Saturday, March 15, 2014

Book Review: The Dragonfly Door by Margaret Millmore

The Dragonfly Door
By Margaret Millmore
Publisher: Margaret Millmore
Published: Oct. 1, 2913
ASIN: B00FL572Q4

Amazon Synopsis:

Most people would envy Frank Mann for living off a trust fund in beautiful San Francisco. But Frank was directionless and spiraling downward – lonely, drinking heavily, getting into brawls. He was sitting at a bar when above the gleaming bottles he first glimpsed the thing that would change his life forever. 

“It was the largest dragonfly I’d ever seen. Its wings were silver and its body a luminescent blue-green, almost metallic. I swear it was looking right at me.” 

But it wasn’t looking at him. It was looking for him. Because it wasn’t a dragonfly at all, 
it was a door into the future. And it was sent to find Frank Mann for one specific reason: because only he could save mankind from extinction. 

A century from now, the world seems cleansed of pollution, relieved of conflict, liberated from want. Earth appears lush and beautiful, a renewed Eden. But there’s trouble in paradise— a deadly virus that is destroying all of earth’s agriculture. Unleashed in our time, its catastrophic power only emerges a century from now. And to create an antidote, the scientists of tomorrow must obtain a sample of the virus from today. That’s where Frank Mann comes in. 

However, success will not be as easy as stepping through the dragonfly door. An evil future sect will try to thwart him. The time travel device itself could fail and strand him, and unnerving encounters with his own future wife and their great-great-grandchildren might skew history altogether. Frank just wanted something to live for – something a little more modest than saving humanity. But that’s what the future asked of him and now it’s time to answer the call. 

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My Thoughts:

The Dragonfly Door was an intriguing novel. Frank Mann had a difficult beginning, but through circumstances ended up as a fairly well-to-do young man living off of a trust fund. Not needing to work, he really had no goals and the loss of a serious girlfriend had sent him into a downward spiral of drinking when he noticed… a dragonfly looking at him.

A dragonfly which in reality was a doorway created by two brothers through which they could travel through time. They used the door to try to correct a disaster that had befallen the world of the 22nd century. A virus was created that was destroying all plant life on the planet. They needed to collect a sample of the original virus from the 21st century to create an antidote. So they travelled back in time. Only now something had gone wrong.

What did the dragonfly have to do with Frank Mann? The dragonfly came looking for him. Somehow, the dragonfly door knew that he was the key to fixing the problem.

The Dragonfly Door was a unique take on a time travel story. Told from several points of view, it was a little confusing at times. When told from Frank’s perspective, it was told in first person point of view in present tense. When told from other people’s point of view it was written in third person point of view and mostly written in past tense, although the sentences sometimes slipped between past and present tense, sometimes in mid-sentence.

I liked the plot. I was well-developed and interesting. There were enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. I do wonder though if it would really be possible to actually measure if the timeline was being altered if sometime did travel back in time. The author may have figured out the only way to actually be able to objective compare the two timelines (if they could be observed in reality).

The characters were ones that you could care about. There were some very nice heart-warming things that happened in the story (can’t tell you – spoiler) and a bit of clean romance.

If you like the science fiction/fantasy genres, I’m sure you’ll enjoy The Dragonfly Door. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.

I received this book from the author via Author Alliance in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive review was not required. All thoughts are my own.

This review was first published on the Author Alliance Network at

About the Author:

A Southern California native and sci fi fantasy enthusiast, Margaret moved to San Francisco in 1991 and currently resides there with her husband and two cats. Reading is her addiction. As a child, she had an active imagination and often made up stories that she only told to herself. After ending a successful career, she found herself with the time to pursue those stories, and the floodgates opened. She loves just about every kind of story. Throw in some science fiction fantasy, supernatural, and/or paranormal overtones and she’s in heaven. 

Margaret is the grandniece of Irish author Benedict Kiely and the second cousin of Irish author Sharon Owens. Current published works are: Doppelganger Experiment (a paranormal science fiction thriller - World Castle Publishing, September 2011) and The Four Series – Book I, II and III (sci fi fantasy suspense - World Castle Publishing 2012/13). 

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