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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite
The Midas Effect has a very different premise, but it delivers. Author Manuel Dorado turns it into something that is a welcome alternative to the standard superhero and techno-thriller fare. The main protagonist, a young academic named Miguel Le Fablec, is formidable, yet he does not know it. The thing is that he possesses an ability to manifest his wishes, no matter how implausible they are. Those who have been monitoring his moves call him a Midas. Le Fablec is practically a god in human form, and the only thing he cannot do is destroy his own ability. As he attracts the interest of agencies to use him in their own agendas, Monica Eveleigh, a psychologist and mathematician, fakes a chance encounter with Le Fablec. Spending time with her subject, Monica will soon discover that she has a hand in what Midas is capable of doing.
The Midas Effect is a challenging concept, but in terms of storytelling, Manuel Dorado manages to give it a techno-thriller vibe, explaining the phenomenon of Le Fablec’s superpower with scientific panache. It flows, resulting in a storyline that is fast-paced action amplified by the charisma of its characters. Sure, the idea of an individual with special abilities who attracts the attention of the government has been done to death, but The Midas Effect provokes anyone who attempts to write this clichéd theme by offering a new twist and a resolution that goes straight off the edge. This is the type of novel that is likely to attract an adaptation from Netflix—and l am hoping for such a possibility. Dorado gives you a twist and gives you something unexpected. This is why you must read his work.