From The Sky Review

This past weekend I read the novel From The Sky. It is the first book in the trilogy of Beyond Moondust, and the next two books are available on Amazon. On Friday, I downloaded a free e-book, and I brought the audio version too.

It was a fun read and I like Samantha (Sam) for she was strong and courageous. other times, she did some really stupid and dumb things that got her into trouble. After all, she was a teenager and teenagers don’t always make the greatest choices.

It was a simple read of a love story about two teenagers filled with tragedy, danger, and figuring out what the future holds for them.

I also felt there was a lot of potential underneath the story waiting to emerge, but it never happened.

After chapter 10 the formatting becomes wacky, and it continues throughout the rest of the book. It’s not every page but like every few pages. It is annoying.

This next part contains spoilers alert.

The novel had the potential to become an epic read, but the author chose not to dive into those elements.

The chapter titles, in my opinion, gave away the plot by outlining certain events in the chapters. For me, they took away the feeling of being on the edge of my seat wanting to know what would happen next.

The beginning of the novel after the prologue gets very confusing, I almost stopped reading it. I didn’t. What the novel needs is a timeline; to guide the reader to understand the events that were taking place for the character. It would help tremendously!

There were times the pacing of the story move too quickly that caused more confusion.

Sometimes, the characters would refer to events that happened in the backstory but gave very vague descriptions about those events; so the reader had to assume. I didn’t like it.

The main plot of the story was Sam falling in love with an alien and the consequences that happened in her life. It drew me into the story, and why I kept reading to see how it would end.

Of course, it was a cliffhanger ending.

I gave this book 4 stars because I enjoyed it was a fun read. I simply excepted what the author had written a love story about a teenager who falls in love with an alien. I also enjoyed the audible book too.

Right now, I don’t have any plans to finish the series.

The Lost Starship Review

Ten thousand years ago, a single alien super-ship survived a desperate battle. The vessel’s dying crew set the AI on automatic to defend the smashed rubble of their planet. Legend has it the faithful ship continues to patrol the empty battlefield, obeying its last order throughout the lonely centuries.

In the here and now, Earth needs a miracle. Out of the Beyond invade the New Men, stronger, faster and smarter than the old. Their superior warships and advanced technology destroy every fleet sent to stop them. Their spies have infiltrated the government and traitors plague Earth’s military.

Captain Maddox of Star Watch Intelligence wonders if the ancient legend could be true. Would such an old starship be able to face the technology of the New Men?

On the run from killers, Maddox searches for a group of talented misfits. He seeks Keith Maker, a drunken ex-strikefighter ace, Doctor Dana Rich the clone thief stuck on a prison planet and Lieutenant Valerie Noonan, the only person to have faced the New Men in battle and survived to tell about it.

Maddox has to find a place hidden in the Beyond and bring back a ship no one can enter. If he fails, the New Men will replace the old. If he succeeds, humanity might just have a fighting chance…

I finished The Lost Starship at end of January. It was an intriguing and exciting read, but at other times, it was a slow read.

Captain Maddox was a intriguing who had flaws that landed him in trouble. There were times he wasn’t likeable because of his decisions but I could understand.

I also like the supporting characters it brought out Maddox’s qualities and his flaws. Boy, did Doctor Rich do that. She was a remarkable character.

The New Man concept was interesting. The human race went into space and colonize encountering no aliens until the New Man.

The beginning opened with the urgency of the New Man threat heading towards Earth and surrounded colonies in the solar system.

Maddox accepted a secret mission to locate and bring back an ancient starship from the Beyond. Soon after that Maddox’s troubles started when he was assembling his crew.

There were slow parts and needless stuff that blogged the pace, which started in the second half of the story’s middle. Captain Maddox had assembled his crew to locate the ancient starship that’s when the story’s pace changed.

The climax leading to the ending didn’t have the punch or the wow factor I was expecting. I found it lacking the excitement. When the final battle happened, it felt like a pop from a deflated balloon.

The ending was nicely which wrapped up all the characters’ storyline. That answer all my questions and allows the characters to be in the second book of the series.

The reason I enjoyed the novel because there were a lot of nail-biting scenes kept me on the edge of my sit. I wondered what would happen when I was not reading.

I gave it four stars, and I’m planning to read the second book in the series.