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All of the characters in this book feel like everyday people, even the President and First Lady. It’s easy to put yourself in the shoes of Fritz, Ash, Linda, George, the teenage students, etc. Everyone is maybe a little too calm about the sudden discovery of time travel, but it works for the lighthearted feel of the story. There seemed to be a lot of dinners and food-related get-togethers, and I would’ve liked to see maybe a little more use of the portal rather than so many conversations about lasagna recipes, but really the action scenes balance all that out pretty well.
The writing is smooth and easy. I read large chunks at a time because I wanted to know what would happen next. The mystery element of “How the heck does the portal work?” is very well developed. Overall, I’d definitely recommend this book if you like light Sci-Fi and History.
But what’s causing it? Why him? How does he control it? More importantly, how does he stop it before he’s labeled as dangerous by his own government?
Storm Portal is an engaging time travel adventure that’s light on the science, but chocked full of history and charm. It’s well written and loaded with warm, affable characters that suddenly have quite a mystery on their hands. They have to cope with the impossible, and I have to say, they handle it quite well. Aside from a few instances, and an often ruffled George (the school principal), Fritz, his wife Linda, his best friend Ash (and a few other characters that are brought in on the secret), come across as amazingly calm and unflustered. Even the President and his wife are mostly composed over the situation. Not everyone can remain calm, cool, and collected teaching history, eating bagels, throwing dinner parties, and exchanging lasagna recipes with the First Lady, right after learning time travel is real. The character’s reactions and the recurrence of such every day activities add to the ‘normal man thrust into abnormal situation’ theme. It made for a nice, refreshing read. Yet, after a while, I couldn’t help wanting someone to freak out during one of their intelligent roundtable discussions. I wanted danger. I wanted Fritz to face real conflict. I wanted more of the mystery. And I got it. As Fritz begins to actively look for a catalyst for his time travels, the suspense amps up. The excitement carries through to the end, and I like the direction things were heading in the epilogue. It made for a nice lead in to the next book.
I can’t decide how I feel about the sporadic glimpses into Ash’s mind. They offered insight to his character, and definitely left me wanting to know more. But they were very brief, and without much explanation or context. I do think Ash is my favorite character. He has a lot of potential and could be far more than the best friend/sidekick. I’m hoping his character will be explored more as the series progresses.
I would definitely recommend Storm Portal. It’s a feel-good, entertaining read as you unravel the mystery alongside Fritz and the gang. The author provided a creative, yet simplistic, take on time travel that I’m looking forward to learning more about. The authentic mini history lessons were a nice touch. The author clearly knows his history as much as Fritz does! There are so many possibilities for the continuation of this series. I can only imagine where Fritz might go and what trouble he might get into. I’m looking forward to finding out in book 2!