The Great Trespass

A World of Wolt Novel

Fiction - Science Fiction
455 Pages
Reviewed on 03/24/2022
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Great Trespass: A World of Wolt Novel is a work of fiction in the science fiction, action, and mystery subgenres. It is intended for the adult reading audience, contains some use of moderate explicit language, and was penned by author Steve Teets. Written as the first introduction to the author’s expansive World of Wolt, we discover a race of demon creatures are about to begin their rampage across the earth. Protagonist Robert Gryffon, a TV celebrity, becomes the unwilling recipient of this knowledge when he finds himself stuck between two converging timelines: 2025 and 2027, with the clock ticking as to the changes he'll have to make in the present to rapidly shift the planet’s future.

Time-related mysteries and timeline-based plots are no mean feat, but author Steve Teets handles this extremely well to craft a fascinating, fast-paced, and largely logical science fiction novel. One of the features which I found particularly impressive about this piece was the author’s confident narrative and pacing, giving the audience exactly what they need to know in terms of exposition and never overdoing it or making it needlessly detailed and complex. This keeps the work pacy for the action element and also allows us some breathing space to get to know Robert as a character, along with his friends and family. The dialogue was also highly effective, serving to display the unique traits of the characters whilst moving the plot forward in a natural way. Overall, I’d certainly recommend The Great Trespass to science fiction readers seeking an exciting new series and a talented author to discover.

Asher Syed

The Great Trespass by Steve Teets is a science fiction time travel novel and the debut installment of the author's new World of Wolt series. Quite content in his life as a popular television personality, Robert Gryffon never asked to be the guy who saves humanity from a ruthless and relentless demonic species. A destiny he knew nothing of, but is his nonetheless, is brought to him by a distant pilgrim. Rob is the Great Meridian, as foretold in the Great Brown Book of Daytwan, and Earth is one of three offspring worlds of Wolt known as the Triplet Losi. The planet is in grave danger now more than ever, as an evil Lord has found a door—a portal of sorts—to unleash an army on the people of Earth in what would be the bloodiest trespass in human history.

The time travel concept in The Great Trespass has a short-form span between the near future of 2025 and two years further ahead in 2027. And what a difference two years makes. Steve Teets writes a solid story that does not break new ground in science fiction and time travel themes and plot, but still makes the World of Wolt his own. The world-building is persuasive and the dialogue is authentic, particularly when Rob is conversing with his fiancee Taylor, who is herself on a path that will change Rob's future with what he discovers crossing into 2027. She, like Teets' other ancillary and supporting characters, is well developed. Perhaps the best part of Teets' work is the armchair tours he takes readers on with a particular focus on Canada and Morocco. Overall, this is a respectable launchpad for a new series and I am pleased to have read it.