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Alex Albrinck is a lifelong Ohio resident, where he lives with his wife and three children. When he's not trying to be in three places at once with his active youngsters, he's following local professional and collegiate sports teams, or possibly unscrambling a Rubik's Cube. In lieu of sleep, he writes fiction. You can learn when his next work is available at alexalbrinck.com/Subscribe.
his debut novel, "A Question of Will," explores themes of technological advancement, human potential (good and bad), and the love bonding a family together. The sequels follow Will Stark, his friends, and his family, in an epic quest full of advanced technology and Energy skills.
He is currently working on several projects, including the next Aliomenti Saga novel.
on Sep. 15, 2014 :
The first two volumes of the Aliomenti series are good reading. The third volume starts to have some problems. In fact starting at about chapter 8 ("Separation") and increasing in chapter 24 ("Island"), it seems to be the product of a different author.
Beyond the drastic increase in grammatical errors, suddenly we are encountering an enormous amount of scientific error. Here are a few of the worst:
* "He’d spent nearly forty years focusing his efforts on a means to use the salt in the water as a fuel source." Salt is hard to use as an enery source. Creating salt is an exothermic process (it gives off energy). Therefore, anything that decomposes salt is an endothermic process (it REQUIRES added energy). Salt doesn't "burn" (solar power plants that gather heater using arrays of mirrors often use molten salt as an energy CARRIER). While there are osmotic power generators that use salt water, they also require salt free water, and they tend to be rather larger than will fit in a submarine.
* "He wanted to be able to see his exterior surroundings when underwater, which meant that he needed a large portion of the exterior created from a transparent material. Glass wouldn’t work, for the pressure of the water would shatter it" In fact, glass can be among the toughest materials we know. Bathyscaphes that descend 20 times deeper than Will's projected submarine have glass portholes.
* "work a compound of metals over time until it became a strong, transparent alloy, and it retained that transparency regardless of thickness." - Alloys of metals are no more likely to be strong than are glasses (which are amorphous solids). Most glass contains sodium, which IS a metal, and calcium (likewise).
* "The materials were, in many ways, like plastic, but they were formed of metal ores rather than petroleum byproducts." - "Plastic" (as an adjective, rather than a noun) simply means easily shaped. Many metals (for example gold and lead) are VERY plastic - others become pastic with the application of heat. Glass is also plastic.
* "The spark separated the salt from the water as if it was triggering a fission-style explosive reaction" - Where do I start? I'm not sure how to generate a "spark" in liquid water. I don't know of any way that a "spark" (or even an electric current) can "separate" salt from water. And a "fission-style explosive reaction" implies an actual breakdown of elements to other elements. That works with HEAVY elements, while Sodium and Chlorine (the components of salt) are among the lightest elements.
* "The air system extracted oxygen from the water processed by the propulsion system, in which oxygen was released by the spark" - And in a short time, the submarine exploded from the increasing internal pressure. An air purification system must ELIMINATE the carbon dioxide produced by metabolic processes. Typically, this is done by converting the carbon dioxide to solid carbon and gaseous oxygen. ADDING oxygen without REMOVING carbon dioxide increases the amount of gas, increasing the pressure.
* "using the compass he’d built as a guide" - Magnetic compasses work rather poorly inside metal containers. Even on wooden ships, the compass was flanked by metal balls that could be moved to compensate for the effect of the metal on board. Gyrocompasses were used beginning in 1907. Designing and building an effective gyrocompass would be quite a feat.
* "As the ballast water was released and the craft floated to the surface" - Ballast water occupies "empty" spaces in the hull, reducing the volume of "lighter than water" space to the point where the overall specific gravity is greater than that of water. But the ballast water flows into those spaces of its own accord. To get it out, you need to PUMP it out - usually by displacing it with air. It doesn't make sense to write of "releasing" it.
In addition to scientific errors, there are numerous errors of fact. Here are some of the worst:
* (1022 A.D.) “It’s the edge of the world,” Hope whispered. “You can see where it ends, where sailors fear to travel. I hope we are never near the edge.” - "Everybody knows" that in Columbus' time people thought the earth was flat, and that Columbus succeeded because he had figured out that the world was a globe. Unfortunately, that's completely false. Europeans had known the Earth was a sphere for a millenium.
* (1450 A.D) One of the original Gutenberg Bibles was stored in a metal safe he’d specially built on the island - The first finished copies were available in 1454 or 1455.
* It was only then (after the Second World War in the twentieth century) that submarines would become a key part of naval strategy. German U-boats (and similar submariens of other nations' navies) were a major part of naval strategy in World War II.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)