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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent SciFi Adventure, April 15, 2013
By Larry B. Gray (Bartow, Florida) – See all my reviews
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The Next Planet Over by Dennis Burns is an excellent adventure dealing with a possible end of life on Earth scenario. It will keep you glued to the pages and wondering what is going to happen next.

The author did a great job of creating an easy to follow storyline. By building on each previous chapter, the story became more and more believable. Since it related to current day issues it was easy to put yourself into the story, making it seem real.

The characters where well developed and easy to identify with. Dennis Burns did an excellent job of creating characters that seemed like people you may know, but at the same time fit into the overall storyline.

I really enjoyed The Next Planet Over by Dennis Burns and I highly recommend it to all readers.

[Please note: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.]

4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting concepts, worth a read., March 4, 2013
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Persuasive book, don’t give up on it, the beginning needs a bit of tightening of the prose, too much note- form and then description in places, but keep reading. As our world strains under the pressures we have placed on it, we often mention the next planet over, which in our area of space is Mars. If we manage the next hundred years or so better than we have the last, we might actually get there. However, this isn’t about Mars.
In spite of the plain English at times this is an interesting and well thought out mesh of interrelating ideas . The logistics of the move are interesting as are who will be left behind. It’s well worth a read, just a shame that those who need to read it won’t, sad that those who take 2+2 and come up with anything but 4 wouldn’t dream of it. Ironic.

5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome read, March 8, 2013
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The author Denis Burns told a fascinating story full of high tech devices and futuristic scenes. This book is a lot science fiction and a little bit mystery all rolled into one fabulous story. It is an awesome read. I truly loved it and can’t wait for the next book in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, January 8, 2013
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This book was visually stunning. The ideas, the tech, the character base, all of it was brilliant. To top it all off it has an ending that you never see coming and will blow you away. Hope to see more out of this guy.

3.0 out of 5 stars Who’s Planet is this, anyway?, February 21, 2013
By Timothy Marvin Coplin (Streator, Illinois United States)
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Featuring technological advancement; this story revolves around ancient revelation of future technology aimed at diverting global annihilation of the species: Homo Sapiens.

Interesting in premise, the story is quite busy. And while the story-line covers a period of a year, I rarely got the sense of the progression of time. Some method of time indication should have been employed in order to foster that sense of time; not only for the sake of the story, but also to foster the sense of impending doom that ultimately is the subject of the story.

In terms of being busy, I had a difficult time keeping characters straight in my mind as I read. I think I would have liked to see the characters developed more – of course that would have meant paring the story line if novella length was to be maintained.

The story was a good, which made for a good read. But I have to keep the story out of the ranks [see scale below] of ‘excellent’ because of poor editing. I was bogged down and distracted by the frequent misuse of THERE, THEY’RE, THEIR; WHERE, WERE, WE’RE; TO, TWO, TOO. Compounding these eratta were the frequent misuse of the apostrophe in the possessive case, as well as in contraction of verbs.

A good editing, and better character development in future editions of the story could very well achieve the mark of excellence that I look for in the quality literature.

All that being said: I was blown away by the final chapter’s revelation. Kudos to the author for that gem which establishes the awaited sequel…

I rate this book 3 stars out of 5 on the following scale:
+ poor read
++ so-so read
+++ good read
++++ excellent read
+++++ life changing read

5.0 out of 5 stars The Future’s so bright?    February 20, 2013

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Met this author through Twitter and am very impressed with his imagination. NPO transports you to a future where modern conviences are exactly what we need. Solid characters use great technology that has been given found and discovered to ease the pressure put on this world. I can not wait to use some of the new inventions seen in this work. Characters are solid and easy to become concerned about. The story line is gripping making this a book not easy to put down. My only request in that Mr. Burns write more. He has just begun to show his true talent, his wonderful imagination, and a propensity for true SciFi story telling. Must have more!


5.0 out of 5 stars Genius    February 18, 2013

By shakaistar                                                                                                       Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase                                                      Grabbed my attention immediately, Extremely well written and I love the technical uses of words that describe just what I am seeing as I read. I recommend this book to anyone that loves detail and originality. I was able to get a visual look at the futuristic qualities of this book upon a mentally profound level. The characters make you feel like you know exactly who they are and have for years. Awesome book.


4.0 out of 5 stars Watch Which Planet You Get Off At    February 13, 2013

By Carrie J. Bylina
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“The Next Planet Over” by Dennis Burns is a futuristic novella that taps into some of the fears, actions, and reactions surrounding the rebirth then eventual decay of human existence on this rock, rendering it uninhabitable. These people must move on. Bottom line: the story needed to be extended. The fine characters needed more depth, especially given their situation. While I do get the punch line at the end (which would be a big spoiler if mentioned here), there were several points that weren’t wrapped up satisfactorily for me, especially the climax. Others might be okay with it–the end justifying the means by which we got there.

The story telling is fine and the writing adequate (like most self-pubbed stories, there are some grammatical issues, but nothing horrible). Some geo-political touches and environmental points made in the story are surface thin. Is the author trying to be sincere, ironic, or sarcastic with them? I could not put a pulse on the intent. It causes the story to lose some traction as a tense science fiction drama occasionally.

Still, it’s a nice rainy afternoon or bedtime read with a lot of nifty futuristic gadgets and gizmos that the point-of-view character explains, sometimes a bit more than necessary, slowing the story a bit. The world-building is solid, and I never felt like I was being beaten up by the prose. For me, this is a three. Except for the ending “shocker,” it’s an average read with a few surprises and twists as you would expect, but only minimal characterization. But, this is a story for sci-fi buffs. For them, I can bump it up to a tepid “4”.

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