Burrow, a sci-fi novel, Digital Edition by Jesse Lawson.

Plot: The universe actually consists of two parallel universes who some time previous to the reader’s introduction had completed a catastrophic war and were living under a seemingly uneasy peace treaty. Now, right universe Relative Two’s Planet Threa’s main administrator appears to be an Admiral, while left universe Relative One is ruled by a President and Congress, with attendant Ambassadors from the other areas, but also has a powerful General. The left universe (Relative One) consisted of Earth, which appears to be deteriorating rapidly, Orbital Colony (a type space ship but of huge proportions) and Lunaria. The right, Relative Two, was composed largely of the inhabitable planet Threa that has a prominent Chronology Program which, with an admiral in charge, seems to fit largely into a military training component. The two are interrelated by a Hyperlink that allows interplanetary travel and commerce. Unfortunately this restriction on travel offers the same ‘backing up of traffic’ as is experienced in the Panama Canal. All residents of the two universes seem to be human or human-like with many sharing all of the baser human qualities. Thus, when a brilliant Major in Relative One devises a burrowing device that allows any ship equipped with the system to cross the divide, the controlling general of Relative One covets it for personal gain and devises a plan to convince Congress that Relative Two attempted to sabotage number One and gains their vote to proceed with a preemptive strike. The story moves forward as the preliminary moves are made followed by subsequent action by the characters in evolving, often changing roles. Duplicity, deceit, deception, betrayal, subterfuge and fraudulence are rampant.

Discussion: A sci-fi tale dealing with parallel worlds which seems to be of increasing interest in the last few years and perhaps amusingly, even was used quite often and interestingly by Louis L’Amour, a giant among western writers of the last century. Here, the story has great potential but regrettably is flawed for this reader in several ways. Further character development would greatly enhance the tale, especially with respect to Corbin who the reader is led to believe contains an unusual (?), different (?), strange (?) secret which never is divulged even when the tale ends. There also seems to be a loss of direction to the story in areas. The author just stops at the end with no closure for the reader, who just is left with the assumption that the story is going to continue, but leaves an uneasy sense of wondering whether you care.

Conclusion: Sci-fi with great potential but unfortunate flaws that a good editor no doubt would be able to correct.

3* Sci-fi with great potential but unfortunate flaws.

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