Gaea: Beyond the Son
P.D. Gilson
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Gaea: Beyond the Son
P.D. Gilson
Helios Publishing
308 pages
October 2007
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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An intense, fast-paced adventure awaits science fiction fans in the space and time travel novel Gaea: Beyond the Son. Written by P.D. Gilson and based on the Gaea Universe created by David Lagettie, this book was published by Helios Publishing and printed in the UK. The hardcover is protected with a slipcover featuring a detailed design depicting a cluster of images from adventures within the storyline. The art is active, passionate, emotional and full of energy – kudos to the artist, Tomas Kuklik.

A crew of 13 are sent on a mission that will literally change the way mankind lives, yet their return voyage is far from encouraging. When they return, they find their planet has been through a terrible war, and that the government they worked for no longer exists. They receive a hostile reception and an evident desire to destroy the crew, regardless of the important information the crew has obtained.

Gilson raises interesting topics, such as the increase of emotional issues when in deep space for extended periods of time. The growing technology and advancements in seemingly small areas, such as food rations, are intriguing. One can’t help but feel for M.I.T.Z., the robot that tried to put his “mother” back together. The time travel aspects and the dangers involved are particularly exciting scenes.

While the romance is predictable, as are some of the issues between crew members, the overall storyline holds surprises and interest at the turn of every page. The ending could use a little work, however. It is a bit rushed and left me feeling a little cheated.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Lillian Brummet, 2007

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