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Travelers of the Void

Travelers of the Void [Kindle Edition]

J.L. Toscano
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What caused the devastation of planet Earth? Why did humans flee their world? You’d imagine that such an important exodus wouldn’t fade from the collective memory of a species. For such a drastic cataclysm, shouldn’t there be a well-known legend to offer us some clues? We’ve pieced together some amazing theories. They’ve all been hard to unearth. Lives have been lost, perhaps in vain. It’s funny; often, just when you think you finally grasp a bit of the truth, your sense of reality broadens or shifts leading you in new directions. I wonder if some Evil Deceiver is trying to lead us astray.

-Solon, Journal of Interstellar Archaeology, Sidonia, Cycle 4568756497532

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 389 KB
  • Print Length: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Big Brother Publications; 1 edition (22 Jun 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0057OG5G2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #184,494 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't stay with it 27 Aug 2013
By dobie
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Found it dreary and tedious. Tried to persevere but gave up after about a hundred pages. Not for me, sorry.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Spoiled by the ending 11 May 2012
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The story line was really great, up to the end that is.

Generations after mankind was forced to flee earth the main power in the galaxy decides that if mankind had destroyed earth the last humans must be exterminated for the greater good of the galaxy, if a natural disaster had destroyed earth we would be given all the help we needed to build a new civilisation. The problem is that all records of what happened have been lost over time, a team of humans and aliens must decide what is fact and what is fiction: is it someone recording the end of the world or was it part of a disaster movie.

It was really great up till about the last 2 chapters, at that point it just turned into a pile of garbage (before then I would have given it 4 stars), it made no real sense as all, it was as though the author just decided they had had enough and wanted to finish the book in as few words as possible or had decided to lecture us all on the evils of consumerism, corporations and capitalism (although there was no hint of this in the rest of the book).
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2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but... 3 Mar 2012
By DLM - Published on
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I'm giving this book two stars not because the overall storyline didn't have potential but because the really trite, anti-capitalism ending ruined it for me. The story held my interest until the last three or four chapters. Then I felt like I was receiving a lecture on the evils of corporate greed and big oil. Please, there were so many interesting directions the author was exploring and it was a total let down that this was what he chose at the end. The final chapter took a really weird and esoteric slant that, again, felt more like I was being "lectured at" than that the author was wrapping up the story. Finally, the editing totally fell apart in the second half of the book which became very distracting. I wouldn't have wasted my time reading this if I would have known in advance that in the end this was just a vehicle for the author to spin his political views.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Painful read 25 July 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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Wow! The author sure does like exclamation points!
After a few chapters, I continued plowing through it against my better judgement-- and I sincerely regret that decision. Here are a few of the problems.
1) Disjointed-- This book was all over the place. A story line would develop a bit and then shift abruptly or just disappear altogether. Same problem with character development. Pretty much a random walk-- it read like a group effort put together at an ADD convention.
2) Derivative-- plot elements, technologies and speculations derived from many great sci-fi works were very clearly recognizable. I actually didn't find much novel in the book other than the "Void" -- and that was more religious or utopian speculation than sci-fi.
3) Bad science-- nano-robots "smaller than molecules"... enough water from melting ice to cover most of the land on earth... moon dust "swirling around" their feet in the absence of atmosphere... the list goes ON! and ON! (sorry!-- the number of exclamation points in the book got really annoying! I needed to vent!)
4) Poor writing-- One other review mentioned shallow characters and junior high level language. I concur. I actually wasn't surprised to see that most of his books are children's stories. That can be tolerable in a book with interesting and NOVEL ideas, but those saving graces weren't present here. (See #2 above).
5) The editing pretty much sucked. The misspellings and grammar errors were very distracting.

The author clearly has the follow through needed to write a novel, but he needs to find his own ideas and write for adults if he is going to write sci-fi. (and he REALLY needs to lose the obsession with exclamation points!).
2.0 out of 5 stars Evil Capitalists! You're DESTROYING our PLANET! 25 Jun 2014
By Dagger One Bravo - Published on
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I got this book when it was free and just now read it. It has some interesting ideas but it just isn't a very good book for a number of reasons.

First of all, the last few chapters couldn't be a more blatant anti-capitalist, environmentalist-whacko rant. This is practically the entire latter 25% of the "story". The irony is smeared on pretty thick seeing as how it's that same capitalist form that allows the author to sell his book without the gub'ment policing it's contents and sucking up the reward for his labor.

Secondly, this thing is all over the place. Quite a bit of it doesn't make any sense at all. I mean, we're off to find out what happened to Earth then all of a sudden the main character..... dies? What? Actually, no, she didn't even die. She was just all of a sudden dead and now we're up in Heaven or... I don't know where we are now. A casino? A game show studio? What the hell is this?

I don't know... maybe I turned too many pages and missed something but I don't think so because this book is full of that kind of stuff.

In my opinion, the jumbled up mess of ideas are all pretty good on their own but they aren't all his own ideas. A lot of them come from different works but I don't really care about that. You have to start somewhere and I have a friend that writes really great stuff based on ideas she got from movies, etc. It's just that in this book there are several at once and they're all mashed together in a story that is entirely too short to make any sense out of them all.

Then there is the author's personal views that bleed into the story. I wonder which the author prefers: drilling oil to create the plastic used in the e-readers we read his books on (not to mention the electricity required to power them) or leveling forests to make the paper required for the printed version, assuming that there is one.

Well, it's a $3 book so I'm not saying don't buy it. You may wish you didn't though.
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting so far 8 May 2013
By cboss - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm a few chapters into the book so far, and finding it very intriguing. I hope the ending is good.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I wanted to like it. 7 May 2012
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I only read a quarter of the story. I wanted to like it. On the downside it was one-dimensional. Lots of thought and explanation and almost no action. The language was amateurish....the being that rose to the top of the intelligentsia sounded exactly the same as the entry level collegiate as well as the experienced archaeologist and his son....they all sound like junior high students. On the plus side I didn't run into any typos in the part I read.
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