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Review by Anna Bellle -- 30th Century: Escape (General A...

Post by Aniza Butt » 25 Mar 2019, 04:30

[Following is a volunteer review of "30th Century: Escape (General Audience Edition)" by Mark Kingston Levin PhD.]
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1 out of 4 stars
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It is the 30th century. The conflict is between the Syndos, genetically-altered humans, and the Naturals. The Naturals run an organization that wants to eliminate the virus in the Syndos, which makes them hate the Naturals. For this purpose, they must send a team to the 27th century to plant an antivirus in the Alpha Syndos. Jennifer Heros is the leader of this mission. She sends all her team members back 300 years, but she does not go there. She travels to 2015 to grieve the death of her partner Zexton. She has studied the 21st century, but it is different in reality. Would she be able to survive in 2015?

30th Century: Escape(General Audience Edition) by Mark Kingston Levin PhD is listed under the genre of sci-fi/fantasy. The book starts in the 30th century, and after a few pages, the story jumps back to 2015.

I would start off with the good things first. The author has done a great job illustrating the islands. Levin seems to know a lot about them, and he describes every place like a native. His knowledge about science is incredible. He elucidates the complex topics like dark energy with complete mastery. He has paid a lot of attention on every detail. The book is very well edited as I could find only 3 minor errors.

Coming to the drawbacks, I would say the blurb was misleading. According to the blurb, the book had 48 pages, and when I downloaded it, it turned out to be a book with 347 pages. It was listed under science fiction but it seemed more of an erotic book than a science fiction. A reader with no interest in erotic scenes would have to go through a lot of pain and irritation.

A lot of French words and phrases are scattered throughout the book without any translation. The readers unfamiliar with French language can't make sense out of it. The story doesn't have a particular direction, and it seems to lead a reader nowhere. Everything is a piece of cake for Jennifer. She gets everything without any struggle. There are no twists, and consequently, it becomes boring with every next page.

The book contains a lot of physics and archeology. Sometimes, it feels like you are sitting in a physics class waiting for the end of a long, boring lecture. It also looks like a research book on the islands of French Polynesia. I would rate this book 1 out of 4 stars for the reasons stated above. I am not giving it 2 stars because I think this book would appeal only a few readers. I would recommend this book only to physics and archaeology lovers who can undergo all these flaws. I would not recommend this book to anyone else.

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Post by IamShing » 29 Mar 2019, 12:02

I agree.. I read the book as well
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Post by Aniza Butt » 29 Mar 2019, 12:21

IamShing wrote:
29 Mar 2019, 12:02
I agree.. I read the book as well
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Post by Miriam Molina » 29 Mar 2019, 13:44

There must be a problem with the link. This book was BOTM many months ago, and the erotica was a big issue in the discussions. Perhaps that's why Dr Levin came up with a GP edition. I wonder what remains in those 48 pages.

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Post by gen_g » 30 Mar 2019, 03:50

I have yet to read the book, but the reviews which I have read of it do say much of the same things - that there is a heavy focus on sex and not so much on plot. I will be giving this a pass, but thanks for the review!

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Post by Aniza Butt » 30 Mar 2019, 06:48

gen_g wrote:
30 Mar 2019, 03:50
I have yet to read the book, but the reviews which I have read of it do say much of the same things - that there is a heavy focus on sex and not so much on plot. I will be giving this a pass, but thanks for the review!
Glad to know you won't have to go through the pain of reading a boring book. Thanks fer commenting.
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Post by unamilagra » 30 Mar 2019, 18:21

Wow, sounds like this one was a huge mess. Kudos for making your way through it to warn the rest of us.

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Post by Sahani Nimandra » 31 Mar 2019, 00:23

Thank you for your information! I never really liked this book and I can remember I was the first BOTD I ever participate to in OBC.
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Post by Aniza Butt » 31 Mar 2019, 03:58

unamilagra wrote:
30 Mar 2019, 18:21
Wow, sounds like this one was a huge mess. Kudos for making your way through it to warn the rest of us.
Thanks a lot for commenting unamilagra :tiphat:
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Post by Aniza Butt » 31 Mar 2019, 04:01

Sahani Nimandra wrote:
31 Mar 2019, 00:23
Thank you for your information! I never really liked this book and I can remember I was the first BOTD I ever participate to in OBC.
Sad i was not a member OBC to read all the discussion about this book at that time. It could have saved me from all this pain😀. Thanks for commenting sahani :tiphat:
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Post by chiefsimplex » 01 Apr 2019, 15:00

Adventure with time travel,sounds fascinating.I am not a fan of sci-fi but i will give this one a chance.Thanks for a great review.
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Post by Aniza Butt » 01 Apr 2019, 22:36

chiefsimplex wrote:
01 Apr 2019, 15:00
Adventure with time travel,sounds fascinating.I am not a fan of sci-fi but i will give this one a chance.Thanks for a great review.
The book doesn’t have much sci-fi and time travel element. Archeology, physics and erotic scenes are main concerns of the book it seems. Thanks for commenting chiefsimplex :tiphat: :tiphat:
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Post by briellejee » 02 Apr 2019, 02:42

Reviewed this before, and I agree with you. I was disappointed since I picked it up because of the scifi genre but it's like more into romance. Also, I agree that the plot goes nowhere and lost in the middle. Glad to see I wasn't the only one who feels the same way about this book. Thanks for your review! :tiphat:
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Post by Aniza Butt » 02 Apr 2019, 22:11

briellejee wrote:
02 Apr 2019, 02:42
Reviewed this before, and I agree with you. I was disappointed since I picked it up because of the scifi genre but it's like more into romance. Also, I agree that the plot goes nowhere and lost in the middle. Glad to see I wasn't the only one who feels the same way about this book. Thanks for your review! :tiphat:
I picked this book because of sci-fi /fantasy genre and it turned out to be a kind of book i hate most. Sorry to hear that u had to go through the same pain. Thanks for commenting briellejee :tiphat:
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Post by Kibetious » 03 Apr 2019, 07:55

I was really motivated to read this book since the story sounds very interesting. I am now having second thoughts about it especially with it having no twists. Thanks for the thorough review.
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