4.5 / 5 Stars
“Time nor space will pull Harry and Lorrie apart in this marvelous love story.”
Harry’s love for Lorrie is the driving force of this tale. As a teenager, completely alone, and with only the company of his schoolmate Carlos, Harry decides that he will do whatever it takes to find and become reunited with Lorrie, his soul mate who has disappeared. Throughout his life, and amidst the backdrop of highly advanced technology, a plummeting economy and an important star mission, every decision Harry makes has Lorrie in mind. I found their connection, although brief and while they were young in age, to be quite powerful,… powerful enough to change lives and hearts. Harry’s commitment to Lorrie’s memory and his dedication to finding her was very moving. I believed in Harry and Lorrie’s connection because Harry was so invested in their love and their eventual future together. Sure there were other women who came in and out of Harry’s life, but until he found Lorrie, there was no way he could really commit himself to another.
I loved Zendell’s dark background in which this story is set in. The government and the desperate decisions it makes in regards to the star mission, the pessimistic mood of the people as a whole, and the helplessness felt by the citizens and by Harry come alive in Zendell’s novel. Because of this dreary attitude that blankets Harry’s world, every emotion feels amplified, more real. Watching Harry grow up and listening to his thoughts made his life more than a journey; it was like watching his soul evolve, knowing that maybe your own soul is capable of such an experience.
This is the first novel I have reviewed for Zendell, but I was immediately taken with his writing style. Even though there is a science fiction element to the story with the Portal, advanced technology, and star mission, I never felt overwhelmed, and the use of technology was never a distraction from the main love story, making it very easy for me to relax and enjoy the story. I think the Portal is an excellent love story and a job well done by Alan Zendell.