Reason for Existence by Richard Botelho

Reason for Existence (novel)

Reason for Existence

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Reason for Existence is a science fiction novel with philosophy and thriller elements. The book is a genre bender that inspires thinking. It is also extremely original. As a soft science fiction novel, it is not about high technology but rather thoughts and emotions that consider the possibility of extraterrestrial life and the impact on humanity. There is also some romance and international relations in the work.

About the Author

Richard BotelhoRichard Botelho is the author of three books, including both non fiction and fiction. He writes works that are definitely category challengers and books that inspire discussion and debate. He recognizes that readers are more important that authors.


Format: Paperback

I bought the book “Reasons for Existence” for my girlfriend, who loves this genre – however, I am not a passionate of sci-fi books or movies.

However, one evening when she left the book on the nightstand, I took a brief look in it and actually started reading it – and I almost finished it in one night. I was so captivated by it!

Albert Einstein used to say “I don’t know what weapons will be used in WW3, but I am sure WW4 will be fought with stones and sticks”. Blending in world political issues, and interest, with an anecdotal contact with extraterrestrial beings, David – the main character – has as main mission to maintain an equilibrium, so that the world does not reach WW3, in which humans aim to use nuclear weapons.

As a not-100%-human (spoiler?), David delivers also philosophical thoughts under the flag mean and scope of existence, world/individual good vs. bad, as well as continuation of existence.

A good read, remembering why we, as humans, are here, and maybe even most important, remembering that human egocentrism does not bring anything good neither to individual nor to the community/planet.


Format: Kindle Edition

If you like Science Fiction, this book is for you. If you like romance, this book is for you. If you like political suspense, this book is for you. If you like action, this book is for you…I think you’re getting the idea now! This book is worthy of discussion on any academic level. I found Reason for Existence extremely deep. Botelho has a talent for provoking thought.

When I finished the book, I actually had to stop and think. Seriously, just sit and think; I’ve never had this happen before. I can’t imagine any two people coming out of this book with the same feelings or thoughts.

Reason for Existence is not a fast read, but it IS a smooth read. Overall, I loved the book so I rate it with a strong 4.5 stars….Beth


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Reason for Existence was a great surprise!

I will try to not reveal a lot of the plot and give spoilers in this review because it is SO good! Reason for existence tells the story of David, who is trying to keep the world from starting World War Three and trashing the earth with nuclear weapons. Grosso modo, this is what Reason for Existence is about, but in reality it is so much more than that.

Overall, this book is really well flowing and easy to read, and at the same time it is really deep and raises questions not just about the story but to yourself about reality. Achieving this blend is comething not a lot of authors are able to do. I’m glad I got to read Reason for Existence, 100% recommended.


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As the world quickly descends into madness, David Jordan is called upon by an old friend to help stop the madness. Can this mild mannered extraterrestrial human keep this world from destroying itself? Will he finally be able to report on the one thing that others in the galaxy can’t? This book is awesome!! It will stay with you long after you read it. The characters are well written and the story will have you right up to the end. I would highly recommend this book as a must read!! I received a complementary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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Reason for Existence, ISBN: 9780964392663, Windstream Publishing, is an intriguing and unusual sci-fi in e-book form by Richard Botelho.
The author’s acknowledgements end with the quote from 1 Corinthians 16:14 “Let all that you do be done in love.” From this unusual quote the author begins an enthralling tale where the world as we know it is descending into annihilative conflict and the statement’s significance becomes fully apparent only in the final stages.
The story’s protagonist is David Jordan, a brilliant economist founder of the billions-earning Global Investment Group and proponent of an ancillary institute based on the unusual premise of “Human Harmony through Singularity” where individuals “think as one”. With the world on the brink of total demise, he receives a call from his old college friend Nicholas Strada. Nick, of a celebrated Greek family and now Secretary General of the United Nations wants his help because he ‘thinks outside the box’, a quality needed because none of his staff can provide any plausible suggestions to stop the world conflict. From this moment the story begins to wend its way through an intriguing tale that is another in the increasing number of novels centered on the discordant world situation that seems to be heading toward chaos and ultimate total destruction. It is a unique approach in which provision of even a few more details this reviewer believes would deprive the prospective reader from discovering the gradual evolution of the story to a final understanding of relevance of the opening quotation.
Discussion: In this reviewer’s opinion, the author has provided one of the more captivating stories about the world’s chaotic condition available to date.
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I am not sure why the title was chosen. The story is basically that humanity has a crisis. The various countries in the world seem to be going towards war, and within humanity there are a number off various alien races embedded, two of which have decided that they will catalyse humanity’s destruction. There is another race that wants to stop this, and they too have embedded agents, one of which is the main protagonist, David Jordan. As the world heads increasingly towards destruction, the story has Jordan travel to meet various people to discuss what has gone wrong. In short, the book is essentially the author’s philosophical thinking on what is wrong with current society, and why it is falling into chaos. (There is the premise it is.) As an example, one of the human experts believes it is due to the scarcity of resources, and evolution requires some to fight and control them. Another bases the argument on entropy: physics is sending the world into chaos. I have no problem with the author doing this, but I feel there should be a significant part in which something gets implemented, in other words, there has to be some doing as opposed to talking in the story.

From my point of view, there were a number of problems. I cannot really see how Jordan talking to people can reasonably influence the outcome. He did make some useful guesses to subvert one act by the opposition, but the ending does not follow from such guesses. In my view, the arguments about entropy show a lack of understanding of the nature of entropy. Now a piece of SF can be excused for getting something like that wrong, but there is less excuse when it is central to the story.Read more ›



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