Like any good novel, The Babel Effect has multiple layers. It is part mystery, part psychological thriller, part near-future speculative fiction, and part love story. The hero and heroine are husband-and-wife research psychologists. They come from very different backgrounds, and their marriage is interracial, which lends some additional tension to the plot. They lead a multidisciplinary team specializing in the solution of complex technical problems. The background events are very timely, relating well to recent events.