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Beyond the New Frontier Paperback – October 25, 2012
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New Frontier and Final Frontier are available separately in paperback or ebook.
About the Author
Cliff Ball lives in Texas, is a Christian, has 2 BA's and a Technical Writing Certificate. Cliff has published 8 novels and 2 short stories so far. Visit his website at cliffball.net
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The book is full of clichees about liberal conspiracies to destroy America, and for me that ruined the suspension of disbelief. One can entertain (and more than that, find stimulating) speculative ideas like time travel, faster than light travel, certain alternate histories, but some aspects of this book strain credulity too far. Having a super-hero president like McBride is inconceivable in a country where presidential campaigns cost billions. Just like the other flat characters, McBride doesn’t undergo significant character development. As far as the strawmen presented as antagonists, the less said the better.
I do think it is good for people to exercise their creative imagination, and there is a certain consistency in this book’s universe. I would probably have given it more stars were I a young teen with little knowledge of the historical context. Last time I wrote any sci-fi fiction was in a creative writing class in high school, and though I got an A for it, and it was objectively worse than this.
So I would give it 2 stars for the effort and imagination, and making the story interesting enough and suspenseful enough for me to read to the end even though politically I am at the opposite end of the spectrum from the author.
I didn't like it all that much but I did read the whole thing so in my rating system the earns it a minimum of two stars.
I noticed a fair number of writing errors and I find that annoying.
Much of the science presented as science fiction doesn't cut it for me, just not especially believable.
Excellent story - I couldn't get enough. Stayed up 'til 3:30am to finish. I'll look for more books by Cliff Ball.
I am giving it three stars mainly for the ideas in it, and also because the Author did cover or think about things (even if they were spelt out in a fairly simple/direct way which was hard to take at times). Perhaps better for a younger audience, but then the political/history aspects would probably pass over their heads. Also if you are American (and I am not) some aspects might appeal more, but I strongly suspect that your political leanings will play a large part as to whether you like the story line and, I expect, whether you possibly reach the end of the book.
The story is plodding and without direction. It reminds me of something a young teenager would submit to grade school class. The narrator only made things worse. His damp fumbling monotone would put me to sleep if I didn't find it so irritating and depressing.
The person who wrote the description should be praised for creative writing (fooled me). The person who green-lit this story to be posted should be fired.