John Smith, World Jumper Book One: Portal to Adventure

Rated 4.27/5 based on 15 reviews
Waking, hospitalized with amnesia during World War I, "John Smith" quickly realizes he is not like other men. John can travel to parallel worlds, seemingly through the power of his own mind.

In this first serial, he not only learns of his power when it is triggered in the stress of combat, but visits an Earth still trapped in an ice age. More
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Words: 63,930
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476185965
About E. Patrick Dorris

In my forty something years I have generated a very broad set of experiences and interests, but through it all, I have always read. It seems that at times it is harder to find books that enthrall me, although admittedly I am behind on my reading, so I decided to start writing the kind of stories I'd want to read.

I have always had stories in my head, they intrude at the strangest times. At some point, I discovered that when I took the time to write them down, more stories kept pouring out. There are so many ideas I have, it seems like there won't be enough time to get to them all. I'm starting with one story, in one particular style. But other stories, in different styles are coming. Stay tuned.

My goal in writing is above all to entertain.

Thank you in advance for giving me that opportunity.

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Review by: Hannes Birnbacher on June 13, 2016 : (no rating)
It's a quite intelligent parallel world novel. Written in the first person, it is not too dramatic; the hero just describes the author's ideas, which is not too exciting.
In my pesonal rating system, two stars for "worth reading".
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Review by: Matt Eliason on Aug. 12, 2014 :
I enjoyed it and appreciated the historically based language.
Please feel free to read some of my works also
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Review by: Norman Howard on Sep. 06, 2013 :
I have just finished reading this and found it fascinating. The first person narrative makes the story more personal and involves the reader much more.

Clearly there is much to be disclosed about John Smith and I am hoping that we will be able to read some of those disclosures in the sequel.

I understand the author is currently writing/editing the second book, and cannot wait for it to be available.
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Review by: Michael Paul on May 06, 2013 :
As soon as I finished I went to find the as yet unavailable sequel.

In many ways this is a classic sci-fi fantasy adventure, and is an enjoyable, light, quick read. I wanted to find out more about the world, the characters and was eager to discover how the different plot lines resolved. The first person pas narrative didn't even bother me after I became accustomed to the author's easy style.

Some criticism includes repeated use of divine intervention, many unresolved plot lines, several too convenient coincidences, a confusing constantly twisting plot, and several questionably relevant characters.

One of the better free books I've read here yet. Looking forward to the sequel!
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Review by: abernathalot on Jan. 07, 2013 :
This is an easy read to pass the time and is enjoyable. It is written in the first person and though there are some contradictions I enjoyed the adventure.
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Review by: Cade Mace on Sep. 27, 2012 :
Since I am a huge Burroughs fan I thought the writing style is great, and I much prefer books without all the swearing and sex in vogue today. I really enjoyed the story and am eager for more, just can't find it yet. Keep up the good work.
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Review by: richard on Jan. 27, 2012 :
This review applies to the whole series (or at least what i've read, part 1 to 9)

I like the first person perspective used. It really adds to the immersion. And the whole concept of the main character learning about his special powers. It reminds me of the Morcyth Saga.

I really like the style: first person action. You see from the main person's perspective what he does, thinks, and plans.

I think that the reason the main person was so detached from the situations was that maybe it was a part of his powers, to be able to think clearly, and objectively in stressed situations, or maybe it was a sideeffect of getting a hole in the head :)
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Review by: John Rosenberg on Oct. 30, 2011 :
I liked it. entertaining, intriguing.
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Review by: Nikki Polaris on Sep. 18, 2011 :
The story is creative and interesting, but the writing is weak. There a numerous issues here. I suspect the work needs a good development editor to go through it. Its not nearly polished enough for publication (IMO), still I suspect its a diamond in the rough.
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Review by: P.J. Brown on April 18, 2010 :
Does anyone actually read the book before they review it?? I forced my way through 15 pages before shutting this one down. For someone who as amnesia, John Smith sure has a good memory, "I am skilled at many things, calmly confident in dealing with many situations." How would he know that if he had amnesia?!?! Also, having two characters talk in the same paragraph (“Thank you,” I said simply. Apparently I had brought her out of deep introspection. “What?” she asked. “Thank you for your concern.” I added.) is just plain confusing. Maybe the story get betters, although, it just felt like an X-Men Wolverine rip-off, but the writing is poor enough for me to keep looking for books elsewhere.
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Review by: Jeff Thomason on Feb. 22, 2010 :
I was surprised how good this was. I wasn't planning on reading all of part one, but I found myself wondering what would happen next and caring what happened.

This story is told from the point of view of John Smith, an amnesiac that wakes up in the middle of a war and can't figure out how he got there. The reader follows his journey of discovery along with him which is what really makes this book work.

The only small criticism I have is the writing tried to sound more educated than it needed to sound, but that didn't stop me from enjoying it, and some people will probably like that kind of writing. I will definitely be buying the rest of the story.
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Review by: A. S. Warwick on June 04, 2009 :
An intriguing start to the series, posing many mysterious questions that make you want to read more to discover the answers to.
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Review by: vincent faini on Jan. 16, 2009 :
Forgive me, but during my last review I had failed to give Patrick the five star rating he deserves.
Vincent D. Faini
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Review by: Dave Dalton on Nov. 28, 2008 :
A very entertaining read. Lush descriptions and vivid storytelling. I am excited to read part three which i hope comes soon.
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Review by: vincent faini on Nov. 12, 2008 :
Patrick's book so far is captivating; his story and his writing style reminds me of the late, great, Robert Heinlein who wrote many books such as “Have Spacesuit, Will Travel, and Phillip Jose Farmer who wrote “Makers of the Universe” and the “River World Series and also the wonderful author Jean M. Auel who wrote “Clan of the Cave Bear” – and yet, his style is uniquely original.
I can’t wait to read more.
Vincent D. Faini (Author of the books: “Adventures in Marine Biology”, “Conversations with Neo”, and “ZEN & THE ART OF RESISTANCE TRAINING: A Scientific & Yogic Approach to Weight Training”
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Review by: Michael Boehm on Nov. 10, 2008 : (no rating)
As I've said already, I'm really enjoying the story so far. I'll keep reading as long as you keep writing. Your story and style of writing is comparable to the old style of sci-fi I enjoyed as a teenager and still enjoy to this day. It is refreshing to emerse myself in this story as you're writing it. So you'll know who this the world you're writing about now, it wouldn't hurt to see the inclusion of wapiti or at least the Irish Elk. It would fit perfectly into the world you are now writing about. I'll leave it to you to research and include if you see fit.
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Review by: cbell on Nov. 08, 2008 :
I downloaded the mobi version and read this book on my Cybook in one sitting. I enjoyed it very much and I wish there were more chapters available.

The author writes in a style that is very easy to read, fluent and entertaining.

I really like the story line and I can't wait for the next book! I want to know what happens next - soon, please.

Thank you, Smashwords, and thank you, Patrick. Well done!
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