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Leap is an exciting sequel to Michael Grumley's Breakthrough. I was highly anticipating this sequel and was not disappointed. Leap continues the Breakthrough story line but it can easily be read as a stand alone novel. However, Breakthrough will give you some foundation that will deepen your understanding and give you a richer reading experience. I read Leap in one sitting, I could not put it down. This novel is full of leaps. Not small leaps but huge leaps in science and technology.
There is great quote in this book that made me think about our society: "'How well do you believe your people would handle a true leap in knowledge, given their current use of fission and fusion devices? How well would they manage frequencies that can heal as well as harm? Mr. Borger, ingenuity is the ultimate gift of humankind. And conquest is the ultimate curse. They cannot be separated. Not yet. Not until you face the gravest threat to your planet's existence. Until you face mortality as a species, not as individuals. Only then can you glimpse true wisdom.'" These leaps are not overly done and are very realistic. We are facing some of these issues today!
There is rich character development. He builds upon the relationships in the first novel. There are even leaps in those relationships. You will fall in love with the characters, especially the nonhuman ones. If Sally and Dirk won your heart in Breakthrough, you will totally fall in love with them in Leap! However, save some room in your heart for a couple more very special creatures. No, I am not going to tell you about them, no spoilers here. You must read the book. The book made me want more. The wonderful plot development and very fine tuned ending will make you think there just might be more coming!
For me the mark of a great story is that it will stimulate the mind and move the heart! Leap is that kind of story. The story had me thinking about the implication of such discoveries. It made me feel like I personally knew the characters. It elicited many emotions on many different levels.
Leap, along with Breakthrough, Amid the Shadows and Evan After, is a good indicator that Michael Grumley is quickly moving to the front of the line of great story tellers. He continues to give us great story lines, lovable characters and believable science. He weaves all this into a story that makes you think about the human condition. Read it, you'll be glad you did.
Meanwhile, back in the water, a new vest is created to take the talking-to-dolphins on the road. Or should I say under the ocean? It's a big success. Ali is swarmed by hundreds of excited dolphins glad to chat with her, overwhelming the computer system and causing a failure. Oops! Should have anticipated that, don't you think?
If that wasn't enough excitement for one story, it seems the Chinese are doing some mysterious night-time excavations in Guyana and keeping their operations a secret from the whole world. The Russians have "lost" a submarine in the same vicinity as these mysterious Chinese excavations. A Brazilian billionaire is searching for a monkey's birthplace, which ends up being surprisingly close to the Chinese excavations. It all comes to a surprising conclusion. Or does it, really? Another visit from Palin leaves you with some insight to where the story leads. Or maybe not.
I'm definitely enjoying the "Breakthrough" series. It's an eclectic mix of genres with strong characters (in totally unrealistic plots!) that I just can't help but love. The good guys are incredibly good and I really enjoyed disliking the bad guys. I'm looking forward to book three and have just discovered there's a book four!
Leap, the second novel in this series takes us on another wild ride. We still have most characters returning, well the major ones. This time our story deals with sentience and longevity. That's the only spoilers I'll give.
I just want to say, this novel is another page turner, it's one where the chapters are created to entice the reader to keep saying "one more chapter, and then I'll retire for the night." But one chapter begs you to read the next, and then the next, until you realize that it's 4:00 AM and you still haven't had any substantial sleep.
I've been reading SF & F novels for over fifty years now. Many have storylines akin to those in the Breakthrough novels, but here, the author combines them in wondrous ways to give us a fresh approach.
My advice is read them, yes give them a try. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. I was, and for this die-hard SF Fan, that's saying a lot.