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- Print Length: 485 pages
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- Publisher: A Horse Called Alpha (August 10, 2016)
- Publication Date: August 10, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01K6L7PBY
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Portal Jumpers Kindle Edition
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When she ages out of the program at age 26 and tranfers to the Analysts program, she resigns herself to never being able to jump again. Until she discovers patterns in the energy usage at the portal and catches a humanoid alien using the portal to jump to Earth. But he doesn't stay captive for long.
The government wants the alien, Jesse, under control. They want to use him to gather more intel on other sentient lifeforms in the universe. Jesse has no interest in being a pawn, but getting caught by Cassie intrigues the uncatchable, inquisitive, playful Jesse. The Palta creates a contract allowing Cassie to jump again.
While visiting another planet, the two discover a second Palta who has a nefarious plot to destroy life across the universe.
Regardless of injuries, changes in the airforce on Earth, and viruses causing mutations to DNA, Cassie and Jesse make it their mission to save the universe one planet at a time. But can they do it?
This was a Kindle Scout Nomination that was not published. I'm so glad I purchased it!
Jumpers are few, supported by dozens or hundreds of scientists, analysts and officers in a quasi-military structure. Many of them are like Cassie, aged out, forever barred from the step through a portal to the far side of the universe. Cassie's ability to find the pattern in a stream of events is all that has kept her in the portal program.
She may be too old for jumping, but with her pattern-tracing abilities, she manages to track down the alien Jesse, who has been running the portal police ragged. When Jesse meets the analyst who caught him, he argues her into a contract that binds them both. While on Earth, he will be be subordinate to her, and assist analysts in the various labs with his advanced knowledge of the portal technology. Her commander nearly orders her to take the deal; the scientists are eager to get access to Jesse's expertise.
Cassie isn't sure she wants to be saddled with the laid-back alien escape artist while on Earth. By the terms of the contract, though, Cassie must accompany Jesse when he transits through the portals, and she will not be required to report on where they go or what she observes. From aged-out and bored, Cassie just landed the plum job of all time: she can jump again!
She'll discover that traveling with an interstellar B-Type personality has its own issues; the worlds to which Jesse takes her seem distressed, even damaged. By the time Cassie identifies the pattern, it may be too late—for these worlds, for Jesse, for the Earth portal base, and even for Cassie herself.
Liner Note: This was a Kindle Scout nomination that was not selected for publication. I'm glad I took the chance, and bought and read it anyway!
DISCLAIMER: I was given a copy of this book by the author (via Goodreads/Shut Up and Read/Read It and Reap) in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
SYNOPSIS / SPOILER ALERT:
In the not-so-distant future, travel to other planets is possible via portals, which transport you instantly to the desired location. Specially-trained military personnel (Agents) are sent ahead to observe and report back, to determine whether or not it is safe (or even viable) to interact with the aliens (who are referred to as “foreign terrestrials”). But it turns out that someone has also been using the portal to visit Earth – uninvited.
Agents have a very short-term career, as the physical demands of jumping cause them to age out in their 20s. For that reason, they usually end up working on military bases in some capacity. Calista du Charme (Cassie) is a former jumper who specializes in pattern analysis. She uses her skills to identify the pattern that the uninvited foreign terrestrial follows when he visits Earth, and accurately predicts his next visit. They are ready and waiting when he arrives.
Jesse is from a planet known as Jalnia, and is believed to be the sole survivor of a technological catastrophe. Since his capture, military intelligence has spent six months trying to interrogate him, but haven’t had much success. However, he asks to meet the person responsible for his capture, which is when Cassie is brought back in. She attempts to stop his escape, and he takes her along on his next jump, which turns into a mini vacation. It seems like he just likes to hang out with the locals and learn about them, and brings Cassie safely back to Earth.
The military is still interested in utilizing his skills and knowledge, but realize they can’t control him. However, Jesse offers an interesting compromise – assign Cassie to him. She can oversee his activities on Earth, and he’ll cooperate to the best of his ability. However, in return, he wants full access to the portal, with the freedom to leave whenever he wants. He offers to take Cassie along with him, so that she can observe the places they go, but can’t report on their activities (unless she feels Earth is in danger).
Can Cassie and Jesse learn and observe without interfering, or will it become too hard to for them to stand by and watch the injustices happening on other worlds? And what about the military’s agenda back on Earth? Things get more complicated and dangerous when they cross paths with an old adversary of Jesse’s, who is bent on wiping out as many civilizations as possible. What if they set their sights on Earth?
Overall, I felt this was an interesting, fairly well written piece of science fiction. It was a little difficult to get into at the beginning, because it felt like you were dropped in the middle of something. (Which you were!) So, you had to spend a bit of time getting caught up with what was going on.
The author spent a lot of time describing the different worlds, their inhabitants, and their cultures. This made the book very interesting. I enjoyed the Kenzi and the Adena Lampak.
Little by little, through their interactions and travels, we found out more about Cassie and Jessie; however, the largest amount of character development was spent on Cassie. (We also learned a bit about Troy and a few other minor characters.)
The book ended on a cliffhanger of sorts, so I’m hoping the author is considering expanding this into a series.
NITPICKY GRAMMAR-TYPE STUFF (meant in a helpful way) – based on the EPUB:
There were few grammatical and spelling errors missed by spell check, and an occasional overuse of commas. In addition, there were some inconsistencies that need to be addressed globally.
The most annoying were the gender discrepancies when referring to the Adena Lampak (singular or plural, male or female), or even when referring to themselves while on this planet. This was very confusing to the reader. (Cassie, Jeen and Pane are female, but were frequently referred to as “he” or “him”.)