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Portals Paperback – December 13, 2012
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Portals is a novel set primarily on earth in the not too distant future in which our world has somewhat predictably evolved into a place of more daily violence and conflict. It is about first contact with an alien race from another world similar to ours from a parallel universe, a world that is also plagued by generations of tribal warring. This alien world, Freyda, has evolved and developed through biological processes without the benefit of scientific technology. As a result war there is much more face to face, personal and physical. A unique aspect of Freyda is that it is populated with space portals that allow instant travel between distant points around the planet. The protagonist, a beautiful woman, Trina, accidentally arrives on earth, in upstate New York, through one of those portals whose end point was distorted in a violent clash in the Freydan sky. She encounters a man, Paul, a science writer, who saves her life. The story is about how the pair struggle to keep her presence on earth a secret from the feds and some greedy corporate types, to restore her health--her strength drains the longer she remains on earth- and find a way to get her and a Freydan army who follow her here back to their home planet. This is complicated by the fact that the Freydan army force is bent on capturing and using her for their own ends. There are a lot of twists and turns, chases and conflict, battles and betrayals, ending with love and redemption.
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From that point on, new, massive, wildly-imaginative worlds are revealed that boggle the mind. The alien world created in this book is so well-thought out, it smacks of actuality. There is real science at play here; complex and impressive.
Even though this book is action-packed, I found it to be driven by its characters. The protagonist is a good man, an everyman: easy to root for and sympathize with. The tall, alien female that he teams up with is so appealing, I found myself falling for her. It is actually a very touching love story, in a Philip K. Dick sort of way!
This adventure starts out small and intimate, but eventually grows to a massive scale, encompassing not just our world, but worlds at the ends of the universe. An incredibly creative take on the concept of "first contact," I was hooked from the first page and HAD to find out what came next.
A sidenote: there are many themes in this novel, but the one that affected me the most and may be the most subtle, is about war. It is not so much an anti-war sentiment as it is a pro-peace statement. It is about the archaic nature of war-driven cultures and how evolution is, or at least should be, driving every world in this universe, no matter how old or new, towards peace.
I highly recommend this book!
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BLUF: fast-paced, plausible sci-fi, humorous
I wish I could write a review as clever as Bonasso's prose. I can't, so I'll just say "a real page turner"! Read more
This is a fast paced action novel with an intriguing cast that is reminiscent of the Edgar Rice Burroughs "John Carter" stories I enjoyed as a kid. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Billy D Tidmore