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Worlds Without End: The Mission (Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Shaun Messick
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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The discovery of a new world may be the very thing that threatens the freedom of the human race and changes the destiny of mankind forever.

Twenty-three years after the disappearance of the Mars I space shuttle, NASA receives a mysterious transmission from Adrian Palmer, the commander of the mission. Adrian's brother, Kevin, wastes no time funding the Mars II rescue mission commanded by Jake Palmer, Adrian's son. Jake and Dr. Steven "Skip" Hendricks, a NASA physicist, travel through a wormhole that Skip believes was the reason the Mars I crew disappeared. They eventually crash-land on the planet Terrest and are thrust into a war beyond their human limitations. The native Terrestrians are at war against a super-race of humans called the Gnols, led by Koroan Chast. However, the Terrestrian's struggle is futile because of the godlike abilities of the Gnols. Now, the only hope mankind has may rest on a 2000-year-old prophecy discovered in an ancient temple on Terrest. But before the prophecy can come to pass. Adrian and Jake must first stop the Gnols from attacking Earth and enslaving the human race.

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About the Author

Shaun Messick is an established writer and teacher. His works include fiction, personal development books and articles, and freelance blogging. He writes for several blogging websites, including and his own blog – His first novel, Worlds Without End: The Mission, has experienced wide success with over 40,000 downloads and purchases on the Kindle. The next book in the series, Worlds Without End: Aftermath, has continued that trend with seventy-six percent of the reviews containing 4 and 5 stars. His current projects include Worlds Without End: The Prophecy, the third book in the Worlds Without End series, which is due for release early in 2015. He is also working on his first personal development book, 15 Secrets to Success. In addition to writing, Shaun works full-time as a teacher. He enjoys teaching and working with youth. Moreover, he coaches high school boys basketball. His passions include spending time with his family, sports, reading, watching movies, playing Madden NFL Football, and – of course –writing. Shaun resides in Shelley, Idaho with his beautiful wife of 17 years and his four wonderful children.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Stuie
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A sound base for a story destroyed by the overbearing inclusion of predominately western theology completely ignoring all other religious texts and beliefs to continue the patriarchal view that certain sections of Christianity preach. This premise could have worked if a little mysticism was worked through covering more than one set of beliefs. Sentimental claptrap mixed with a poor grasp if scifi when compared with standard space operas.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Could have been good 17 April 2013
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This book had real potential, but was ruined by none stop Mormon Church preaching. If your not a SIFI loving Mormon stay away from this book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Contrived 8 Mar. 2014
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I could not finish this book, which is very unlike me. I have a strong Christian background and could spot the contrived cross-references to Christianity on a planet 'far, far away' before the end of the sentence. I found it tedious to read and gave up halfway through. Please do not tell me the ending - I'm not interested.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Forwarned is forearmed. 27 Jan. 2012
By Draco
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After reading the synopsis, you would be forgiven for not realising that this is nothing more than thinly disguised propaganda for the Mormon Church but, believe me, this is exactly what it is, so unless you have a penchant for being preached to, don't go here.

Add to that a cast of characters who are so stereotyped (handsome hunk, gorgeous gal with brains etc.) that they could be made out of Lego and prose like that of 'early reader' books for children and, well, need I say more?

What annoys me is how a book like this reflects on our beloved genre, namely sci-fi, which is already under siege from the so called literary cognoscenti. In my opinion, not well.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Er..Interesting! 10 May 2013
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I have found the book to be rather interesting, though it didn't strike me as a "traditional" Sci-fi book. I wish I knew it contained Mormon undertones before I downloaded it! I only found out half-way through the book! However I liked the story line, as in some aspects of it reminded me a little of plots from Stargate SG1 (searching through temple ruins and translating Heiroglyphs) and the occupation of one alien race to another, (that would be similar to the Cardassian occupation of Bajor in StarTrek DS9 for example!) and also a reference to Star Wars. If one could by-pass the religious theme (I found it rather difficult to be honest!) then it would be easy to get more in to the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars World's without End 10 Dec. 2013
By Jinty
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Loved it am not usuaolly a Sci-Go fan but this was about people more than sci-fi. Looking forward to the sequel. I think as I share the author's religious beliefs this may have enhanced my enjoyment but I believed in these people they were flesh and blood.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 1 Dec. 2014
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Well written started book 2 great sorry line good people easy but interesting reading great value for money my husband read it first and could not put down
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!! 12 Dec. 2013
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Bought this as a freeby, not expecting much, but really surprised. Great read. Bought second book in trilogy and will get book 3 when available.
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