The startling premise of Robert Masello’s new supernatural thriller had me hooked from the get-go. As a devotee of Albert Einstein—one of the twentieth century’s greatest thinkers and most outspoken humanists—I went into my first reading of this chilling, fast-paced tale with every reason to like it. Turns out there were many more reasons than I’d imagined.
Masello is an award-winning journalist, television writer, and author of both novels and nonfiction, with a particular talent for historical thrillers. (His next book is a hugely ambitious reimagining of the lives of Robert Louis Stevenson and Jack the Ripper.) In The Einstein Prophecy, he delivers not only a boldly original take on Einstein’s wartime service during his tenure at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton but also a vivid, immersive depiction of this historical setting, seasoned with an engaging romance between the beautiful, headstrong Egyptian scholar Simone Rashid and army lieutenant Lucas Athan, wounded by war in more ways than one.
In a year that marks the one hundredth anniversary of Einstein’s groundbreaking theory of general relativity, what better way to celebrate than with a summertime thriller that races at a blistering pace to a provocative conclusion?
- Jason Kirk, Editor