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The Sky Between Two Worlds: Part 1 - Apocalypse Denied [Kindle Edition]

Glen E. Books
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It’s 2031. The world is divided between two hostile superpowers--East and West. Kantak Johnson, about to graduate from college and join the Air Force, hears a classmate, Harvey Jamison, describe his thesis discovery of a new material. Kantak realizes that the material can make stealth airplanes undetectable. But Harvey's thesis advisor, no friend of America, also recognizes the significance of the discovery and discloses it to the East. The students are suddenly cast into a world of assassins, intrigue, and stealth warfare.


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About the Author

Glen Books lives in New Jersey with his family and two dogs. A graduate of MIT, Rutgers and Columbia Law School, he is now retired. In his youth he enjoyed intercollegiate debate, competition Judo, and, not so long ago, competition fencing.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 642 KB
  • Print Length: 230 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Glen E. Books (14 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HNXELWA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #697,115 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 9 Aug. 2014
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A good riveting read. Would recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting and all too believable future 28 Aug. 2013
By JimRB
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I got this in a free day, and started reading yesterday. I couldn't put it down. The underlying conflict and the pressure of oil magnates is all to believable. I wanted to know what came next. It is certainly fiction and some parts were edging fantasy, in terms of how one person could be so perfect. I'm interested. The sequel, as there is a character who was last seen parachuting...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Should be Lyrical - not dry history 26 April 2013
By Erin Penn - Published on Amazon.com
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Note: Got when free on Kindle.

Book had potential to be a lyrical dystopian sci-fi story. Needs serious editing to reach this goal.

First off, I found the characters likable, the premise of the story interesting, and I did finish the story. Outside of that, everything needs either tweaking or outright fixes.

Because I like the story I thought of what was needed to improve the product - the rest is a critique of the material (not a review of the book) and includes spoilers. Only read further if you are interested in such items.

1. Biggest issue - The opening scene gives you exactly where the story is going. It turns an interesting unfolding of the story to a dry history of what has happened. Removal of the "prequel" and "postquel" of the story would sharpen everything. The ending - returning back to the time of the prequel - was just an ending saying there is hope for humanity. I think the rest of the story delivers this thought, and maybe the sentiment would be better expressed in the "now" of the main part of the story.

2. All the characters sound the same. The main group of characters all speak with the same voice - like a historian recounting an admired leader from the past and giving all those around the leader the same thoughts and reasons for being there. A military leader, doctor, small-town teacher and business promoter should have different reasons for their decisions - yes, they grew up together and had similar goals ... but they would have different reasons for those goals, different education, and different experiences. Likewise the tyrant ruling a third of the planet had a similar voice to the friend group. I can see the potential military leader whose life is an obsession about how to help his people would have a very similar voice to the world tyrant, and even become good friends. But it should not be the same voice.

3. Finally, everything in the story was used - no extra material was provided. While this is good practice in short stories, the length of this story is a little beyond short story. After the first few pages, I knew if something was introduced - liquid air or a cold weather suit - I would see be critical to the story later. Longer stories have additional descriptions and items that do not drive the story - but help define the character and place. Side stories. The story was linear - one melody, when the length said some harmony should have been added.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Techno-Thriller/Sci-Fi Debut! 16 Aug. 2012
By Joseph in Portland,ME - Published on Amazon.com
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This novel starts innocently enough in the year 2027 as Kantak Johnson, an Inupiat from Alaska, strolls through the campus of MIT, days away from graduation. But that's where the innocence of the scene ends in this original, apocalyptic war-thriller by debut author Glen E. Books.

Johnson and a classmate have made a startling discovery that will have a dramatic effect on the Embargo War, a war that pits the Western Alliance against the Mid-Asian Consortium. Using his friend's senior project of carbon fiber doped in silicon, Johnson realizes that his friend's formulated fibers completely absorb microwaves. "Coat them on a stealth plane and they will prevent radar detection." The development, Johnson realizes, will give the Western Alliance a huge advantage in their war against the Mid-Asian Consortium.

What follows in the novel is to be expected in this genre. The Mid-Asian Consortium, through their spy network, manage to get their hands on this new technology as Johnson enters the Air Force as a fighter pilot. When an international incident pushes the two sides to the brink of war, an unfortunate and tragic decision by the US President triggers an all-out attack. Johnson is assigned to Alaska, where he meets up with a long lost girlfriend. There, he realizes to his delight, the girl he has always loved had given birth to his child while he'd been attending MIT. The reason she never told him? She didn't want to ruin his career.

Books has penned a tight, lightning quick techno-thriller in his first outing. He effortlessly weaves dense technological and scientific information into the plot of the story without losing the reader's interest. The writing is spare and economic, and at no time does this author stray far from his well-thought out plot. The political posturing between the two hostile sides is handled with deft and much skill in the capable hands of Books. By the time the war is waged, we have fully bought into the tragic sequence of events that have led to this apocalyptic crisis.

This is Books debut novel, or should I say novella, and it is fine start. The only criticism I had of The Sky Between Two Worlds is that I wished the characters had been further expanded upon. While I enjoyed reading about each one, I think had he fleshed-out the sections about his main characters and made the book longer, this would have pushed this book over the top. Knowing this is his first novel, I fully expect Books to only improve his craft with future works.

The Sky Between Two Worlds is a first-rate techno-thriller, sci-fi novella that should be read by all fans of this genre. Books, who has an impressive science and academic resume, is an author readers should keep an eye on.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great potential 20 July 2013
By Sharon - Published on Amazon.com
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Unfortunately, not as entertaining as it could have been. Interesting characters and a reasonable plot line that really did not live up to the potential.

The characters could have been much more well developed, there seemed to be little emotion or personal reactions involved. There was also some action scenes that had great potential for high tension description that just didn't happen.

Readable, but could have been much better.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars the writing itself was very dry and boring. I felt like I was reading the plot ... 18 July 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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as a few other reviewers have stated interesting plot, premise, and characters. Lot of potential. However, the writing itself was very dry and boring.I felt like I was reading the plot summary, rather then reading a novel. Could have been great, unfortunately, it wasn't.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Technology and War in the Near Future 28 Aug. 2013
By Ty Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a book that sets up it's plot pretty well, and it's a good plot. It is about stealth technology and the effect it has on a future conflict. The author puts a human face on both sides of the conflict, and it was there that I found myself disappointed. The characters quite often speak in such a stiff manner that it's hard to buy them as real people. In most other respects, I enjoyed the novel, but the dialogue took me right out of the story at times.
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