Pandemonium: Live to All Devices by Bill Harvey is spellbinding science fiction with a strong appeal to fans of espionage. In the near future, the world is threatened by a third world war. Perse is an insane terrorist, a dangerous psychic, who has taken over power in Iran and he plans to take control of the entire world. Meanwhile, an equally insane president in the US seizes full control of power in the US, including its missiles, the banking system, the power grid, and electronic devices. A robotic replica of the president sits at the presidency while he hides in a bunker that is nuke-proof. The tension grows by the minute and as the nuclear apocalypse becomes impending, two psychic soldiers become the hope of humanity — Ed Templegard, who discovered his psychic powers when assigned to spy on the U.S. paramilitary psychic team, Theta Force, and seventeen-year-old Nastassia Slayevsky, the best psychic soldier in Russia. With mounting tension across different parts of the world, can these two psychic warriors stop the worst from befalling the Earth?
Deftly plotted and expertly executed, Pandemonium: Live to All Devices contains all the elements that readers look for in good SF. The characters are larger-than-life, robust, and believable; the prose is gorgeous and littered with vivid descriptions and captivating dialogues. The author creates a world in which science has evolved greatly, with artificial reality permeating almost every aspect of human life, especially the area of advertisement. The author creates neologisms such as “hallucinads” to describe the virtual experience in a science-driven setting. The conflict is stunningly imagined and wonderfully written, and it reads like a warning of what could happen if nuclear power falls into the wrong hands. This immersive tale features all forms of characters mixed in the fray — psychic enemies, Nazis, and a despotic US president who seems to care only about himself. Brimming with social and political commentaries, this science fiction re-examines the geopolitical crisis that punctuates the life of the world and communicates a warning of where we might be headed in the near future. It is a cleverly written novel that entertains readers while provoking reflection in them, a dazzling SF with an explosive conflict and characters that are unforgettable, as delightful as any good book should be.