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Threshold Shift Paperback – 23 Jul 2012
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About the Author
I have been reading and watching science fiction since I was old enough to watch Peter Davison walking around an unrealistic jungle set in Doctor Who. The first set of sci-fi books I ever read was The Tripods trilogy by John Christopher without ever having watched the resultant TV series. The Tripods were scary. Over the years I've come to love books like The Dark is Rising, Ender's Game, Magician, The Belgariad, The Dragonlance Chronicles. More recently I've come to admire the Star Trek references in Robert J. Sawyer books, the effortless advanced science of Greg Egan and the finely balanced scientific\action novels written by Robert Charles Wilson. Somewhere in all of this I came to the conclusion that I wanted to create my own adventures, set in my own worlds, with characters that acted and felt like real people. My first novel,'Threshold Shift', was the direct result of this ambition. It was really enjoyable to write and I hope just as enjoyable for others to read.
Top Customer Reviews
The story begins with Jon an 11 year old boy whom after escaping a fire of their family home is taken by the Threshians , an alien race which inhabits Threshold that Jon has only previosuly encountered via an online battlefield. Not initially aware of his mother's fate Jon manages to escape and the story begins to unfold!
10 years later both Jon and his father, the Threshold Marshal, end up on an adventure which will change everything both for Threshold and themselves.
I look forward to another Threshold adventure. I highly recommend purchasing this very well priced novel. You will not be disappointed.
Fast paced and well plotted, Mr Tinnams self-confessed love of the sci-fi genre comes strongly through.
Recommended read . . . .
The novel resumes a decade later and is initially a western, a parochial tale with a hint of High Noon with an ageing marshal of a dust ball backwater town Argon, disgraced and humiliated. The initial nemesis character Hassan remarks of Marshal Jacob, “I’m surprised you’ve lasted as long as you have.” Yet there is also steel in the lawman’s soul and an integrity which allows him, with the help of his son Jon, to redeem himself.
Despite the strong western element the author avoids writing a simple morality tale of good versus bad. In fact it is the humans who are the interlopers here, colonising and dominating the native Threshian inhabitants. One rages that humans “enslave and steal from us,” whilst Michael, a messiah type figure in brown monkish robes asks, “will you bring them to justice as well?”
The western element is so strong initially that I wondered if the tale actually needed to be a science fiction at all. That question however was soon answered with a resounding yes. As the story progresses the literary canvas widens to incorporate a thousand year back-story, superhuman abilities, multiple identities and a deeply unsettling existential angst.
Well written, superbly paced and skillfully plotted Threshold Shift is a very enjoyable read, not just engaging but though provoking as well.
It was exciting and action packed from start to finish, without the traditional showdown that I expected at the end. The author has taken time to come up with a clever ending that surprised me.
All in all it felt very real, and I was very interested and quite involved in how the characters got on. There were some complex relationships which developed in very interesting ways. The action scenes were good but no over zealous and it never got out of control.
Recommended for sci-fi buffs everywhere.
It's not just the story that impressed me, however. The concepts surrounding the origin of the main characters and the complex recent evolution of the Threshians are both topical and thought provoking, leaving much to ponder when the book is finished.
Above all, this is an excellent debut novel and you won't regret purchasing this.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great read. Engrossing and gripping. The writing keeps you glued to the page and hankering for more. Hope to see more from this author in the future.Published on 2 Aug. 2012 by Charlie
Read this book over several days whilst commuting to work. Engrossing sci-fi with great pacing and depth. Read morePublished on 14 July 2012 by DP Jenkins