I take great pleasure in
introducing this author to you as I have personally read each of his books
at least twice to date.
From my point of view it is
unusual to find an author like this through a small book publisher in
Canada as I feel his books should be on the book shelves of all the major
book stores and in the specialist Sc-Fi and Fantasy magazines and book
The last book he produced
was sent to me in a .pdf file to read as it had yet to be printed. I
read it with great enjoyment. Any one that knows me will be amazed as I am
not one for reading books online much preferring to read them while
sitting in a chair. That is however a testimony to how much I have
enjoyed these books.
Books 1, 2, 3 are a Trilogy
but can be read separately, they just have the same characters, the plot
1 ACROSS THE THRESHOLD
While leaving his apartment building for an errand Carl Kester is whisked
back in time to the beginning of a war. Here he meets Petra Baird, an
attractive nurse. As an officer in the ground forces he must fight the
enemy. When Baird is sent back to England, Kester returns to his own time.
Months later Kester is once more whisked to another time frame. Again he
meets Petra Baird and they become friends. When his ship is destroyed in
an engagement with the enemy, Kester finds himself back home again. A
third time he is in a strange place as a member of the ranger force. This
time Baird is his team mate. After months at the front Baird is injured
behind enemy lines where she and Kester await rescue.
Carl Kester volunteers for a special mission. While being interviewed he
finds out that it consists of relocating illegal settlers. On the way to
Morgan's World his ship rescues the crew of another vessel which has been
damaged in space. Upon arriving at Morgan's world Kester finds it
difficult to convince the settlers that they must leave. He tries to
enlist the help of a local physician without much success. Then the life
of the mayor's son is threatened by a serious illness. Kester hopes that
the advanced medical care available aboard his ship will help him attain
The High Command on Hornepayne receives a request for aid from Colonel
Baird who is in charge of the New Territories. Carl Kester is selected to
lead a relief force of two old ships without being told the nature of the
difficulties. While en route Kester's small fleet intends to pay a
courtesy visit to a scientific outpost. Instead they are forced to save
the scientific contingent as their camp has been destroyed. Kester now
learns that a large part of the New Territories is under the jurisdiction
of pirates and it is his job to regain control over it.
Books 4, 5 have the same characters but can be read separately.
4 THE PROCYON DEBACLE
Conditions on Earth have deteriorated to the point where the civilian
population is barely able to eke out a living. Jobs are hard to find and
graft is widespread. Alfonse Dubarry wants to study geology at a
university but financing proves to be an almost insurmountable obstacle.
In desperation he contacts the navy who will fund his studies under
certain conditions. Meanwhile the navy is secretly planning to send ships
to nearby stars. Eventually Dubarry finds himself on a ship bound for
Procyon. The exploration attempt has to overcome many problems. Upon their
return the crew finds an Earth even more regimented than when they left.
Dubarry and his friend decide that the only option for the future is to
remain in the navy.
Alfonse Dubarry joins the crew of a vessel which leaves for Adar while the
navy is trying to arrest him. Upon their arrival at their destination
Dubarry and his fellow scientists find a very marginal world. They face
many challenges from the growing of food to the battling of diseases. In
an effort to counter the dictatorship at home Captain Marks orders uncoded
reports to be beamed back to Earth which are picked up by the news media.
Leaving a contingent behind, Captain Marks begins his return voyage after
a stay of eleven months on Adar. Expecting arrest when he reaches Earth,
Marks is surprised to be greeted as a hero.
Captain Grainger is in charge of a ship taking a team of scientists on an
expedition to explore a small portion of the Pleiades Cluster. The
expedition is headed by the eminent Dr. Arne Viborg who hopes to become
the recipient of the coveted recognition aware. However, before long the
scientists and their support personnel run into difficulties. The problems
keep escalating. Captain Grainger wants to break off the exploration but
Dr. Viborg is strongly opposed to it.
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