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  • By George Sotirhos
    Oct 15, 2009
    "never gets boring " Warp by Robert Taylor Review by John Pliotas for UNIVERSE PATHWAYS magazine Robert’s Taylor “Warp” is an action-packed, sci-fi police adventure which travels us from United Kingdom to Holland and back again. The story takes place in an alternative point of human history, a “warp” which was caused by the arrival of extra terrestrials in the early 18th century. The story itself is very interesting, for showing how humanity might have evolved under such circumstances. The alien race of Mlosh arrives in earth with apparently peaceful intentions and asks from the King of Britain to give them a territory where they can found a colony. In exchange Mlosh are willing to share with humans not only their advanced technology, but lots of astonishing scientific discoveries as well. For more than two centuries everything flows according to normal. Mlosh found numerous colonies and become equals to humans in every aspect... More > of their lives. They have the same rights and duties, they live in the same cities and they even vote and get elected as members of the parliament and the government. Nonetheless the presence of these different humanoids make some people feel quite uncomfortable. A revolutionary-racist party which fights to literally banish every single Mlosh from earth decides to take action against them and abducts one of their profound scientists. The self-called “Human League” believes that the Mlosh have a secret plan to take over the planet and its members demand from them to leave the planet. Following the abduction we watch the manhunt that police unleashes on their tail. It’s about here that most of the plot problems commence. The league’s motives are somehow vague as long as they don’t seem to have enough evidence proving the Mlosh conspiracy. Up to a point their scheme is justified by their amateurism, although it does seem not only uninspired but irrational as well. Why would half a billion Mlosh people evacuate the earth under the thread of the assassination of a leading scientist? Fortunately, as time passes by, the Human League attempts to turn the tables on police by using more extreme measures. The activists of Human League treat Mlosh as the ultimate Big Brother, though we aren’t given enough arguments to back this point of view. The extra terrestrials are apparently cute and tranquil and don’t really seem to be up onto a great take-over plan. Unless they are much more cunning than they let me believe. Moreover the short duration of the novel doesn’t give us a clear picture of the characteristics of the world as it has evolved after the Mlosh’ arrival. We are given small pieces of detail for a series of matters which could be the core of the novel. Maybe it would be for the best if Taylor dealt with issues like clashes of religions or the miscegenation between the two species. As far as the story is concerned, Warp is an easy-to-read novel. Taylor writes vividly, stuffs every chapter with endless conversations, never gets boring or tiring and uses an interesting method to describe the most important scenes from both points of view. The curtain falls somehow sooner than expected. As a reader I was anticipating a small hint that would justify the extremist’s fears. Nope. They had just been hard-core terrorists.< Less
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Lulu Enterprises, Inc.
January 30, 2005
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.16 lbs.
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8.5 wide x 11 tall
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