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Something is devouring Earth. . .
A suburban house in Oklahoma vanishes into a roaring abyss. A supertanker at sea suffers a fiery destruction. A blast in China drills a gigantic cavern into a mountainside. A severed arm plummets from the sky in Missouri.

Could these catastrophes possibly be related? Intrepid geologist Dacey Livingstone is nearly killed by her first attemp
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 12th 2013 by Glyphus LLC
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Katy
Oct 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of science-focused speculative fiction
Recommended to Katy by: NetGalley
Book Info: Genre: Speculative Fiction
Reading Level: Adult (there is also a YA version available)
Recommended for: fans of speculative fiction
Trigger Warnings: mention of domestic violence in the past

My Thoughts: All in all, this is a fairly entertaining book. I'm no physicist, so I can't tell you how accurate the science is, but it seems plausible in a rather fantastical way.

The one complaint I had was the method the author used for exposition. He would have one character bring something up that
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Lynne
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Geologist Dacey Livingstone is called in to investigate a mysterious sinkhole that has opened up and swallowed an entire house in Oklahoma. Upon descending into its depths, the only evidence of debris is the roof. Why is there nothing else? It's as if it has disappeared into thin air.

Elsewhere, other strange incidents are occurring; a supertanker apparently breaks up and sinks to the bottom of a boiling ocean; a severed arm plunges to the ground during a football game. These strange phenomena a
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Sasha
Sep 24, 2015 rated it liked it
I'm going to say two things that are going to sound bad. The first is that I've had this book on my NetGalley to-read shelf for... too many months to say. At least a year. It was one of the first books I got and then avoided reviewing because I got overwhelmed. Because of course I went on an obnoxious month-long requesting and read-now! rampage across the whole website and ruined many things in the process for everybody. And then school started and I didn't read for fun anymore. And then I didn' ...more
Travis Starnes
Sep 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Knowing that the author spent his previous career in the world of science explains why the science in this book is very solid and well detailed. Everything that happens in this novel comes off as completely believable and if I had not known some of the science covered beforehand, the parts of the book where he jumps from actual science into speculation would have all seemed like fact. He also does a good job with the thriller aspects of this book. The chase for answers and then solutions is inte ...more
Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary |
Wormholes teeters right on the edge of becoming a campy Syfy 'disaster' movie. The plot was definitely far enough out there to qualify it. However, a steady hand with writing, and a great effort to avoid cheesy lines and dashing heroes/heroines produced a satisfyingly serious read.

That’s not to say it’s a completely believable one. I had trouble accepting a few points in the story; mostly things dealing with the characters themselves. A geologist and a theoretical astrophysicist definitely have
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Jim
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As I have repeatedly stated here, I read and review most military science fiction. On occasion, I do stray and will pick up a book that I know is not going to be a military sci-fi book, but it is going to be science fiction. This book was one of those. I was reluctant to take a chance on it, but after having read a few bloody military science fiction books, I needed a break. And this book provided that break, but it also provide a lot of excitement! A surprisingly lot of excitement!

I had a preco
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Faith Jones
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a solidly compiled adventure that explores an old theoretical physics model (then science fiction concept) in an entertaining way, with medium paced storytelling, and it then presents a good twist that the reader almost certainly wouldn’t have thought of on their own. I wouldn’t say this book was extraordinary throughout or the only source you ever need to learn about wormholes but I would strongly recommend the author send it to several the main sci-fi archive collections in the world b ...more
Jeff Soyer
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It's a pleasure to discover a talented author I had not known of before. Wormholes: A Novel, by Dennis Meredith, Glyphus Press (Amazon link) is a first rate thriller in the best tradition of hard science fiction. What an enjoyable break from the endless, militarized or “fantasized” sci-fi that has overrun the field of late.

A series of reports of strange and deadly phenomena catch the interest of theoretical physicist Gerald Meier, who enlists geologist Dacey Livingstone and others in his investi
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Bella
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A spectacularly written apocalypse thriller that seems destined for the big screen. Are those scary sinkholes we see in the news really caused by dissolving carbonate rock? Or could they instead be a sign of something far more mysterious and terrifying? That’s the addictive premise of Dennis Meredith’s sci-fi novel, Wormholes. Check out the rest of my review on BestThrillers.com. ...more
Peter
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
Full disclosure: I received a copy of this book free through Goodreads "First Reads" program.

Weird events have been happening all over the world, either matter is disappearing, or appearing, and often with disastrous results for those nearby. One scientist figures out what's happening (psst, the answer's in the title), and then works to harness this power.

I'm afraid I never really got into this book. The premise is an interesting one, from a distance, but, there are just too many issues with the
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Sarah Crawford
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Here is a pretty much unique possible apocalypse novel that depends on wormholes causing the destruction. The basic idea is that the planet is going through an area of space where wormholes are fairly numerous and this causing destruction all over the place.

Gerald is the guy who thinks he knows what is going on but when he presents his idea the scientists in the room go ballistic, treating him like a piece of dirt. Unfortunately this is the way many scientists think, that they are the intelligen
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Liquid Frost
Jun 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2017
This book, for me, is a hodge-podge of thoughts.

Straight from the book blurb: a roaring abyss, a supertanker catastrophe, a severed arm, and huge hole in a mountainside..."Could these catastrophes possible be related?" Um, yeah? If not, it would really be weird to just toss them into the fold, right? These vignettes set the stage to introduce the main players. Outside of that - they are a vehicle to provide some action in an otherwise slow start.

Spoiler not spoiler: Wormholes (whisper it for dra
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Juan
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A page turning story !
**Thank you for my free Goodreads copy**
Diana
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite the "Young Adult Version" notation on the cover, this is not a YA book. The characters are all adults and behave as adults, not teens. Which is as it should be. The "Young Adult Version" refers, instead, to the fact that foul language and adult situations have been removed from the text. Honestly, I didn't miss them. At all. It was nice to be able to read a book and not have to worry about coming across something too "adult" for me. :)

I know. The title and cover are terrible, but it rea
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Bonnie Dale Keck
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: other
Kindle Unlimited but got it on one of those freebie days. Never been so glad, even with my sci-fi etcetera background to not really do synopsis or anything of a plot, since no idea where to start. Simplest way to explain is to say just read it, or otherwise I will have to resort to quoting my favorite shows {Doctor Who and Babylon 5}. Still haven't read anything quite like this. Will say my personal quote: Look to the Stars {rating}.
J.
Jul 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
This is a full-length sci fi thriller, engaging and generally thrilling, which nonetheless could have lost about fifty pages in length without losing any real substance. Interesting characters, fascinating plotline, wonderful settings, excellent science indivisible from the fiction, and some real edge-of-the-seat moments — which then gave way to a slower pace that encouraged skimming.

The main purpose of a thriller is to thrill the reader. Long sections of angst and soul-searching don't generally
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Alex McGilvery
Jan 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wormholes
Dennis Meredith
Glyphus L.L.C.

Wormholes is one of those books that just starts and carries the reader along for the ride. The presentation is polished and professional looking. From the striking cover to the energetic and entertaining plot. The writing is not technically perfect with a little bit of Point Of View flipping happening here and there, yet I enjoyed the story enough that I just didn’t care about the minor slips in technique.

The story opens with a cavern appearing beneath a ci
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Deb
Mar 24, 2014 rated it liked it

I found this to be a good serious science fiction novel, very readable and with an engaging cast of characters. It takes a while to get the actual storyline going, as the first part of the book is concerned with detailing the catastrophes caused by the wormholes, and the efforts of the scientists to determine the cause. I did not have a problem with knowing about the wormholes in advance, as this section was very well written, and I enjoyed the pace and the process. However, in contrast, I found
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Deborah
Nov 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of speculative fiction and those interested in considering our place in the universe
Recommended to Deborah by: NetGalley
Shelves: own, netgalley
4.5 stars

Dennis Meredith's Wormholes was one of the best science fiction novels I've read. Although certain story elements reminded me of Robert McCammon's "Something Passed By" and the TV show Fringe, the world of Wormholes was fresh, exciting, and well-developed; by the end of the (short) first chapter, I was hooked. I did have a little trouble understanding the science underlying (view spoiler) the wormholes, but that did not prevent me from eagerly turnin
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Yana
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A well deserved 5 stars.

Wormholes by Dennis Meredith is one of the greatest sci-fi novels I have read. I too had not heard of the author and was pleasantly surprised. This novel is very well written, perfectly suspenseful and will keep you reading for hours. I couldn't put it down.

I have to disagree with the comments about it over-educating and seeming like a lecture. I did not feel that way at all.

What's fantastic about this novel is that it is very believable, like previously commented, it i
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Lara
Aug 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. I received this book through the First Reads program. I enjoy science fiction and found the premise interesting. The story starts out with action and keeps going. In that respect it is cinematic. There are many descriptions of the surprise and destruction created by this mysterious event. Then there are the various characters with their differing motivations.

The book is very well written. It flows evenly and well. The events, and the reactions of governments and the scientific commun
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Teresa
Nov 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
When I first read the synopsis for this story, I thought I would be reading something combining all the STARGATE series in one, but sadly this was not the case. If, like me you are expecting STARGATE and all the information involved, this story is not for you.

WORMHOLES opens with an imagination-catching scene. The house disappears, owner and all mysteriously, the main characters are introduced and the story plummets from there, picks up, plummets etc. Although there are some very good portions i
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Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Dacey Livingstone, a geologist, is sent to investigate an unusual sinkhole but stumbles upon a bigger mystery. Gerald Meier is an astrophysicist that explores theories no one else wants to deal with or acknowledge. The strange phenomenon appears and disappears in random places from Oklahoma, New York City, San Francisco, and Atlantic Ocean to name a few places. Gerald stumbles upon a stunning idea that will rock the scientific community. It's a race against time to stop this deadly menace. Will ...more
Jeanine Berry
May 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Holey cow!!

This book starts with a bang, and gets even better from there. If you are a fan of disaster novels where the very existence of the earth is threatened, you will certainly enjoy this novel. The world reels as one unexplained disaster follows another. We first meet our intrepid heroine Dacey, and it's a pleasant change to have a heroine in a novel who is smart and brave and capable. Our hero is a bit unusual but proves up to the task of saving the world.

Dacey and Gerald are a mismatched
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Jay Williams
Nov 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
An amazing and imaginative story that continually leaves the reader in suspense. For someone with a casual knowledge of modern theoretical physics, the descriptions of the realities and the technology are quite believable. As the story develops, a cast of interesting characters is assembled, well-described, and carried through a number of interesting situations. The frustration and heartbreak of selling a new theory of the universe, the dangers posed by strange and unfamiliar phenomena, and the ...more
Amanda Rhoads
Sep 20, 2013 rated it liked it
This was an interesting look at the possibility of wormholes and what the hell kind of catastrophes they may cause. The characters are fun and you really want Gerald to succeed at convincing the scientific community that he is right about the strange phenomenon that is destroying the Earth. When team up with Dacey, a geologist, they become an unstoppable couple that is determined to save us all by capturing the wormholes. Of course corporate greed and the like stir-up trouble from time to time. ...more
Denise Berube
Nov 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
I put this as a 3 but I would give it a 3.5.

I enjoyed reading this book, it immediately intrigued me from the very first wormhole incidence. There was a lot of scientific detail and explanation, this trend continuing for a good portion of the book with minor incidences occurring which made for a bit of a sluggish and heavy read. Once the book got past all the science, the suspense and excitement returned keeping me on the edge of my seat waiting to see what was going to happen next. I would cert
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Harry Campbell
Sep 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book free through Goodreads "First Reads" program.

Overall I enjoyed the book, it was definitely entertaining, very well written, and an interesting subject matter for a sci fi novel. Although I had a few minor issues with actions and behavior by the characters, as well as a few minor plot devices, overall it really was a decent read, reflecting the experience of the author as a science communicator. Only one additional minor point worth mentioning, although this was a
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James Campbell
This one started off fast - lots of action and excitement to keep you wondering what would transpire next. There was lots of real science in an attempt to explain the goings on that were occurring in different places throughout the world. What are causing these bizarre events? How are they going to be stopped?

This was on OK book. The first 3rd was fantastic pacing with characters who had real emotion behind them. However, I felt that this fell flat and became a little too unbelievable for the 2n
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Linda
Oct 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As a few readers stated, it had a bit of a slow start. I wasn't sure where it was going. When it took off, it really took off. I enjoy sci-fi reading and this was an enjoyable read. I liked how the characters developed and became entwined together. The story was very good. I think I will look for other books by this author! Good pick Goodreads!
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Dennis Meredith brings to his novels an expertise in science from his career as a science communicator at some of the country's leading research universities, including MIT, Caltech, Cornell, Duke and the University of Wisconsin. He has worked with science journalists at all the nation's major newspapers, magazines, and radio and TV networks and has written well over a thousand news releases and m ...more

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