AWRW Book Review: Maya, Symbiogenesis Book One, by Author Pete Barber #Scifi #fantasy @PBFiction #bookreview


Hours before doctors plan to switch off her premature daughter’s life-support systems, Lauren risks all and injects her baby with a stolen experimental drug. The last-resort treatment transforms Maya’s genetic fingerprint. 

While Lauren struggles to disguise the reason for her daughter’s miraculous recovery, Maya develops unique abilities that may signal a new, more hope-filled future for humankind, or perhaps sound its death knell. 

Book Details


Kindle Edition, 228 pages

Published November 26th 2016 by PJ Publishing (December 6, 2016)
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy. Medical Thriller
Themes: Murder, Bogus Faith Healing Fraudster, Stolen Experimental Miracle Serum, Telepathy, Medical Breakthrough, Extraordinary Twins, Evolution, Symbiogenesis
Rating 5/5 Stars
Synopsis and Book Review

Maya and Joshua’s mother, Patsy, was beaten and left for dead, her two unborn twins assaulted before leaving their mother’s body. In a last ditch effort by Aunt Lauren to save Maya who is moments away from being taken off life support, Lauren injects her niece with a stolen, unregulated experimental medication, and hopes for the best.

When Maya’s recovery goes unexplained, the focus shifts on Lauren and her associates. This protective Aunt is forced to choose between the consequences of her actions, and the safety of her family. Maya continues to marvel and stun everyone she meets, and she’s only getting started with what she’s capable of.

Maya, Symbiogenesis Book One, is a fantasy science fiction novel about a medical anomaly, a miracle child, and a woman’s love and devotion for her family. Boiled down, Maya is about medical advances and their consequences.

Barber’s story is well researched, with strong medical and scientific themes revolving around endosymbiotic theory. Combined with telepathy and exceptional intellectual powers, Maya reminds me of a cross between Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and King’s Firestarter.
The characters are colorful and complex. I loved the addition of Reverend Morgan’s and his wife, Deacon Nina’s perspectives, and even newbie Journalist Riley Brown’s. Although secondary characters, they added more layers to this story, and I enjoyed their point of views.
And Lauren, the Aunt, she could not be more sympathetic. I just loved her character so much.
I love the book cover of the young girl with the haunting violet eyes. It fits the mood of the story. Like the young girl in the story, there is something intimidating about her stare. It almost follows you.
Highly recommended to readers who enjoy a good “flawed cure” story. 5/5 stars.

About the Author

Pete Barber

Born into a blue-collar family in Liverpool, England, Pete immigrated to the US in the early 90s and settled in North Carolina.

After surviving near-death experiences at ages six and eighteen, he led a haphazard life, putting bread on the table as a plumber, computer programmer, salesperson, marketing executive, hotel operator, real-estate developer, and llama farmer.

Pete writes fast-paced fiction that makes people think–what if?

Pete’s debut thriller–NanoStrike–has over 300 5-STAR reviews on Amazon US. Love Poison, a suspenseful romance was published September 2014. When A Warrior Comes Home followed in March 2015. MAYA, November 2016… more to come!

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