Thulsa's Gate

Thulsa's Gate

by Robert James Schultz


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Thulsa's Gate by Robert James Schultz

1945: A World War II bomber mysteriously disappears in a storm and the wreckage was never found. All aboard presumed dead.
Present day: Britten Garrett and fellow members of his salvage company get more than they bargained for when they search for the World War II bomber that went down in 1945 during a freak storm over the Teton Mountains in Wyoming and Idaho.
Stumbling through an inter-dimensional portal, the salvage team find themselves struggling for survival on an alien world.
Now, they must fight their way back home to their own planet and time before the storm that brought them to this alien world is gone.

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ISBN-13: 9780996044813
Publisher: RJS Publishing
Publication date: 04/24/2014
Pages: 580
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.17(d)

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Thulsa's Gate 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This fascinating story combines sci-fi elements with World War II-era aviation history. It also contrasts the technology of the 1940s against our gadget-filled present in fun and interesting ways. The main plot point unfolds in the mountains above Driggs, Idaho, which is a real location. But the bulk of the story takes place in a world so far away from Earth that only the most sophisticated scientific equipment can even detect its presence in the sky. The detailed world created by Schultz in this novel reminded me of Orson Scott Card's Lusitania in _Speaker for the Dead_. For example, the complex relationship between humans and the Jabbaway, a birdlike species which most humans view as savage beasts, is both tragic and hopeful in terms of how it portrays the naturally xenophobic nature of typical humans and how that can be overcome to the benefit of all when we are truly willing to change. I was also intrigued by the idea of intelligent stone, which has the ability to communicate with and assist the human protagonists. The Gaia Theory views the Earth as a living entity which interacts with the species living upon and within it to create a complex web of life similar to that of each human being and the many species which live on our skin, in our digestive tracts, and even inside our very cells and without which we cannot survive. In Mormon cosmology, too, the Earth is a living entity which "fulfills the measure of its creation" and will one day be transformed and perfected just as humans and all other living creatures will. If you enjoy this book, by the way, I recommend Ursula Le Guin's _The Beginning Place_, a story built on a somewhat similar premise. Her _The Telling_ is also worth checking out. I understand that Schultz has two other novels in the works, one a sequel to this one. I'm looking forward to reading them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing.   I am not normally a "book reader", but I was given a good reference for Thulsa's Gate so I decided to try it out for myself.  I haven't read a book this big in years.  I couldn't put it down, I read every chance I got.  It was funny, entertaining and creative.  I loved the interaction between the characters.  I highly recommend reading Thulsa's Gate.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I've read in a long time.  Part love story, mystery, adventure, and plenty of action.  Most of the characters and much more than they appear and their development was well done.  The story lines were also well done.  Very little turns out the way you expect and that leaves you wanting to keep reading to find out what really happened.  A very well done first effort.  I also liked the fact that most of the settings were places that were familiar to me.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The adventure and love stories in this book are off the chart awesome.  Couldn't put it down and when I have to, I couldn't think of anything else.  Couldn't wait to get back to it.  A wild ride all the way to the end!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great story with well formed charactors. An excellent read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing read. There were times I couldn't put it down, I had to finish. The twists and turns in this story keeps you going to the very end. It's a fantastic mix between Sci-fi, Romance, and Adventure with great dialogue and some sensible punny humor.
MisterFweem More than 1 year ago
I read a lot of pulp fiction. From the stories of ClarkAshton Smith to the novels of Andre Norton and Edgar Rice Burroughs. I read them because of their earnestness – Smith’s “The Weird of Avoosl Wuthoqquan,” for example, is a rather straightforward tale of an avaricious money-lender cursed by a beggar whom he cheats; straightforward, that is, until the gems he bought from the beggar for a song take him to his weirding. The last sentence of the story (which I won’t reveal here) lets you know you’re reading Clark Ashton Smith. That’s what I admire about Robert Shultz’s “Thulsa’s Gate.” The earnestness. Schultz’s story is rooted in a straightforward reality: A modern team the restores vintage aircraft search for a crashed World War II-era bomber in Wyoming’s Teton Range. But then the earnest, pulpy science fiction comes into the story: The plane is the anthropomorphized focus of a swirling storm that acts as a portal to a parallel world, and the straightforward airplane restorers fly right through it. The premise sets the ensemble up for the classic “can the newcomers survive in a world gone mad” scenario classic to the best pulp fiction. Schultz tells his tale well, bringing in the stock pulp characters – the evil overlord, the comical, yet highly-educated animal species, the damsel in distress who ain’t actually in distress and is actually in charge of the whole mess, and the plucky hero who finds the magical weaponry and who will fight against all odds to see the battles won and the airplane brought back home and restored as it ought to be. Maybe that description sounds snotty, but it’s not meant to be. Schultz obviously spent a lot of time reading the kinds of books he wants to write, and succeeds mightily in doing so with Thulsa’s Gate. As is sometimes the case with ensemble casts, it’s hard to tell the more minor characters apart, but the main characters are round, whole, and well-developed. Unlike most pulp novel ladies, however, Shultz’s heroine, Catrina, is no mere beauty to be fought for and won by the men. She’s risen from outsider to ruler in this parallel world and does her fair best to train her hero Brit for the nasty sword battle to come with her ruling rival Ivan. The only time she swoons is when it’s expected – when she feels some connection to the humdrum world she left behind, the world where Brit finds and restores old planes. Schultz’s strengths lie in his ear for action that’s often combined with a wit that keeps pace with the story. For example: “Not looking forward to this,” Jocko complained, scampering over several rocks and tree roots. “Not looking forward to what?” Bryan puffed exhaustedly. “The swim.” “Why you can dog paddle, can’t you?” “What is a dog?” Jocko asked, dodging a couple more arrows. He would see the river now. They were only yards from it. “Animal from my planet,” Bryan answered, smelling water now. “Four legs, smaller than you, no wings, barks real loud, hates cats.” “What’s a cat?” “Animal from my planet,” Bryan said, stumbling through the twist of underbrush and tree roots. “Four legs, smarter than you, no wings, hates dogs, loves mice.” “What’s a mice?” “Never mind!” Bryan complained in hushed exasperation. “You’d think Tim would have told you guys about them.” Good writers tell novices to give their readers moments to breathe as the action unfolds, and Schultz does so often with these funny little asides. But the story moves. And moves into all the areas you expect good pulp fiction to take you: sword battles, sneaking through army lines, having army lines to sneak through, mystical encounters with spooky rocks and en even spookier plane, bridging the gap between worlds. There's treachery and betrayal. There's a love story. There's enough to keep you hooked to the end. The book isn’t perfect – Schultz has a love for adverbs and a shyness for simply saying a character “said” something, but overall the writing is several notches up from what you’d expect in a first novel.
kdalling More than 1 year ago
This story will take you places that you never dreamed of. It has a little bit of everything-  romance, action, mystery. The main portion of the story takes place in a parallel world to earth entered only by certain weather elements aligning. I felt a connection to the characters and thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.