The Legend of Things Past

The Legend of Things Past

Book - 2015
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"In the year 2258, Donovan Knight, Army Specialist, lives in a world of significant scientific and technological advances. Global climate change is a thing of the past, extinct species have been resurrected, and the planet's resources have been replenished. But Donovan doesn't live in a perfect world: his grandfather, a scientific genius, suffers from a mysterious illness that keeps him permanently hospitalized, terrorist numbers have increased dramatically across the nation, and Donovan is sent on a mission to save the human race from a deadly biological attack -- a mission that will force him to leave his family and from which he may never return"--Page [4] of cover.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : Beyond Pluto Pub., c2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780692428566
0692428569
Branch Call Number: SF SHEPPARD, PHILLIP
Characteristics: viii, 248 pages ; 23 cm.

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JON MANN
Oct 03, 2015

This is one of the worst books ever written. It is supposedly science fiction, but the "science is ridiculous; teleporting to an Earthlike planet in another GALAXY; through a worm hole, tracking people by their brain waves, come ON! The time travel trope requires a lot more faith than suspension of disbelief can deliver. I could go on but I couldn't finish it. I doubt if this "novel" would get out of the slush pile; any editor would have to re-write it from scratch.

It's not even a good parody. The book is self published and the autographed copy must have been donated since the "writer" is a local. I'm surprised the library would accept it. I give Sheppard credit for trying, but this would not even qualify as bad sci-fi where you are allowed to fudge on science.

The 'author' claims to have been a federal agent, but he doesn't say what agency or for how long, which makes me wonder if he actually completed training. Sheppard also claims to be a veteran; if so, he would know a buck private specialist can cannot be promoted to general!

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