- File Size: 5017 KB
- Print Length: 223 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1505786169
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: May 3, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004Z99U3K
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,737 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Bypass Gemini (Big Sigma Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
The author keeps the story moving, and doesn't drag it down with a lot of, imo, unnecessary technical explanations. Many times, we're told that the hero himself doesn't understand how something works. Lallo's characters are interesting, though not a lot of development is given to characters other than Lex - though as the story is told entirely from his viewpoint, that is quite understandable.
Joseph Lallo has created a great setting here. He's already announced on his website that he's working on a sequel to this book, and I for one will be anxious to read more about Lex, and his supporting cast of friends - particularly Karter and Ma. If I could, I'd have rated this as 4.5 stars.
The title character is a good boy who made bad choices and is now struggling though adulthood paying for those choices. He works multiple jobs to make ends meet--or not meet, as the case may be. Hair-raising chases, impressive flight maneuvers, and a whopping portion of pure dumb luck keep the hero, and the reader, hopping from one planet to the next.
There's plenty in this book that could have turned out cliched and cloying, but Lallo's style leaves it feeling fresh and innovative. There's the ex who's not quite over the hero ( and he's not anywhere near over her), evil corporate overlords, baffling arrays of technological advances, a smart-ass computer, and even a certifiably (with a certificate to prove it!) mad scientist. Oh--and there's the Funk. I won't spoil that bit, because it is a hidden gem in this book that deserves a proper reveal.
Make no mistake, this is true science fiction, not just a space-based action novel. The genius in "Bypass Gemini", though, is that the science is coupled with dissembling sarcasm that puts the lay-reader at ease. There's plenty of "nerd porn" for hard science fans, but it is not provided in a droning litany destined to bore senseless the average reader. Here's a perfect example:
"Bigger, beefier versions of the same things that made his delivery bike work, the repulsors used the interplay between two tangible energy fields to create a synchronized wave pattern capable of instituting temporary charge differences between the vehicle and road surface for the purposes of facilitating the attraction and repulsion necessary to maintain an approximately constant distance.Read more ›
I really enjoyed all the side characters that the protagonist interacts with. Another reviewer may have said this already but I feel like there's strong potential for these side characters to have their own spin-off novels to tell their stories. There's not a ton of character development, but if you're looking for a nice way to pass the time, this book will be good company on a relaxing day.
The characters are either totally evil or loveable crackpots.
The action is intense and the humor is there in spades.
I can't see any sci-fi fan NOT loving this story. All the loose ends are tied up in a bow at the end... and the hero gets the girl!
What's not to love? Highly recommend!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It’s not exactly science fiction but I enjoyed it. I loved some of the characters and the humor and actionPublished 12 days ago by George Cahill
I read this book in a free (on Amazon) anthology "Galactic Empires: Eight Novels of Deep Space Adventure". Read morePublished 13 days ago by Lindsey Brooks
Very enjoyable read. Nice pace, good plot, plenty of action, and a good mix of humor without going over the top. Read morePublished 25 days ago by D. Cox
Fun, funny, and exciting. :) Looking forward to more of the writer's works.Published 25 days ago by Carrie McFall
Interesting book. A little slow moving at times but also filled with lots of action.Published 29 days ago by Bill Ledbetter
Fast paced story-line, the main character is a little over the top, but the story kept moving, and finished with a roaring crescendo!Published 1 month ago by Spock
I thoroughly enjoyed this adventure! The plot was fun. The tech was interesting without being too complicated and introduced thoughtfully and without bogging down the story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mark Cosme
A moderately enjoyable read that would have been better on the screen. The visual descriptions were pretty good; I could "see" the spaceship crash. Read morePublished 1 month ago by MC McFarland