Friday 27 December 2013

Platform 21 by T.R. Patrick (Book 1 in the Beyond the Veil Series)

Published using CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Platform 21 is one of those books that I simultaneously love, and dread, A dread that comes from not knowing what to put in a synopsis without giving much away, which I'm told I am usually fairly adept at. When a book is this complex though, it can be difficult and so I'm going to avoid reinventing the wheel. To that end, I opted (a rarity for me) to simply share the media release synopsis and follow that with my own personal thoughts and opinions, as well as the book tour information and a contest!
Luke’s life is about to take a dangerous turn. But first he has to die. 
In the year 2052, high school sophomore Luke Gibson considers himself an average teenager in a world on the brink of monumental change. Joining his parents and sister, Laura, at the first World Energy Initiative Conference, he is among thousands gathered in a Denver arena to celebrate free renewable energy when a massive earthquake strikes killing everyone in the stadium. The last thing Luke sees before his death is a girl reaching out to him—a stranger whose face he remembers from his dreams. 
The end, however, is not the end. Suddenly, inexplicably, Luke is back home in Ohio and everything is different. His sister is gone, the victim in an unsolved homicide years before. Angela, his mysterious dream girl, is here also, and the only person besides Luke who recalls the previous reality. And now their determination to uncover the truth about Laura’s murder and their transformed world is making them targets—forced to flee for their lives from a nameless shadow organization and a government seeking vengeance for an unthinkable act of terror—as they stand on the threshold of a dark conspiracy that threatens all humankind. 
Where do I begin? In Platform 21, the author T.R. Patrick holds nothing back. From the very beginning I couldn't help but feel enthused at the scene set before me and I'll admit, I enjoyed the idyllic picture playing out. It takes no time for that serenity to be ripped away and at that point, dear reader, it is really obvious that the literary journey you are about to make, is nothing less than a fast-paced and alternatively mind-spinning and mind-blowing experience that you just cannot put down.

I have to admit that one of the least pleasant things about reading so much, and I'm sure any avid reader will agree, it's hard to stop the mind making leaps and trying to predict where the story is taking us. This is one of those wonderful books that simply doesn't allow that to happen. I was too caught up in the plot, in the character developments (complicated by the alternate realities), and yes, even reeling as the thrills and mysteries unfolded.

Some of you will remember that when I was fairly new to blogging about my love of books, I fell in love with a novel by Vincent M. Wales that is titled One Nation Under God. The huge appeal of that for me, is that the book could just as easily be real as it is fiction. Not today precisely but in the very near future and Platform 21 held a lot of that same appeal for me. Corruption in the governments, the distracting whispers speaking of the Illuminati and conspiracies that resonate with me, a person who avidly avoids the news, so I can only imagine how much it's going to strike home with readers who are more 'in-touch' with the world as a whole.

For me personally, the biggest appeal of this novel was easily the character development. In many books it's easy to differentiate between the good, and the evil, but not so much in Platform 21. It's as messy, confusing, and at times soul-shattering as the real world, except of course you can close the book for a while (unless you're me!) and maybe even pull a Joey and place it in the freezer for a while...

I guess what it essentially comes down to is whether I would recommend this book or not, and my answer is a resounding yes! I personally can't wait for book 2 in this Beyond the Veil series and I'm fairly sure that once you read it, you'll agree. It's a hard book to place in a genre since it seems riddled with science, fantasy, thrills, horror, current events, and it even has a sprinkling of zombies though I'll be quick to tell you that they don't play a huge part. In book 1 at least.

Now all I can do is wait patiently for the sequel.

In the meantime, check out the book tour link below and see what my fellow bloggers and bookworms had to say about this title, links to check out the author, and if you're feeling lucky, there are still some hours left to get in your entries for the Giveaway!

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If you'd like to see what other bookworms think of this title, please check out the blog tour information at Worldwind Virtual Book Tours (who I'd like to thank for having me along for the ride!) by clicking the image below.


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