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Publisher's Summary

When the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, it's up to six college students and their experimental physics project to prevent the end of civilization.

When an experiment to study quantum uncertainty goes spectacularly wrong, physics student Bill Rustad and his friends find that they have accidentally created an inter-dimensional portal. They connect to Outland - an alternate Earth with identical geology, but where humans never evolved. The group races to establish control of the portal before the government, the military, or evildoers can take it away.  

Then everything changes when the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts in an explosion large enough to destroy civilization and kill half the planet. The team has just hours to get as many people as possible across to Outland before a lethal cloud of ash overwhelms them. 

Nothing has prepared the refugees for what they find - a world of few resources and unprecedented dangers. Somehow, they must learn to survive, because Outland may not just be a safe haven - it could be their new home.

©2019 Dennis E. Taylor (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

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Excellent!

I enjoyed this story so much I ended up listening late into the night 3 nights to finish it. The right amount of excitement and humour mixed with adventure. You don’t have to be a science geek to enjoy either.

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Another knockout

As usual, Dennis and Ray haven’t led me astray.
Never a wasted credit when either of these fine gentlemen are involved!

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  • MA
  • 2020-01-23

Too much sarcastic dialogue

The story was an interesting idea. Character development was minimal and the dialogue was almost all sarcasm and one liners, which got old really fast. I don’t regret listening to it but may not go back for more in the series.

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A fun listen

Like the Bobiverse series, this is a fun story. it touches upon various issues, but like a rock being skipped on the water, the story doesn't get drawn into the details of politics, ethics and morals in a new world, and so on. The reader can ruminate on the serious issues those ripples create, but can also just enjoy the narrative.

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Great story

I stared 3 days ago and could not stop listening. So cool. Would definitely recommend it to anyone.

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borderline ridiculous

I'm a huge fan of Taylor but this... I just couldn't get past how utterly impossible this story is. I get completely frustrated when the characters of the story do the exact opposite of what any sane person would do. This is just that repeated over and over. So you create a gateway to other dimensions and your first fear is getting caught for stealing university equipment? YOU CREATED A MULTI-DIMENSION PORTAL WHILE IN SCHOOL. Yellowstone has a cataclysmic volcanic eruption? Well, good thing you had a volcanologist part of your team (also in school) who was the only person on the planet to really see this coming. And what a great time to invent a portal that will save your ass... but make sure you don't tell anyone else cause... you know... stolen equipment. And don't get me started on the idea to mine gold to pay for the operation... what could go wrong.

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Not for me

I couldn’t adjust to some of the main characters voices. I never connected with any of the characters either. No one seemed too worried about their family members left behind to die. The story just lacked some key elements I look for in a good novel.

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fun story, easy listen

without giving away any details it was pretty good but maybe could have used more. if you liked Jurassic park this will rekindle that SciFi love. Ray Porter could make the bar test sound entertaining.

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Not as good as Bobiverse

The book doesn't have the finesse of the Bobiverse . I would say that this is more a book for teenagers

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I loved the Bobiverse series...this is a mess

Never clicks - too many characters you just don't care about. Don't waste your time or money.

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  • Bob Bunton
  • 2019-09-26

COFFEE!!

I loved the Bobiverse books. It is one of my favorite series of all time. Bob's coffee addiction and frequent sci-fi movie/tv references were character quirks. But Bob was intended to be a quirky character, and it made sense for all of his copies to be similar.

But in this book, the characters are supposed to be separate human beings, presumably with their own brains and personalities. So it makes the CONSTANT and mindless chants of "coffee" unbearable. The book reads like it was written by an alien whose only exposure to humanity was that "don't talk to me until I've had my coffee" McDonalds commercial. There are entire conversations where the only word is "coffee."

I finally gave up on the book when the world ending event occurs, and the 200+ individuals have zero emotional response. No crying, no panicking, nothing. They just coldly and efficiently organize an evacuation. But then the next morning they learn there will be a 45 minute wait for coffee, and they absolutely lose it. It is just several minutes of unnamed characters ranting about coffee with occasional cutaways to characters who have coffee obsessing about how great coffee is. I had turn it off.

Do not waste your credit on this. If you are really interested, find that McDonald's commercial on Youtube and play it on a 10 hour long loop. That will give you the gist of the book.

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  • Linda Herring
  • 2019-11-19

Fun read

I have enjoyed this book a couple of times now. Excellent character building, fascinating premise. Narration is outstanding. Wish there was a sequel, so much more there to build on. Definitely worth the $ and time.

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  • Joshua
  • 2020-08-11

Interesting concept but amateur execution

First the good: It was a fun, light story, with some imagination, and fast-paced action.


The bad: This story reads like a promising first draft of a story that could have been great. But it needed a LOT of editing that didn't happen.

What I can say WITHOUT SPOILERS beyond what's written in the audible synopsis:

The entire novel suffered from a rookie sci-fi writer's mistake: it had TWO obscenely improbable premises acting simultaneously. First you had the explosion of Yellowstone, and then independently you had the invention of an inter-dimensional portal. Right there, you've made suspension of disbelief pretty much impossible.

The only cure for this would have been to have one improbable event CAUSE the other. But that wasn't the case here... instead we're left with the laughable COINCIDENCE that an extremely improbable disaster happens at the exact same time that the perfect remedy for that disaster is invented. It's a too-rosey, childlike plot.

Further rookie mistakes: All the characters are flat, and most of them speak with essentially the same voice. Also, there is WAAAAAY too much exposition (don't TELL me. SHOW me.)

NOW SOME DISCUSSION WITH SPOILERS:

The key point that ruins this book is the neverending coincidences of all shapes and sizes: Yellowstone erupts at EXACTLY the moment that humanity develops a way to escape the earth? A Yellowstone-obsessed geology student is VISITING yellowstone as her boyfriend is BUILDING the world-portal. Come. On.

And then our heroes of COINCIDENTALLY prepared for EVERY contingency, and everything they imagine might go wrong DOES go wrong IMMEDIATELY after they plan for it.

None of our heroes ever comes CLOSE to having a real problem because they are protected by the world's thickest plot armer.

Next up: The flattest characters in the world.

We have an entire cast of the most boring people on Earth. We have the nerds. We have the geeks. We have the militant chicks. None of them have any personality, desires, interests, or anything beyond the generic labels they've been given.

Also, all of them speak in movie references, or at the very least understand movie references, or nerdy references... even our kick-but non-nerd National Guard girl casually references LARPing, as if that's not an incredibly niche interest.

The author has failed TWICE here. He's made everyone kind of a nerd, and simultaneously hasn't found a way to realistically portray a nerd as anything other than the crudest stereotype.

There is no ambiguity in any character anywhere. We have good guys and bad guys. There's no middle ground. No nuance. Just a child's view of how the world works.

What's worse is that the author is trapped in his own head. When HE has an idea, all of his characters have that idea, or understand that idea and agree with it instantly. For a prime example, look at how this author discusses coffee. In fact, this whole book reads like a long coffee ad. SOOO many characters are obsessed with it... it's brought up over and over again... it's weird considering that this is the apocalypse, and people have other things to think about.

Another MAJOR PROBLEM with this novel is the absolutely psychopathic lack of interest that the author has in the fact that all of humanity is dying; that all the main characters' families are dying. It's BARELY mentioned in this book. It doesn't weight on the characters. They don't discuss it. It doesn't dampen their mood. It doesn't stop them from having entirely lighthearted conversations throughout the entire world-ending, family killing disaster. It's utterly bizarre.

The narration didn't help matters... it had an oddly flippant, light tone. Not that he had a lot to work with... but... it just felt completely mismatched with the weight of the story.

I wish I could have sat down with the author and given him some notes before he published this:

1. Find a way to make the world-portal dependent on the eruption of yellowstone, or make it the CAUSE of the yellowstone eruption. Then you only have ONE obscenely unlikely event driving the plot, instead of the most improbably coincidence in all of history.

2. Spend some time fleshing out your characters. What do they want. How do they speak. What references will they get? Which will they miss? Will they have any tolerance for joking during a the end of the world? Make them REAL.

3. Make your characters suffer. Put them in danger. Make us worry about them. Make us CARE. Make us sympathize. DON'T MAKE THEM PREPARED FOR EVERY DANGER. You've made them omnipotent as well as invincible. That's no fun.

4. It's the end of the world. Make us care about that. Make it color the entire tone of the novel. Make it affect the mood of all the characters. Grief is NOT optional. You can't choose not to include that. Also... you know... have them try to save their families like any normal, feeling person would.

I really hope the author reads this review and takes it to heart. Because I believe that with real effort he could become a very good writer. There was some witty dialog in there. There was some very imaginative scenarios... he has the potential to write something great someday. Most of all he needs to find an editor who will tell him what ISN'T working.

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  • RJPF
  • 2019-05-26

I made myself finish. Glad I did.

I love love love DETs other 4 titles and was too excited for this one to come out. I knew that this was his first (self published) book that Audible "bought" for their Originals library. I was tempted to quit listening after about an hour. Ray Porter is fantastic as usual but DET has come a long way since these early days. I really do not understand all the 5 star reviews. Are we so afraid to be critical - not nasty - but point out that not every output from an author is perfect?

This is a practice novel with very limited character development and coincidences that pushed me way past my belief that the operative word in the term "science fiction" is fiction - that you suspend belief or accept unproven ideas for the sake of the story. Undergraduates who seem to have knowledge well beyond even four years of college, a group of undergraduates (or maybe grad students) who discover this portal while working with an apparently uninterested and unimaginative professor, etc.

The one thing I got from this story is that DET has honed his craft . It's too bad that he didn't rewrite this update to make the story somewhat believable.

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  • Josh
  • 2019-07-14

Feels very "Young Adult"

The book started off promising, but once the clataclysm happened and the characters migrated to the new dimension every problem they faced was solved by transporting back to earth and looting x resource or recruiting y person, often within a few pages of the problem occuring. This plot simplicity made it feel like a YA novel. I found myself far more interested with what was happening to the people on the dying earth.

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  • Sky
  • 2019-07-01

meh its ok

If like me you've gone through every other book audible has to offer that you want to read then this isn't the worst way to go. It's kind of amazing to me that the author didn't have anyone to look over his work and tell him maybe don't have the characters obsess over coffee like a badd pun constantly or not add the words "he glared at her, or she glared at him" every other paragraph but the story over all was amusing enough

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  • Kenneth Wieland
  • 2019-05-19

Just plain fun and never dull.

Take a dash of Stargate, Sliders and a hint of Terra Nova mix well and sever over ice. It’s not a new cocktail but boy is it tasty. I don’t write many reviews. But this was just a fun listen and a start of a wonderful new series. I really look forward to many more books to come. You can’t go wrong if you like lite sci-fi just for the enjoyment of getting lost for a few hours. I like heavy sci-fi with deep character development and believable science as much as the next guy. But darn it sometimes I just want some fun.

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  • pat kenaston
  • 2019-11-15

Want to buy the movie rights!!!

Engaging characters, fascinating sci fi/Armageddon/New World plot. Very cohesive, entertaining storyline, and Porter gives a terrific performance giving voice to multiple characters. Would love a sequel...?

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  • Gary
  • 2019-05-16

More! Take my money!

Fabulous story, very original premise as fast as the apocalyptic books I've read. I couldn't stop listening. I literally spent the whole day listening. Well done. ...more please.

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  • TK2.0
  • 2019-05-27

Bit of a drop off. OK, silly almost YA feel

I loved Bob. clever deep thought on endless possibilities. this felt almost YA. Felt like two separate stories quickly written together. Some students very casually create inter dimension travel and casually just have fun with it while by coincidence the world ends the same week. every challenge just solves itself. and survival is just let's hang out and use these handy building kits we threw up. Felt super light on content and everything just falls into place. I think it's the opposite of world building, just world's with no real effort.

Narrator great as always, book fun enough but felt like super light 8th grade adventure stories.

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