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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.
"Don't worry. I've experienced this before. Just hang on tight," he reassured her, however, he had never experienced this before.
The lights on the dashboard turned red once again, more this time. The alarm started blaring again, louder and more persistent this time. The jolts didn't stop this time. [ed. yes, "this time" three times in a row] It continued to get stronger. It shook them violently. The dashboard in front of them started to vibrate, and the entire shuttle started to judder. Don could hear Kim's scream in his ear. The shuttled started spinning violently. It spun faster and faster. Don felt an immense pressure on his chest, as if the air around him was crushing him. He felt as if his ribs could not sustain the enormous pressure exerted on them. He tried desperately to hold on to the dashboard but was finding it very hard to get a good grip. His gloved hands kept slipping on the smooth surface. He was feeling dizzy. He had never experienced anything like this in his training. [ed. apparently experienced shuttle pilots have never encountered strong G-forces]
I want to keep quoting more and more, because it's all written like that - verging on parody, yet clearly intended to be serious, with odd phrasings that show the author uses a spell checker but isn't very intimate with the English language. The whole story is bungled from start to finish, and every paragraph brings another shake of the head.
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