Charles Douglas Hayes, self-taught philosopher and self-help book author (Beyond the American Dream), combines several genres-thriller, historical, SF-in his ambitious first novel, Portals in a Northern Sky, in which the U.S. president is set to reveal a new technology capable of showing the past in real time. Literary allusions to everyone from Herman Melville to Ayn Rand abound.
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Charles D. Hayes is a self-taught philosopher and one of America's strongest voices in support of lifelong learning. Promoting the idea that education should be thought of not as something you get but as something you take, his work has been honored by the American Library Association and featured in USA Today, in the UTNE Reader, and on National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation.
Hayes' September University: Summoning Passion for an Unfinished Life has been described as a "must read" for anyone aspiring to a better world. His previous book, The Rapture of Maturity: A Legacy of Lifelong Learning, upholds the importance of seeking truth and serving others to achieve our full potential as human beings. Hayes spent his youth in Texas, and then served as a U.S. Marine and a police officer before embarking on a career in the oil industry. Alaska has been his home for more than 40 years.
Was a good story, but not exactly what I usually read. It wasn't hard to get through. There were a couple of slow spots for me, but I think it was because I usually choose a... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Cheryl
Great read with a combination of sci-fi and values. What would it be like to be able to see my great grandmother crossing the Ohio Valley in a conastoga wagon, or my ancestors... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Katherine
This longer story interwines many interesting characters and events over top of an interesting sci-fi technological breakthrough. Read morePublished on May 16, 2013 by Margaret B. Peterson
Believable history,. great settings, awesome science fiction. What would happen if we could view historical events in real time. Read morePublished on March 3, 2013 by Kathy Jordan
This is not always a real page turner in that there are a lot of philosophical points to ponder, but I thought it was an excellent book and offered a lot of insight. Read morePublished on January 19, 2013 by Tiger Mama
What a wonderful combination of science fiction and philosophy! This book is now in my Collection so I can go back an re-read the many highlights I made. Read morePublished on September 16, 2012 by muffiemae
Portals is a time tripping interwoven adventure which will keep you riveted in place yearning more after each chapter. Very creative.Published on September 10, 2012 by spike
This was a very intriguing and fun read. I kept thinking wouldn't it be great if we could really see history as it happened and not as redacted by biased writers.Published on September 8, 2012 by J. W. Harpel
This book has an interesting premise but is a little hard to follow. It was, however, overall a good read.Published on September 6, 2012 by Linda