The existence of life on other planets has consistently been a question that no one has a definite answer to, but that has not stopped many people from dedicating their lives to researching the unknown. In Intelligent Design: Revelations, we meet one such person, adoctoral student by the name of Andrea Perez. Andrea has dedicated years to the study oflight and how it can hide things from our line of sight. Her recent study has indicated thatlight has somehow been hiding the existence of an unknown planet behind the sun. Thismeans, of course, that this ‘new’ planet has been obscured from Earth’s view for millionsof years. However, when anyone gets close to an answer about this obscured planet their research suddenly is lost and the scientist ends up missing.
As Andrea’s research closes in on this planet, her life is suddenly turned upside down. Sheis apprehended by the FBI and told that her life is in danger. Apparently there are somepeople in the U.S. Government who do not want the research Andrea is doing to go public.If getting rid of Andrea is the only way to get that accomplished, that is what would bedone. Now, Andrea has a choice to make and that choice could take her on a journey she could never have imagined.
Meanwhile, in the midst of losing one of her closest colleagues, Roberta Joanne Riesman is feeling misplaced. Her colleague, Hiaki Nakamura, was a brilliant scientist and togetherthey were conducting amazing research. Now he was gone, along with all of his researchand there appears to be no hope of recovering it (or him!). As Riesman tries to make itthrough the funeral luncheon she notices some odd people lurking around who just seemout of place but she cannot understand why. Later, she is apprehended by agents of the U.S.Government who tell her she will need to spy on a friend by the name of Anthony Perez(who just happens to be Andrea's father). Riesman is told that Anthony might be a lead toan enemy of the country. Confused on what is the truth and what is not, Riesman is givenno choice on the matter. She will soon come face to face with the actual truth and have tomake a choice on what she wants to do with the rest of her life.
This book did not hold back one bit in creating a fast-paced science fiction story line that I enjoyed imagining as I read, as thinking about the unknown is always interesting. Addingthe element of mystery and conspiracy via the plot of the U.S. Government trying to coverup the research of an unknown planet added an extra element of suspense and excitementthat made for a good read. However, there were a few times that I had trouble keeping upwith where the story was as this book was told from many perspectives and from manydifferent times. The chapters would switch from not only different characters but also jumped back and forth from past to present and even to the future, which, at times, made it difficult to follow.
Overall, however, this is a very enjoyable read.Quill says: A great read for the true science-fiction lover.