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Publisher's Summary

The doughnut is a thing of beauty.
A circle of fried doughy perfection.
A source of comfort in trying times, perhaps.
For Theo Bernstein, however, it is far, far more.

Things have been going pretty badly for Theo Bernstein. An unfortunate accident at work has lost him his job (and his work involved a Very Very Large Hadron Collider, so he's unlikely to get it back). His wife has left him. And he doesn't have any money.
Before Theo has time to fully appreciate the pointlessness of his own miserable existence, news arrives that his good friend Professor Pieter van Goyen, renowned physicist and Nobel laureate, has died.
By leaving the apparently worthless contents of his safety deposit box to Theo, however, the professor has set him on a quest of epic proportions. A journey that will rewrite the laws of physics. A battle to save humanity itself.
This is the tale of a man who had nothing and gave it all up to find his destiny - and a doughnut.
©2013 Tom Holt (P)2013 Hachette Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By illgnosis on 06-19-13

A fun world for scifantasy fans

Tom Holt has created a group of quixotic characters and a vast universe of world for them to play in. I really hope audible gets the portable door series as well. If you like Pratchett, Moore and the like you will enjoy this series as well.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Ed on 01-07-15

Fun writing, beautifully read, but nobody home

A confection. I liked the use of language, including lots of hilarious similes and resonant alliteration.

But, character development was thin, and there wasn't much arc of growth evident in any of them, so it was hard to care, hard to root for anybody. This so-far-so-what quality made the book easy to put down, though not to the point of hard to finish.

There were lots of surprises. By the end, however, they all seemed like the same surprise over and over, shampoo-rinse-repeat, so the last bit send devoid of any emotion.

Bottom line: finishing, but not worth buying the sequel.

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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