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Book Review: Moon Gate by David Weldon and William Proctor

Genre: Science Fiction, Christian Fiction
Authors: William Proctor, David J. Weldon
Format: Paperback, 324pp
Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Some books are just awful. Sometimes it’s the content (Val mentioned Meg Cabot’s Ready or Not as one of these types) or sometimes the writing. Other times, you can blame it on the publisher, although these are rarer.

Generally, I can finish bad books. No matter how stilted the writing, poor the content, or dull the plot, I can usually finish the entire text. Not this time.

I’ve been trying to read Moongate by William Proctor and David Weldon M.D. Collaborations are notoriously more difficult to write than standard novels, and since Weldon is a U.S. Congressman rather than a professional author I don’t expect much of him. However, Proctor is often hailed as the “Christian Tom Clancy” (oh yea, did I mention that this work is a Christian sci-fi novel?) but fails to live up to the hype.

Moongate follows a U.S. Congressman as he travels to the Moon to lead an expedition that will create an eternal energy source for earth, saving us from a reliance on fossil fuels. Not being a scientist, I cannot comment on whether nuclear fusion is possible, but the plot revolves on it. Meanwhile, the Russians are planning a mission within a mission, which (according to the dust jacket) has the potential to rip the fabric of heaven. I’m not sure if this is a n apocalypse book like Left Behind but I guess I would have to finish it to find that out, which I just cannot do.

The book fails in the latter of the two ways mentioned above. Its writing is stilted, hard to read, lacking flow, and in some cases nonsensical. Motivations for actions were difficult to find, and the characterization was mostly two-dimensional. The plot was then lost in the cringe I got every time I turned a page.

I have to be forthright, I put the book down after about 10 chapters (each of which are about 3 to 5 pages long, by the way) so I don’t know if the book eventually gets good. The plot seemed interesting and had not the writing been so stilted, I might have even finished it, maybe even enjoyed it.

It is unfortunate, as I like Congressman Weldon, and even lived in his constituency for nearly four years, but I cannot endorse this book as worth the time it takes to read.

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