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Henry Mackay and his dog regularly walk alongside an ancient convent wall. Today, as he passes the door, he glances at its peeling paint. Moments later he stops dead in his tracks. He returns to the spot, and all he sees is an ivy-covered wall. The door has vanished! He unwittingly embarks on an exciting trail of events with twists, turns, quantum entanglement and tempora Henry Mackay and his dog regularly walk alongside an ancient convent wall. Today, as he passes the door, he glances at its peeling paint. Moments later he stops dead in his tracks. He returns to the spot, and all he sees is an ivy-covered wall. The door has vanished! He unwittingly embarks on an exciting trail of events with twists, turns, quantum entanglement and temporal anomalies. It becomes an unbelievable adventure to save humanity which you’ll be unable to put down. The Door is an intriguing and unique science fiction mystery from the pen of Tony Harmsworth, the First Contact specialist who writes in the style of the old masters. Discover the astonishing secrets being concealed by The Door today!


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Henry Mackay and his dog regularly walk alongside an ancient convent wall. Today, as he passes the door, he glances at its peeling paint. Moments later he stops dead in his tracks. He returns to the spot, and all he sees is an ivy-covered wall. The door has vanished! He unwittingly embarks on an exciting trail of events with twists, turns, quantum entanglement and tempora Henry Mackay and his dog regularly walk alongside an ancient convent wall. Today, as he passes the door, he glances at its peeling paint. Moments later he stops dead in his tracks. He returns to the spot, and all he sees is an ivy-covered wall. The door has vanished! He unwittingly embarks on an exciting trail of events with twists, turns, quantum entanglement and temporal anomalies. It becomes an unbelievable adventure to save humanity which you’ll be unable to put down. The Door is an intriguing and unique science fiction mystery from the pen of Tony Harmsworth, the First Contact specialist who writes in the style of the old masters. Discover the astonishing secrets being concealed by The Door today!

30 review for The Door: Science Fiction Mystery

  1. 5 out of 5

    Pauline Coulthard

    I don't read much science fiction but this book makes me want to read more, I really enjoyed this very thought provoking story, well written and kept me interested enough to read it all in one sitting. I don't read much science fiction but this book makes me want to read more, I really enjoyed this very thought provoking story, well written and kept me interested enough to read it all in one sitting.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rhian Pitman

    Great quick read. I was looking for a quick read to tide me over before my next book club meet. It fitted perfectly. Right up my street. Natural disaster and alien encounter. This book had me gripped and there are not many that can hold my attention so well.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dee Ohliger

    A door in an old wall that appears then disappears, people from the future trying to save our planet, travel through vortex’s, .....what’s not to like?

  4. 5 out of 5

    Glenn

    My highest praise is that A) I finished it, and B) it reminds me of early Liu Cixin, insofar as it has a few interesting ideas, and those ideas seem to be the focus. But it also has all of the problems of early Liu Cixin. Shallow, useless characters. Bad dialogue. And the sci-fi ideas aren't as interesting or coherent or...frankly, credible as Liu's, and Liu improved many of these issues as his career went on (I wouldn't have read his early stuff at all if I hadn't adored the Remembrance of Eart My highest praise is that A) I finished it, and B) it reminds me of early Liu Cixin, insofar as it has a few interesting ideas, and those ideas seem to be the focus. But it also has all of the problems of early Liu Cixin. Shallow, useless characters. Bad dialogue. And the sci-fi ideas aren't as interesting or coherent or...frankly, credible as Liu's, and Liu improved many of these issues as his career went on (I wouldn't have read his early stuff at all if I hadn't adored the Remembrance of Earth's Past trilogy so much). THE DOOR feels like an escapist fantasy in which the main character (Henry Mackay) is abducted and forced to watch other people do more interesting things than he ever contributes to the plot himself. This book really starts cooking in the last act, when it abandons any pretense of being anything besides a workmanlike exercise in hard sci-fi. But...it's hard sci-fi with a limited imagination. I appreciate that this is sci-fi that acknowledges the realities of climate change (another reviewer who complained that it reminded him of AOC made me chuckle - some people just can't deal with facts). But apart from a very basic notion that overconsumption is bad, and we need guidance from beyond the stars to tell us that this is the case, the core scientific concept of this story feels bound by arbitrary rules that bend whenever needed to serve the plot. I won't reveal the main twist, but I will say, I had a feeling throughout the first half (which was a major slog to get through) that this was going to be the exact twist, but the alternative explanation (that the place the characters were thrust into was being written in a shallow and unimaginative way) seemed equally likely. There's a digression in the middle in which we're essentially in a bad Hogan's Heroes episode, and what passes for dialogue and conflict involves a character threatening to stab another one repeatedly, which would be a genuinely shocking escalation of violence if we knew anything about this character except that he's dying of cancer, which the book seems content to supply as the rationale for his willingness to slice and dice a complete stranger for no reason. But don't worry - these shocking threats are never addressed again, do not affect the trust relationships among the characters in ways that would make sense, and I'm quite sure the character in question (Toby? Mr. Cancer?) never utters a single word of dialogue after this point. Neither does Jennifer, who is a black belt in karate and can kill with her bare hands. Neither does Hazel, Mr. Mackay's wife, a barrister who is brought along for no reason, contributes nothing to the plot, and whom the author seems to occasionally forget exists. Very little of this works. And it felt longer than it was.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Paul Thompson

    Very enjoyable This was a very enjoyable book that offered a distinctive perspective on sci-fi themes. The central plot was good and we'll worked through but what I liked most was that there was a strong links k to the world view and experience of the reader. This was the starting point and a point of reference Very enjoyable This was a very enjoyable book that offered a distinctive perspective on sci-fi themes. The central plot was good and we'll worked through but what I liked most was that there was a strong links k to the world view and experience of the reader. This was the starting point and a point of reference

  6. 4 out of 5

    Hugo Saravia

    Futuristic warning! Not bad, if anything I could point out about the plot is that it's just another wake up call to our wasteful ways, shame on us for not heeding this and many other authors reminders that our carefree lifestyle won't last forever, we're messing up the planet along with the future generations chance to have a viable environment, oh well they're trying. Futuristic warning! Not bad, if anything I could point out about the plot is that it's just another wake up call to our wasteful ways, shame on us for not heeding this and many other authors reminders that our carefree lifestyle won't last forever, we're messing up the planet along with the future generations chance to have a viable environment, oh well they're trying.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ed Tinkertoy

    This book in my opinion was missing something; not a good story. Aliens have taken over a very old convent and periodically abduct people and take then to another time and place. But the book is rather confusing as to just where they are, and its not clear why the aliens are on Earth. Then about half way through the book its revealed that the aliens are here to save the Earth but then its not clear what from. Then the people who are abducted come up with a plan to save the Earth and present it t This book in my opinion was missing something; not a good story. Aliens have taken over a very old convent and periodically abduct people and take then to another time and place. But the book is rather confusing as to just where they are, and its not clear why the aliens are on Earth. Then about half way through the book its revealed that the aliens are here to save the Earth but then its not clear what from. Then the people who are abducted come up with a plan to save the Earth and present it to the aliens. In the end I am not sure who saved who and how. People are moved from planet Earth in the distant future to Mars. And the only result we are given is that the people of Earth eventually travel to the stars and the Earth is consumed by the sun. But this is billions of years in the future.

  8. 5 out of 5

    D. Jensen

    Not up to Snuff While I can appreciate Mr Harmsworth's appeal for global awareness when it comes to economics and the environment, the story is preachy and lacks depth of the characters. I also appreciate that he attempts a story that doesn't rely on big weapons and massive suits of armor, not forgetting that he has a vocabulary that is not reliant on frequent for letter words. However, we come back to the glaring flaw: the story is shallow. The concept has merit even though I find stories of time Not up to Snuff While I can appreciate Mr Harmsworth's appeal for global awareness when it comes to economics and the environment, the story is preachy and lacks depth of the characters. I also appreciate that he attempts a story that doesn't rely on big weapons and massive suits of armor, not forgetting that he has a vocabulary that is not reliant on frequent for letter words. However, we come back to the glaring flaw: the story is shallow. The concept has merit even though I find stories of time travel boring. There is potential here, but as it stands,I cannot recommend it. I didn't even finish it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mr J. Scott

    Ultimately disappointing I thought the premise of the book sounded promising, but sadly the story just wasn't very strong. The character development was rather weak, and I felt the author got lost somewhere resulting in a half finished feel to the book. I read a lot of science fiction, and my favourite authors are some of the greats, such as Arthur C Clarke, Robert Heinlein, and more recently the likes of Christopher Nuttall. Therefore it will always be difficult for an author such as Tony Harmswo Ultimately disappointing I thought the premise of the book sounded promising, but sadly the story just wasn't very strong. The character development was rather weak, and I felt the author got lost somewhere resulting in a half finished feel to the book. I read a lot of science fiction, and my favourite authors are some of the greats, such as Arthur C Clarke, Robert Heinlein, and more recently the likes of Christopher Nuttall. Therefore it will always be difficult for an author such as Tony Harmsworth to inspire me the way these authors can. Not terrible, but just not very fulfilling I'm afraid.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    Maybe Deserving of 4-Stars The best part of this book is it is SHORT and readable in a day. Hurray! The initial premise of “The Door” was amusing, but there was a lot of writing about “The Door” and it was almost enough to convince me this story wasn’t going anywhere, and I almost stopped and abandoned the book. But, THEN, some SciFi finally crept into the story-line, and saved the day. This is not the best SciFi book, but it was amusing in its plot and span, so it got Brownie Points from me for be Maybe Deserving of 4-Stars The best part of this book is it is SHORT and readable in a day. Hurray! The initial premise of “The Door” was amusing, but there was a lot of writing about “The Door” and it was almost enough to convince me this story wasn’t going anywhere, and I almost stopped and abandoned the book. But, THEN, some SciFi finally crept into the story-line, and saved the day. This is not the best SciFi book, but it was amusing in its plot and span, so it got Brownie Points from me for being creative.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Monica E

    Haha! Well, what a little pearl of story! It took a little while to get into 'reading it right', if that makes any sense, as it was very dead pan, but once you get into the flow, it just..well, flows! Don't bother trying to be all supercilious and smug by trying to work out the time traveling physics, as, weirdly enough, you do already! Happy reading..oh, what was I saying?! What door?! Haha! Well, what a little pearl of story! It took a little while to get into 'reading it right', if that makes any sense, as it was very dead pan, but once you get into the flow, it just..well, flows! Don't bother trying to be all supercilious and smug by trying to work out the time traveling physics, as, weirdly enough, you do already! Happy reading..oh, what was I saying?! What door?!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sharyl

    Very good fun 5 stars for containing all the components of good hard science fiction. A fully imagined story with just enough credible science to hook a sceptic, but enough wild flights of imagination and wandering outside the box to keep it very interesting and entertaining. The characters were good, but could have been more fleshed out and dimensional. My favorite character was the dog. Great ending.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ronald SmithJr

    Decent story but written in the heavy handed form of Edgar Rice Burroughs. The story reminded me of the Borroughs Mars series. It has a core of very good story but fleshed out awkwardly and manually. The characters were artificial, simple, not developed, and with little plan. Parts of the story were fun, I do love a decent. Sci-fi romp. This had some of those characteristics, but just didn`t deliver all the way. Decent story but written in the heavy handed form of Edgar Rice Burroughs. The story reminded me of the Borroughs Mars series. It has a core of very good story but fleshed out awkwardly and manually. The characters were artificial, simple, not developed, and with little plan. Parts of the story were fun, I do love a decent. Sci-fi romp. This had some of those characteristics, but just didn`t deliver all the way.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Alan McKay

    I thoroughly enjoyed this - great escapism for lockdown. That said, it required pretty firm suspension of disbelief. It made me smile that all the representatives of 21st century humanity seemed to be nice educated middle class people from the Home Counties with names like Jennifer and Greg - so much so that one of them was actually a LibDem MP! I would have liked an explanation of why the humans of x billion AD have such poor dress and colour coordination sense. But those are small quibbles!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Lyon

    A cautionary tale This book is a bit scary and inspires a person to look within themselves to find how very much we take our world for granted and how inconsiderate we are of future generations. I enjoyed reading The Door even as it gave me chills to read some parts. It is well written and we'll said. Unfortunately for us, there may not be a happy ending because we just don't listen. But it's only fiction, right? A cautionary tale This book is a bit scary and inspires a person to look within themselves to find how very much we take our world for granted and how inconsiderate we are of future generations. I enjoyed reading The Door even as it gave me chills to read some parts. It is well written and we'll said. Unfortunately for us, there may not be a happy ending because we just don't listen. But it's only fiction, right?

  16. 4 out of 5

    s griffiths

    Hooked me from page one Probably the most enjoyable sci fi book I have read since Rendezvous With Rama 24 years ago. I simply enjoyed every aspect of it. The pace, the gentle writing style, the twists and the fact that it left me thinking about it constantly since I completed it. If only it had been twice as long. I shall now check out Tony Harmsworth's other books. Hooked me from page one Probably the most enjoyable sci fi book I have read since Rendezvous With Rama 24 years ago. I simply enjoyed every aspect of it. The pace, the gentle writing style, the twists and the fact that it left me thinking about it constantly since I completed it. If only it had been twice as long. I shall now check out Tony Harmsworth's other books.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Killeen Koontz

    Why read? To be entertained, of course... A good yarn. A place to go to get away from the 'noise'. A fun to think about plot. Even believable, possible. No heavy science, though some. Time Travel, though not a story tenet. Interesting characters. Fast page turner. In short, FUN. Well be reading Tony Harmsworth again. Why read? To be entertained, of course... A good yarn. A place to go to get away from the 'noise'. A fun to think about plot. Even believable, possible. No heavy science, though some. Time Travel, though not a story tenet. Interesting characters. Fast page turner. In short, FUN. Well be reading Tony Harmsworth again.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Roland Taub

    I don't give five stars often, but .... I am for The Door! After a slow start which I thought was going to lead to a simple, boring read, suddenly leapt to an exciting and unusual ending. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading another of Mr. Jackson's offerings soon. I don't give five stars often, but .... I am for The Door! After a slow start which I thought was going to lead to a simple, boring read, suddenly leapt to an exciting and unusual ending. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading another of Mr. Jackson's offerings soon.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Shelley Trickett

    A slightly more unusual sci go book that breaks away from the standard stories of alien invasion/induction and adds a twist to it. I don't want to write much because it really would give the story away and spoil it , but I will say that it's a great book, well written, has a bit of unusual twist. A slightly more unusual sci go book that breaks away from the standard stories of alien invasion/induction and adds a twist to it. I don't want to write much because it really would give the story away and spoil it , but I will say that it's a great book, well written, has a bit of unusual twist.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Underwood

    This book was so good, I read it twice in spring of this year, in its previous manifestation as Green Door. An excellent story, highly relevant to the issues facing the Earth today, this is a great read for everyone, not just sci-fi aficionados! Highly recommended.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Karen Bolland

    Science fiction isn't my normal genre but I have to say this has piqued my interest. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The style of writing was easy to read and every page made you want to turn over, eager to understand the mystery. I will definitely read science fiction again. Science fiction isn't my normal genre but I have to say this has piqued my interest. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The style of writing was easy to read and every page made you want to turn over, eager to understand the mystery. I will definitely read science fiction again.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Michaela Shortt

    Out of this World Nice easy read but lots to think about. The storyline flows really well but really makes you think about the ecological problems we are facing. If only we could all live in harmony but maybe only the future can see our mistakes!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kerri Northey

    This should probably be classified as a teen novel because of the simple style and plot. It was engaging and fresh, but had numerous, clumsily-filled plot holes, inconsistent technology and a heavily laboured point about consumerism.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Franklin

    Good but not great Worth reading but needed a better bad guy. The ending wasn't exciting enough; I felt like I was just going through the motions while reading the last few chapters. Good but not great Worth reading but needed a better bad guy. The ending wasn't exciting enough; I felt like I was just going through the motions while reading the last few chapters.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Alan Grand

    Gives you something to think about Nice easy read, enjoyable, another take on reality. Could this be the future of mankind? One thing is for sure if we stay here we will eventually become extinct!

  26. 4 out of 5

    David Chambers

    Awful Billed as a science fiction mystery. The only mystery for me was why I even finished it. Towards the end it was as if the writer had tired of the plot or lost it, and hurriedly brought the story to its ludicrous conclusion. Poorly written pseudo science fiction claptrap.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rick Rider

    I really wanted to like this, but just felt it lacked body. And I almost put it down during the "here's what you/we are doing wrong with the Earth" lecture just after the mid-point of the book. I kinda wish I had. I really wanted to like this, but just felt it lacked body. And I almost put it down during the "here's what you/we are doing wrong with the Earth" lecture just after the mid-point of the book. I kinda wish I had.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dglab1511

    Interesting Interesting concept of a future we know can happen. I gave this a 4 because it was really politically and judgementally over the top, but that’s my opinion. Despite that, it’s definitely worth a read.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jim Barton

    Fascinating concept. I wanted to know what happened. But once the door opened I had to suspend disbelief. Shortly after that the point of view seemed to change without warning. I can't say I've any interest in a sequel. Fascinating concept. I wanted to know what happened. But once the door opened I had to suspend disbelief. Shortly after that the point of view seemed to change without warning. I can't say I've any interest in a sequel.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Vincent Procter

    Temporal paradoxes. A very British sci-fi novel. Can Henry and Hazel save the Human race? A readable sci-fi by Tony Harmsworth, although the plot was a bit obvious in places. Tony Harmsworth manages to sort all the paradoxes out while keeping ,at least this reader,entertained.

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