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- ASIN : B004Z99U3K
- Publication date : May 3, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 5018 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 223 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #475 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I know some of you will prefer the protagonist, Lex, who really is an awesome space mayhem pilot and all-around cool guy. however, as someone who is a lifelong science and engineering geek, I can't imagine a better personal hero than the mad genius in the background who makes all that exciting stuff in the foreground possible, Karter Dee! The guy who applies scientific principles to solve ... "real" ... world problems so that Lex can save the day? Well, that's my kind of guy! Even if he does have a psychological problem here or there.
Hmmm. Some of you may even prefer Ma!
If you love space opera and space tech novels _Bypass Gemini_ is a must read!
WARNING! MAY CONTAIN UNHIDDEN SPOILERS! PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK!
This was a really great story which I started reading not knowing if I was going to finish it. It begins with the usual trope for this kind of story, and I'm no fan of trope unless it's really well done and preferably has a twist to it.
Oddjob man Lex gets a courier commission to deliver some documents to another world. The fee would pay off everything and leave Lex sitting pretty so he accepts, but soon finds that he's being pursued by a tenacious and vicious agent of transportation company Vector.
Lex crashes on a planet conveniently owned by Karter, a reclusive inventor, and a highly-skilled mechanic and engineer. He agrees to fix up Lex's ship (and upgrade it) in return for Lex's eye being cast over some of his inventions.
The sci-fi was believable (for the most part!) and well-done in that the author wisely made it look like this stuff would work, but carefully avoided going into what might have been boring and ultimately ridiculous explanations as to why something works or is the way it is - explanations which would have tripped him up, and made him look dumb! In short, it was really well done (for the most part!), and a nice job. This is my kind of sci-fi. There wasn't even a sappy and highly improbable love story either, which was a huge bonus in my book. Unless you count Lex's love affair with the computer, to which I also plead guilty.
I recommend this novel and leave you with a choice quote from the start of Chapter 21, which Lex observes of Karter: "...seeing him with a smile on his face was like seeing a chimp with a butcher knife: very unusual and seldom a good thing."
Top reviews from other countries
Cliche storyline with the main character making one mistake after another. I couldn't help but feel he was totally clueless & temporarily gave up reading before chapter 4.
Persevere however. After the M.C gets shot down over a junk planet things really get interesting! Complete with a literal mad scientist, eccentric AI assistant & a skunk hybrid, the gags & witty one liners keep on coming after that.
The science is outlandish but within the realms of probability. The M.C is still an idiot, but I'd buy the next book just to find out more about 'Ma' & the shady crime boss who's not so shady after all..... Or is he?
I feel my books are written in a similar manner but are aimed at the more adult end of the market, this is probably why I took to it so quickly. I feel this story would also make a good script for a film, the way it's been written and the way it flows could easily make the transition onto the screen. What else can I say, I loved it, thank you for writing it.
F. W. Walker
I'll probably be picking up more from the author.
I purchased the next book in the series and am eagerly awaiting the third. These are complete stories in themselves (otherwise I would not have bought the next one, I like to choose to buy a second book, not have an author (unsuccesfully) try and force me so that I can get the end of the first book).