By Jeff Deischer
Finally we have the third book in the series by Philip Wylie and Edwin Balmer. When Jeff asked me if I would be interested in reading his book, which is unnecessary, there was no doubt I would. I decided I needed to read the original two books, “When Worlds Collide” and “After Worlds Collide.” I’ve had both books in my “To be read mountain” for a while. To be honest, I wasn’t overly impressed with “When Worlds Collide.” It read like a rough draft and it had taken me bit to read. The second book, “After Worlds Collide” was better and I enjoyed it more than the first book. The problem with both books is that there are way too many unanswered questions left. In “Beyond Worlds Collide” Jeff answers the questions we’ve been asking for eighty years. Unlike the first two books, I was able to quickly read and enjoy the book. Some of the answers to the many questions were similar to what I thought they would be. Not only does he answer the questions, he gives us an excellent story to enjoy. We visit characters we were introduced to in the first two books, but we meet some new characters. Not to spoil the story, but I believe that a character we meet based on an historic person is done better with hindsight than if he was used by Wylie and Balmer. If, like myself, you haven’t read “When Worlds Collide” and “After Worlds Collide”, you owe yourself the pleasure of being able to read all three books and have the questions you have for the first two answered in the third.