Author: Vincent Lowry
ISBN: 978-1-934937-35-8:  ISBN- 978-934937-35-5
Publisher: Mill City Press

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This book is a quick, fun summer read. It is more space/fantasy than hard science fiction and appears to be aimed at the teen audience—although this reviewer, far from his teen years—thank goodness, enjoyed it.

An eighteen year-old young man, Glenn Sawyer, is broke and harassed both at school and at home. When he and his somewhat brattish sister, Crissy, are on their way to get dinner, they see a fiery object whiz by, close overhead, and crash in an open field.

When they investigate the crash site, they find a huge crater. In the crater, “… jutting out about twenty feet like the nose of a submarine…” is an alien spacecraft. When he, accompanied by Crissy, crawl inside a hole in the craft, they find that the vessel is immense and obviously not of this Earth.

While inside the craft, Glenn—who is a science and science fiction fan—is amazed and plans to go back home and get his camcorder and come back to record what he has seen. As he and Crissy work their way back to the hole, Crissy keeps insisting that there is something following them. And there was.

A monkeylike little creature, who we later find is named Paako, has large, silver eyes; four webbed paws; a belly pouch like a kangaroo and a fuzzy tail split into five parts at the tip. Paako is a chameleon-like creature. Her fur changes from white, to pink, to red and to black, indicating her emotions. She loves popcorn.

But Paako and her kind are not the builders and pilots of the crashed spacecraft. When Glenn, without Crissy, takes Paako back to the crashed vessel, she leads him into the depths of the gigantic ship. There he finds, past an entrance door that he estimates at ten feet high, the builders and pilots of the craft. They are in immense, liquid-filled hibernation tanks and remind Glenn of polar bears without muzzles, but with gigantic humanoid hands and feet.

When they awaken, the first is the captain of the ship: Rumaas. The others soon join him and before the night is over, they identify Glenn as their Quda—a mystical seer who will be the “chosen prodigy” to guide them, the Povars. Their first Quda, Ramesh, also from Earth had said that:

The great prophet will unearth the fractured hearts of a lost people. He shall rise from obscurity to heal and mend.

Glenn is astounded and disbelieving, but eventually is persuaded to join Povars as a fighter pilot in a wild battle against the forces that have caused the crash of the ship. The battle scenes are reminiscent of the space battles in “Star Wars,” against a foe that intends to totally destroy the few remaining Povars.

The author obviously means to work his way through other constellations in sequels. Science fiction fans that enjoy the genre and don’t demand deep science explanations—but love fantasy and action—will find an enjoyable read in this book.

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