Saturday, August 7, 2010

Through the Triangle: A Review

Disclaimer: A copy of this book was provided by the author with the assistance of Bostick Communications, for review. The views expressed here are honest and are in no way influenced by the author or the publishers.


Mysterious places exist in this world, where the unexplained is more common than one would expect. There are areas where people, watercraft, and airplanes have vanished, as if they never existed. Three of these areas lie in and around Alaska, Japan, and Florida. The latter of these three is widely known as the Bermuda Triangle, or Devil's Triangle, in which ships, planes, and more than a thousand people on them have disappeared without a trace. These people have become statistics, but were actual living breathing people with families, friends, and acquaintances. Reflect for a moment on what these people experienced as they transitioned from being a normal person to a memory in the blink of an eye. Did they cease to exist? Theories abound on the reason for the disappearances, ranging from the natural -- weather and methane gas, to the more radical UFO abductions. About the Author: C. P. Stewart taught chemistry and physics in high school and occasionally at the university level. He is a lifelong resident of western Pennsylvania and has been captivated by these areas of mysterious disappearances, in particular the Bermuda Triangle. He is not alone, because fascination with the Bermuda Triangle has spawned legends, books, movies, songs, websites, plays, television specials, a mini-series, and even a magic trick by David Copperfield. Before writing Through the Triangle, which allows the reader to follow five individuals as they experience the Triangle’s capriciousness and consequences, he performed abundant research by studying writings of noted physicists on the topics of String (Membrane) Theory and the latest discoveries dealing with Space time. He also was particularly interested in written accounts of individuals who experienced close encounters within the Bermuda Triangle and survived. In one such confrontation, a pilot claims to have moved thirty minutes forward in time while in an encompassing fog, which he referred to as an electronic fog, or Time storm.

My Review

Through the Triangle is a science fiction response to our burning question about what happens when one goes through the Bermuda Triangle. After years of fascinating documentaries by Discovery Channel and National Geographic, this geological phenomenon has and continues to be a mystery to everyone. C.P Stewart a physics teacher has tried to recreate a plausible solution to the mystery however his attempt falls short due to a lack of creativity and imagination among other short comings.

Credit goes out to the author for basing his story on such a solid foundation.  I think that he choose a topic that could easily branch off into several different plots and story lines. The plot isn’t exactly original but at times it does offer some suspense and excitement especially very early on in the book. In fact am guilty of reading on because of the sheer curiosity of what would happen next. Stewart is also very descriptive which at times is a plus since you get a vivid image of the scene being described.

On the other hand it was painful actually reading the story. For one, the author kept jumping from character to character or the past to the present with no clear indication of the change. I think it’s for this reason that, at times, I had no idea who was speaking when you get to dialogue in the book. Then there is poor word choice and usage that made the piece, when read, sound shaky and unsure. This was especially the case when the author wrote about emotional scenes and romantic scenes.

I recognize the author’s attempt to give his characters some depth but some of the back story that he supplied totally took away from the crux of the story. I mean, who cares that the Police Chief was a favourite in school!? Who cares that his secretary who, ironically was in the same class as him, is in love with him after all of these years?! What does it all contribute to the 5 people who are trapped in a storm on the Oblique View and pass through the Bermuda Triangle?

Additionally there is not a lot of imagination in Through the Triangle. Stewart uses facts that we already know about (thanks to those helpful documentaries I mentioned earlier) without venturing too far off to create something that is really memorable.  His attempt at writing something that is creative translates itself into carnivorous humans with violet eyes and a parallel universe. At this point I think I am a bit too old for that kind of stuff.  I think we all wondered at one point or the other or even imagined what happened to all of those planes and ships that pass through the Bermuda Triangle and disappear without a trace. Even if a parallel universe is the answer, I would have at least like to be convinced about it.

So what have I really said? Well, Through the Triangle is an OK read. It’s not fantastic but it can be exciting and suspenseful when it wants to be.  I’ll probably not pick this title up again but who knows, when another documentary on the Bermuda Triangle pops up on The Discovery Channel, I’ll always think of C.P Stewart.


Bibliophile By the Sea said...

This sounds intriguing, but not sure if it will make my wish list. Too many other priority books....LOL

Have a great weekend!

Alyce said...

I find writing like that (where things jump around and the word choice issues that you mentioned) frustrating, so I'll definitely skip this one.

CMash said...

Fantastic review!! The triangle is a mystery, however, this book doesn't sound like it gives it justice. Thank you for your honest review.

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