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Top Customer Reviews
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The book succeeds remarkably in immediately transporting the reader to the State of Albion on the planet Axa-Goranas in the distant future. Mr. Bunning paints a vivid picture of this earth-like planet not with long-winded narrative (the downfall of lesser writers of speculative fiction) but with snappy dialogue and the deeply philosophical musings of protagonist Rodwell “Roddy” Richards. The world in which Richards lives is a richly drawn society, replete with its own government structures, units of measurement, social conventions and other details that are so thoroughly drawn that it is difficult to believe that they are solely the creation of the author’s imagination.
While I was most fascinated by the world the author creates, the characters and plot are skillfully developed, the latter involving Richards going undercover to destroy a terrorist threat, which keeps the action moving forward at a brisk pace.
Mr. Bunning is to be commended for his speculative world , characterization and storytelling, but I would be remiss not to mention that this work stands out on another level—it’s philosophical and ethical explorations as deep as any found in fiction of any genre.
I strongly recommend Another Space in Time, Returns, especially for fans of thought-provoking speculative fiction.
After Rodwell Richards death and rebirth onto Axa-Goranas, a parallel earth-like world, he starts a new life where he is married to Lucy and has a baby on the way. Before long everything is quickly turned upside down. Working undercover for the police, he takes the place of his twin brother and begins to gather information to wipeout a terrorist group. Rodwell struggles under pressure to get the job done and to keep everyone he loves out of harm's way.
The story is told first person present, and this has some consequences. One is that there are of necessity periods where nothing much happens, for example, in going from A to B. Now, to prevent the story becoming unreasonably jerky, these periods have to be filled in with the protagonist's thoughts, and with what he sees. Accordingly, there are plenty of descriptions, and plenty of periods of philosophical thinking. The situation of resurrection on another planet gives plenty of opportunity for such thinking, and also the question of the corruption and the questions of what to do next. Accordingly, the story is frequently very introspective. If this appeals, the story proceeds at a good pace, and the thriller parts are well-structured, leaving aside the trouble that Rodwell gets into is largely his own fault. As long as the reader accepts this form, this is an excellent read, and is the best I have read in this first person present form, hence the grade.
While this could be considered a stand alone novel, I firmly suggest to any potential readers that they first read Another Space in Time ... both novels are excellently written by an author with a gift for keeping the drama at a high level, and plausible, throughout the story. Though science fiction in nature, the story could just as well have taken place in today's real world ... and probably does to a certain extent in many parts of the world. Given its similarities to real life as we know and experience it today, the reader can easily relate to the storyline as a whole. My hats off to the author for another excellently written novel.