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on Feb. 24, 2013 :
I was anxious to begin reading Part 2 of the Second Internet Café series because I enjoyed Part 1 so very much. I'm one of those readers who, upon finding an author I enjoy, devour every book he/she has written. I had to wait a year for The Cascade Annihilator; I'm happy to say the writing, story and characters were worth the wait!
The Cascade Annihilator picks up soon after the action of The Dimension Researcher. Some of the main supporting characters are back and some intriguing new ones are introduced. The story starts in the middle of action so we're immediately pulled into Lucas Hunter's latest adventures/dangers.
Chris James is a rich writer: scenes provide us with just enough detail to fill our imaginations, realistic dialogue(real for both time and place) moves the story along as it would in real life, the writing is beautifully woven. Strange how science can provide such poetic imagery. In particular, the colourful visual of the dimension `tree' has stayed with me.
To fully enjoy this novel, I do believe readers must read The Dimension Researcher first. DR provides more background on how the Second Internet Café came into being (and why it has the unusual moniker. It also provides the science groundwork.
There is an added voice in this book of the series, and James has made an excellent choice with the female character of Paula Featherstone. Her storyline is integral and provides emotional balance overall.
I'm shocked to have become such a diehard fan of this series as science fiction has never captured my attention previously. It is the high quality of James's writing, a rollicking original story and the blend of tension, humour, drama and adventure that keep me riveted and lead me to ask: when, oh when, is Part 3 making its appearance? Trust me,readers, this series is brilliant!
One more thing. My name appears in the acknowledgement page of this novel; however, I would never endorse a book that I felt was of a low standard. My credibility and integrity are both on the line. I am confident and sincere in my hearty recommendation of this quality novel.
(reviewed the day of purchase)