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Portals

By: Douglas E. Richards
Narrated by: Johnathan McClain
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Publisher's Summary

Hidden portals link Earth to numerous other planets. But why do they all contain human civilizations? And why does our nearest neighbor have its sights set on Earth?

Noah Harris and Ashley Flynn are field agents for a powerful organization tasked with protecting humanity from the misuse of game-changing technology. But when they discover hidden portals that link Earth to numerous planets, put in place ages earlier by transcendent beings, they are thrust into a maze of deception and intrigue they can't begin to understand....one that not only has them battling for their very lives, but that will decide the fate of worlds.

Because, inexplicably, each of the planets contain human civilizations, and the human rulers of our nearest portal neighbor–having already conquered their own world–have come up with a brilliant, twisted plan to conquer ours.

Only Noah and Ashley stand in their way...

From New York Times bestselling author Douglas E. Richards, whose books have sold over two million copies, Portals is a masterful near-future thriller packed with action, astonishing twists, and mind-blowing concepts.

©2022 Douglas E. Richards (P)2022 Podium Audio

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"Richards is a worthy successor to Michael Crichton." (SF Book.com)

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Fantastic near future techno thriller

This is just an incredible scifi techno thriller I have listened to all of Douglas Richards books and I'm a big fan but this is probably Richards best book and that is saying a lot because he has some really great books. I've got to say the dialog in this book is a big improvent to past books, don't get me wrong Richards previous books the dialog is fine its just that here I'm this book Portals the author has cranked up the quality the dialog is witty and clever. I'm glad for Douglad Richards he always writes quality and this book is that and then some.

The narrator is on point here great voices and he puts in a lot of effort and you can tell he cares about this one.

Everything from the writing to the narration has come together perfectly, good luck trying to find a spot to turn it off for the night no this is one of those that will force you to keep reading just one more chapter and then one more chapter after that.

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So good!

This is yet another amazing story! It is a stand alone book - but really hoping it turns into the next series - that leverages many of the same tech concepts that his books are known for and they all are based on real science - not some way down the road concept but things that are being worked on today. Ok, the actual portal might be a few years off ;)

Looking forward to the next book, Mr. Douglas E. Richards is my favorite author!

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Sci Fi or foreshadowing?

I am a science teacher, and I eagerly look forward to each of the new stories. Portals really makes you think, while you are being entertained and thrilled.

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Top notch near future scifi

Loved this one from start to finish. Plausible near future tech, a well thought out and told strong, engaging characters.

This was my first Douglas E Richards book and now I'm excited to explore his other work.

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  • 11-02-22

Spectacular Richards Srikes Again

My only criticism was the narrator’s emotional reading of the character in places it didn’t seem appropriate. But overall it was believable and fun. The story seemed like Clive Cussler and Arthur C. Clarke got together with all the crafty Cussler twists in a Clarke-like Foundations setting. The end of story future projections made me think of Childhood’s End. I especially liked the ‘what if the Roman Empire never fell’ (akin to The Enigma Cube’s supposition of Hitler being assassinated). Most interesting was the analysis of addictions in our society and its comparisons under a totalitarian rule. Well done! I’m ready for the next book.

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Not Richard’s best but good story nonetheless. Made much worse by narrator.

McClain might benefit from skipping the coffee before recording. His speech cadence is way too fast. Properly paced, this book would be hours longer. Reducing speed by 10% helps.

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Excellent story!

I love audiobooks! I love Douglas E. Richards! Having read everything I can get my hands and ear on written by Douglas E, Richards, I gave this book 5 stars! The story line is fantastic. My favorite parts of this book are when the main characters discuss observations in our current everyday life. Douglas E. Richards puts words to observations and concerns I have felt before regarding cell phones, tablets, computers, social platforms, and more but have not voiced completely. Each of Douglas E. Richards book is an education that broadens my understanding of the world around me. And it is done in the guise of entertainment! Mr. Richards' books are always the most professionally researched books available. And I really enjoy the section at the back of his books where he discusses the material in the story! I hope he continues to include this in the future! Portals to other worlds is an engaging idea and maybe they do exist?

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Hard to get through

I usually like Richards' books very much. I love their speculative techno use and I usually love the character work. However, this book I can't even get through. I still have almost 4 hours left, but I can't get myself to pick it up again.
I can't even get through my head that this is a Richards' book.
The characters are incredibly unsympathetic, and there is an unnecessary romantic connection between the two main protagonists. And all these romantic passages look like they are written by a horny teenager with a spy fantasy...
And there is no rest in this book. The protagonists go from peril to peril, no time to get a break, and edging towards improbable at several times throughout.
I don't know if I will ever be able to finish it, at least it won't be now...

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Love the story but not the narration

I absolutely LOVE all of Douglas E Richards books but struggled with this narration. His female voices annoyed me for some reason. The story, itself, was amazing! So many points drive home how we are so much better off than we believe to be true, how we are so addicted to SO many things and how so many of those addictions could be our undoing.
Can't wait for the next book!

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Awesome story disappointing performance

This is a fantastic story. Great twist and turns. There were threads which I was expecting but they were delivered in an unexpected way. If you have time to buy the book and read it that would be my recommendation. Mr McClains reading was disappointing and at times the character voices were grating. Also he was not able to convey different characters in a meaningful way.

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slow start but well worth sticking with 😄

started off slow, but turned into an epic story. The scale is as grand as it gets.