By L.M. Preston
Published By Phenomenal One Press at Smashwords
eBook ISBN 0-9841989-4-6, $2.94; Paperback ISBN-13 978-0-9841989-3-1, $14.99
Normally I don’t enjoy science fiction, I’m much more interested in vampires than aliens. Still, I really liked this novel. The beginning dragged on a bit for me, but once we got through the packing it was continuous action for the rest of the story. The author did a great job at setting a fast pace while still being able to describe the alien planet around them.
The story takes place on a distant planet inhabited by thieves and killers which is where we meet Daniel, a young boy who is forced to run after his father is murdered in their own home. Along with his younger brother, and cousin he must figure out who killed his father and why. His first stop is to a friends house to get help but what he finds is his friends headstrong younger sister, Jade, who quickly joins the group in their quest.
The four of them travel through dangerous waters to reach even more treacherous treasure troves in order to solve the clues laid out before them by Daniel’s father. The creatures encountered were described well, as was the terrain making their unknown planet really come to life.
Although I did enjoy a lot of this novel, there were some points that tugged at me while I read.
Daniel takes up the lead role but is just a bully in the beginning. He pouts and fights when he can’t get his way and ends up being a hard protagonist to like and cheer for, thankfully he does seem to change throughout the novel and softens to those around him.
Jade gets somewhat annoying, fast. In the first chapter we meet her she has her hands on her hips more times than most people breathe in a minute. This seemed to be the only form of emotion she could show, whether she was trying to be sexy, angry, sad or stubborn her hands always found her hips. This could have been taken care of by a bit of editing though.
The whole book could have benefited from a red pen and a good editor. Lots of words were either missing, added twice, or were used wrong. I found this to be distracting as it always is when I am reading anything, but I also found that for the most part the story was interesting enough for me to continue on.
I’m not sure if this is intended to be a series or not but it definitely showed promise to continue on and the characters did grow throughout the book. I would be interested in reading more about these characters and from this author should they have a better editor next round.
All in all, not a bad read for those who enjoy a fast-paced good sci-fi adventure story.
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Disclaimer: This review was first written and published by me at Tracy Riva Books & Reviews.