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Journey Beyond the Sea

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Jemya Hanlon was born on Benteen, a planet settled 500 years earlier from Old Earth. But the lines of communication with the mother world were broken after only 200 years, and the colonists have been on their own ever since. Jem was raised in the cold northern lands of New Australia, the only continent where the settlers have a foothold. The nearby town of Nocksic Bay is a seaport, where the ships sail forth to hunt the great orx, a staple seafood of the settlers. Jem has longed dreamed of going to sea, and now he has his chance.  And he is just in time to encounter a new mystery, one that may change the settler’s lives forever!

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  • Action Packed 17
  • Addictive/Pacing 19
  • Characters 18
  • Chills 9
  • Cliffhanger 9
  • Compelling 16
  • Feel-Good 11
  • Humor 12
  • Smoldering 6
  • Tearjerker 2
  • Unique 17
  • World Building 17

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  • 1. Chapter 1
    • 10,065 Words
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    • 35 Comments
  • 2. Chapter 2
    • 9,985 Words
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    • 41 Comments
  • 3. Chapter 3
    • 10,261 Words
    • 1,031 Views
    • 30 Comments
  • 4. Chapter 4
    • 9,248 Words
    • 1,035 Views
    • 34 Comments
  • 5. Chapter 5
    • 8,786 Words
    • 1,137 Views
    • 35 Comments
  • 6. Chapter 6
    • 9,287 Words
    • 1,096 Views
    • 38 Comments
  • 7. Chapter 7
    • 9,516 Words
    • 1,115 Views
    • 50 Comments
  • 8. Chapter 8
    • 9,143 Words
    • 1,058 Views
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  • 9. Chapter 9
    • 10,069 Words
    • 1,033 Views
    • 42 Comments
  • 10. Chapter 10
    • 8,211 Words
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    • 29 Comments
  • 11. Chapter 11
    • 6,805 Words
    • 943 Views
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  • 12. Chapter 12
    • 7,045 Words
    • 941 Views
    • 36 Comments
  • 13. Chapter 13
    • 8,534 Words
    • 1,056 Views
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  • 14. Chapter 14
    • 8,321 Words
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  • 15. Chapter 15
    • 8,443 Words
    • 917 Views
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  • 16. Chapter 16
    • 7,352 Words
    • 829 Views
    • 31 Comments
  • 17. Chapter 17
    • 5,224 Words
    • 1,019 Views
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  • 18. Chapter 18
    • 8,315 Words
    • 1,089 Views
    • 56 Comments
  • 19. Chapter 19
    • 4,524 Words
    • 841 Views
    • 41 Comments

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drsawzall

   6 of 6 members found this review helpful 6 / 6 members

Once again, we are treated to an amazing tale of world building and discovery by a master craftsman and superb wordsmith. I won't repeat what other reviews have noted, they are all spot on, what I will tell you...read this and embark on a fantastic adventure!!!

Response from the author:

Thank you, sir! :)

 

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Al Norris

   6 of 6 members found this review helpful 6 / 6 members

Benteen is a colony planet, cut off from Earth for the last 300 years. The colonists have done their best to keep what technology they were left with, operational.

Young Jem is a hunter from the uplands of Northern New Australia. He has reached the age of adulthood and goes to seek his adventure on an orx hunter ship, down in Nocksic Bay.

There he meets several people who become friends and one who becomes more than just a friend. Along the way to learning how to hunt orx, Jem and the crew discover a mystery no one ever dreamed of finding.

Once again the fertile mind of Geron Kees weaves us another enticing tale!

Response from the author:

Thank you!  Happy you enjoyed the story! :)

 

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chris191070

   6 of 6 members found this review helpful 6 / 6 members

Another masterpiece from the mind of @Geron Kees.

We follow Jem a young man from Benteen, who has long dreamed of going out to sea.

He suddenly finds his dream come true when he joins an orx hunting ships. He meets Nico on the ship and they soon establish themselves as important members of the crew.

But not everything is plain sailing for Jem, Nico and crew as they encounter a new mystery, that will cause big changes.

The crew are forced to adapt to everything that they have ever been told and learnt as they discover much more about this new mystery.

You need to read this masterpiece to learn what this mystery is.

Response from the author:

Thank you. I'm always happy to hear from you! :)

 

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Dyor

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   5 of 5 members found this review helpful 5 / 5 members

One more brilliant and captivating story by Geron Kees, who is long and firmly in the list of my favorite authors overall, not only on GA, and ranked high.
Another setting, another — and plausible this time! — twist of physics and biology. Yet another set of charismatic characters and serious enough challenges. Frankly speaking, I would really like to see human civilization governed by the law that is pivotal for Jem-verse. Indeed I want to read more stories from this world. Little chance of crossovers with Booniverse and Magick-verse, but the latter could be possible.

It is very interesting what happens next, and there’s enough material for at least one sequel, let alone a cliffhanger that begs for it.

An anime series would be great as well, but that, alas, is a wishful thinking.

Response from the author:

I can't do anything about the anime series, but the rest I can keep in mind. Thank you! :)

 

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centexhairysub

   5 of 5 members found this review helpful 5 / 5 members

Another imaginative tale from the @Geron Kees that introduces us to what might be.  A young boy on the cusp of adulthood joins an adventure that he has longed for only to find what his destiny might really be.  

As always, the writing and pacing along with the character development is first rate.  But it is the way the story weaves it's magic on each of us in different ways that makes this so special.

Even when no longer on Earth, what does it mean to be human and how does that translate into how we deal with not only each other, but the unexplained.  

What does it mean to protect someone?  What would you give up to do so?

Begin the adventure and let's find out.  

Response from the author:

Thank you for the kind review. I'd like to think that humans would deserve good friends, if we ever get 'out there'.

In order to get good friends, you have to be one! :)

 

 

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G90814

   4 of 4 members found this review helpful 4 / 4 members

Woot another new world, great story!  Will there be a sequel(s)?  :)

Response from the author:

I never write a story with a sequel in mind. But since you've asked...I won't rule it out! :)

Thank you!

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jeff

   4 of 4 members found this review helpful 4 / 4 members

I really enjoyed this story. I hope you will continue it on. 
Thanks

Response from the author:

Thank you. And thank you for taking the time to tell me! :)

 

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ReaderPaul

   3 of 3 members found this review helpful 3 / 3 members

This is an excellent story well worth reading, in spite of suffering from very necessary --  "J R R Tolkien syndrome" -- meaning that the first two chapters, especially, seem to move a bit more slowly as the necessary-yet-fascinating world-building takes place.  But in each following chapter, the story continues to build and grow as Jem, Nico, Nita, and the others learn more puzzling facts.

I was reminded of the second Door tale by this story; in that one Difris told Mike that (paraphrasing) "Earth would probably now be invited to join the Empire.  It might be surprising what the Empire tolerated in the way of bad manners."  (End of paraphrasing.)

Sometimes, what seems to be a bad or questionable thing is understandable when one has more facts to interpret.

I would give this six stars out of five -- but the system will not let me.  It is THAT good.

Over the coming years, I look for sequels.

Response from the author:

That's very kind of you to say. And, I guess, worth a sequel! :)

Thank you!

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