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Bypass Gemini

(Big Sigma #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  1,281 ratings  ·  162 reviews
In a distant future, Trevor "Lex" Alexander was shaping up to be the next great race pilot until a fixed race got him banned from the sport. Reduced to making freelance deliveries, he thinks his life can't get any worse. That's when a package manages to get him mixed up with mobsters, a megacorp, and a mad scientist. Now his life depends on learning what their plans are, a ...more
Kindle Edition, 274 pages
Published (first published May 3rd 2011)
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Recently I've been shepherding our fleet of office computers through a series of long, boring software upgrades, which meant a lot of downtime while waiting for the next reboot. Luckily, I had my phone with me, and a tempting selection of Kindle freebies to choose from... so: to the slush pile!

I'm happy to say that Bypass Gemini was... actually not half-bad. The free sample is pretty representative of the rest of the book: think '80s sci-fi pulp novel (the silly, self-referential kind, not the s
Kate Swed
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh yeah, that was excellent fun. This is so the series I need to binge right now.
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Sci Fi Newbies who like humor with their action
Recommended to Tom by: Kindle Book Review
Buckle up for a trip to the distant future and a life and death space race in Bypass Gemini by Joseph Lallo.

A Little About Bypass Gemini:

Just when you think you've hit rock bottom...

Trevor "Lex" Alexander had it all - a celebrity career as one of the galaxy's greatest race pilots and all the glitz and glamour that goes with it...until his ties with the mob get him tossed from the racing world and send him spiraling to society's dregs. Reduced to nothing more than a nickel and dime currier, when
May 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
I keep going back and forth between 3 and 4 stars, because while this book was reductive and a little long-winded, it was also hilarious. It comes from a place of friendly ribbing of established tropes in naval sci-fi and cyberpunk. I actually laughed aloud in a few spots, and I read it almost straight through. I'm a sucker for cyberpunk... ...more
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: needs-editing
A fun and entertaining story. The main character starts out as a more-or-less amiable loser who's struggling with a bad situation largely of his own manufacture, but he is making some attempt not to make matters worse by getting involved (again) with organised crime.

As the story progresses, he steps up and acts increasingly unselfishly, using his one skill (he's a hot-shot pilot) and a number of powerful pieces of experimental technology obtained from a psychotic inventor to pull off highly unl
Cassandra Davis
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you follow my reviews, you'll know that I rarely give a book 5 stars. Maybe I'm overly critical, maybe I'm just too damn picky, but few books--in my opinion--deserve top marks.

Joseph Lallo's "Bypass Gemini" deserves 5 stars.

Mr. Lallo was a fellow finalist in the "Kindle Book Review's Top Indie Books of 2012". We exchanged books as a professional courtesy. I am now convinced I got the better end of that exchange. This book was well written, had excellent pacing, and possessed enough dry wit an
Robert 'Rev. Bob'
Cross Roger Moore-era James Bond (humor and gadgets) with old-fashioned space opera, add a touch of hard-boiled noir for flavor, and finish it off with a scoop of Han Solo. That's about how this book feels.

The plot, naturally, is relatively straightforward and simple. A down-on-his-luck racer gets roped into a courier job, taking a mysterious woman's equally mysterious package across the galaxy while avoiding any... entanglements with the authorities. Along the way, he runs into a certifiably-ma
Paul Trembling
Aug 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
It took awhile for me to get into this, and I nearly gave up in the first chapter, having been seriously put off by the sheer weight of information dumping. Made worse by the fact that a lot of the information being dumped wasn't even necessary for the plot. As, for example, in the long paragraph given over to the describing the 'slidepad', a device that (we are informed) performs the functions of a cell phone, a PDA and so on. The information is hardly necessary for the main character who is us ...more
Kindleworm Dot Com
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Now this is a writer who is obviously having fun.

Admittedly there's a thin line between a writer having a lot of fun with a story and the story becoming a little ridiculous and this book does seem to skim a little close to that line on occasion, and then it's just up to the reader whether they might feel that line has been crossed. For me, at least, i just enjoyed this as a totally fun read. And right about now in my life i really needed a good fun read.

While my normal taste in sci-fi is rather
John Tobler
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My Newest Sci-Fi Hero!

In Bypass Gemini, the first volume in his Big Sigma series, Joseph R. Lallo has given me my newest science fiction Hero! I have been reading science fiction from its earliest days. My first sci-fi hero was John Carter of Mars, the creation of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Then followed so many others. I do not wish to reveal any plot spoilers; so, I will just say that Lallo's Dr. Dee is the coolest sci-fi character I have seen in years!

I know some of you will prefer the protagonis
Aug 13, 2020 rated it did not like it
My one-star rating is probably a bit unfair, given that I'm slowly learning sci-fi may not be up my alley. But I believe there are enough stories out there that might enthrall me, so I'm not going to give up on the genre. Unfortunately, so much as the genre may have a handicap against my reading tastes, this novel didn't do enough to overcome it. The synopsis left me wondering if the whole casserole of interstellar travel, a greedy corporation, a mad scientist on a distant planet, and a mob synd ...more
Dec 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Have you read the Dresden Files? This book was good but I felt like the main character was a less enjoyable Harry Dresden, and the main character's crazy "friend" was a less enjoyable Bob. This book reminded me of another book too but I can't remember the second one anymore. I thought it was okay. I had a good time with it, although I wasn't really invested in the plot.

Man, now it's gonna bother me forever what that second book this book reminded me of was... The Martian maybe?

I will say thoug
Thomas James
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Son of Gene Roddenberry?

This guy is a genius! I'm reminded of Star Trek writer Gene Roddenberry who "invented" the cell phone, warp drive, countless races and life forms, improved the ray gun (phaser) that could be set to kill or stun, and countless other ideas that science will one day provide; all while telling an exciting tale with just the right amount of tongue-in-cheek humor. In other words: IT'S A WHOLE LOT OF FUN! I especially appreciate having ONE central character and ONE timeline with
Aaron Anderson
Jan 30, 2020 rated it liked it
This book was tolerable because the author kept everything moving fast, with plenty of action.

The main character was relatively annoying, and relatively incompetent with anything that didn't involve piloting. My biggest annoyance was he treated technology just like some authors treat magic. Completely non-logical, and fixing anything required with little pre-work done.

Your tech should at least make logical sense, even if you couldn't give science behind it. Stuff in this book was all over the pl
May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
The book starts out as another sky pilot who has lost his way - mostly through his own fault and failings. You really want to just shelve it and forget it - he is a loser. But hang in there because things are about to pick up.

He picks up a mysterious package for his intergalactic courier business. The next thing you know he feels he has to save the universe. Of course I just skipped all the good action and adventure parts. He really uses all the magic sci-fi that is available to him courtesy of
Shooting out of the darkness, dodging plasma cannons, flying in full stealth mode, blasting with EMP pulses, dumping engine heat as a weapon, flying out of windows, wrestling with security forces, using invisibility devices, making friends with insane engineers, planning with AIs, all this and more happens in this amazing book. It is one exciting, seat-of-the-pants, rollercoaster ride through space and as Joseph Lallo turns his hand to Science Fiction.

Our hero Trevor " Lex " Alexander used to be
Adam Windsor
Jan 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, sf-fantasy
This is a solid light SF adventure yarn. I was pleasantly entertained throughout. It's the first in a series, but the author doesn't stint on giving a proper ending to this volume - it's not one of those "leave it on a massive cliffhanger" type openers. And since it's free on kindle, you certainly can't complain about the price!

I intend to pick up the second book in the series to see if Mr Lallo can deliver again.
Eric Greenman
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great read

I read many science fiction and fantasy books and am always looking for new books/authors that grab my attention and hold it causing a new binge reading session. This one did that. This book is an entertaining mix of Inspector Gadget, Indiana Jones, and Star Wars. I'm going to stop writing and download the next book now.
Tom Williams
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fun story

Our hero starts out feeling like a loser, after several bad experiences. But, while trying to do the best he can at multiple jobs, meets several people, that together, stop the bad mastermind from executing the evil plan. But Joseph Lallo keeps you guessing who is the bad guy.
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Just a fun sci-fi read. Not too serious but enough good toys and chase to make you buzz through. Never seems to drag. One comment - purchased the Big Sigma collection and found it confusing trying to figure out what books I had and ended up purchasing a duplicate of one thinking I hadn't read it. Probably just me getting started in kindle world, but confusing still. ...more
April Taylor
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Although I've read all of the authors other works, I'd never quite thought this series would be one that I would enjoy and so gave it a miss.
Recently, this first book was offered on Amazon for free, so I figured I'd try it. Wow! Brilliant. I wish I'd given it a go years ago now. Can't wait to read the next books.
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lex takes a job delivering a package from one planet to another ... but things start happening - the original client is killed (and lots of other people), his spaceship gets attacked and destroyed.

What is the package all about? Who is behind it? Can he finish his job (and get paid) without losing his life?

Loved the main characters especially Ma!!
Dec 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great fun

In the classic science fiction adventure genre, this was a fun romp. The action was right, the villains were generally well thought out, and the science fiction was just the right amount.
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book pretty well and look forward to reading more books in the series. I would definitely recommend it. It isn't especially long, so it is not that big of a deal to read it even if you aren't too into it. The story is interesting, and the planet Big Sigma is awesome. ...more
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
A good, well written story. Set in the future, a space jockey gets into a number of scrapes before saving some worlds from total destruction. All told with tongue in cheek humour from beginning to end.
Excellent tale 4/5:)
William Mc Callum
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Entertaining Sci-Fi reading

A very will written Sci-Fi novel as pilot Lex races to save the world. The characters are will developed and interesting. i would recommend to all Sci-Fi readers. Enjoy reading 2020 🚀😎🛸🎉✨
Derek Bailey
I picked up Bypass Gemini for free through Amazon Kindle. It appears to always be free to anyone, so I'm not sure if that's necessary to say or not, but there it is.

What first drew me (aside from the unbeatable price) was the gorgeous cover. I try not to judge a cover too harshly because I know they're hard to get right, but this one is so good and makes me wish the book existed on physical form because it would look great on a bookshelf. Fortunately this book has a lot more to offer than just
John Grimes
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
Not bad at all. Crisp writing. Good characters.

Get somewhat cluttered and frantic in spots, but all in all? Very nicely put together brain candy...
Truls Osmundsen
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A real fun read. Reminds me of pulp ficton-books from the early 50's, but in mordern packaging. ...more
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
A little longwinded but I enjoyed it and will probably read more this series when I can for free.
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