the lengths people are willing to go to survive. Dr. Gillian Ryan is desperately searching for a cure for the illness that killed her husband and is threatening to take her daughter. She’s invited on a mission in space to work on that cure only to find out she’s been lied to about the mission and her purpose.Obscura is a fantastic mix of science fiction and mys...
  • Trev Twinem
    1970-01-01
    One of the most memorable images I store from my childhood is the idea of the teleporter. You know the program; Capt James Kirk daring to go where no one had gone before and in order to do this he uses the magical services of what was affectionately known on Star Trek as a transporter or teleportation machine. The transporter converted a person into an energy pattern (dematerialization ) then beamed to a target (place) where it was converted back...
  • Michael Hicks
    1970-01-01
    Joe Hart takes us into the near-future in Obscura, to a time when the Earth is severely polluted and global warming is set to pay a disastrous toll. A deadly new virus, Losian, has emerged, cursing the afflicted with an Alzheimer's-like memory loss on the way to fatality. Although science hasn't had much luck curbing mankind's deadly carbon footprint, it has made some headway into developing a new, cutting-edge method of travel currently being te...
  • Caidyn (BW Book Reviews; he/him/his)
    1970-01-01
    This review can also be found here!3.5/5Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest opinion! This did not affect my review.This is yet another book I'm surprised that I've heard nothing about. It has action, emotion, deep thought, a murder mystery. There's space, a new genetic disease, a mother's plight to save her child. Obscura is one of those books that has everything that you thought you might want.But, I thought, it could have ...
  • Candy
    1970-01-01
    In this new version of the world, planet earth is dying & a strange new sickness has started to kill with a fast acting virus that is a form of dementia. It does not discriminate between old & young, it just kills. The United Nations is eager to find a solution by searching space for an alternative place for mankind to live & to find a cure for this deadly virus. Dr. Gillian Ryan has lost her husband to the virus & now her young daughter has the ...
  • Michelle
    1970-01-01
    In the not-too-distant future, a neuroscientist who is losing her young daughter to the same mysterious disease that killed her husband must make a wrenching choice: either embark on a secretive NASA mission in the hopes of curing the disease, or stay on Earth with her daughter for the little time she has left before the child's memory is entirely gone. Obscura is a smart, satisfying novel about space travel and the future of humanity, and it als...
  • Julie Parks
    1970-01-01
    My insides while reading the symptoms of the new dementia Losian's:Overall interesting idea but all the time jumping made it somewhat hard to really get into it and feel for the events unfolding. It felt like a very simple plot presented in a twisty way, ironically calling for a word obscure as its main describer.LOVE the cover Also, the cover art is a very accurate replica of the vibe inside this book - so in this case, I guess, it's the excepti...
  • Christine Roberts
    1970-01-01
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  • Nadine
    1970-01-01
    Gripping science fiction mystery thriller that’s hard to put down. Unreliable protagonist ala girl on the train with an addiction problem, except it’s not a train but a spaceship hurtling to Mars.Very much a page turner and ends on a cliff hanger so hopefully there will be more.
  • Trev Twinem
    1970-01-01
    One of the most memorable images I store from my childhood is the idea of the teleporter. You know the program; Capt James Kirk daring to go where no one had gone before and in order to do this he uses the magical services of what was affectionately known on Star Trek as a transporter or teleportation machine. The transporter converted a person into an energy pattern (dematerialization ) then beamed to a target (place) where it was converted back...
  • Kyleigh
    1970-01-01
    **DISCLAIMER - I was sent this book in return for an honest review. This did not affect my review.**4.3/5 ⭐STORY 4.5/5 (I loved this story! It was so tense and claustrophobic. The mystery was great and the twists and turns were well done.)CHARACTERS - 4/5 (They were all well done and I loved a couple of them but I had trouble remembering who some were.)WRITING - 4/5 (I thought it was very well done. I was constantly gripped and never distracted...
  • Paul
    1970-01-01
    Disclosure: I was offered a pre-publication copy of "Obscura" in exchange for a review.I read this one quickly. It's a whodunit with a science fiction backdrop featuring space travel and teleportation. The protagonist, Gillian Ryan, is a medical researcher looking for a way to stop a mind-wasting disease that has already claimed her husband and is now beginning to affect her daughter. On the promise that NASA will fund her research if she spends ...
  • Valentina
    1970-01-01
    A fun, quick read, this space thriller blends genres in an effective way that is perfect both for people who love sci-fi and for those who don't. It has interesting characters that, though not perfectly developed, still show purpose and agency throghout the story. The villain and his motive are a bit more hazy, which is my one big issue with the story. We don't learn nearly enough about the person to truly understand the consequences.The pace is ...
  • Melanie
    1970-01-01
    I really enjoyed this book. It had the perfect amount of sci-fi without being confusing, and the perfect amount of thriller without being too far-fetched. I really liked how the story hooked you immediately, and it was very hard to put down after. Great read. Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book!
  • Eggbeater
    1970-01-01
    I won an advanced copy of this book through Goodreads. It is a science fiction thriller centered around the outbreak of a mysterious illness at a NASA space station that causes memory loss, aggression, and psychosis. The main character is research scientist Dr. Gillian Ryan who tries to discover what is making people sick and finds herself trapped on the station embroiled in a murder.This book has several interesting themes which include drug add...
  • Ashley Houser
    1970-01-01
    Expected publication date: May 8, 2018Blast off! This book literally transported me to another world. Okay, well not literally, but you get the idea. Part science fiction and part murder mystery, Obscura follows the life of Dr. Gillian Ryan as she pursues a cure for Losian's Disease, a crippling neurological disease that causes extensive memory loss. While her daughter is struggling with the disease, Gillian receives an offer she can't turn down,...
  • Amber
    1970-01-01
    Disclaimer: I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.When I started reading Obscura, I had mixed feelings about the book.  For starters, I wasn't crazy about all the time-jumping.  I don't mind past and present... one or two aren't bad... but suddenly we're in different years back and forth, and there's a couple chapters in different p...
  • Stacy
    1970-01-01
    What the hell did I just read?This was just so very, very good. I’m not a plot rehasher (read the blurb), so I am just gonna sing this books praises for a minute!Wow. Joe Hart has written a book about love and loss and addiction and space travel and betrayal and murder and what makes up the basic parts of people that make them human. Yes. All that. And it works. It works well.And..bonus...it’s creepy af. Gillian, as a character, is drawn pret...
  • Amy
    1970-01-01
    Obscura is a story about a scientist, Dr. Gillian Ryan, who is pregnant with her first child. Her husband has started to forget things, stare vacantly at nothing and have violent outbursts. Before she is able to let him know she is pregnant he blanks out as they are driving and gets them into a horrific car accident. She survives and he is badly injured but his disease is rapidly deteriorating all the memories of her and their marriage. He eventu...
  • David
    1970-01-01
    4.5 stars for Obscura. I really dug this sci-fi adventure. I experienced so many emotions reading this book and loved the conclusion. My full review coming soon.
  • Julie
    1970-01-01
    I read this book in one day. I was home sick, and I could hardly make myself put it down to nap. It contained my favorite sci fi elements - outlandish yet feasible technology, social commentary, and excitement. When I did manage to put it down, I was very careful to pick it back up on the right page. I couldn't wait to find out what was going on, but I didn't want to miss a sentence getting there. I will be surprised if this isn't made into a mov...
  • Denise
    1970-01-01
    A really decent blend of sci fi and thriller. I had a few small problems with the book, but overall I enjoyed reading it and it kept me turning the pages. It kind of set it up to be a series and I'd definitely read more books about these characters!
  • Anissa
    1970-01-01
    I wanted to read this because I'm a sucker for space station stories and I wasn't disappointed. The pace was well done and the multiple mysteries are laid out very well. As if missions to Mars aren't fraught enough, we have Dr. Gillian Ryan a lead neural researcher along for the trip. She specializes in Losian's disease, a neuro-degenerative disease that causes rapid memory loss, rage outbursts and ultimately, death. It's claimed her husband, Ken...
  • Sharon
    1970-01-01
    Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for giving me an advanced readers copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.I found this book to be an edge of your seat, addictive and suspenseful sci-fi thiller that really exceeded my expectations.I could see this book made into a movie.I highly recommend this book to everyone.
  • Britt Hanson
    1970-01-01
    I grew up thinking that I pretty much hated Sci-Fi type of books. Now I'm laughing at myself because they can consistently be some of my favorite books and movies. It's been a long time since I stayed up late to finish a book, but I was so caught up in this one, that I just had to. I had to know what happened. And once I finished, I wanted to start the book over right then, so I could read through it knowing what was happening, to figure out how ...