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- Paperback : 350 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1479405876
- ISBN-13 : 978-1479405879
- Item Weight : 1.13 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.88 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Wildside Press (May 8, 2015)
- Language: : English
Best Sellers Rank:
#5,344,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #19,963 in Alien Invasion Science Fiction
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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.
I was intrigued by the concept of this book. The author has a lot of interesting ideas, but for my tastes he tried to pack too many into one story. I was confused by all the different things, telepathic dragons on one earth, alien overlords on another, librarians who can turn into cats and travel between dimensions, constant spins into alternate histories and how our world could have unfolded... there just wasn't enough space for the breadth of the author's vision. It felt like we were jumping around and I was supposed to take things in my stride that weren't completely laid out. I wanted to know more about everything and I felt like I was missing out on their development, although this could well be due to the fact I haven't read the book that crosses into this one.
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.