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Review: The Dent in the Universe – E.W. Doc Parris

The Dent in the Universe - E.W. Doc Harris

Genre: Sci-Fi, Horror

Reviewer: Maryann

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About The Book

It turns out “Move fast and break things” is terrible advice when developing a time machine.

To resuscitate his fading celebrity, tech CEO Stephen Lucas would sell his soul for one more hit. When the subspace network for his holographic gaming empire crashes, his hardware guru makes a discovery proving that Einstein was right once again— information can be sent backward in time.

Lucas sees a dream product for procrastinators. Want a pizza now? Send your order back in time 30 minutes. Forgot to make reservations at that chichi french restaurant two weeks ago? No worries. Buy that PowerBall ticket. Invest in that stock. Make a FaceTime call to a loved one that passed away a month ago.

It’s the time machine for the rest of us.

In a culture built on instant gratification, Lucas knows he has a hit that will seem like a dream come true on Wall Street. But when he rushes into beta testing before fully understanding the power he’s unleashing, he learns that the stuff dreams are made of can quickly become the stuff of nightmares.

The road to Hell is paved with cool inventions.

The Review

Fire Chief John Banks is taking some time to meet with a longtime friend, Stephen Lucas. He hasn’t seen or touched base with Stephen for three years. They served in the Army together, with John as lieutenant and platoon leader. John met Stephen when he joined the platoon at the age of nineteen, and gradually rose to the rank of sergeant.

John remembers Stephen as a punctual hard-ass, confident, super intelligent, and intense. Stephen’s now the CEO billionaire of ONE Corporation, famous for gaming and The White Horseman.  

John is three years older than Stephen, the first black director in history for CAL FIRE, and head of the California Wildfire Joint Task Force. He leads the best team in North America.  His career in the fire department is very impressive and he works hard and is very dedicated to his job.  As he waits for Stephen to arrive, he takes in the Giants game and watches the announcement about a brush fire at Clarksdale Crossroads.

He’s tempted to go to his jeep, check in and head for the fire. But he decides to wait for Stephen, who is running late. Then a stranger walks right up to John and sits opposite him and hands him a brand new ONEwindow gaming tablet, with instructions to follow. Stephen talks to him through it, presenting him with a proposition. John can’t believe what Stephen reveals to him.

In June of 2030, Madre Pueda, Detective Julia Swann and Detective Francine Lazło are the best missing persons team in the police department. They’ve put aside their investigation into several missing women after an order from Governor Holbrook. Julia is looking into a fire caused by a young boy which destroyed a town, the forest around it and the road to it.

It takes a full week for CAL FIRE to clear the road. The Governor had appointed John Banks, who has been missing for fifteen days. His Jeep Gladiator is found burned out in a ditch, which leads Swann to Stephen Lucas.

In August of 2036, ONE Corporation’s vaunted sChip system crashes, all over the world.  In the wake of the failure, Stephen Lucas will have to fight to stay on as CEO. And when he and Walrus Roberts look into the crash, Walrus makes an unbelievable discovery.

Julia Swann is investigating the ongoing case of a monster kidnapper-serial killer. She finds evidence that will take her to meet with Stephen Lucas once again. A woman named Emily Tran is also tracking the serial killer.

And something called GGB-Z becomes a global epidemic.

The Dent In the Universe is one of the most hard core science fiction novels I have ever read.  I’m not going to say, I understood it all, because it is heavy on IT/computer technology, mechanics and language, but I loved every bit of it.

I was hooked from the beginning, and was totally immersed in this roller-coaster ride of technology, missing persons, murder and pandemics. The author is brilliant in the way he brings it all together.  This tale is fast paced, loaded with danger, gritty, and gory, with devastation beyond the imagination. It’s also shockingly terrifying, with a bioengineered pandemic, zombies, COVID-28 nightmares, and a dystopian world. 

There’s a host of interesting characters here: Stephen Lucas, Walrus Roberts, Julia Swann, Cliff Price, Deborah Raskin and many more. But the one one character I couldn’t stop thinking about was John Banks – what happened to him?

I highly recommend this edge-of-your-seat page turner – it would make a great movie. I’m excited to see what he has planned for book two in the “Walrus Tech” series – The Aurora’s Pale Light

The Reviewer

Hi, I’m Maryann, I started life in New York, moved to New Hampshire and in 1965 uprooted again to Sacramento, California.  Once I retired I moved to West Palm Beach, Florida in 2011 and just moved back to Sacramento in March of 2018.  My son, his wife and step-daughter flew out to Florida and we road tripped back so they got to see sights they have never seen.  New Orleans and the Grand Canyon were the highlights. Now I am back on the west coast again to stay! From a young age Ialways liked to read.

I remember going to the library and reading the “Doctor Dolittle” books by Hugh Lofting. Much later on became a big fan of the classics, Edgar Alan Poe, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker and as time went by Agatha Christie, Ray Bradbury and Stephen Kingand many other authors.

My first M/M shifter book I read was written by Jan Irving the “Uncommon Cowboys” series from 2012.  She was the first author I ever contacted and sent an email to letting her know how much I liked this series.  Sometime along the way I read “Zero to the Bone”by Jane Seville, I think just about everyone has read this book! 

As it stands right now I’m really into mysteries, grit, gore and “triggers” don’t bother me. But if a blurb piques my interest I will read the book.

My kindle collection eclectic and over three thousand books and my Audible collection is slowly growing.  I have both the kindle and audible apps on my ipod, ipads, and MAC. So there is never an excuse not to be listening or reading.

I joined Goodreads around 2012 and started posting reviews.  One day a wonderful lady, Lisa Horan of The Novel Approach, sent me an email to see if I wanted to join her review group.  Joining her site was such an eye opener.  I got introduce to so many new authors that write for the LGBTQ genre. Needless to say, it was heart breaking when it ended.

But I found a really great site, QRI and it’s right here in Sacramento. Last year at QSAC I actually got to meet Scott Coatsworth, Amy Lane and Jeff Adams. 

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