Cataclysm

End of Worlds (The Silver Sphere Book 2)

Fiction - Science Fiction
82 Pages
Reviewed on 10/02/2021
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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.

Nicholus Schroeder

Cataclysm: End of Worlds is the second book in David Gittlin’s Silver Sphere Series. Jacob Casell, a novelist, along with his trusted companion Arcon, an A.I. from another world, have to save Earth and four other planets from a hostile race known as the Krondorians. The duo has two missions this time around: relay the Krondorians' location to Arcon’s planet and destroy a Krondorian destroyer that intends to attack Earth. Fortunately, Jacob and Arcon have added to their ranks, as they have a new ally called Amy. She will help the team relay the crucial information to Arcon’s planet, but as for the interstellar destroyer, they’re fresh out of ideas. Will the trio find a way to destroyer the approaching ship? Or will everyone perish?

Having read the previous book in David Gittlin’s Silver Sphere Series, I came to this next entry with high expectations, and David Gittlin exceeded my expectations by a wide margin. Cataclysm: End of Worlds retained all that made the first book so enjoyable for me. Those positives are the engaging and fun plot, plentiful humor, the great characters, and the book’s ability to immerse me into its world. Another huge positive for me is the glorious imagery present at the start of each chapter. I’ve seen a lot of illustrations and images in books before, but these were the most relevant and beautiful. I must have spent over ten minutes staring at Arcon’s depiction in the first chapter, and each subsequent image is just as mesmerizing. All in all, an excellent sequel, and I can’t wait to read the next installment. Kudos to David Gittlin for having woven such a memorable tale. I definitely recommend that my fellow sci-fi lovers pick this one up.