Gnosis by Rick Hall – Book Review

Gnosis by Rick Hall – Book Review

Gnosis by Rick Hall


Author – Rick Hall
Pages – 414
Released – 4th May 2019
ISBN-13 – 978-1092661188
Format – ebook, paperback
Review by – Stacey
Rating – 4 Stars
I received a free copy of this book.
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Psychics, government conspiracies, and dangerous criminals swirl like a summer storm around 17yo parkour enthusiast Samantha Black.

When a series of crushing headaches lands Sam in the hospital, she wakes to an imaginary voice in her head: Alexander, an adorable ten-year-old who claims to be a telepath. The doctors think Sam’s brain was damaged after a stroke, but they’re wrong. Alexander isn’t imaginary. He’s a sentient virus, and the government knows about him. After all, they created him.

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Teenager Samantha Black is a parkour enthusiast something that has come in handy since her police officer dad was murdered and no-one seems to be looking into his death.

She has been tracking one of her father’s partner’s squad cars, listening in to conversations to find out if any new information about her father’s murder has come to light, however, she has to stay at close range to the car to listen in.

The police though are after her and one mistake costs her freedom. Once at the police station someone claiming to be from the homeland security removes her from the station claiming that she is needed in witness protection due to a terrorist threat.

Once there Sam is held up in a room with a security officer who is supposed to be looking out for her. Sam begins suffering from headaches and is soon in the hospital with a suspected virus – Trella Gondii. When she wakes up after two days in the hospital she seems to have a young boy called Alexander living inside her head, although he can move to inside other people’s brains and read their minds.

With the help of Alexander and some mystery ‘ghost’ who contacts her via her mobile, Sam manages to give ‘homeland security’ the slip and sets out to find out what is really happening to her and who really killed her father too.

The above is just a small snippet of what Gnosis is about as there is so much happening. The book was really enjoyable and I eagerly turned each page looking forward to continuing the story.

I love little Alexander, for a virus, he was such a cutie and he certainly behaved like a child, sulking if he was told off or getting giddy. He also wasn’t up on the ways of the world just yet.

Sam was also a wonderful character. I enjoyed her skills and her determination to discover the truth about her father’s murder, not believing the hype that he was a dirty cop.

I absolutely enjoyed the book, however, I’m wondering how many of the YA audience will pick the book up. My main concern is the size of the book, It’s a big book, both in pages and height (not so bad if you are reading on a Kindle). I believe with some tweaking (removing a few sections that didn’t add anything to the story) this book could be amazing and be the book that YA readers are craving.

It is fast-paced, action-filled, and has a great cast of characters and was pure enjoyment the whole way through.

Book Reviewer – Stacey

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About the Author

Rick Hall Gnosis

RICK HAS FOLLOWED a strange path in life. Graduating from Penn State in 1986 with a degree in electrical engineering, he spent a few years working for the US Navy in Virginia, repairing F-14’s and A6’s. After a brief stint designing circuit boards in Pittsburgh, he made a left turn and became a video game developer. For the next fifteen years, he was a programmer, a game designer, a producer, and executive management. Working for both Take 2 Interactive Software and for Electronic Arts, his name appears in the credits for titles such as Star Crusader, Ultima Online, and Madden Football.

Somewhere along the way, he took yet another detour with the University of Central Florida, serving as one of the original faculty for their nationally recognized Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy, where he teaches video game development.

He is an avid chess player (having briefly trained with a Grandmaster, against whom he once proudly managed to achieve a draw). He collects history books, boasting over seven hundred volumes in his library at home. He is a process junkie, obsessed with making spreadsheets for EVERYTHING. He has been writing as a hobby for over a decade, with the patient forbearance of his family, who allow him the opportunity to close the office door at home and tinker endlessly.

He lives at home in Florida with his wife Cheryl and daughter Jesse, along with two lovable dogs, a psychotic cat, and a guinea pig named Max.


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26 Responses

  1. Robin Loves Reading says:

    Great review. I don’t read much YA though n

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Never hear of this book or author thanks for letting me know about it

  3. Ruby @ Ruby's Books says:

    Great review, Stacey! This book sounds very interesting. I don’t think I’ve ever read about a YA character doing parkour, and I definitely don’t remember ever reading about a virus that had a human personality, so I’m intrigued. Happy reading!

  4. Rick Hall says:

    Thanks so much for the kind words, and for taking the time to give Gnosis a read. I’m glad you enjoyed it, and hopefully you’ll be interested in the sequel when it comes out. We haven’t seen the last of Sam and Alexander

  5. DJ Sakata says:

    LOL, I don’t think I would have ever expected to ever read the phrase, “for a virus, he was such a cutie”

  6. I don’t write novels so I can’t imagine how difficult it is to cut down story that you as the author feels is important but I’m shocked by how many books I read that I feel like could achieve the same thing they have by cutting out 50-100 pages.

  7. Yari Roncone says:

    This sound very interesting

  8. Nadene says:

    This sounds exciting. I think I will look into this one. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Gerry says:

    This is is an action packed thriller that I could not out down till I finished it. Can’t wait for the sequel!

  10. Kathy West says:

    Glad you enjoyed this book.

  11. Great review Stacey, this is the first time I have heard or seen this book and it looks and sounds like an amazing and fantastic book. I am really glad you fully enjoyed reading this book, thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.

  12. Finitha Jose says:

    Great review. This story seems unique.

  13. Emma Mane says:

    I love the sound of this book. I agree about the size as my sister is of the YA market age and she is intimidated by larger than average books and so wouldn’t even pick it up even if I think it would be a good fit for her. Her limit is around 300 pages and she only reads paperbacks. Wonderful review.

  14. Thank you. I never used to but they are more fast past that adult books so I like that.

  15. You are very welcome. Glad I have introduced you to a new author.

  16. This is the first time I’ve read about a character doing parkour too. Thanks

  17. You are very welcome. It is a great book and I look forward to the sequel.

  18. Not a phrase I was expecting to write either. Haha.

  19. I think that with books aimed at the YA market sometimes a new book and especially the first in a series, a large book could put a person off. Once it’s an established series then longer books are fine, but to grab the readers from the beginning best not to over-face them with too many pages. Just my thoughts and what I’ve seen from readers.

  20. It really is a very interesting book.

  21. Great to hear you are going to check the book out. I hope you choose to read it.

  22. Glad to hear you enjoyed it too Gerry.

  23. Thank you, it is a great book.

  24. Thank you, glad you enjoyed my review. It is a great book.

  25. Thank you. I agree I think the story is unique, certainly my first with parkour in it.

  26. That’s why I mentioned it as I believe that some readers may be put off when I believe it is a great book and deserves to be read.