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  1. Anonymous June 14, 2012 at 11:03 pm
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Not sure what the author was going for in this book, February 26, 2012
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    Michael (Dover, Delaware) –

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    I’m torn as to how exactly to rate and review this book. I ultimately settled on two stars because I’ve seen MUCH more poorly written self-published books on the Kindle but here, at least, there is a kernel of an interesting idea.

    I’m just going to put up a big spoiler tag here because to talk about what the book did well and what it didn’t do well is inevitably going to reveal a lot of the book’s plot.

    **** Spoilers ***

    The basic plot of the book is that a means of teleportation is discovered by a scientist a short time after the end of WWII. Matter of fact, the scientist in question is one of the ones involved in developing the A-Bomb that helped end the war. The device is initially capable of teleporting small amounts of matter but eventually developed into a version that can send tons of matter ‘away’ all at once. This is revolutionary technology that could be devastating in the wrong hands and the scientists involved are torn by the potential implications of their work. Nevertheless, they press on and work all the way up to sending a dog through and successfully retrieving the animal unharmed. Eventually, outside forces become aware of the technology and aim to use it to further their own nefarious ends. After a crisis results in the loss of two scientists and the closure of the project, some of the staff continue to hold open the hope of developing the technology further. Startling discoveries into the fundamental nature of this phenomena result in a chance to correct a past injustice and open up immense potential applications in the future.

    Sounds good, right? Well, the problem is that the actual content of that story is spread mighty thinly over a full length novel. What would have been a good, fast paced short story is turned instead into a glacially paced novel that pads its page count with mind numbing details and irrelevant repetition. For example, the author spends the equivalent of at least 150 printed pages describing in great detail what would, in most other books, have been glossed over with a simple sentence such as “After months of careful experimentation to determine the precise nature and parameters of the phenomena, the researchers were ready to make an attempt with a living subject.” Instead, we’re treated to numerous asides such as to what was on the menu at the local diner during the customary luncheons. Repeatedly. For years. I had the thought while reading this book that the author was emulating Michael Crichton’s style (Andromeda Strain, Jurassic Park) but if that was the intention, it fell decidedly short of the mark.

    Another factor that undermines the book is the style in which the story is presented. The book is written in a stilted quasi-present tense manner that would have worked much better, in my opinion, in a Journal type format and had been presented as ‘after the fact’ research pulling together the memoirs of different people involved in a momentous endeavor. Instead the writing is sterile and devoid of any character, regardless of the purported viewpoint being used at any given point. The POV changes several times during the book but without the headings alerting you to that fact, you would be hard pressed to realize it because each section’s style and flavor is interchangeable with the others.

    The final nail in the coffin was the ending. I’ve read numerous books where the final reveal is awkwardly handled or feels rushed/abrupt but this book will now be the benchmark against which all others will be judged. The story doesn’t simply draw to a close on a cliffhanger – it ends with a razor sharp abruptness that is normally only seen in serial formats such as episodic TV.

    All of that combines to make the book a challenging read. There is a story here if you can get past the book’s faults.

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  2. Anonymous June 14, 2012 at 11:33 pm
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Wow!, February 23, 2012
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    Ansible (Maryland) –

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    What a great story!!! I took a chance on this new author when his book was free yesterday. He has done a fabulous job telling the story of a group of scientific researchers that spans more than 50 years. Not only does he describe their successes and failures over the years, but he ties it in very nicely with the history of real scientific and technological advances over that timespan.

    Oro is a great storyteller with an outstanding imagination. My only suggestions are for the beginning and end of the book. It starts with the President of the US being “ordered” by someone he doesn’t know to go to a previously unknown location for an unknown purpose. That’s a bit of a stretch. I can’t imagine the President blindly following along in that situation. In the wrapup at the end of the book, I was looking for some closure on the fate of the main character. It also wasn’t clear why they had to wait for the signal before acting… I won’t say any more about that because I don’t want to spoil the story (the author will know what I am talking about). It also seemed a bit odd near the end when the hero finally gets government assistance but then ends up driving here and there all over Southern California by himself to set up for the final action in the story.

    I highly recommend this excellent novel. Oro left enough suspense at the end to continue the story in his next book. Hope I won’t have to wait too long to see what happens next with the new technology.

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