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Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite
Readers with a commanding knowledge of mathematics and space science will dig right into this delightful read of time travel and alternate worlds. Mathematician Will's great-uncle Bill has been sending him into an alternate world once a month as he had done with Will's father forty years before that. Will undergoes one of these monthly visits to his great-uncle's basement and after the blinding light from sparks fades, Will finds himself in a different world where his name is now Buck and a man named Breggart threatens him. Will, or Buck, finds that in this alternate world, swearing is forbidden, the racist scientist Shockley is revered, racism exists, people speak strangely, Moscow has been blown to bits, and rockets are owned by three major companies. Will meets an intriguing woman, Francine, and she becomes his love interest. Francine kidnaps a rocket the Verdad, and with Will's help, they attempt to escape to the India Space Station. Losing Francine, Will bonds with an Australian nicknamed Wallaby and attempts to save Francine who is being held on the Moon's Kepler Crater. But time is running out for Will in this world of Buck's. Can he go through the ritual in his uncle's basement and end up in the world where he really wants to be?
Author Blaine Readler has written an action-filled science fiction thriller in "The Leap". But the reader must be highly intelligent and well-versed in science and mathematics to stay on top of the plot which does move smoothly to the story's conclusion. All the characters are developed well and totally believable and author Readler has done a bang-up job in creating an alternate world that readers will love. Outstanding science and mathematics majors will be thrilled that someone finally has written a book on their level.