Maze Master by Kathleen O’Neal Gear #bookreview #thriller #apocalyptic

Title: Maze Master

Author:  Kathleen O’Neal Gear

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Publication Date: July 17, 2018

Page Count: 352

My rating: 2.5 stars

About the book:

New York Times bestselling author Kathleen Gear’s new apocalyptic thriller Maze Master shows the world ending not in fire nor in ice but in science.

Kathleen Gear, who often co-writes with her husband W. Michael Gear, has authored 42 books which have been New York Times, USA Today and international bestsellers. Translated into 29 languages, there are around 17 million copies of her books in print worldwide.

LucentB is a retrovirus that’s inevitable, unstoppable, and utterly catastrophic for humanity. The US government believes the only person who can find the cure is the geneticist who tried to warn them about it and then disappeared: James Hakari. They assign the task of finding him to his former student Anna Asher, who in turn recruits paleographer and religious studies scholar Dr. Martin Nadai.

The brilliant but insane geneticist is leaving clues for Anna and Martin to follow, showing he’s truly earned his students’ nickname for him: the Maze Master. The search takes Anna and Martin around the world and into a warzone they never imagined.

Maze Master‘s LucentB is based off of the real retrovirus HERV-K, which has caused several plagues over the past 75,000 years, almost wiping out Neandertals 50,000 years ago, and maybe 30,000 years ago. Modern geneticists consider HERV-K not to be extinct, but rather to be waiting for some trigger to come alive again.

With its scientific and archaeological authenticity and suspenseful clues, Maze Master will have readers rushing through its intricate maze to find out the fate of the world in this thrilling adventure.

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Maze Master by Kathleen O’Neal Gear is a apocalyptic thriller in which the world is quickly coming to the end due to a plague sweeping around the world. While the story is fictional a lot of the book is taken from real things and events to build a what if type of book.

As the book begins the virus has already been spreading and taking out the population very quickly and we join various characters as they try to discover what the virus is and how to stop it. When it’s found they are dealing with LucentB Anna Asher is tasked with finding James Hakari who had been warning of what  is to come with no one taking him seriously.

Maze Master is a bit out of my normal go to genre that I read the majority of the time but I thought I would give this one a shot to see how I would like it. When finished my rating on this one at 2.5 stars is a bit more of the it’s me, not you case as the story and writing are fine, I just didn’t personally find myself very invested.

Part of my reasoning with being a bit disconnected to this one is that the scientific side read as very dry and bit too much for me. It all sounds accurate enough but not having studied any of this type of thing other than hearing of dormant viruses I really can’t say how spot on the info is but I just wasn’t entertained and invested in the thriller side with those discussions breaking up the action. To me I think this one would probably wow me a lot more on the big screen where the intensity would be better felt. I would say though if this sound good to you please give it a try, fans of things like The Davinci Code would probably enjoy this.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online: 

Goodreads  /   Amazon

About the author:

Kathleen O’Neal Gear’s professional life began at the Museum of Cultural History in Los Angeles where she was cataloguing three-hundred-year-old Guatemalan saint statues as part of her Ph.D. coursework. In 1980, she moved to Wyoming to work for the U.S. Department of the Interior as a historian and archaeologist. DOI twice awarded her a “Special Achievement Award” for outstanding management of America’s cultural heritage. Currently, she serves as the co-principal investigator for a private archaeological research firm. She’s authored or co-authored over 47 novels and around 200 non-fiction articles. In 2015, the United States Congress honored her with a “Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition” for her work as an American archaeologist, and the California State Legislature passed Joint Member Resolution #117, saying, “The contributions of Kathleen Gear to the fields of history, archaeology, and writing have been invaluable.”

She’s married to W. Michael Gear, archaeologist and novelist, and they live in the Owl Creek Mountains of Wyoming, with two Shetland sheep dogs and a herd of buffalo.

Website: Twitter: @Gearbooks

For those who might be interested, here’s a video taken at the World Heritage site, Cahokia:


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8 replies

    • Haha thanks, I suppose if it is it just comes from being raised to not be hateful and knowing that every book is someone’s hard work I try to simply list what I didn’t like and not this is horrible etc!

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