Title:
Portals
By:
Douglas E. Richards
Pages:
406
Rating:
5

The gripping near-future thriller by the New York Times bestselling author whose books have sold over two million copies.

Hidden portals link Earth to numerous other planets. But why do they all contain human civilizations? And why does our nearest neighbor have its sights set on Earth?

Noah Harris and Ashley Flynn are field agents for a powerful organization tasked with protecting humanity from the misuse of game-changing technology. But when they discover hidden portals that link Earth to numerous planets, put in place ages earlier by transcendent beings, they are thrust into a maze of deception and intrigue they can’t begin to understand. One that not only has them battling for their very lives, but which will decide the fate of worlds.

Because, inexplicably, each of the planets contain human civilizations. And the human rulers of our nearest portal neighbor, having already conquered their own world, have come up with a brilliant, twisted plan to conquer ours.

And only Noah and Ashley stand in their way . . .

Portals is a masterful near-future thriller, one packed with nonstop action, astonishing twists, and mind-blowing concepts.

“Richards is an extraordinary writer,” (Dean Koontz) who can “keep you turning the pages all night long.” (Douglas Preston)

“Richards is a worthy successor to Michael Crichton.” (SF Book dot com)

NEAR-FUTURE SCIENCE FICTION THRILLERS BY DOUGLAS E. RICHARDS

STANDALONES
QUANTUM LENS
GAME CHANGER
INFINITY BORN
SEEKER
VERACITY
ORACLE
THE IMMORTALITY CODE
UNIDENTIFIED
PORTALS

SERIES
WIRED (Wired 1)
AMPED (Wired 2)

MIND’S EYE (Nick Hall 1)
BRAINWEB (Nick Hall 2)
MIND WAR (Nick Hall 3)

SPLIT SECOND(Split Second 1)
TIME FRAME (Split Second 2)

THE ENIGMA CUBE (Alien Artifact 1)
A PIVOT IN TIME (Alien Artifact 2)

Kids Science Fiction Thrillers (9 and up, enjoyed by kids and adults alike)
TRAPPED (Prometheus Project 1)
CAPTURED (Prometheus Project 2)
STRANDED (Prometheus Project 3)
OUT OF THIS WORLD
DEVIL’S SWORD

Portals book cover

The second of Doug’s recent novels to be written with first person narration, Portals opens with a much more actiony feel than Unidentified. I didn’t particularly click with Noah to start with, but he grew on me, and his logical deductions and inferences were dazzling and exciting to read about.

The portals themselves were cleverly done, and the intricacy of the connections and AI-monitored travel rules leave a lot of room for more novels set in this universe. I really hope Doug can fly with this, he’s done a few series before and, to my mind, Portals is ripe for future exploits someday. Yet again, Doug excels at manipulating the reader and characters both (although any time I see that someone died in a Doug Richards novel I now disbelieve it until there’s a genuine body). As this story progressed, I was engaged and excited. I read the first 2 parts and went to bed, the addiction specialist idea bubbling up in my head. I paused at the start of part 6 to go feed myself and kept churning everything over in my mind. And then I finished the whole thing after that, gleefully sucking down every twist and turn and totally enjoying myself.

Published by Sean Randall

I am an avid reader, technologist and disability advocate living in the middle of England with my wife, daughter and pets.

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