The Number of the Beast
by Robert Heinlein
A family of scientists is violently chased from home after designing and building a machine capable of passing into different times, places and dimensions and go on a huge adventure across time, space, and imagination.
After recently reading STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND, I decided to read another book by Heinlein that was used as a song title by Iron Maiden, but had nothing to do with the book: THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST.
This book started off with a blast... LITERALLY! The opening pages were so action packed that it was all you needed to soldier on. Believe me, you needed that to solder on. As the pages turned, the book seemed to take a very different turn. It became too bogged down with technical jargon that didn't help the story at all. The story was so based on characters from other stories it almost seemed to border on plagiarism. The characters were developed in such a way that you didn't even care about them after a while. All but Zeb Carter turned hopelessly annoying and you were hoping the villains would show up and kill them all. The ending was a pure let down.
I have read many reviews for this book. Some good, some negative. I disagree with all of them. It just seemed like Heinlein decided to throw everything into a book, including the kitchen sink and didn't seem to care. For the first time in my life I was disappointed in a book by Robert Heinlein.