The Portal (An Alternative History Novel) [NOOK Book]

Overview

Larry Barnes has made a spectacular discovery—an invisible portal to a parallel universe, where Burger King is Burger Queen, cell phones are huge, and his hometown doesn't look anything like the place where he lives.

When Larry returns, he tells his best friend, Kevin, who convinces him to re-enter The Portal. What could go wrong?

This time, Larry and Kevin enter a world ...
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The Portal (An Alternative History Novel)

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Overview

Larry Barnes has made a spectacular discovery—an invisible portal to a parallel universe, where Burger King is Burger Queen, cell phones are huge, and his hometown doesn't look anything like the place where he lives.

When Larry returns, he tells his best friend, Kevin, who convinces him to re-enter The Portal. What could go wrong?

This time, Larry and Kevin enter a world devoid of modern technology, where "America" doesn't exist, and New England is losing the war against Canada and New Portugal. Unable to get back to The Portal, they offer their knowledge to the New England army in order to survive and gain hope of returning home.

But when the ambitious lieutenant using their services discovers just how valuable Larry and Kevin's knowledge is, he changes the plan.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781614174639
  • Publisher: ePublishing Works!
  • Publication date: 8/16/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 5,836
  • File size: 1,017 KB

Meet the Author

Critically-acclaimed author Richard Bowker has published a variety of novels including science fiction, mysteries and thrillers. When he isn't writing, Richard enjoys offering thoughts on writing, reading and learning at richardbowker.com
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  • Posted September 21, 2013

    It¿s been quite a while since I read any young adult science fic

    It’s been quite a while since I read any young adult science fiction or fantasy. After reading “The Portal”, I think I’ve been missing out on some enjoyable reading. Richard Bowker has crafted an entertaining and captivating story about the adventures of two young boys from New England who travel to an alternate universe where some of the folks and surroundings are familiar but the times and events are totally different…and dangerous. Larry and Kevin, the two main characters, are faced with a complicated array of challenges as they struggle to find their way home.

    The story itself is exceptionally well done, but for me the best part of the book was how believable Larry’s and Kevin’s characters are. Based on the finely detailed descriptions he weaves into the young boys’ thoughts and actions, I suspect that Mr. Bowker either has a son near that age or he’s one of those rare people who never truly forget what it’s like to be young.

    “The Portal” was a marvelous read that’s suitable for readers of all ages. It took me back in time and reminded me why I fell in love with science fiction all those decades ago. In just a few more years, when my grandson is old enough, I’ll make a point to introduce him to Kevin, Larry and their adventures. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go have a bowl of tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich. After that, I think I’m going out back to see if I can find a secret portal.

    13 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2014

    A Terrific Read! I wasn't sure what to expect when I started re

    A Terrific Read! I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading this. Would the promising story idea deflate once it got past the initial set-up, as so many other books do? It definitely did not, and stayed entertaining all the way through - I could not put it down. I have kids around the same age and I really felt for these boys - they're lost and are doing whatever they can to stay alive, stay together and hopefully get home. Glad the book was complete in itself, but it would be great to see them have more adventures like this. Overall, two very enthusiastic thumbs up!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2014

    Lin ☼

    Wow, Violet. I can definitely imagine you as the next J. K. Rowling.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2014

    Really good

    Different worlds were a good idea

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2014

    Ring &infin

    Wow, Violet! This was great! Thanks so much for recommending it to me! (Haha, sorry for the typo) Your style is absolutely wonderful! Please keep going, and l will keep reading! <p> Thanks again for reading mine, Ring &infin

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2014

    Professor what

    Love it. Always been a big fan of your work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2014

    Zack

    Good job! Keep going!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2014

    MagiKK

    A great idea for a story has popped up in that brilliant little mind of yours! Keep on going; this story sounds like it'll be great! <p>~MagiKK &starf<_>, author of Gifted (siv results)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2014

    Stowaway

    It could work. I do hope you have plans because it will take a lot of work to pull together. You will need backstory, and acual story to. But you can pull it off.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2014

    Firework

    MOAR!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2014

    Moone

    Mhmmmm

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2014

    The Portal To A New Life: Prologue by Violet (a.k.a. Candy)

    At a crossroads, many travellers decided that they could no longer live together. They split into six worlds. They solely made each world to fit their likings.<p>
    One world, Vesmanri, was a beautiful world filled with peace and love. The creatures where fair, mere, and elv folk. The fair people had large and beautiful wings, but they lost them at age twenty. The mere lived under the sea, growing hydronic life. They were fully covered in multicoloured scales, but had full hair, usually blonde or light red. The elv people were tall slim people with dark skin and black hair. They sung to the plant life and only ate what could be replenished. <p>
    One traveller create a dark, volcanic world called Espucc. No life thrived there save for small red parasites that multiplied in heat. They could grow larger, and would sometimes raid other worlds for food. They had long spindly legs that would grip their victim tightly. These parasites enjoyed torturing their victims long before eating them. <p>
    Other traveller had let his mind create a world without design. The climate shifted constantly, ong with th enviornment. He never had the grace to name his world, or his people. The people called themselves enmari, and the world Goshlein. The enmari adapted to survive, so they could live through the coldest snows and the driest deserts. <p>
    Another world was pure darkness called Trunchme. One from Goshlein or Vesmanri woudn't be able to see, but the ange and the demni and the dargos cold see just fine. The ange had white wings and white hair. They had pale gray skin and ice blue eyes. The demni were black creatures with red eyes and red nails. They had no hair, but had long red fangs. The dargos were large scaly beasts with long claws and sharp teeth. They can fly, but lack any wings. <p>
    A female enjoyed their first world, so she fashioned a planet with creatures she called humans. She made animals, and plant life. Her humans were the superior creatures on her planet, but she mostly left them to their own devices. And she called her planet Earth. <p>
    The sixth had no ideas, save for one firey spirit she called a pheon. She looked at the other planets, created faiiri people, her pheon, stole humans from Earth, and made a winged dargo. Her pheon was a bird that would never die. She blasted two rocks together, and with her magic, created a desert planet. She put her people on this planet, and left it forever. <p>
    {What do you think? Should l continue? I have a great line that may work! Review! Currently l am not accepting character applications, though!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2014

    Very good. Not just for YA

    I'm a 53 year old man, read at least 2 books a week, highly recomend this book. Very entertaining

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2014

    Enjoyable young adult book. Two twelve year old kids in an alter

    Enjoyable young adult book.
    Two twelve year old kids in an alternative universe during a war. I thought the dialogue used by Larry and Kevin was believable for their age. I actually liked it better than some other adult books that I've read recently.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2014

    !!!!

    "!!"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2014

    Couldnt put down

    Couldnr put it down wish it had been left off as a series instead of one book

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    Posted August 10, 2014

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