Author and Doctor of Biology Daniel Lyle brings to life a witty and fanciful story in this novel. The Girl with the Turtle Tattoo is the first book in a series of 8 (thus far). In this book, we follow around Dave King, a middle-aged teacher and scientist of sorts, exploring the scoffed-at idea of cold fusion.
When Dave meets the titled woman, Cloe, he is instantly engrossed. Her tattoo, a bright green turtle on her wrist, leaves an impression he can't shake. He becomes interested in finding Cloe, unravelling the mysteries she has left him with... and boy does he get more than he bargained for! Time travel, divergent dimensions, peril, and the ultimate secret to The Girl are what you have to look forward to... look forward to, indeed!
Lyle has an intriguing style of writing that seamlessly mixes religious and philosophical viewpoints throughout the novel. At the start of each chapter, an interesting snippet of wisdom is shared with the reader. Some I enjoyed more than others, but the idea as a whole was lovely and I found it quite unique.
An air of lightheartedness pervades the novel, an inspiring tone that has you rooting for the protagonist. David tends to be self-deprecating, which is an issue I think most people relate to. The way Lyle approaches this topic is superb. I enjoyed the even yet exciting pace of the novel; quite a comfortable Moderato Allegretto, which serves perfectly Lyle's thought-provoking read.
Had I anything negative to say about the novel, it would be this: I feel the tone of writing sometimes switches to the impersonal rather abruptly and slightly changes the nature of the paragraph or sentence.
I read A LOT, and it's rare for me to find a modern writer whose next novel I'm dying to peruse. The Girl with the Turtle Tattoo is a refreshing, fun, and intellectually alluring novel that is an overall pleasure to read. Enjoy!
David King, a failed Ph.D. physicist researcher, needs to find the “Girl with the Turtle Tattoo.” It was just a chance encounter at a grocery store, but this seemingly ordinary, cute girl holds the key to making his discredited “cold fusion” experiments actually work! Just out of his grasp—enticingly dangled in her petite hands—is unlimited clean energy, a cure for any disease, and even a form of immortality! Pursuing her, though, proves dangerous. Dave is trapped in an alternate dimension, hunted by the law as a fugitive terrorist, and thrown into both the past and the future. He’s horrified to discover she is committing the worst possible crime against humanity: intersecting with revered historical icons to alter the timeline! Is she an angel seeking to save mankind, or an alien demon bent on Earth’s destruction? Regardless, Dr. King realizes he’s fallen deeply in love with her. He is determined to ride her wild space odyssey to its end. But to expose her deepest secrets he must first confront his and mankind’s worst faults. Do humans even deserve a second chance? Or can they be inspired to transcend their selfish animal instincts? It all hinges on the origins of a cute little turtle tattoo…
About the Author
Daniel Lyle holds a Ph.D. in Biology, is a lifelong amateur herpetologist, taught medical immunology at a University, completed a career in cell biology research, lectures on how to apply theological and psychological principles in practical ways, and has a strong interest in all aspects of cosmology and physics. From a small kid, he was fascinated with dinosaurs. As such, he has always lived with exotic creatures, including harmless snakes, all housed in his own homemade habitats. Some of his tame pet pythons and anacondas ranged up to twelve feet in length. He is the author of over thirty books, many of which are religious in nature. His writings go beyond the ordinary, exposing deeper aspects of life. His books are meant to be fun, conversational, and helpful. His various works are available at LylePublishing.com and Amazon.com. The "Girl with the Turtle Tattoo" science fiction series was inspired by paintings done by his mother, movies adapting Stieg Larsson's crime novels, and various men and women sporting spectacular body-art tattoos.