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is author of the controversial Mayan prophecy novel Escape 2 Earth 2012 and the sequel Return 2 Earth. His newest release Inside the Spiral Galaxy is a collection of short stories spun off from the Escape 2 Earth series. Two of the five stories in this collection are Murder on the Eros Star and Terror on Telderan, the prequel to Escape 2 Earth. Other works by Mr. Johnson include A Matter of Time and the paranormal adventure "Dimensions in Time," a short story of two lost brothers who travel through a time portal and find themselves in a struggle to survive. In addition Mr. Johnson's first mystery novel Blackout will be released in 2011.
Jeffrey M. Poole
on July 04, 2011 :
The end of the world is near...
I'm a huge fan of disaster movies. Independence Day, Deep Impact, Armageddon, and 2012 (naturally!). So when I came across this book, I will say the cover caught me, and the title intrigued me. My first disaster book! I eagerly loaded this onto my iPad and settled back to read.
I liked the premise of the story. We (humans) were warned 8 years in advance that the end was coming. No way to avoid it, had to accept it. Fortunately, a group of nice aliens came to the rescue with a way to evacuate the people of Earth to another planet. I thought the story was original. I enjoyed how well thought out it was, how comprehensive it was.
Whereas this book had a good story, there were many, and I do mean MANY, typos, grammatical errors, fragmented sentences, and so on. Ordinarily I can let some typos go. Even some fragmented sentences, provided it contributes to the story, can be overlooked. Plain and simple, this story had formatting issues. Quotes in the wrong place, text in different sizes, indents in the wrong place, and even some words consistently used that were incorrect. For example, I kept seeing references to people being "clam". I'm pretty sure they meant "calm". Sentences were run together, and oftentimes appeared to be copied and pasted together so that the flow of the story was interrupted and I had to jump back to the previous page to determine what was trying to be conveyed.
If it wasn't for the grammatical errors, I could have easily given this story 4 stars, even 4.5 stars. With the help of an editor, proofreader, another set of eyes, etc., this story could easily be one that I'd read over and over again.
(reviewed the day of purchase)