Sunday, 30 March 2014

Review By Heather - Dark Luminance by E.M. McDowell

Quantum energy. Unlimited power. Humanity’s salvation

The Frameway Project promises all of this and more, and Mackland Luther is guiding the project to its final culmination. On the eve of what promises to be their biggest breakthrough, Mackland and his friends, Billy and Sean, prepare the test that will provide the almost limitless power needed to take the human race into the future. 

Initial success and excitement quickly turn to horror as the Frame goes out of control, ripping Mackland and his friends from their world and depositing them in a world that is completely different yet strangely familiar. Along with Lily, a hard-charging security guard that was caught by the Frame along with them; and Grizzly, a rough yet gentle survivalist they meet in this new world, Mack and his friends must figure out some way to understand and undo whatever brought them here if they ever want to return to their own world. 

But first they must survive an increasingly dangerous world full of undead drug addicts, giant mutants, and a relentless telepathic madman who will do anything to get his hands on the Frame for his own purposes.

One Sentence Description: How do you survive in a world that is not your own?
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E.M. McDowell
Born and raised in Northwest Indiana, E.M. McDowell first started writing in high school, consisting primarily of sappy poems aimed at impressing girls. A four year stint in the Marine Corps pushed literary endeavors to the background, where they remained for the next twenty-odd years, until they were uncovered by a mild mid-life crisis. 

In the intervening years, he has worked in various technology jobs, and is currently the technology manager for a small county government. 

Married for twenty-two years to his best friend, and blessed with two wonderful daughters, he works to balance his writing while living in a house full of women.


Heather's Review

First off, I am a huge fan of science fiction and horror stories. so for those who aren’t, may find this story a bit much.   I, however, found it to be very interesting with intriguing characters.  

The early chapters contained quite a lot of technical jargon as the author describes the character’s Frameway Project that transports the small group to an alternate universe.  This could have been lessened for my personal taste.  When reading science fiction I tend to take the science factor almost as a leap of faith.  It made those chapters slower to get through for me but I was glad that I stuck with it because once the science lesson was over it took off like a shot.

The characters blend together well as they try to repair their project that will hopefully take them back home, the adventures and dangerous foes they encounter make for fun reading.  I am not in general a huge zombie fan but the Psidead, as they are called in this alternate world, are intriguingly well written that I really didn’t mind them.

If you are a science fiction fan but like me don’t need excess science information, I urge you to stick with it through the early chapters because once the author gets you past the whats, whys, and hows you find yourself on a wild adventure ride.  I look forward to what the author will bring us next.

3 1/2 Honey Pots

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