Review of ‘Parallel’ by James M. Corkill ****


Alex Cave, a former CIA operative, is told the military had taken over his 180 million-year-old alien spacecraft he discovered in Alaska, and is dismissed from the project. He is confident the AI that operates the alien ship will not allow anyone else to run it. Cave and his friend descend to the bottom of the Tamu Massif in the Pacific where they find a giant spaceship, buried for 66 million years, and the cause of serious seismic disturbances. After gaining entry, Cave enters a chamber that transports him to an alternate universe, and finds himself in a society far advanced to his own reality. Although better in many respects, all he wants to do is return to his own world – if possible. He is staggered to find that Earth and the World Government is controlled by advanced androids who have populated the galaxy and are slowly turning all humans into androids. This makes him more determined to return to his own reality, but will he survive the challenges?

With Parallel, James M. Corkill thrusts readers into a fast-paced yarn packed with non-stop action without giving readers time to catch their breath. In a new universe that is slowly killing him, Cave needs to reconcile his relationships with people he has known in his own reality, but who are also different in this new reality, while trying to find a way to return home. Along the way, he needs to control his feelings about a woman who loves him, but he loves the one still in his own reality. At the same time, he is developing feelings for an android who in this reality controls the Tamu Massif spaceship. This lengthy novella is not a serious work and does not pretend to be, suitable for young readers interested in a grand adventure without being bothered about plotting inconsistencies or lack of characterization. Despite numerous story issues, Parallel is an entertaining read.

This work is available on Amazon.

About James M. Corkill

James M. Corkill

James M. Corkill is a Veteran from Washington State, USA. He was an electronic technician and a Federal Firefighter for thirty-two years before suffering a serious injury in the line of duty and retiring.

In 1997, he was fortunate to meet the famous horror writer, Hugh B. Cave, who became his mentor.

His favorite saying: When you wake up in the morning, you never know where the day will take you, and science fiction is a world you can disappear into . . .

He lives in the Smoky Mountains of western North Carolina. You can learn more about Mr. Corkill on his website.

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