The Gravitational Leap

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In a frigid post-apocalyptic world, the harshest of all winters descends on the Tower clan as they prepare for war. Timo and Alyd, a husband and wife sniper team for the clan’s security force, are brought together with Maldor, the mysterious elder and science director, when an enemy scout is killed. Maldor is the last in a long line of elders waiting for a chance to correct a mistake in the past. The surprise union and a supernova event that took place three-hundred-and-sixty years ago, are the only hope for mankind’s future existence. Will their efforts be enough to save what’s left of mankind? Read The Gravitational Leap and find out. This debut science fiction novel by Darrell Lee explores the relationships between religion, science, faith, love, loss, betrayal, greed and loyalty as the clans clash for control of the ultimate power source of their world.

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  1. T. Hutchings

    The Gravitational Leap was full of surprises. To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect. I started the book late in the evening and couldn’t wait to get off work the next day to complete it. New author Darrell Lee spun a tail so fascinating that it drew me into his world and held me captive. Then he hit me with an unexpected twist that made me sit back and go “Whoa!” Without giving any spoilers, I’ll just say, you will not expect the ending, but it was Awesome. Through Timo and Alyd’s story we are faced with a conflict of choices, do you risk everything, the entire human race on a grand idea with no guarantee, or accept the current reality and safely use what you have to improve the world as it is? Would you choose love or duty when you lose either way? One of the more interesting sub-themes revealed an unexpected connection between faith and science (no it didn’t get “preachy”), that they are not necessarily mutually exclusive. Sometimes science takes an extreme amount of faith. To be objective, I will say that the prolog had me confused at first, it seemed disconnected from the story, but later it ties in and connects the “Sci” to the “Fi” in a very impactful way. I am glad I stuck with it. I’m not normally a SciFi reader, so I was afraid the whole book would be difficult to get into, but then Chapter 1 came and I was hooked. The world was painted in such a way that it was easy for my imagination to create. The story moved along at a good pace while providing enough detail for each scene to play out in my mind. I saw how bleak and cold the earth had become, I saw the harsh reality of Timo’s and Alyd’s life. I felt like I understood the characters, their motivations and their personalities. None of the twists and turns the plot took were expected, even at the end, I ask myself, who was really the Hero? The choices each character made were so critical. Was it the small act that Alyd made that really made the difference or the big act that Timo made? Was it Maldor for having broken protocol and changing the course of Timo’s fate? Or maybe none of them were heroes and they all made a terrible mistake? I’ll have to ponder it for a while.

    From a technical standpoint, it was clear that Darrell did some research into the science topics and that the publisher did a good job editing the book. There were no noticeable issues in that area. With a lot of ebooks I’ve read recently, they are littered with spelling errors, repetitiveness or are unnecessarily lengthy and detailed interrupting the movement of the storyline. This book avoided all of those problems. I also liked that it was not just the same plotline retold by another author in their own setting, it was completely unique and unpredictable. Surprisingly, I am reminded how kind an author can be when they make a stand-alone book without major cliff hangers in the off chance they wanted to do a sequel in the future. I get hooked into series books so often and are left with so many cliff hangers that I think my mind will explode. I forgot how refreshing it is to have a book that can stand on its own merit. I think there is room for a sequel if the author really wanted to, but not so much room that it feels like a cliff hanger. I look forward to reading his next book.

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