This novel rose out of a vision to produce a movie called Unlimited. (See links to movie information below.) Bunn became involved in the project and crafting a novel tied to the film's release became part of the vision.
novel opens as Simon Orwell has crossed over into Mexico to deliver his part of a
project to his old professor. He is attacked by what appears to be a
drug cartel. He manages to hide the scientific device he has with him
and escape with his life. He is shocked to find out that his
professor is dead. But something is not right. He had been receiving
emails from the man recently – after he supposedly died.
realizes his life is in danger and takes refuge in an orphanage. The
man who founded the orphanage, Harold Finch, is a man who walked away
from a lucrative career with NASA and consulting Fortune 500
companies to serve a higher cause. Harold takes Simon under his care,
helping to find out who killed the professor and why. Simon tries to
put together the devise the professor was working on – a device
that would provide power that could hardly be imagined.
did not know about the film association when I read this book so read
it entirely for its entertainment value. It is a good story about a
fellow who made some terrible mistakes in his life, including harming
the professor he admired so much. But the professor never gave up on
him. He had forgiven Simon and wanted him to succeed. And Simon comes
to the point where he realizes his own spiritual need too.
is some whiz bang physics in this novel after the likes of Tesla. The
idea of the machine capturing energy otherwise dissipated is
paralleled with the theme of inspiring young people in the orphanage
to be all they can be. That “unlimited” theme, the “you can be
anything you want to be” encouragement, came across in the movie
promos better than I remember in the book.
someone with a physics degree (though from over forty years ago), the
titles of the book and movie bother me. The power the machine might
produce is not “unlimited.” There would be lots of energy and it
would otherwise be unusable, but the machine would not produce an
that brings us to the movie. Go to www.unlimitedthemovie.com
to see trailers and find out more about its message. The movie is the
idea of Dr. Harold Finch and you can find out more about him and his
reason for the movie at www.finchsuccess.com.
Bunn is a three time Christy Award-winning, best-selling author now
serving as writer-in-residence at Regent's Park College, Oxford
University in the United Kingdom. His books have sold more than seven
million copies in sixteen languages. You can find out more about him
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received a complimentary copy of this book from a publicity group for
the purpose of this review.