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Surprising Futuristic Novel
David Gelber Greenleaf Book Group LLC (2010) ISBN 9781934572344 Reviewed by Kam Aures for Rebeccasreads.com (01/10)
“Future Hope” is Book One of the ITP series of books by David Gelber. This science-fiction novel begins with General Moosewood, Chairman of the ITP (Interdimensional Transport Protocol) Committee presenting his annual report to the Joint Congressional Committee on Interplanetary Travel and Commerce. The year is 2156 and Earth has consumed its resources and those of the entire Milky Way. In order for the planet to survive, resources need to be searched for elsewhere.
Several unmanned probes have been sent through a portal into the interdimensional plane and achieved positive results. Even probes carrying live animals, such as a mouse and a dog, have successfully gone there and back. Now the time has come to send a manned ITP vehicle. This step will open up new areas to explore and hopefully find more resources available to the Earth. The person chosen to man the ITP vehicle is Major David Sanders. Many see him as reckless and too sure of himself, but he is a very talented astropilot. What is supposed to happen is that he will exit through one portal and emerge at the Alpha Base One colony which is three light-years away, and then come back through the portal. Will all go as planned? I will say this, Sanders journey leaves him, and the reader, with much more than expected.
“Future Hope” is a fascinating story. This is definitely not your generic, “run of the mill” science fiction book. I found the plot to be surprising and unexpected and the characters to be very interesting and captivating. Gelber’s writing held my attention from the moment that I picked the book up until the last page was read. The author has a creative imagination which sets his writing apart and makes for a unique novel. The subject matter is very intriguing and will really make you think about what the future will be like. I look forward to reading more from Gelber in the years to come. I think he is a talented author and enjoy his style of writing.
Thought Provoking Fiction
David Gelber’s ITP: FUTURE HOPE is such a strong thought provoking Christian Science Fiction novel that there is a danger in writing too much or too complexly about it.
The narrative opens in the year 2156 where we can now voyage beyond the confines of our solar system. A new possibility exists called the Interdimensional Transport Protocol (ITP) permitting us to explore countless other solar systems with the ultimate goal of finding intelligent life elsewhere in our universe. ITP provides a passage to a place outside of time and space where we will discover, along with the first intergalactic pilot, Major David Sanders, something quite incredible.
The brilliant Dr. Deborah Tennyson, who has doctoral degrees in mathematics and physics, has developed ITP. The program’s development came about due to a consensus among many individuals that we are using up Earth’s resources as well as those of our neighboring planets and moons. ITP will now open up the entire universe and according to those who have been involved in the project it is of vital importance to the continuation of humanity on Earth. Unless new inhabitable worlds are found, life on Earth is doomed.
The novel is populated with diverse characters such as the clairvoyant Joshua, who loves to play the horse races and is a friend of Major Sanders. Major Sanders has such trust in Joshua that he even consults with him prior to the mission seeking his input. Joshua tells Major Sanders that he feels something is not quite right and he bases his observations on a previous similar unmanned mission where a dog called Little Bit was placed into the spacecraft. When the dog returned to earth its behavior seemed to have changed. Joshua goes through the entire space adventure without any recognition even though he plays a vital role in its outcome where he is involved in such antics as tracking down violent gang members, delivery an unsanctioned baby, breaking and entry, and battling demons.
Major David Sanders is depicted as the classic all-world male who is quite a ladies’ man who had majored in mechanical and extraterrestrial engineering at Stanford University. In fact, there were some who considered him to be hedonistic and a selfish man who only cares about his own pleasure and personal fame.
As we find out, something goes wrong and the space ship’s very efficient sensors carries Sanders to an unknown planet and to a garden called Eden. It is here where he meets up with humans who are lovingly cared for by their benevolent Creator providing them with all of their wants and needs.
To make the plot even more interesting, Gelber throws in another character, the unethical and devious powerful US Senator, Adrian Leavitt, who is Chairman of the Interplanetary Committee. Leavitt also happens to be connected to a sleazy character Aaron Diblonski who has personal interests in putting an end to the ITP project and who bribes Leavitt with invaluable art -work to make sure that this will happen.
Parts of the book are a touch baffling and not easy to read, principally the scientific descriptions of the ITP program and the actual flight, however, you are still likely to stay with this multidimensional and well- calibrated novel for several reasons.
The story never gets dull and there is the sheer fascination of speculating what life on earth will look like in the twenty-second century. Will such a voyage as that taken by Major Sanders be possible?
As for the yarn itself, you will want to know what happens to Major Sanders and the rest of the cast as well as the ITP program. The story is intense and full of the unexpected. Gelber surprises his readers by interweaving into the plot a vivid and dreamlike biblical landscape pregnant with telling details while at the same time making some very gigantic metaphysical and moral points. Moreover, he has a knack of creating intriguing moments that engender conflicting and unexpected emotions.
This is particularly evident when Sanders lands in Garden where he meets the beautiful Ruth who nurses him back to health. Undoubtedly, all of this will keep readers willing to persevere until the very exciting conclusion.-Norm Goldman www.bookpleasures.com
In this exciting debut novel, “Future Hope”, author David Gelber gives us a glimpse into a future Earth where no one goes hungry and everyone has a roof over their head. There are entertainment districts that keep the masses from becoming bored and religion is all but a myth as science reigns supreme. Unfortunately science hasn’t come up with a solution for the ever decreasing amount of resources needed to maintain an ever increasing population.
Dr. Deborah Tennyson may have the answer to Earth’s problems in her discovery of the Interdimensional Transport Protocol, or ITP. The first solo manned mission is being lead by astropilot David Sanders and the hope is that he will enter one portal then exit through a different portal a few minutes later and be several light years away. Things don’t go as planned and David never exits. This leads to an investigation back on Earth by a corrupt Senator who wants the entire program shut down. Meanwhile, David has crashed on a mysterious planet that will start him on a journey that will cause him to question the direction of life back on Earth as well as the decision of mankind to turn their back on their creator.
I found this book to be very well-written and full of imagination. David Gelber paints a picture of a future Earth that is as interesting as it is thought provoking. The story does occasionally get bogged down by the scientific explanations of the ITP but that didn’t stop me from turning the page and I had an extremely hard time putting the book down. This book promises to be the first in a series and, if this is true, I look forward to seeing where the story goes next!
Reviewed on 10/27/2009 by ReviewTheBook.com Member April Hanson
Reviews for "Future Hope ITP Book One (Formerly ITP: Future Hope)"
|Reviewed by Ellen Maze
|Our earth, zoom ahead a couple hundred years, subtract God and you'll have the basic idea of where this enchanting story begins. Science and Technology is very advanced; medical woes easily repaired, diseases all but eradicated, starvation and poverty controlled and corrected--what's not to like? Well, hardly anyone turns to God anymore. Those who hold on to any vestiges of faith are sequestered off by themselves, outcasts because of their intolerant religion. But this issue is merely a side-story in one of the grandest Future-World Tales I have ever read.
Science can only take you as far as your earth and nearby solar system can provide resources for your burgeoning population. The solution? Travel through a newly discovered trans-dimensional portal in space in a special spacecraft designed for the purpose and seek out new resource planets. A Horse-Racing Enthusiast best friend, a top-notch female mathematician, a capable but hotshot astro pilot, and a Westie Terrier named Little Bit take us on an unforgettable journey through space, time and dimension.
A Biblical Eden where Adam and Eve didn't eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, Cain never killed Abel, and their families grew many generations without staining their perfect world. Everything was perfect, that is, until after-the-fall earthling Major David Saunders crash lands on their Eden planet and changes things up by his presence alone.
Author David Gelber spins us a yarn that will wow as well as entertain. His world-building skills are out of this galaxy, expertly explaining the conditions of this future world, detailed histories that got them where they are today, military and civilian governmental proceedings, character medical issues, and space-flight complexities--all expressed to the reader with flair and aplomb. I was spellbound and unable to poo-poo any of his futuristic predictions of what we might be like then.
But more than all of this, I love the book because of the last few chapters...I love the resolution. I won't give it away, but I guarantee if you enjoy books in this genre, you will love it too.
Nicely done, David! Bravo and a million thumbs up!
Ellen C Maze
Author of Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider
Contributing Author in Out of the Darkness and Into the Light
|Reviewed by R Hicks (Reader)
|I loved this book. I was hooked from the first chapter and the author kept my attention through every unexpected twist and turn of the plot. The story follows Major David Sanders as he takes the first manned voyage through interdimensional ; trying to find new worlds for humanity to colonize. Future earth is rapidly depleting all available resources and needs to find new worlds to inhabit. I loved the character Joshua, who is cynical, smart and demonstrates remarkable insight as he tries to help lead scientist Dr. Deborah Tennyson find a way to bring Major Sanders home.
Anyone that thinks the earth of today is moving in the wrong direction will love this book. It is well written and will make you wish the story will never end. The book ends with a suggestion that a sequel is coming. I can’t wait.
|Reviewed by David Gelber
|More than thirty years ago John Lennon asked us to "Imagine" a world without war, hatred, want or need, but also without religion. Future Hope looks at such a world, what it would be like, but also what problems would be encountered. After all, can humanity ever do anything perfectly?
The story is set in the future on an earth where 99.9% of the population has all that it needs, but resources are being strained. Dr. Deborah Tennyson develops the ITP to carry mankind to distant worlds. The story follows the events around the first manned flight.
The plot follows Major David Sanders as he finds the fame he so desperately craves, but in a very unexpected way. There are themes of good vs. evil, romance and adventure. The reader will learn that one should be careful what one wishes for. The utopian world John Lennon dreamed of may not be all that one would hope for.
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