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Reviewed by Francis Mont for Readers' Favorite
Cataclysm: End of Worlds (The Silver Sphere Book 2) by David Gittlin is a thoroughly enjoyable sci-fi novella that I liked from beginning to end. Jacob Cassel, a free-wheeling mystery writer, and Acron, his alien companion, walking along a beach in Florida, find the body of a dead woman, face down in the water. Jacob wants to call the police to report their find but Acron, a small shimmering energy ball, communicating telepathically with Jacob, warns him not to do this because Acron can use the woman’s body to save humanity from destruction by a malevolent alien race hurtling toward Earth with nefarious intent. Acron dives into the woman’s body and sets about restoring her to life by reversing the damages suffered in the water. It’s a fun story and ends in a totally satisfactory way. The beautiful photographs all through the novella enhance the reader’s enjoyment and feelings of wonder.
What I liked most in the novella was the flippant, often tongue-in-cheek humor that made it a light-hearted read, with witty dialogs and evocative descriptions. The characters are sketchily, yet vividly drawn and the three-way relationship is realistically established early on. It’s not hard for the reader to suspend his disbelief and join the trio as they careen toward their ultimate goal of saving the planet. The writing is clear, literate, the vocabulary is perfectly attuned to the genre, and it is a real page-turner. I read it in one day and I am looking forward to reading Book #3 when it is available. Anyone looking for an enjoyable day, curling up with a fun book, would not be disappointed with Cataclysm by David Gittlin.