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Through the Triangle Paperback – August 26, 2009
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Overall I enjoyed the book. I read it in three solid sittings since I was on an airplane for two of them and then I wanted to get through the ending while it was still fresh when I returned home.
I would describe it as a Sci-fi survivalist story that uses the Bermuda triangle as an enabling plot point more so than the main focus of the book. I'm not sure why critics of the book view that as a problem, other than perhaps it was different from what they were expecting.
The author is a teacher and it clearly shows in the book with the main character desiring to explain scientific concepts relevant to the plot lines. I felt it was done in a way that was natural to the story and enhanced it. Without giving too much away I appreciate the additional historical timeline that were added to the book.
I felt that it was a good light read. It does a better job of telling the story than developing the characters, so that might be a turn off for some people. I personally am more interested in the story than characters, so that wasn't a big turn-off for me. The story itself has cannibalistic monsters, futuristic tech (inspired by current ideas) and the occasional twist and turn.
It's a great premise. Vacationers, plus an in disguise prison escapee go through the Bermuda triangle along with the crew of the boat. From there they have to adapt to their new surroundings, once they realize they've traveled ahead in time.
The pacing of the book is great. It doesn't rush through any of the initial time spent in the future, which was critical for me. The characters are very deliberate and methodical with their ways and this set the tone nicely. The chapters also average about 8 pages, so it does increase the tempo of everything a little bit. The chapters also vary nicely, so you won't be bogged down with repetitive scenes.
The characters are a well rounded bunch. Most are likeably. The bad guy is fairly bad and you won't have reason to feel for him much. The main character, Jake does talk down to most of the other characters at some point, which didn't really make me like him, but he's human I guess.
The book isn't overly descriptive. I would have like a little more with the regards to the landscape, but the technology the characters encounter is well written, so you can understand it.
I enjoyed Stewart's inclusion of what happened from the time the book takes places in 2005 to the time the characters are thrust into. It was a nice touch.
To sum: easy read, good characters, good descriptions of technology (some plausible, some not because they seem dated for 2300), detailed timeline of future history, solid pacing.
If you enjoy time travel novels or sci-fi that isn't written for the hardcore fan, this should work for you.
It was quite entertaining and kept me on the edge of my seat all of the time and couldn't wait to turn the page.
I am not a real Sci-Fi reader but this book was a must read and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND it to all. It has all the great qualities of a best seller!
I hope he intends to write more novels, a sequel would be great, to find out what happens to the the people and the world they live in.
My hat's off to you Mr. Stewart!