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Beyond the New Frontier: Alternate History (New Frontier Series) | [Cliff Ball]

Beyond the New Frontier: Alternate History (New Frontier Series)

In this combination of the novels New Frontier and Final Frontier, this is the story of alternate timelines, partial political thriller, and time travel, in which a United States President is kept from being assassinated, but there are other unintended consequences as a result. In 1976, Ronald Reagan becomes President of the United States, declares the U.S. will plant a base on the moon by 1980 and a base on Mars by 1989.
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Publisher's Summary

In this combination of the novels New Frontier and Final Frontier, this is the story of alternate timelines, partial political thriller, and time travel, in which a United States President is kept from being assassinated, but there are other unintended consequences as a result.

In 1976, Ronald Reagan becomes President of the United States, declares the U.S. will plant a base on the moon by 1980 and a base on Mars by 1989. The Iranian Hostage Crisis occurs, but Reagan issues a stronger response, but as a result, Osama bin Laden rises to power earlier than he normally would have in the prime timeline.

Meanwhile, The Soviet Union decides to build a starship that will travel to the stars because they want to one-up the United States, but as is usually the case, nothing seems to go right.

In the early 1990s the U.S. and the Russians join forces, which leads the joint venture to the other side of the galaxy by means of a wormhole. When they attempt to return to Earth, they find themselves in the past, where they try to fix certain events in the past while they wait for history in general to catch up to where they launched the joint mission to begin with. Things go wrong as events do not play out as planned and numerous cases of unintended consequences result from the multiple attempts at fixing the timeline.

©2012 Cliff Ball (P)2013 Cliff Ball

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    Ken 11-26-14
    Ken 11-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "You must be kidding............."
    Would you try another book from Cliff Ball and/or Keith Slane?

    Cliff Ball, Not without checking the reviews. Keith Slane no!


    What could Cliff Ball have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Ask a real publisher..... because the one for this book FAILED!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Not sure... the material was poor and the narration seemed to be flat......


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    In the realm of what ifs, a possible good story with the right author.


    Any additional comments?

    Does Audible have standards? If so then the Q/A department really missed on this one!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    defcon20 12-19-14
    defcon20 12-19-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Performance was horrible"
    Would you try another book from Cliff Ball and/or Keith Slane?

    No I would not listen to another book done by Keith Slane, Im not normally picky on narration but in this case it was really bad. I might read another book by Cliff Ball


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The time travel aspect was the most interesting. The least interesting was the terrorism arc, in many places it wasn't believable.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Poor speaking voice, inability to speak in a general dialect, in many areas was almost totally monotone. I've listened to over 60 audio-books in the last couple years and this was the worst narration I've ever heard.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Abysmally AWFUL!!!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Intellectually stunted 6 year old chimpanzees (I realize that I am insulting chimpanzees as a species, here).


    What could Cliff Ball have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Cliff Ball should have written this book at a grade level higher than 3rd. He really needed to have someone other than his 12 year old cousin proofread his work.


    What didn’t you like about Keith Slane’s performance?

    Kieth Slane read this book as though he had come into the studio badly hungover and opened it for the first time, though after listening to the book, I can't blame him for his heavy drinking.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment, Disappointment, Disappointment, Disappointment, Disappointment, Disappointment, Disappointment, Disappointment, Disappointment, Disappointment, Disappointment, Disappointment, Disappointment, Disappointment, Disappointment, Disappointment, Disappointment, Disappointment,


    Any additional comments?

    Grammar seems to be the author's mortal enemy.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    8/19/14
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    "Promising start but let down by lack of detail"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It was a good start very interesting idea and i really like the books that explore the "what if?" situations in history but after the last 1/2 completly lacks any beliveable/ plausble detail


    Would you ever listen to anything by Cliff Ball again?

    Depends on the idea/ reviews


    How could the performance have been better?

    In my view the performance could have been SERIOULSY better, i intialy found the readers strong American accent hard to understand but i eventualy got used to it. However unlike the other books i have downloaded this reader dosent even try to do different voices/ accents for charicters which made it increasingly diffcult to work out which charicter was which particualry if i had just switched on


    Do you think Beyond the New Frontier needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No i think everything was covered


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