Breaking Gravity

Breaking Gravity

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ISBN-13: 9780692239711
Publisher: MoBetter Productions Inc
Publication date: 06/14/2014
Pages: 204
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.43(d)

About the Author

Yes, Mitty Walters is a pen name. It's a tribute to the classic, not the recent. When I read that story, I was a homeless teenager who was never sure where he would be sleeping the next night. I had an instant connection with Walter Mitty. But I always felt like his dark reflection. Walter's wild fantasy life helped him to escape his boring reality. But my fantasy was just to have a boring reality.

Too bleak? Fine.

The truth is I joined the Merchant Marines when I was fifteen. When they asked for ID, I gave them my dead cousin's birth certificate. Next thing I knew I was on a bus headed to Savannah. When I hopped my first freighter, my heart was filled with all kind of romantic notions. But three straight days of puking cajoled me back to reality. I didn't set foot on land for another four months.

The Merchant Marine is not some mysterious gateway to adventure for young lads. It's just work, sweat, and misery. I didn't get marooned on any island, didn't rescue any damsels in distress. I just toiled away pointlessly. The most adventure I had was getting arrested in Thailand with a bunch of drunken idiots that I didn't even know. I learned to speak a little Cantonese while I was in there, though. I wasted away for a eighteen months, until the riots began.

Crap. Too bleak again?

Look. You can be honest. You don't care who I am. You just want to go on wild ride. I'm cool with that. Let's do dis, yo. Just pick up the book and let's bounce.

Al Letson is a celebrated poet, an acclaimed playwright, and the former host of State of the Re:Union, a nationally syndicated radio program on NPR. Currently Letson is the host of Reveal, a Peabody Award winning investigative news program on NPR.

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Breaking Gravity 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Enjoyed the reading, in the vein of E.E. "Doc" Cummings, but a little short in the development of characters. Maybe a little more on the bad guy's destruction? Finished it in an afternoon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fun quick read. Science is a little shoddy for those of us who enjoy hard SciFi; be warned. But a good book that doesn't take itself to seriously with a satisfying ending. Worth picking up a to round out your order.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This more of a novella than a novel. The story is fast moving and entertaining but pretty simplistic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story, very believable and flows well start to finish. Solid character building and just enough background to allow for a second book? Very enjoyable
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This author has well formed talent for story telling. I read a lot and especially enjoy action or hard sci fi. I read this in one night. It moved along very fast. Action takes place in Atlanta and at Emory Univ., places the author knows and used well in the story. Characters were interesting and we are given enough clues to make us care about them and to hate the antagonists. My main negative was that the book was too short. He could have made this War & Peace and I would have loved it. The science concerning grsvity was off, but the author made it fun and took the reader to awsome concepts, which is really the point of it all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Would really like to have this be a true story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this from start to finish
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
New take on the whole anybody makes science breakthrough
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was happy to discover this book through Book-bub mainly because I have been thinking about what might happen under this scenario---for years! The gravity thing is something I would have written about if only I could write. It would be really cool if the gravity riddle were solved. Or would it? The dark side of my brain imagined criminals silently floating around in the night performing any number of bad deeds while a whole new fed unit chased them around... Awesome approach keeping the science light and the characters real. Great touch putting in the link to the skateboard video. I was thoroughly entertained. I only wish the book had been longer. Please give us more of this!
Clabe More than 1 year ago
Dale Adams is a graduating business major from Emory University who serendipitously managed to combine the guts of an electronic multi-meter with a Coke can in such a way as to defy gravity. Dale discovers the same effect can be achieved by attaching aluminum strips to anything. Needing a presentation for a course in obtaining start-up capital, Dale makes a presentation featuring a floating skateboard to a select panel of investors- and suddenly all hell breaks loose! Pursued by three different blood-thirsty groups with different interests leaving a dead panel of investors, Dale runs for his life never knowing who to trust. Will he survive? Will he outsmart his pursuers? I suggest you buy the book to find out. Breaking Gravity contains characters that are appropriately developed if a bit cliché. That familiarity with the character types makes them immediately identifiable and the reader is likely to find himself grinning and nodding at the type even before he learns any real details about the characters. The story is fast paced and action packed; entertaining for anyone who loves zany action books with a message behind them. I enjoyed it for a light read and would recommend it for anyone who loves mysteries, and action adventures whether or not you are a lover of science fiction or fantasy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very good book and I found the subject and story very interesting. The problem is that there are so many characters that if you don't read the entire book at one sitting or at least everyday, you loose track of the many characters. I would put the book down and not pick it back up for a few days and had to sip back quite a few pages to remember who certain players were. All in all I really enjoyed the book and will read more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read. Loved the science.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been intrigued by similar plots for years. Kudos for a very integrated and executed story with great characters. Nice trick using the multimeter as a springboard for your action. Very entertaining!