Beyond the Ocean Blue by A.G. Smith

Beyond the Ocean Blue by A.G. Smith
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Action/Adventure, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (198 pages)
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

An archaeologist has found a book which tells of a fallen civilization called America, so he sets out to discover its remnants, though fears he may only find the air of myth.

He reaches a foggy shore patrolled by ghost crabs. It feels like a dead continent….

Given enough time and the right set of circumstances, any civilization could fade into the mists of history. Eventually people might wonder if it ever really existed at all. If only Doc could finally prove his theory about whether or not America is or was once a real place.

The blurb puzzled me when I first read it because it was much shorter than what I typically see for books in this genre, but within a few chapters I realized why it was written this way. This is the kind of tale that has so many twists and turns that it’s hard to discuss the plot without giving away spoilers. Sufficed to say that there is a lot of exciting stuff that happens to Doc, the main character, while he’s on his quest to find a civilization that has been the cause of so many different spirited debates in his own community.

It took some time for me to settle into the flow of this story. The pacing is slow in the beginning. At first I had trouble figuring out what was happening in it because the setting and tone of the first few chapters is nothing at all like what I was expecting to read based on what the blurb mentioned At times I wished the plot would give me a glimpse of Doc’s future as well so that I could have a few more clues about how everything fit together.

One of the things that originally made me such a big fan of science fiction was its willingness to criticize modern culture. At its best, this genre both mirrors what’s currently happening and gives a stern warning about what might occur if nothing changes. Given my earlier comments about not wanting to spoil any of the plot twists, I can’t provide any specific examples of what the author does with this style of writing. It is something I was happy to discover, though, and had I known this tale included it I would have been even more interested in reading it than I was already.

Beyond the Blue Ocean is a good choice for anyone who prefers science fiction that hasn’t been blended with any other genres.

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