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Round Trip: A Contemporary Science Fiction Adventure (Sci Fi Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

David Katz
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

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Book Description

TransGalactic Travel is considering pulling the plug on planet Earth as a vacation destination for its light-being clients. It's just too much trouble. But two of its travel agents make a last ditch visit to the planet to observe and report on the difficulties their travelers are having while inhabiting Earthly bodies. A hippie goddess, a billionaire hedge fund owner, and their lovers never realize that the fate of the planet depends on the memos these agents send about them to the home office.

What Readers Are Saying:

"Like Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy only with a little more sex and a lot more contemporary storyline!"

"One of the best sci fi novels I've read in a long time!"

"Round Trip is an amazing science fiction adventure with a lot of fun. Definitely makes you think!"


"One of our more popular destinations in recent times has been the small planet Terra. In the seventh arm of the Gobol there is a typical spiral galaxy. Tucked away in one of its off-center whorls lies this gem of a spheroid, the third from its yellow star. We highly recommend it for lovers of beauty and diversity of life forms.

Out of a long-ago scatter seeding, one took root and evolved into tens of millions of species, all sharing the same cellular foundation. They fall into two principal types, stationary forms which directly consume solar radiation (the so-called plants) and mobile forms (animals) that ingest either the plants or each other. Within these two categories are life-forms of fantastic beauty and variety. The plants are frequently decorated with colorful tufts of petals. These occur in an unimaginable variety of forms, colors, and, most wonderfully, scents of intoxicating delightfulness.

Each and every one of the animals, ranging from the tiny to the sizeable, is constructed with jewel-like precision in each of its parts. Some fly through the atmosphere in perfect grace, on iridescent wings of every color of the spectrum. Others are specialized to swim, solitary or in groups numbering in the thousands, through the transparent liquid which covers about two thirds of the world's surface. This liquid, consisting solely of hydrogen and oxygen in the ratio of two to one, is the essential nutrient of each of the planet's life forms. It is distributed over the world's surface by an elegant mechanism of evaporation, condensation, and precipitation. This results in myriad delightful features of flowing liquid, here collecting in pools and there cascading over rocks.

This essential liquid is itself highly entertaining, and capable of giving rise to such diverting phenomena as “rainbows” (see image) and “snow.” Do not fail to appreciate the perfection and marvelous variety of the tiny crystalline flakes of which this snow is composed.

Your vehicle for your brief visit to this world, through our special arrangement with the local galactic council, will be the body of one of the species of animals! Yes, you will leap with joy across the surface of the planet, mingling with animals of your own and other species. You will delight in the exploration of natural features of truly inspired beauty, such as “mountains,” “canyons,” and “forests.” (see images.)

The species provided for our incarnation is, frankly, not one of the more agile or elegant in its physical form, but has been chosen for its unrivaled sensory abilities. Five separate input channels allow you to experience with tremendous immediacy and clarity each of the countless marvels of this planet. By way of example, “hearing” allows you to perceive the fantastic array of subtle vibrations of the atmosphere by which both your host species and others actually communicate with one another. Sometimes these vibrations are used to convey essential information, and at other times, they are generated and appreciated by this species purely for delightful amusement."

Product Details

  • File Size: 428 KB
  • Print Length: 281 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0988433664
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: TCK Publishing; 1 edition (December 15, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BPD0A8S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #342,885 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Big Big Let Down April 13, 2013
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This book had so much promise and about half way it had had so many jumbled starts in diffrent directions, I still plowed on waiting for it all to come together and then it ended. I mean ended in there wasn't any more to read, like the writer got worn out and just stopped creating and went on to something else.

Not worth the time to read
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible metaphor for our world! May 11, 2011
By Makana
Format:Kindle Edition
Reading "Round Trip" not only rocked my imagination with its clever metaphor, renewed application of language, whole, realistic characters, and relatable modern life context; it went so far in its effect to inspire a "lighter" view of our world within me. The "traveler" metaphor resonated deep, expanding my relationship to life and death in a luminescent fashion. I simply could not stop reading. The lives of the characters unfold at a pace in perfect sync with the reader's appetite for such, their surroundings and predicaments at times heavy with detail and then suddenly juxtaposed against the levity of an angelic, or as the author jests, "agent's" perspective: one of bended time, matter and relativity. This story is a doorway between two worlds- the inside and outside of the body vehicle- told in a way that entices the universal explorer, regardless of belief or association, to walk through into a grander view of "why" we might possibly be here on Earth. I recommend it to the ageless reader: Round Trip will re-heart one to a grande view of life.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky and awesome!! March 31, 2013
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This book was light hearted, comical, quirky, and very entertaining. I really enjoyed it's meandering and the avenues of thought that it took m e down throughout the book. Also several times I found myself openly smiling... wondering if I have a little guardian angel out there myself or is it's just my travel agent!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect beach book April 30, 2013
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If you enjoy fast moving, sexy escapist fun, Round Trip is a trip worth taking. It has all the elements to keep you turning pages - out-there metaphysical SciFi, intrigue, humor, and lots of sex. What's not to like? Once you pick it up you won't want to put it down. This is a perfect book to take to the beach.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is A Great Read! June 6, 2011
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David Katz has skillfully weaved together some of the most engaging questions of our day with an exciting, fast moving story. Where did we come from? Why is it that sometimes everything including ourself works perfectly, yet at other times things simply refuse to go our way? This is a fun book to read with great characters, and it leaves you hoping that your's too is going to be truly a round trip.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Did not enjoy February 1, 2014
By Dave
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This bounced all over. I did not enjoy it and gave up after about an hour of reading. I kept putting it down and expecting it to get better when I began reading again, but it did not improve.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Find out what's behind the veil September 6, 2013
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If you read the Celestine prophecy then you need to read this book. Not many authors are able to provide the experience of what life is like from an eternal state. In this book, Katz provides a breath taking adventure into consciousness and flips perception up-side-down in the process. If your wondering what life would be like if you we're immortal, read this book packed with non-stop adventure and magic that catapults you into strange new world inside of daily life. You may even discover your own immortality in the process. Enjoy the adventure!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He gets it March 29, 2013
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Normally,I wouldn't be caught alive near a book like this. Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy-not my cup of tea. After 40 years of meditation I am just starting to get a clue. Katz gets the effortlessness of being better than the majority of the so called 'masters' I am aware of. As a bonus its fun. Thank you Mr Katz-live long and prosper.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A cracking good read!
This is an origins tale that really satisfies. Spiritual seekers will enjoy the author's view of the world and want to know more. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars good read but ending left out what happened will happen ...
good read but ending left out what happened will happen to the charactersin the future.
Published 1 month ago by Paul
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
I couldn't get past the first few chapters. This book just couldn't make me believe it was real.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good tead
Published 4 months ago by Milton Schaus
1.0 out of 5 stars and I like
cant get into it, have tried 3 times, and I like sci-fi
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great plot and a fun read. I will be looking for other works of D. Katz
Published 5 months ago by Cheryl Howard
4.0 out of 5 stars A delightful read
This isn't really sci-fi or fantasy, except in a tangential way, but it is a great read. Great little character study, with an off beat sense of humor. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dennis Shipley
3.0 out of 5 stars Katz aint Koontz
Readable, but I have been spoilt by better writers. Not so memorable, but I know I enjoyed it while siting in the sun.
Published 8 months ago by peter h.
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
David Katz put a unique twist on the story of the earth being populated by other planets and did quite a good job. Worth the time to read.
Published 8 months ago by Lester Rosen
3.0 out of 5 stars okay book
This is a book best for teens. The basic plot may have derived from the Hitchhikers Guide to the Universe, but is not nearly as good. It is okay, but not great.
Published 8 months ago by RB
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