Altercations by Reynold Bowen, a Review by Catherine Byrne
Although set in the future, in Altercations, Reynold Bowen explores the point that human nature, greed, the divide between rich and poor, man’s lust for power, prejudice, sex and love – in fact all the traits present today, transcends time and space. The year 2998 finds a very different universe than that is known today with one government – one emperor ruling the known planets. There is action, romance, political intrigue and corruption contained between those pages.
Bowen has a vivid imagination and describes his vision of the future world, from the wonders of space travel to the horrors of the veiled grotto, well enough to have us believe it exists. From the beginning where ‘The snow crunched under his feet,’ to the end, which I will not quote as you must read for yourselves. The many twists and turns of Bowen’s plot will keep you enthralled right up to the end. This is a must for all sci-fi fans.
I must admit I did have a problem keeping up with all the characters and the different strands of the story at the beginning, but once they all came together, the story took off.
Although I am not usually a fan of science fiction, Altercations had me gripped. I can’t wait for the film.