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The Shadows of the Multiverse by [Dandridge, Doug]
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A New Star Is Born. This Guy Is Good.  Very Good

A Very Good Science Fiction Tale

About the Author

Doug Dandridge was born in Venice Florida in 1957, the son of a Florida native and a Mother of French Canadian descent. An avid reader from an early age, Doug has read most of the classic novels and shorts of Science Fiction and Fantasy, as well as multiple hundreds of historical works. Doug has military experience including Marine Corps JROTC, Active Duty Army, and the Florida National Guard. He attended Florida State University, studying Biology, Geology, Physics, and Chemistry, and receiving a BS in Psychology. Doug then studied Clinical Psychology at the University of Alabama, with specific interests in Neuropsychology and Child Psychology, completing a Masters and all course work required for a PhD. He has worked in Psychiatric Hospitals, Mental Health Centers, a Prison, a Juvenile Residential Facility, and for the past five years for the Florida Department of Children and Families. Doug has been writing on and off for fifteen years. He concentrates on intelligent science fiction and fantasy in which there is always hope, no matter how hard the situation. No area of the fantastic is outside his scope, as he has completed works in near and far future Science Fiction, Urban and High Fantasy, Horror, and Alternate History.

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  • File Size: 802 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publication Date: February 4, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0075XY9ZW
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I have just completed reading this story and had to write a review here. I think that it's a very, very good book. 4.5 to 5 stars. As some of you may know from my reviews, if I feel that a book is sub-standard or has one or more areas of appropriate criticism then I will definitely write a review and say so. I read many SF books and I don't bother to write reviews for most of them. But when I do read the rare very good to great book that I feel I must write a review. And so here it is. I really enjoyed this book. It was inventive and creative (many SF books really aren't!), a good plot, good characterizations, and a good ending. The multi-verse aspect was well thought out and described by the author. Most SF authors can't do that with technical and conceptual subjects but this one can. I note that the author has written a lot of manuscripts and I think that he has many more good stories to tell and publish. I would encourage him to write and publish more. I will be looking for more of his work as soon as it comes out. I would encourage more people to read this book and add more reviews here so that people will know this is a good book to buy and read. I would suggest to the author a better cover image and tell you that the cover is not really eye catching but that the book is very good. Read it and enjoy!
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I had read one of the author's books when it was free. I liked it and decided to read another one and I liked it even better. It was fun to read a book where the good guys do well. The science fiction aspect is tens of thousands of years in the future and I was impressed with the descriptions. I'd certainly recommend this book and now I'm off to try another one.
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Maybe it was the density of the text (the leading is unchangeable and way too tight), maybe it was the detail of the battles, not sure -- but this book seemed to go on forever. When one skims a great deal of what are supposed to be exciting battle scenes it indicates a lot of trimming is needed.

The story is a battle between good and evil, god and satan. It's setting up a new mythology. It's a different premise than any I've read before, which is interesting. A god origin story, or a "Childhood's End" setup. I would've liked less battle and more about each of the three main characters and more "what happens next." The characters are not really filled out -- even the main character is not that well formed. Needed more back story for each of three main characters and fewer anti-matter bombs.

I thought the penultimate end was just wrong -- I don't want to say anything more because I don't want to add spoilers.

Would I buy another book by Dandridge? Yes, probably.
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The story plot is very good, the writing and descriptions are also good. Characters are interesting but often quite one dimensional. At several points logic was tenuous at best. The Captains stubborn denial of what her very skeptical crew had already accepted as being fact being one, another being the mutiny that was simply irrational at every level. Fleet battles with the entities went on and on forever despite the fact it was all futile. And finally, the end was not satisfying. Yeah, I'm a happy ending person, and while this does have a happy ending of sorts, I wasn't happy.

This is a very good story but it could be rewritten into a much better book.
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The thing that stands out most about this book is, it's a really fantasy. Sort of a neat story, though at times the battles seem a little drawn out and tedious. Having said that, some of the premises of the tale really don't hold water, at least to me. To start with, the group hive type of civilization lives in a small universe that is alien to our form of life. So alien that we could not survive, unprotected, in it for even a few seconds. And yet, creatures from that universe don't find our environment so alien to them that they can survive quite nicely. The solution to saving the world and defeating the bad guys left me a little cold. Our heroin, along with the child and the man have to become GODS. I think that the book would have been more satisfying if science, ingenuity and bravery had some how found a solution to this big threat. I really like some of the authors books, but this one wasn't up to the others standards. But then, I'm not a big fan of fantasy books.
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There is a lot happening throughout the book. You get the head perspective through the eyes of a Captain Lucille Yamamoto. Much happens around her and is
reflected by her thoughts. But you have many other persons involved of which one is a scientist and one is a child.

This is in my opinion Dough Dandridges biggest strength. He excells in letting people of many social positions tell their stories, even if just as small parts of a whole. There is feelings mixed with hard core military sci-fi. Not anything like romanticising or hero worshipping.

In this story the evil comes in the package of cold analysing creatures from beyond our known space. They are driven by fear and greed. The universe is their playground and nobody elses. They are extradimensional and so they can get by the defenses of the materialistic universe of mankind and their alien allieds.

Additional problems arrises out of our relations with other scentient beings not attuned with humans. The species of universe handle problems different.

The human courage and social bonds is what makes us strong. Even in the face of true horror out in the vast spaces of cosmic size. And it's the togetherness than solves the problem and get us together again.

Mr Dandridge show us how we cope wit reality in a far future with influenses of Poul Andersson, in some parts, the militaristic ones with space navy and marine, close to the universe of David Webers Honour Universe. There is some similarities with Jack McDevitts visions of the future societies though not inkluding the military parts.

As soon as I started reading this book I was stuck and fascinated. Grab a copy and do the journey yourself. The Shadows are out there. And think about how much we all need each other when the space get cold.
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