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Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite
“Beyond a Black Hole” by Dr. Karen Hutchins Pirnot is a highly entertaining and imaginative standalone novel in the “Skymasters” series. Although it works quite nicely as a standalone, it has me wanting very much to read the previous and subsequent episodes. In “Beyond a Black Hole”, Allie has just returned from visiting a parallel Earth in another universe, only to find that her cousin Eilla grabbed hold of her just as she transported, and hitched a ride along with Allie to Earth. The girls get belated permission from Eilla’s parents to stay with Allie for the school year, and thus begins a new adventure for the two, far beyond the imagination of the adults in their lives. This book refers often to an adventure they had on Eilla’s planet, Terra, helping the book stand on its own, but also helping to set up the adventures they have beyond the Black Hole.
This story is a delightful adventure story featuring two pre-teen girls and a contingent of scientists, professors, and similar brainiacs who are part of their lives. The author has done a remarkable job of creating sincerely genuine and believable characters. She has also cleverly inserted genuine scientific facts and/or theories into this science fiction story, and that combination may well influence many young girls to pursue a career in a scientific field. The story line is unique but it is so believably presented. Also somewhat unique is the amount of pure fun injected into this story. The “big” adventure the girls have could easily have been frightening or even deadly, yet it is given as peaceful and pleasant. This is intended to be a book for pre-teen children, but its appeal goes way beyond that age range. The story held me enthralled throughout, and as I stated above, I want to find and read the rest of this series. I believe many adults will likewise find this tale to be a very pleasant reading experience. I recommend this for readers – not only fans of Sci-Fi, but ALL readers – between the ages of around 8 to 88. It is that good.