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5 Small Stars

As I have repeatedly stated here, I read and review most military science fiction. On occasion, I do stray and will pick up a book that I know is not going to be a military sci-fi book, but it is going to be science fiction. This book was one of those. I was reluctant to take a chance on it, but after having read a few bloody military science fiction books, I needed a break. And this book provided that break, but it also provide a lot of excitement! A surprisingly lot of excitement!

I had a preconceived idea of what a “wormhole” was supposed to be. But, the author has put a new twist on that term and I was caught totally by surprise. I won’t get into the specifics, and I don’t have a clue if the science behind these wormholes is anywhere near plausible, but for the sake of book, I’m very glad the author has such a vivid imagination. We’re going to meet two very intelligent people, Dr. Gerald Meier, Theoretical Astrophysicist and Dacey Livingstone, Geologist. They are the main characters and are well developed. Then we’ll meet a whole bunch of other characters who also get pretty good build ups so you know who they are and what role they play in the book. I think the author did a very good job with the character building. It turns out that I liked most all of these characters and even the one that isn’t so nice has his reasons.

There are a lot of surprises in the book. There’s also a lot of science involved none of which I have a clue as whether it’s right or not. I’m just reading the book for entertainment value and not for critical scientific knowledge. The story goes from Oklahoma to China and back a few times. China isn’t a big player in the story, but it does have it’s place. The Chinese do cause some problems, but nothing that can’t be solved with money, lots of money. As you can tell, I’m trying very hard not to tell you what the story is about. It’s best if you go in with an open mind. You’ll soon find it interesting enough to keep you going. Oh, there are no spaceship, starships or anything like that in this book. The military isn’t involved at all, but there are some rather cataclysmic explosions; one in particular blows Neptune to pieces!

This is a complete story, so there doesn’t appear to be any kind of a sequel and there doesn’t really need to be. But, I hate to lose some of these characters. Still, if this is an example of the authors writing, then I just might start reading a few more of his books. I see on Amazon that he has written a few others, but not my kind of books, although I said that about this on too. Well, you never know what I might read next.

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