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Dr. Neil Anson Clemons was born at the very moment that men first landed on the moon and always strived to become an astronaut and reach the stars. Neil devoted his life to staying physically fit as any astronaut should be through martial arts and mentally fit by studying and becoming one of the world's foremost experts in quantum physics and gravitational theory. Now he and his team have achieved a breakthrough, both in building a warp drive, and finding a new energy source powerful enough to make the drive more than an interesting theoretical concept.  

With the help of attractive and outspoken southern astronaut, US Air Force Colonel Tabitha Ames, the US Government is convinced to fund the Top Secret warp project, including assembly in orbit of the first faster-than-light probe. Unfortunately, forces working behind the scenes have much darker dreams, and have infiltrated the Top Secret program. They do not hesitate to blow up a space shuttle, attempt to kill Neil and Tabitha, and use the stolen warp technology to start what they expect to be a short, devastating, and victorious war with the United States.  

But Dr. Clemons has ideas for using his warp drive technology completely unsuspected by America's enemies, and repelling the all-out attack is only the beginning of a titanic struggle to reach the stars.

©2004 Travis S. Taylor (P)2020 Tantor

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  • william forrest cody
  • 13-04-20

If you like made up technical jargon you’ll like this book

I’ve got about an hour and a half left on this book and maybe my opinion will change but so far don’t waste your time unless you like big bang theory level technical jargon it takes up about four hours of the book they don’t really flesh out any characters other than the main one and his girlfriend this is one of those kind of books were four people sit around a table and solve all the problems of the world in a matter of minutes and everyone agrees and gets along they have an infinite amount of government spending and no one to tell them no or they’re wrong they completely come up with a workable plan to go to the moon and build a moon base within four hours the main character also spends about a good hour out of the book soapbox in on his opinions on the plus sign I think the narrator does a good job but there’s just not much story here

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  • Paul
  • 05-03-20

love this book.

this is my all time favorite book! the science the action and adventure. starting book 2 now. they are awesome

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  • Nelson A Hill
  • 12-03-20

Fascinating !

I could wish that the private sector’s of are world could accomplish the next great leap into the stars in my life time . It’s not going to happen unless we’re visited by extremely friendly interstellar beings who are out just looking around and seeing the sights ha , ha . I enjoyed the story for what it was .

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  • FrogBot
  • 17-06-21

Racism and sexism with mediocre writing

I liked the idea. I really wanted to like this book. The author clearly did his research on plausible technical explanations. Though in parts it felt like we had to listen to a diatribe from the main character so the author could impress us with how smart he is.

The story is told entirely through the main character, whose lack of complexity makes it feel like the story is just a fantasy for the author, rather than an attempt at artful storytelling. Smart, buff, and southern about as far as we get with character development.

The fact that the protagonist is racist and sexist is problematic because he is portrayed as unequivocally good. It's clear the author supports the mild sexism and overt racism the main character displays.

Here's a spoiler: if you are introduced to a non-white person, they become a bad guy once the book takes it's weird turn into a spy thriller. The random mocking of a Chinese person's accent. The random insinuation that the Mexican American's relatives immigrated illegally. The women who just can't seem to control their emotions. The description of a female character's breasts in the middle of a fight scene. None of this advances the plot, it appears to just be there so the author can get on a soap box or otherwise display their world view.

This author does not follow the show-don't-tell advice for literature. The exposition on the fictional science was fine. The over-long and repeated descriptions of karate and mountain biking were tiresome. The moralizing of killing thousands of people to keep a weapon away from the terrorists was bizarre. When I got to the diatribe about how the south is safer because of laxer gun-control laws, I decided to call it quits.

I made it about half of the way through. I wish I had listened to the other comments about the author pushing a political agenda. It was too much for me.

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  • Michael Thirion
  • 14-05-21

Nice science

Lots of good science theory put to a practical application. Narrator did well but seemed in a rush.

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  • daniel
  • 28-12-20

Authors first book published in 2004

This book needs a lot of revisions. But has several good ideas that could be expanded on. This author seems to do better work when paired with another author see books like Vonewman‘s War with John rings. The writing has improved.

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  • Astroman
  • 12-09-20

Great idea ruined by too much of a few things

The overall concept and broad plot are great but were ruined by several elements:

1) Too much detailed talk about specific sports - obviously those of interest to the author
2) Overdone southern accent and manner of the primary character
3) Too much political opinion - again obviously those of the author

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  • sanwizard
  • 12-09-20

Fun, Funny, and a cool story too.

I have listened to other Travis S Taylor books, and always enjoy reading science fiction from a real honest to God scientist.
The references and nods to Heinlein in this book are also fun. I share the authors reverence with Heinlein. This was a fast paced roller coaster of science, fiction, possibilities, and good old American values.

Looking forward to the next one!

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  • Adonis Skandalis
  • 05-04-20

Terrible

Extremely self indulgent authors fantasies. A nugget of an idea terribly executed. Waste of time.

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  • Soup
  • 13-02-20

good story, unbalanced pacing

SPOILER ALERT the plot elements were all there and well thought out. I would suggest that this should have been 3 separate books. the first book being the proof of concept through the Florida fight. the second being the secret war. and the third being the moon base and exploration. it feels like the later two sections were very rushed.
otherwise, I liked the story and enjoyed the human elements mixed with the science.
my on nit pick is the ridiculous things that are said about physicians on behalf of physicists. as a physician who studied theoretical physics at the graduate level, I can assure you that it is uninformed at best.