Review by Shrabastee -- Oblivion Threshold

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Review by Shrabastee -- Oblivion Threshold

Post by Shrabastee » 29 Oct 2018, 06:57

[Following is a volunteer review of "Oblivion Threshold" by J.R. Mabry and B.J. West.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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First things first, I have to confess that I did not read Oblivion Threshold. Well, I read the book, but all the time I was feeling as if I was watching a fast-paced space-thriller movie. A vicious group of aliens, dubbed Prox, start making a beeline for Earth and wreak havoc in every space colony they encounter in their way. The Admiral of the Colonial Defense Fleet of Earth sends Captain Jeff Bowers in a reconnaissance mission. When Jeff dies attempting to outrun the invading Prox, a group of sentient beings named Ulim restores him and sends him back to earth. The Ulims warn Jeff not to try the same space warp himself, lest he should unravel the very foundation of the Universe. However, that also means losing the Earth's only chance to win the war against Prox. What can Jeff do to save the day?

What I liked most in the book was its brevity. It is wonderful how within such a short span, J. R. Mabry and B.J. West have presented an action-packed, suspenseful story. The pace did not slack for a single moment and kept me engaged till the end.

The concept of space warp is in no way uncommon in space thrillers, but the way it is described in this book was astounding. The readers can actually visualize the entire process through Jeff’s eyes. That consciousness remains unchanged even in the absence of a corporeal body and therefore can be restored was a mesmerizing concept.

Even within the short span, the major characters are portrayed with utmost care. Jeff Bower’s self-imposed reclusion following his past mishaps, Jocelyn’s headstrong and indomitable nature, Emma’s jealousy and straightforwardness put the characters in a realistic light. Although the rest of the characters are two-dimensional, that does not detract from the reading experience.

In addition to the technical details that are prevalent in science fictions, this book reserves space for exploring human emotion. The budding love story between Jeff and Emma and the resultant conflict with Jeff’s residual feelings for Jocelyn was not what I was expecting from a hardcore space thriller. Yet there was love in all its glory in an otherwise professional and utterly formal set-up.

In my opinion, the major setback for the book is the lack of background information. The readers can glean from the story that it takes place sometime in the future when the human race is technologically more advanced and has connected with other sentient beings colonizing the space. However, considering that this is the first book of the saga, the authors could have introduced a little more information on how it all started. The details of the Sol Station, the Colonial Science Corps Academy, and the Colonial Defense Fleet could have been elaborated instead of leaving it for the readers to imagine.

Also, I had trouble comprehending the somewhat abrupt ending. The book ends in a cliffhanger that is good for keeping the anticipation alive. However, I believe some conclusive elements could have made for a better ending.

I would have liked to rate the book 3.5, but since that is not possible, I rate it 3 out of 4 stars. With no grammatical or editing issues, I believe it was professionally edited. Readers who like science fictions and space thrillers will thoroughly enjoy the book.

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Post by Cotwani » 31 Oct 2018, 00:34

Hey, you are right. The book feels like watching a fast paced space-thriller! I also felt the end was anticlimactic. I have enjoyed reading your review!
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Post by Shrabastee » 31 Oct 2018, 01:35

Cotwani wrote: ↑
31 Oct 2018, 00:34
Hey, you are right. The book feels like watching a fast paced space-thriller! I also felt the end was anticlimactic. I have enjoyed reading your review!
Thanks Cotwani for commenting.

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Post by Ronel_Steyn » 31 Oct 2018, 03:32

This sounds like something I would enjoy. Thank you for a great review!

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Post by fernsmom » 31 Oct 2018, 05:29

Great review! :tiphat:
I have read and reviewed this book as well. As suggested by another reader I now read a review of a book (after I review them) to compare to see what someone thought of it. Your review is not only well-written but you brought up a lot of great points! I 100% agree with comment as that is how I felt reading it as well: The pace did not slack for a single moment and kept me engaged till the end."

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Post by Debjani Ghosh » 31 Oct 2018, 05:58

There have been a number of rave reviews of this book. Your confession that upon reading the book, you felt as if you were watching a movie, makes it worthy to be pinned to my TR list. Thanks for the review, Shrabastee.

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Post by Shrabastee » 31 Oct 2018, 06:50

Ronel_Steyn wrote: ↑
31 Oct 2018, 03:32
This sounds like something I would enjoy. Thank you for a great review!
Thank you Ronel for commenting! I hope you like the book as much as I did!

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Post by Shrabastee » 31 Oct 2018, 06:52

Debjani Ghosh wrote: ↑
31 Oct 2018, 05:58
There have been a number of rave reviews of this book. Your confession that upon reading the book, you felt as if you were watching a movie, makes it worthy to be pinned to my TR list. Thanks for the review, Shrabastee.
Thanks for your comment, Debjani! I believe you will absolutely love this book. It also has a prequel which I am willing to try!

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Post by Shrabastee » 31 Oct 2018, 06:55

fernsmom wrote: ↑
31 Oct 2018, 05:29
Great review! :tiphat:
I have read and reviewed this book as well. As suggested by another reader I now read a review of a book (after I review them) to compare to see what someone thought of it. Your review is not only well-written but you brought up a lot of great points! I 100% agree with comment as that is how I felt reading it as well: The pace did not slack for a single moment and kept me engaged till the end."
Thanks for your kind words, fernsmom! I would also like to read your views on this. Yes, this habit of reading other reviews of the same book has been very beneficial for me. I always try to maintain that.

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Post by Helen_Combe » 01 Nov 2018, 02:47

Very enjoyable review and it sounds like a rivetting read!
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Post by Shrabastee » 01 Nov 2018, 03:25

Helen_Combe wrote: ↑
01 Nov 2018, 02:47
Very enjoyable review and it sounds like a rivetting read!
Thanks for your comment, Helen! Much appreciated!

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Post by Bianka Walter » 01 Nov 2018, 05:19

There was a lot packed into such a short book! And you're right - they could have got it so wrong, but they nailed it :)
I really enjoyed your review - you covered so much that I didn't even think of. Great job!
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Post by Shrabastee » 01 Nov 2018, 05:32

Bianka Walter wrote: ↑
01 Nov 2018, 05:19
There was a lot packed into such a short book! And you're right - they could have got it so wrong, but they nailed it :)
I really enjoyed your review - you covered so much that I didn't even think of. Great job!
Thank you so much Bianca for commenting! Really appreciate it!

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Post by Dolor » 03 Nov 2018, 22:19

I like very descriptive space thrillers that readers could visualize, but the cliffhanger ending prevented me from reading this book. I usually like freestyle endings but not cliffhangers. It's good to know that this book is free from error. Thanks for the succinct review.

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Post by Shrabastee » 05 Nov 2018, 00:56

Dolor wrote: ↑
03 Nov 2018, 22:19
I like very descriptive space thrillers that readers could visualize, but the cliffhanger ending prevented me from reading this book. I usually like freestyle endings but not cliffhangers. It's good to know that this book is free from error. Thanks for the succinct review.
Thanks for commenting, Dolor! Yes, the cliffhanger ending was indeed off-putting.

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