The new novel, Plato’s Gateway, by Brian Jeffreys is a tale with well crafted characters that capture and hold the reader’s attention from the beginning until the last page. In this fascinating story, Phillip Barreda, exemplifies the caring brother who protects and supports his autistic brother, Jerry. The Star Voyager is owned and piloted by Phillip with Jerry manning the astrogator station. Together they are able to eke out a living carrying cargo and passengers between the colonies.
Captain Amanda Hayes is the hardcore authority in the sector of space that Phillip is transporting his two passengers. He and Amanda Hayes have previously had their run-ins, but Amanda ever the stickler for enforcing the regulations made work more difficult than it should have been. Regulations were always circumvented whenever Phillip could manage to do so. This time however, Phillip, Jerry, Amanda, and their passengers are unexpectedly kidnapped and they discover the real threat to their friends, planets and stars is the nefarious scientist, Dr. Cornelius Plato.
While they are prisoners of Dr. Plato, Jerry becomes separated from the hostages and his brain is transformed. The savant side of Jerry’s brain accelerates its healing allowing and Jerry soon finds himself able to function without the impairment of autism. He becomes the doctor’s worse nightmare. Phillip and Amanda are forced to work together in order to warn the authorities of Dr. Plato’s impending invasion of their colonies and planets.
Plato’s Gateway is a thrilling and well written novel that should have a sequel. Readers will find themselves invested in the characters as they read page after page. Yes, Plato’s Gateway is a love story, but only after many twists and turns that won’t be revealed by me. Kudos to Brian Jeffreys, he has created a thoroughly fascinating novel.