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Juvenile, amateurish, illiterate and just plain silly.
The author, whomever he or she is, has demonstrated that s/he has absolutely no understanding of basic space travel.
The protagonists leave earth to travel to a planet several lightyears away in a space shuttle! Knowing that the proposed journey will take years, NASA puts three people in the space shuttle. Right. Amazingly, within an hour or so from launch, the shuttle travels through an unknown gateway to another galaxy to an earth-like planet wher the aliens all look like humans and speak english.
Before the shuttle leaves earth orbit, the pilot calls Houston for permission to leave orbit. The mission controller replies, 'okay, go ahead'. Later, when earth loses radio contact with the unnamed shuttle, everyone in mission control immediately assumes that the mission is a failure and effectively turns out the lights and goes home. This is reality at its best!
While the story concept is somewhat intriguing, the execution is a monumental failure. It's obvious that the author is only vaguely familiar with the english language as we know it in the West. Wording and sentence structure is almost unintelligible in many places throughout the book. Surprisingly, the spelling is mostly correct.
The author introduces many preachy liberal concepts on gun control, global warming, religion and war. These are presented, not through the story as part of the genesis of the tale, but as 'in your face' lectures that are, quite frankly, very off-putting. I found myself skipping through much of the book because of this.
I really wanted to like this story. The synopsis was very enticing and the first few reviews were positive. It was only later that I discovered that the reviewers were obviously friends and relatives of the author. Not that that's bad, but it's obviously biased.
The only really good thing is that the book was a free download from Amazon. Read at your own peril.
I'm really glad I got to review this book; there have been similar books in the past but none exactly like this that go into so much depth. It's part sci-fi, but also combines a number of other elements and explores human nature in a realistic and eye-opening way. Beyond the Milky Way will have readers questioning not just themselves, but the world (and possibly many other worlds) around them as well
That dang cliffy! AHHH! It was great and I look forward to see where the next book goes. It's funny that I've read this - aside from the romance novels I'm writing, I'm actually working on a sci-fi fantasy that poses similar ideas for readers to ponder and more.
A great second book by the author after the first novel, India Was One, that is very different but still strong. You'll learn a lot about the author by reading both books. :)
The story starts with a bang – almost literally – and keeps up the thrilling pace. I didn’t find a single page boring or superfluous, and that isn’t the case about all sci-fi books out there. What I liked straight away is that we know a bit more about what is going on than the protagonists, and that makes it all the more nerve-wracking. I’m also pleased that that the author has included a woman in the main trio.
The story takes us into space and to another planet, and it combines the thrill of new discoveries, doubtful friends and exotic threats with a nice philosophical touch. You can feel that the author has put a lot of thought into what kind of message he wants to convey, and I echo his sentiments and outlook on life. A lot of issues crop up in the book, cleverly – but not overly – criticizing human behaviour with its many dangerous aspects.
This book is Book 1 of a series, and I will certainly pick up Book 2 when it comes out. Although the story ends on a cliffhanger, it didn’t leave me frustrated, only thoughtful and entertained in equal measure. The lovely illustrations and quotes / poems added to the appeal of the book, as was also the case with “India Was One” by An Indian.