Somewhere in Israel, a mysterious explosion underneath the massive, recently-built Taylor Institute obliterates the building and triggers a search and rescue that uncovers strange and unexpected events. Four men tasked with solving the mystery join forces on a quest of epic proportions.
What follows is a deep spiritual search and discovery that has the potential to shatter our beliefs of our world and our universe.
As the men try to unearth the clues that may lead to the missing scientists’ disappearance, a powerful and unique set of computers is discovered. Through the use of these machines the men, with the help of computer experts, try to recreate the last moments before the explosion. What they discover instead will shock and transform them.
Israel, a mysterious explosion:
* Just what were the scientists trying to create in their secret lab?
* Did they succeed?
Follow the team, led by Arik and Yaron, and overseen by the powerful Mr. Taylor, as they uncover clues to solve the grand puzzle, and embark on a thought-provoking journey of self-discovery that applies to everyone who has questions about our universe.
The Virtual Lookalike is a fascinating philosophical science-fiction novel, in which the invention of a computer with infinite abilities is just the beginning. It is also the foundation that allows the creation of an environment similar to our own world. Thus, the book creates an all-inclusive parallel world with the same laws of nature, and leaves us wondering what would happen if, for example, due to a colossal malfunction, the driving force is cut off and as a result all the movement in that world − all the way down to the electrons − ceases.
Will time stop?
After letting the readers into its theoretical laboratory, the book leaves them to wander around in their own imagination and continue the experimenting as they see fit.
The Virtual Lookalike will leave you speechless as it mixes elements of theology and science fiction, as well as a mystery and humor to create what can only be called a new genre of book.
A fascinating philosophical sci-fi novel
Reviewed By Piaras O Cionnaoith for Emerald Book Reviews
Author Moshe Menashehof weaves a unique and fascinating philosophical sci-fi novel. With intriguing twists and turns, it will easily captivate the reader’s attention from the beginning. The author paints a metaphysical yarn that blends elements of theology and science fiction in a very vivid and convincing way. In addition, the characters are drawn with great credibility and conviction. It’s a fascinating story that will keep you engaged from the first page to the last.
A sneak preview of the book description introduces this mystery: ‘Somewhere in Israel, a mysterious explosion underneath the massive, recently-built Taylor Institute obliterates the building and triggers a search and rescue that uncovers strange and unexpected events. Four men tasked with solving the mystery join forces on a quest of epic proportions. What follows is a deep spiritual search and discovery that has the potential to shatter our beliefs of our world and our universe…’
Now, if that’s not enough to get your curiosity juices flowing, I don’t know what will. But if you want to find out what happens, you’ll just have to turn the pages for yourself! However, I will say it was well worth the read. It’s my first time reading this author and I must say I was very impressed.
The story had every element a good story should have. A thought-provoking plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. There’s an abundance of well-illustrated scenes that make you feel like you are right there in the story, and that’s something I really look for in a good book.
I enjoyed the story, character development, and dialogue. There were plenty of plot twists that I didn’t see coming and that added to the book’s mystique. When I stopped reading to work, I found myself wondering what happened in the book, and replaying parts of the novel in my head to see if I could figure more out. It has been a while since I enjoyed a book this much.
This was a fascinating and captivating read that had me immersed from the beginning. The story flowed from scene to scene with ease, and the author shows exceptional ability when it comes to storytelling. There are plenty of attention-grabbing moments in this page turner that will take the reader on a truly mesmerizing journey.
About the Author
Moshe Menasheof is an Israeli writer, philosopher and publisher.
Menasheof was born in 1958 in Isfahan, Iran. He attended Ettehad Jewish Alliance school in Isfahan, and made Aliyah to Israel in 1979.
Menasheof finished his bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Jewish thought in 1986 at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He finished his master’s degree in 1994 at Tel Aviv University. He started to write his Ph.D. in Philosophy, researching an original theory about perception and memory, trying to deal with certain problems mentioned in philosophical literature. In 2008 he established Ktav (Hebrew for “Writing”) publishing house.
Menasheof’s first book, “Euphoria” (Hebrew: אופוריה), a sci-fi novel, was first published by Kinneret publishing house in 1994. The book depicts a euphoric reality suddenly goes awry. His second book, “The Virtual Look-alike” , a philosophical sci-fi novel, was published in 2008 by Ktav publishing house.
In 2011 Menasheof published two books, both in Ktav publishing house. “Amos – Redeemer of Fate”, a philosophical novel, and “The Treasure on the isle of certainty” , a philosophical lyric poetry collection. The books correspond both with each other and with the works of Persian poet Rumi that he also translated his book.
In 2014 he published another philosophical sci-fi novel “The Others”.
In November 2016 he published his main philosophical book “Dream & Memory – an essay on Perception, Memory, Sleeping and Dreaming”.