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Bypass Gemini (Big Sigma Book 1) by [Lallo, Joseph]
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Length: 223 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Age Level: 12 - 18 Grade Level: 6 - 12

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  • 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
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By I. J. Gilbert on May 30, 2011
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Bypass Gemini is the latest book from Book of Deacon author, Joseph Lallo - and his first science fiction novel. This novel introduces us to Trevor "Lex" Alexander, a disgraced, former professional racer, who now makes ends meet as a limo driver, 'bike messenger', and by accepting the odd job of delivering items using less than legit methods. Throughout the novel, we follow Lex as he gets involved in what would seem to be a preposterous series of encounters with gangsters, corporate cops, Karter - an insane inventor, and one very advanced AI known as 'Ma'. But the great thing is that Lallo manages to weave all of this into the story and make it work.

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.
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This book was well written, had excellent pacing, and possessed enough dry wit and bad puns to have me laughing well past my bedtime.

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.
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I picked this up because I've read a couple of books in Lallo's Book of Deacon series. He is certainly a good story-teller, and I found Bypass Gemini to be entertaining and a good companion when I'm waiting for public transport. It's not too hard to put down, though (which works for me), so if you're looking for a riveting tale that keeps you up at night, this may not quite fit the bill.

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.
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This was a fun book, primarly because of a certain character or two (not the main character). The book is really just a 70's-style gangster romp with car chases and all the typical antics of 70's films, with a thin veneer of sci fi paint thrown on. It's NOT real sci fi, for example replace the word slidepad with cellphone and nothing changes. So don't read this expecting to experience a "what if" book; it's just a light, amusing bit of fluff with one particularly well-drawn character that makes it all worthwhile.
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By Lisa Myers on October 22, 2013
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I laughed out loud numerous times. I read like most people snack...indescriminitely. This book was so light and comedic that in went right past escapism and into pure entertainment. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
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The hero is one of those unlikely, reluctant and slightly sarcastic types. The kind that everyone loves... very Han Solo-ish.

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!
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