• Through the Gate

  • Chronicles of Cornu Series, Book 1
  • By: L J Dalton Jr.
  • Narrated by: Wayne Mitchell
  • Length: 15 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (32 ratings)

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Through the Gate

By: L J Dalton Jr.
Narrated by: Wayne Mitchell
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Publisher's Summary

Mike Mulvaney, a scientific prodigy who spent four years as a Maine after his father was almost killed in 9/11, went for a hike in the Adirondacks. He unknowingly walked through a star gate or portal to another world. 

The planet Cornu was settled by humans in the distance past who came through gates from Earth. There were changes to human genes that strongly influenced human society. More women than man dictated multiple wives. Low fertility and birthrate with low population growth limited large scale conflicts. Pheromones played an important part in picking mates and in libido. The technology was early 18th century, and progress was slow. Much of the progress came from the very rare person who came through the gates. While wars weren't waged due to population loss, bloody dynastic plots were hatched and waged. One particularly nasty and deadly one was conceived against the royal family of Nordia by a rival kingdom. 

When he arrived, Mike was disoriented and worried about his sanity. Was this real or a delusion? He gathered himself and slowly set out to explore this new world and soon found himself hip deep in the plot.

Contains mature themes.

©2019 L.J. Dalton Jr. (P)2021 Tantor

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Hard to Tell

This Book has a few Bad points that completely detract from the good parts of this story. For instance our MC will not even go through the Gate till the last hour or so of this book.

I was constantly waiting for it to happen but there was so much non essential back story that I grew very frustrated. The most off-putting part was that 50% or more of that history was not even featuring our MC. It all appeared to be the set up for what our MC finds when he arrives in our fantasy world. And most of it was not action. If our Author spent more time describing the Acton sequences and the majestic wonders of his fantasy world and less time having long winded conversations with unimportant characters, I would give this book 5 stars.

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Extremely boring

Gate travel only happens in the last couple of chapters. 11.5 hours of charter building and it feels like a house made from cardboard. Its written in third person which couldn't have helped but this book just sucks. None of the chacters are interesting, they are all written like "he talked about something interesting" well what did he talk about that was interesting?!? out of 12 hours of listening to this I got that the mc was a op genius know it all, and that the women are all horney and feminist geniuses and the men like getting cucked. The end. p.s. the narrator sounds like a nasal lispy tranny most of the book.

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Too much sex

This story could be 10x better if the author would cut out 80% of the description of sex, sex aids, and stories of sexual desire. If I was still a teenager I probably wouldn’t change a thing. Also, he gets into too many details about how an event is going to happen and what the characters are going to do. Then when it happens it’s redundant. Another thing was describing an event and then redescribing it from a different point of view. He needs help from a good editor.
Further, the narration needs a ton of work. The characters voices are very nasal. He would have been better not trying to alter his voice.

I did buy the sequel and am hoping it’s better; however, this is not a book I will read again.

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Very good

This is a great start for the series. It’s an important part of the stetup for understanding the series.I’m looking forward to the next one. Hopefully it’ll be released soon

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Normally I don’t write reviews but

Normally I don’t write reviews and just rate the books I either enjoy or dislike; however, I want to encourage others to buy this book and the author to continue the series.
There is a slight downfall with the back story being very long, but from where the book starts and the MC comes into play needed quite a bit of explanation. It probably could have been shorter, but it really does help get you invested in the MC.
The narrator did a really good job and the point I took off is due to the fact I think that authors should look into duel narration. It adds allot to the books; however, I also believe that you should keep the same narrator throughout the series.
I enjoyed the military lingo; it was kind of a blast from the past being exmilitary myself. For those of you who don’t know the lingo most of it can pretty much be figured out, and the stuff that you can’t: that is why Alexa and Wiki exist!
I am waiting for the next book in the series!

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  • 10-05-21

Reads like a really long prologue

The best thing I could say about this book is that Judy's easy to skip chapters where the author is talking about people you don't care about.