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Posted October 14, 2009
Dark Passage completely immerses the audience into the storyline
The agents abduct Marseilles prostitute Marie Gauthier and fly on Air Force One to a top-secret laboratory in New Mexico; there researchers are creating the "synchrotron" time machine. Also kidnapped and taken to the same locale is Israeli engineer David Ben-Dor and former CIA agent John Conway.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The explanation seems over the top to the trio especially when the Feds and scientists insist that the psychopathic Islamic fundamentalist Zayyad brothers broke into the lab and are going back in time to 30 A.D. to assassinate Jesus. Even less believable is the displacement brought forward that confused the shepherd Isaiah. This four is being sent back to 30 A.D. to prevent the insane fanatics from killing the Son of God.
Over the top of Mt. Masada with a zillion subplots from the Land of Enchantment to the biblical land of Salome, Romans, Zealots and a few other rebellious sects, as spins go everywhere in a convoluted way, yet Dark Passage completely grips the audience. The story line is fast-paced even while moving back and forth in time and vivid especially during the biblical era. Fans will want to join the four hunters trying to prevent Islamic fanatics from killing Jesus centuries before the Prophet Mohammed is born.
Posted December 28, 2002
Posted September 24, 2002
Take the time to go back in time.
Dark Passage is full of adventure and excitment. Constantly taking a new twist that leaves a reader wanting more. To put the book down, that is something you won't want to do. there are very few books that leave a person wanting more, but Dark Passage is one of those books. The discription and imagination that went into the writing of Dark Passage is phenomenal. Mr. Padrug is brilliant at keeping the readers attention. To go back in time! That alone would be something nobody would pass up. Dark Passage: Read it you'll love it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 29, 2002
Would make a good movie
Junius Podrug is brilliant at capturing your imagination. Dark Passage is adventuress and exciting. (It's a three alarm.} You just can't put the book down. Just the thought of time travel is exciting. Dark Passage holds your attention and keeps you wanting more. It would make a great movie. L.RiderWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 22, 2002
Consider the problem of having one automatic rifle with 200 rounds, and attempting to conquer or hold off an enemy like ancient Rome. There is just you and a friend. Well you have problems. For one, a Roman legion has several thousand soldiers; many more than you have bullets. And in close quarters, like a town, you are vulnerable to enemy arrows and spears. Having a rifle does not make you invulnerable. There have been great, classic science fiction stories written starting with such a premise. For example, "Janissaries" by Jerry Pournelle, the Lord Kalvan stories by H Beam Piper, and the Nantucket trilogy by S M Stirling. In all of these, the protagonists soon realise that they must start producing firearms for their allies. And in doing so, they must start with the simplest firearms. In fact, they must recap the Industrial Revolution. This book by Podrug does not address these issues at all. Two Muslim terrorists flee back in time to the time of Christ, intent on overthrowing Roman rule, for their own aims. Their characters are cardboard - the stereotypical Muslim terrorists. Though I grant that to many American readers, that might indeed be plausible. But as far as practical implications of what they are attempting - the book says nothing. The depictions of the Roman rulers and their puppets is right out of 'I Claudius'. Perhaps the author wanted to impress us with his erudition. Or maybe he was just being slack, and took his historical backdrop straight from Robert Graves' work.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.