Monday, May 11, 2015

Gateway To Never: The John Grimes Saga VI - A. Bertram Chandler

Gateway To Never: The John Grimes Saga VI
A. Bertram Chandler
Baen, May 5 2015
ISBN: 9781476780474

  “The Gateway to Never.”  Commodore Grimes blows away the request of Port Forlorn’s Chief of Customs; as the bureaucrat wants the naval officer to actively pursue the illegal drug trafficking in the Rim Worlds.  However, his wife Sonya Verill persuades him to take on the mission when she mentions ruthless Drongo may be a trafficker.

“The Dark Dimensions.”  With rival alliances on the same search and knowing the previous attempts ended tragically; Commodore John Grimes leads his Faraway Quest crew to the Rim in search of the Outsider vessel that contains advance alien technology.  Though preparing for the worst, Grimes meets something even more horrific than he anticipated.

“The Way Back.”  Lost in space beyond the Galactic Lens with no welcoming other star vessel anywhere in their vicinity, and compounded by apparently no longer residing in their time period; Grimes and his Faraway Quest crew desperately search for the only way home: Earth.  However, in wherever and whenever they are, they learn Earth is a myth that never existed; while the angry crew considers mutiny.

The John Grimes Saga VI contains reprints of the last three novels (as described above) and seven short stories (six of which are at the end of the long run).  The novels are pleasant swashbuckling high seas outer space adventures with some fascinating twists.

Harriet Klausner

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