What Readers Have Said

A collection of reviews made by actual authenticated human beings (which means that no bots were allowed to submit reviews due to their notoriously unscrupulous behavior)

Gripping Story

“gripping story told thru the voice of each character on each side of the aisle. the author really spun a good yarn about how a teenager and much older person together tried to deal with a new challenging situation in their world. might be our world. maybe not a bad situation after all. highly recommend this book.”

— Victoria Xu, Barnes & Noble review

An excellent multi-generational mystery

“My father and I both enjoyed this multi-generational story of a 13-year-old NYC-born Chinese-American boy facing moral challenges, his middle-aged Chinese mother navigating her new life in America, and her senior citizen NYC born-and-bred lawyer-boss bridging both those age gaps to guide them in solving a mystery that has far-reaching implications for everyone. Naturally and convincingly told from each character’s perspective, be they from USA or China. No good guys or bad guys. All characters acting from respective ideas of what’s optimal for future generations. Fine flow of action in developing the plot. We can’t wait to read the sequel. The book should be translated into other languages to expand the cultural dialogue!”

— M. Bassik, Amazon review

legal background gives tight plot

“I’m a speed reader, which means I typically skip phrases and roar along to get the gist. I couldn’t do this for G88, because the book doesn’t ramble. The author’s legal background and knowledge of Chinese culture probably explains how this fiction is complex but easy to follow. Its dystopian view troubled me, because it’s presented believably, and without platitudes. No simple heroes or villians here…”

— Kathy S, Amazon review

Gripping Story

“An excellent book with an unusual plot! The author has a gift for description that brings his characters to life. Telling the story from the perspective of the different characters in the book enhances and deepens the book’s plot. Once I started this book I was hooked and had to read it through. I am anxiously awaiting the sequel! I very highly recommend this book.”

— Richard J. Baksa, Amazon review

Anxiously Awaiting the Sequel

“On the surface, G88 is a fun mystery told primarily through the words and thoughts of a school-aged skateboarder, but it also digs deeply to give insights into growing up and living in New York, the practice of law, and cultural differences between the United States and China. G88 builds momentum suspense as it progresses and ends in a manner that leaves the reader yearning for more. Bravo to Todd Platek!”

— Reading Room of Athens, Barnes & Noble review

In the not too distant future, everyone pays attention

“In a world with too many distractions how can we teach the next generation of students? Is G88 an answer? Provocative near term future.”

— John D. Groopman, Amazon review

Uauuu! You Must Read This Book!

“Very well written and has everything in a good novel. A good plot that gets you hooked till the very last page! It is fiction but in today’s crazy world who knows? It could well happen or worst, it is already happening!”

— Carlos S, Barnes & Noble review

Timely and challenging

“Author Todd Platek’s initial concept of G88 as a fantasy intended to entertain youthful readers evolved during writing to become “page turner” seriously challenging mature readers to consider a potential worldwide threat from a China to invade and alter the very essence of unmankind! Reader buckle up for a thrilling and mysterious well written ride.”

— Charles Visconti, Amazon review

Entertaining and thought-provoking!

“This book has all the elements of a great sci-fi novel: detailed character descriptions and development, a captivating, suspenseful, thought-provoking plot and a wonderful foundation for future sequels! A highly entertaining read and one I would recommend for book club discussions.”

— Linda E, Amazon review

A Great “Who done it?”

“Interesting read with entertaining characters. Could this happen in future generations? This novel is fun, suspenseful and riveting. I could not put it down! Cannot wait to see what happens to Josh and friends. Well worth reading!”

— Patti Wilson, Amazon review

Engaging and unfortunately not too far fetched

“Interesting concept from someone intimately knowledgeable about China”

— edward wilmot, Amazon review

A fun read!

“It’s a good yarn and well worth your time. Read it two sittings. A creative use of first person narrative.”

— Amazon Customer, Amazon review

fun, fast paced read

“Loved this book. It moves along in a way that made it hard to put down. I found it to be thought provoking and I enjoyed the interesting characters. It was new territory for me and a nice surprise. Looking forward to the next book.”

— gdassinger, Amazon review

Awesome read!

“I was pleasantly surprised and couldn’t put it down! A must read!”

— Kellie G, Amazon review

Entertaining and well-written!

“I enjoyed this book very much! It’s well written, funny and keeps you on your toes in terms of not knowing what’s going to happen next. I liked the author’s choice of making each chapter be from a different character’s point of view and enjoyed all the cultural tidbits about life in China and New York. Highly recommend!”

— sofya zaytseva, Amazon review

A Great Read!!

“I came across this book via a happenstance meeting with the author at a dog park and began reading it out of curiosity. Once I started I could not put it down. An excellent mystery! I loved the author’s technique of short chapters and titling chapters by the name person speaking in said chapter. I cannot wait for second book to come out to see where the next phase of the story takes us. I highly recommend this G88!”

— James G. Wallace, Amazon review

Capturing

“This book grabbed my attention from the start. I absolutely loved how the characters developed. I read the book in a day. I had a hard time putting it down. I hope this author gives us more to read.”

— Linda R, Amazon review

Fascinating!

“The author intrigues, entertains, and provokes the reader about the future of our world through his fascinating and superbly written story. A great addition to your book list.”

— Amazon Customer, Amazon review

A fun read and thought-provoking

“There’s not much I can add to all the positive comments that are already posted. However, I will say that Mr. Platek gives us a lot to think about in his new book. Aside from the diverse characters, there are fascinating concepts presented in a way that you can’t help but ponder just where the heck our society is headed. Many thumbs up!”

— Karen F, Amazon review

Excellent page Turner

“The author’s rookie Novel was a grand slam. The page Turner was full of suspense , surprises and one can just anticipate reading the next page. I am looking forward to his next novel”

— Manuel Luis Erosa, Amazon review

Maybe this would be the future

“This book was really entertaining. Very realistic dialogue and action from the teenagers and the adults confronting opposing ideas about the future of mankind. I can’t wait to read the sequel to find out about Josh and Harry.”

— Ping Y, Amazon review

A thrilling page-turner

“A friend gave me a copy of this novel and it is a real page-turner. It’s a thrilling tale of international intrigue told through the eyes of disparate characters struggling over mysterious controlling forces. The characters are richly developed, the action is suspenseful, the cultural details and contrasts are fascinating, and even romance arises in the saga. Can’t wait for the sequels.”

— Nord W, Amazon review

A must read!

“I like the way that the author developed the characterization through dialogue. This made the characters come alive. They are interesting characters and the author does an excellent job of allowing the reader to get to know each one. While reading, I could not only “hear” their voices, but also picture them in my mind. The plot is exciting and builds to a climax that invites the reader to want to read the next book in the series. There are also interesting dilemmas, in which the reader may decide what is just and moral. Each of these would make for interesting discussions for book club members, teachers, friends, etc. As a retired high school teacher, I think that both teachers and students could relate to events in this book. This would make a good addition to anybody’s reading list.”

— Michele Morrison, Amazon review

Intriguing

“I found the book to be intriguing from beginning to end as revealed through each character’s perspective. Brilliantly written!”

— Becky, Amazon review

a Book you should have on your list.

“just started to read this book and looking well written, I recommend this to a few friends that are into these types”

— Stephen Simas, Amazon review

Awesome book!

“I love this book! The story was fun and engaging. The author did a great job on the characters who are so unique. The over all story kept me on edge and I couldn’t put it down. Finished the book in three days!”

— Amazon Customer, Amazon review

Unique

“Interesting and unique premise. Well written with a subtle hint of an all too certain dystopian twist.”

— Nicholas Platek, Amazon review

Cross Cultural Issues

“An unusual and well written novel, indicative of author’s thorough knowledge of the cultures of NY city, China and legal issues. The unique plotting and timely issues confronting our modern world are encompassed in a highly readable and relevant way.”

— Anonymous, Barnes & Noble review

Exciting Story Richly Written

“This wonderful novel is full of suspense, international intrigue, culture clashes, and mysterious events about controlling the future. Couldn’t put the book down and it leaves you eager to read what happens next.”

— N Winnan, Barnes & Noble review