- File Size: 2141 KB
- Print Length: 351 pages
- Publisher: Wildside Press (May 21, 2015)
- Publication Date: May 21, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00Y1O1S66
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,077,213 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The author conveys the facts and machinations of his alternate histories with a very natural touch, offering authentic dialog through the trials of convincing teens. In this future world, “We Jews and Koreans, we have to stick together, don’t we?” and bullies rule. Technology, offered by benevolent aliens, runs rampant. Faith invites interesting contrasts of offence and belief. And the half-truths of benevolence might prove more dangerous than lies.
Heroes of the Earth is good old-fashioned science fiction in the best sense of the word—fiction that makes the reader think, fantasy that brings the real world into focus, and science that’s believable, if slightly beyond the scope of modern knowledge. Add history, written by a range of different victors; social studies that deny the truth of memory, great teenage characters and their family relationships, plus a fascinating plot. It’s a highly recommended, thought-provoking and exciting read.
Disclosure: I was given a copy and I offer my honest review.
This is a Sci-Fi/Fantasy story and to be honest this is not the type of story that I typically read.
Gorvine has great character development with Arnold and many of the other characters, although I would have liked to see a little more about our librarian/cat and our wolf/teacher. Throughout the story, we see Arnold grow from this meek nerd to a brave and sometimes reckless boy.
I found the story line quite fascinating and the ability to travel between the worlds was intriguing. I really enjoyed the telepathic dragons and found the different dimensions to be just as interesting. These different dimensions could make a book all by themselves.
I did find it odd that Arnold did not seem entirely phased by the disappearance as his dad. I would have expected more of an outburst of anger, or some more internal questioning if he was doing the right thing and should he continue to do it.
The ending, I won't say much because I don't want to give it away, but I felt that it was rather unbelievable. How one person goes from this situation to the one he ended up in. Maybe the ending was hurried a long a bit, but when I was done, it left me thinking really? Maybe that is just the Sci-Fi genre....where the unbelievable is made believable.
Overall, if you are a Sci-Fi lover, I would definitely recommend this book. I thoroughly enjoyed the read and think that Gorvine has a great imagination and is able to tell the story well.
I have to admit something that most people might find shocking, I am not a huge science fiction fan. Now with that said I like masters like Bradbury, Heinlein, Pournelle, Niven and a few others. Lately it seems I am being asked, or sent a lot of science fiction books. At first response I am like,” “uhhh” but then I put aside my differences, and adventure into the book, because being an honest, and good reviewer, one has to read all types of books to be thoroughly sound in the idea of being a true book critic. So with that soap box rant, I get back to the point, and that is with the science fiction book I am reviewing.
You see I am all for science fiction when it’s a great science fiction. I love science fiction that has a mark of originality. Thankfully I was not let down because Martin Berman-Gorvine created that original, imaginative experience that I look for in science fiction. He was able to create a world, characters and ideas that allow the reader, to say, wow. Gorvine gave me the science fiction I grave, thoughtful, originality in the science fiction world.
This book is filled with an old-school style setting of sci-fi. It blends the odd, and weird reality of storytelling. There is a mix of silliness along with a tight structure tale that gives you that adventurous reality you expect in great science fiction. Dare I say that I saw aspects of Heinlein’s beautiful imaginative prose in Gorvine’s writing, yes I do say it?
I first read Martin Berman-Gorvine in the wonderful Science Fiction collection book, Brave New Girls: Tales of Girls and Gadgets. His short story was titled Of Cat's Whiskers and Klutzes. I highly recommend Brave New Girls, it’s an important book not only for the fact it showcases fresh new authors but it also donates the money from its sales to a scholarship fund through the Society of Women Engineers.
Heroes of Earth is not for everyone, and is geared to a select group of readers that understand, grasp and love science fiction yarns. This is above and beyond fantasy and imagination. It mixes so many odd and weird realities with altered states and creatures, aliens, humans, portals and pure Drive-In style, old-school B-grade Science Fiction. I felt as if I was at a late night movie marathon of old black and white Sci-fi films, busting with creatures so outrageous that it made you giggle, and also be weirdly entertained.
Would I Return to it again: I definitely would return to this author. Pure over the top imagination that works.
Would I Recommend: To science fiction and fantasy lovers.
Originally posted: http://www.classicbookreading.com/2015/09/martin-berman-gorvines-heroes-of-earth.html