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Brilliant sequel to Life II

http://www.amazon.com/review/R1URKNKZBRFTPH 5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Sequel to Life II August 22, 2014 By professor Format:Kindle Edition Sometimes I watch a movie and I notice the female lead gesticulating wildly, displaying many emotions through facial expressions, exhibiting every kind of body language, and I think, “My heavens, that lady is really acting her heart out.” And that’s the problem. She’s acting, not `living’ the character and so the illusion is lost. Yet one finds other actors so involved in their characters that the acting is totally unobtrusive. And that is good acting. It is the same with writing. I recently reviewed two really good books that were so full of snappy similes, metaphors and images that the writing got in the way of the story. That’s a distraction. But this is not so with Scott Spotson. The writing flows comfortably and is quietly unobtrusive. It is only because I decided to write a review of the book that I looked at the writing. Only then did I realise how skilful and intelligent is the technique behind the pacy flow of the narrative. Unpretentious writing, sustained throughout a book at a high level of excellence, is difficult to maintain. Spotson does it with ease. I love books about parallel dimensions or time travel. I am not particularly keen on space and aliens. When I came across mention of aliens in the early pages of Bridge Through Time, especially four-legged aliens with no heads, I experienced a frisson of concern. But I need not

have worried. Spotson never lets his reader down. While the aliens remain a menacing background presence in the story, they do not inhibit the flow of the real narrative. This a great story, a super follow-up to Life II. In fact, I think it is even better than Life II and I loved that book. The time-travel here is more purposeful, has more lurking dangers, has more underlying desperation. (Incidentally while Bridge Through Time works as a stand alone story, I would recommend that anyone thinking about buying it should read Life II first.) Bridge Through Time is filled with fascinating science, very convincingly written, and is backed by Spotson’s fertile and intuitive imagination as well as a very real knowledge of the science around quantum mechanics, particle physics, time Rips, wave theory and heaven knows what else. I found myself racing through the pages, eager to learn further secrets about time travel and eager, too, to learn about the lives, loves, adventures and misadventures of the very real characters who inhabit the story. There is much emotion as Kyle meets his parallel `fathers’ in a different dimensions, as well his parallel mother and his parallel Eva. Spotson handles this cross-dimensional element with great skill and the reader is drawn into a very empathetic relationship with all of these characters. The book climaxes with a wonderfully suspense-filled chase as Kyle attempts to right some cosmic wrongs. There is no way, however, that he can escape the furious aliens closing in on him from all sides…until Spotson finds a brilliantly creative and absolutely credible solution. It’s heart-in-the-mouth stuff. At the end Kyle has had to make some heart-rending decisions and even to the very last line he is torn between two paths. I hated that the story had come to an end and wondered if perhaps Kyle could present himself to a local hospital as a man in a white lab coat, with no memory, no identity, no papers, no money but a mind full of science. Perhaps Welfare Services could help give him a new identity…and Life IV could begin? This is a marvellous tale, one which will appeal to sci-fi aficionados and the general reader alike. Buy it. You’ll love it.