Ripping good yarn! If you've got time...
All the other reviews are dead on, I'm just adding a "DITTO!" and why I agree.
Take a look at it if you like Clive Cussler or even Crichton's fiction.
It's not as well fleshed as either of those authors' output but just as entertaining IF you have the imagination to do fill-in on scenery and characters.
But that's okay because, if he did all that, the book might approach 'War and Peace' proportions.
It's 5.5 megabytes of text as it is.
I normally don't like to read novel length stories on here, but it hooked me. And I warn you... it's hard to shut down your screen once you start it.
I also don't normally rate ANYTHING on here 'Ten', I save those for mass published, and thus, edited books But this one deserves it for plot and appeal. Don't let the 'technical' scores throw you... it's VERY READABLE IF, as I said above, you have imagination.
Mmm... btw, sex but no explicit sex. It's not necessary.
Gwresearch did significant research for his story and this is one of the longest stories I have ever read. This is a sci-fi story which starts in the 1980s but continues to the 2020s. It is important to know that upto about 2010, it is historically accurate and beyond that is made up. The accurate portion is very well done and the bulk of the story. Many events are intertwined that shape the world and one can see how as Gwresearch changes the world in the story, things start to diff from our reality yet the realism remains. The story also shows how changing the future is not as easy as it looks as the two main characters try to save the world.
This was a great story and for me personally, I wish it was even longer as gwresearch is just that good at writing. However, at the same time, I definitely feel that being a history buff would be a major plus as events are retold through this new universe created by the author. Knowing what happened in the real world helped me understand what Jimmy and Paul were doing to help shape these events.
Several things came to mind as I read this story. First was that there was absolutely no sex at all, a curious thing for a site dedicated to erotica. The second was to wonder why I was reading the story for free, online, when I should have paid $26.99 down at Barnes and Noble for the privilege. It’s just that good!
This is probably the best piece of science fiction I can recall on this site, and certainly one of the longest. The story goes as follows: Jimmy Silo is sent through a time machine back to 1985 and finds Paul Holton. He tells Paul what the future portends, a series of natural and man-made disasters that will cause the rise of the Brotherhood (imagine Al-Qaeda on steroids and crystal meth) which will cause the collapse of civilization and the destruction of mankind. Jimmy, armed only with his natural charm, an encyclopedic knowledge of the future, and a blood supply capable of curing any disease currently known, is sent back to stop this. He recruits Paul to try and avert what seems to be an inevitable disaster. The rest of the book shows the pair walking the knife’s edge, damned if they do and damned if they don’t, trying to stave off catastrophe.
Approximately 95% of the story is told first person by Paul, with the remainder being split among third person accounts by others and flash backs (flash forwards?) by Jimmy from before he arrived. Therein lies the largest problem with the story, in the editing. The story is huge, with a number of the chapters 10-12 pages long. Subchapter headings are not clearly marked, and variations from Paul’s first person account are not clearly marked. A number of HTML techniques such as different fonts, italics, and bold exist to differentiate subchapters and other accounts and time frames. This would have made the story easier to read.
All that being said, this is a brilliant story, with a variety of twists and turns, and a surprise ending that doesn’t show up until quite literally the last page. If it ever shows up at Barnes and Noble, I will happily pay for the hard copy.
I can't remember enjoying a story so much, possibly the two Al Steiner novels but this one is up there at the top of favourites list.
To go into the synopsis would be difficult, as GWR states, this was about 12 regular novels-worth of story.
And what a story! there were some chapters that felt like a lesson in economics and others where I expected Indiana Jones to bound into view. But if, as the author says, this tale was not particularly carefully plotted beforehand, his skill at weaving a storyline is immense!
The central characters are well-fleshed out, and more to the point, they are very likeable. I have found myself watching the news on TV and forgetting that people like Paul Holden and Jimmy Silo are not involved in this reality.. and wishing that they were.
As a mark of how well done the plot-line was, the final chapters tied up things so very well that I have no feeling of discontent at the realization that I'll not be involved with these characters again. The tension about what was going to happen was maintained all the way through -- many times I read in fear that we were going to lose a central character and I really did spend time wondering what the next page was going to bring.
Technically, it's difficult to explain and essentially pointless to complain about so many miss-spellings but in the end, they had absolutely no impact on my enjoyment of the story. The construction of the plot was top-rate and I am in awe of how well described is the dialogue. Their voices were like those of people I know.
I can hardly recommend this story enough, I am off to find his other novel right now!!!