Item description for Paradigm by Robert D. Taylor...
What is tomorrow's Wall Street Journal worth to you today? Where is the line between reality and fiction? Are the financial markets really predictable? Does an ancient artifact hold the key to how some of the world's wealthiest families made their fortunes?
When a mysterious granite and cypress Egyptian box is found hidden away in a secret room in the palatial Biltmore Estate, twin scientists Alex and Nicholas Shepard work to unlock the secret of its intricate dials, gauges, crystals, and carvings. What they discover has the potential to make them rich beyond their wildest dreams. But it could also collapse financial markets, bankrupt corporations around the globe, and destroy many of the world's most powerful families. As the twins quickly find out, people will not only kill to make money, but will kill to keep it.
What begins as a simple scientific experiment in the stock market quickly descends into a nightmarish intrigue of murder, deception, and mystery. When one Shepard brother is killed, the surviving twin and his wife find themselves in a desperate gambit to learn the truth about the box's legacy. Using ancient documents found with the box, they unearth clues to trace its history through the ages, from the catacombs of Paris to the Knights of the Templar in Scotland. Their investigation takes them from London to Paris, Venice, and finally, to the Vatican itself, where they uncover the greatest deception ever perpetuated by man.
Robert D. Taylor's enthralling debut novel "Paradigm" is a unique and masterful blend of intelligent scientific suspense and bold historical mystery stretching from earliest antiquity to the present day-and beyond. His intriguing plot and cast of memorable characters makes for a suspenseful pager-turn that will keep readers guessing about where the lines of reality and fiction merge.
"Paradigm" demands we believe the unbelievable. The challenge of finding out just what is truly real and what is not is now up to you.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Robert D. Taylor is a research scientist and the CEO of Trend Corporation, Inc. He is a successful businessman. His research focus in econo-physics has been vital to the development of the economic modeling software. He lives with his wife in Atlanta, Georgia.
"Robert Taylor's fascinating, ingenious, and well-written novel, Paradigm, should be at the top of everyone's fall 2005 reading list. It's a fabulous book about the breathtaking pursuit of the secrets behind a mysterious Egyptian box - and how that desperate chase leads to riches, treachery, and murder. Paradigm is the Da Vinci Code for Wall Street arbitragers and others who enjoy fantasizing about offbeat ways to make money"" (Dan E. Moldea, Author of The Hoffa Wars)
"Robert Taylor's intelligent Wall Street thriller, Paradigm, has more twists and turns than a steep mountain road. It's a very well written, first rate murder mystery that will challenge the readers intellectually." (Vincent Bugliosi, author of Helter Skelter, 'Till Death Do Us Part, and the acclaimed New York Times #1 hardcover bestseller, And the Sea Will Tell.)
"The science wrapped in this novel will challenge how we think about gravity and the relationship between science and business. Truth and fiction merge to tell an intriguing tale." (M. Douglas Ivester, Former Chairman and CEO, Coca-Cola)"Simultaneously an exciting tale of intrigue and adventure and an intellectual paradigm-quake, this enthralling reality-fiction novel's emotionally gripping plot and players completely absorb both the reader's mind and heart until the final, satisfying denouement." (Dr. Robert W. Bass, M.A. Oxon -Rhodes Scholar- Professor. of Physics and Astronomy, BYU 1971-81, retired)"Paradigm rockets along powered by the ultimate 'what if.' WHAT IF someone could predict when the stock market would rise or fall? Paradigm weaves a tale full of suspense and secrecy and Robert Taylor takes it even one step further-the science behind the story is real!" (Jeff Sagansky, past President of CBS Entertainment and Tri-Star Pictures)"Paradigm is not only a quick read but a wicked blend of both reality and fiction. If you liked The Da Vinci Code, you'll love Paradigm!" (Alan (Ace) Greenburg, Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Executive Committee, Bear Stearns)"Almost immediately, I realized this book is reality itself. Reading it was like watching wonderful, complex people on a screen as they move through their extraordinary lives. Paradigm redefines not only how we will view the stock market, but novel writing itself." (Tony Romano, Producer, "Catch Me If You Can" and "I, Robot")
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 2" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.5" Weight: 2 lbs.
Release Date Mar 13, 2006
Publisher Savas Beatie
ISBN 1932714162 ISBN13 9781932714166
Availability 0 units.
More About Robert D. Taylor
Robert Taylor, a U.S. Army captain from 1963 to 1967, served in Vietnam and received a Bronze Star. Author of "The Innocent, "he has been a journalist and editor of several magazines. Born and raised in Texas, he lives in Blue Hill, Maine.
Fun to read even though the excessive, detailed descriptions of decor can put you to sleep quickly. Also, the editor(s) lacked spell and grammer checkers. I can't recall reading a popular book with so many spelling errors. Some sentences were edited and parts of the old sentence are left in the same sentence.
Typos are one thing; unchecked spelling and grammer in a mass-distributed publication is sloppy business.
Entertaining & Thought Provoking Mar 7, 2007
Does gravity control the financial markets via its influence on human behavior. Sounds too simplistic to be true, but I have to admit that "Paradigm" can almost be convincing. The included historical charts and trends as well as the statistical/mathematical analyses that accompany them seem persuasive. On the other hand, I believe that human behavior is too multifactorial to be accounted for by a singular phenomenon such as gravity. Hence, I recommend "Paradigm" as what it really is, a work of fiction. The story is enthralling and takes you on a journey to many fascinating places in time and location. The parallels to "The Da Vinci Code" are there, but that is not necessarily a negative. Overall, if you are looking for an entertaining novel twisted with a plot of intellectual curiosity, then "Paradigm" is not going to disappoint you.
An amazingly intriging book Feb 1, 2007
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (1/07)
When twin scientists Alex and Nicholas Shepard and their wives accidentally discover a hidden room at the Biltmore Estate they find a mysterious Egyptian box and ancient documents. Their friend Gabriel is the caretaker for the estate. He comes from a family of great wealth and is dedicated to using it to make a difference in the world. Gabriel doesn't know the purpose of the box, so he checks with his father. His father downplays its importance and tells Gabriel to put it back in storage. Gabriel's friends are so intrigued with it that he gives it to them.
Investigating the purpose behind the box, they discover that it was used to measure gravity so that predictions could be made about when the Nile River would flood. The brothers notice that the documents indicate that these readings also correlate with the patterns of the financial world market. They test the future predictions that the box indicates are coming and they quickly gain a lot of wealth. This draws the attention of an organization that has been involved with using the box for centuries. These people are powerful and will stop at nothing to make sure that the secret does not get out.
One of the brothers is murdered. The other, with the help of the two wives, their friend Gabriel and a priest step in to help them finish solving the mystery of the box and who was behind using it. Their investigations take them to Europe, where they explore London, Paris, Venice, and then on to the Vatican. More danger and intrigue follow them on this journey.
I really enjoyed "Paradigm." At over six hundred pages, it was a book that I could really sink my teeth into. I enjoyed the intrigue behind the ancient artifact and the adventures that followed while investigating it. As a fan of "The DaVinci Code," I liked the similar elements that the author Robert Taylor incorporates into his story. It is not a copy of "The Da Vinci Code." It just incorporates similar investigations into the story, like the Nights of Templar, the Vatican, and the catacombs of Paris.
Taylor takes this book even further when he includes his own abstract and a technical appendix at the end of the story. These discuss the reality of the theories discussed in the story. In reality it is titled, "The Taylor Effect." He wrote "Paradigm" to discuss his theory and "to change the way we perceive financial markets." Paradigm really makes you think "what if?"
Can you predict when the stock market will fall? Jan 15, 2007
If you are into finances, investing or wall street, you might be interested in this book. Robert Taylor gives us alot of "what if's" in regards to predicting and working the stock market. Robert is combining science with the stock market, see if you can follow his predictions and make them work for you.
Good Read. Jan 11, 2007
Paradigm by Robert Taylor is a good read if you have an interest in the markets. Some parts are a little rambliing and descriptions are a little excessive. gem