Science fiction is a hard genre to pull off effectively. It is all too easy to lose all sense of reality. I like Sci-Fi that treads that fine line between believable, if not yet available science, and a plot that has credibility. C.P. Stewart has excelled in these areas with his new book Through The Triangle, and I give him very high marks indeed.

The Triangle in the title refers to the Bermuda Triangle, or The Devils Triangle, and certainly the area does have a history of strange and inexplicable disappearances of boats and planes. The Oblique View is a 48 foot day charter fishing boat, it is Captain Mason Bankowski’s escape from the real world. He and his first mate Juan Morales have the reputation for finding the fish. Mason cannot quite make it with charters alone, they are limited to the weekends, that way he can keep his real job!

Saturday, August 13, 2005 was a day that their lives change forever. They have three guests on board, a father and son, Jake and Nathan Myers, and Allen Cranston a medical company rep.

Allen Cranston we discover is not all he seems, the real Cranston is a charred body laying in the burned out ruin of an abandoned restaurant. The replacement Cranston is actually an escaped killer Manny Contraldo who has ideas of killing all on board and making a break for Cuba.

The Oblique View encounters a freak storm, it whips up so quickly that they are unable to flee for port. Just as quickly as it starts, it ends. But even that is strange, the sea is like glass. However something is not right, the radio merely broadcasts static, the GPS is clearly on the fritz, even the clocks seem to have problems.

Using the age old methods of navigation the captain heads back to Florida. The coastline does not look familiar, the structures they can see are not familiar.

Going ashore further fuels the confusion. Nothing seems familiar. The buildings have changed, they do not even seem to be constructed the traditional way. Geodesic Domes are not the norm. Also, there seems to be no-one around. Florida is a well populated state, beach front property is at a premium. But there seems to be little activity in the area they have found.

I think it would be a great disservice to share much more of the actual plot. But lets put on our pretend hats for a few minutes. What if these folks found themselves almost 300 years in the future? What if, there had been a food crisis following a global disaster? What if, the attempt to fix the food shortage had created a new growth hormone? And a final what if, what if this growth hormone had some unexpected side effects?

I know that C.P. Stewart is a retired Physics teacher, I suspect he spent a lot of time thinking about this novel. I enjoyed it a huge amount.

The people that took your son are called Azujos, short for Azul Ojos or Blue Eyes, according to some native inhabitants we met shortly after coming here.

The Azujos certainly have an agenda. And it is not that they want to become your friend!

The Triangle is Sci-Fi, but think for a moment. Genetics are being modified as we speak. What might happen if some Genetic Modification might have a ripple effect? NO, it is all good is the clarion call. But, maybe in a few generations that modification may not be quite as wonderful.

I like books that make me think, Through the Triangle is certainly a book that fits that need. I do hope to be interviewing the author in the near future.

You can order your copy from Amazon.

Simon Barrett

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