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About the Author

LM. Preston, author of The Pack and Explorer X - Alpha, attended college at Bowie State University, and worked in the IT field as a techie and educator for over sixteen years. Her first published novel, Explorer X - Alpha, was the beginning of her obsessive desire to write and create stories of young people who overcome unbelievable odds. She loves to write while on the porch watching her kids play or when she is traveling, which is another passion that encouraged her writing.
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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Phenomenal One Press (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984198938
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984198931
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,704,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By NYBKLYN on December 18, 2011
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A futuristic teen pirate adventure! Oh, I loved Daniel. A total kick butt pirate with an attitude and loyal heart. The chemistry between him and his love interest Jade was steamy but clean only involving a kiss. His cousin, Faulk was the joker and bought humor to the story. The conflict was interesting and the world created with Merwin was amazing. So much that I would love to live there. It's a world of a million islands that the pirates have turned the islands into like their own treasure chest. I would love to see the second book in this series.
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The author's son wanted "a gritty pirate tale." Wow! I'd say he got that and more! After all, this pirate tale is not only gritty, it is out of this world--Merwin!

As you read the story, especially in the thrilling escapades, please be alert to pay attention to the images, the creatures, the seemingly impossible acts that her characters face. Preston has a genius for not only having the imagination, but carrying that skill down to the "nitty-gritty" details! I'm going to include just one scene of many that will blow your mind as part of the total book...too good not to use an example to let you feel some of the excitement, without giving away the storyline!
It looked like the bases of the trees were turning colors. He gazed down at the dead beast at the foot of the tree in front of him. Raised his gun and jerked his eyes from tree to tree as the beasts appeared to come out of the trees and stalk him. Their gaping mouths were filled with sharp, overcrowded teeth, and their mouths were just a slit from ear to ear on their coned heads....

Daniel and his family are Zukar. They were living on Merwin, a place which was populated by thieves, hit men, or other type of criminal who would do anything, as long as they were paid. Daniel and Nickel had been thoroughly trained by their father, one of the leaders of Zukar.

Now he had been murdered. Daniel knew they had to leave immediately and get to their father's trove. His father had not been fulfilling his duties for quite some time. Though angered and confused by the changes he saw in him, Daniel had taken over to complete much of his work.
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I received a free copy of this book for my review. This story takes place on an alternate planet, with Earth being the more conservative of the planets in the galaxy (in this sci fi books galazy that is). The planet in question is home to the thiefs and criminals of the universe, one of which is the main character. The author has given a lot of thought to the details of various planets, which include unknown species of creatures, plants and materials. In the first few chapters I thought it was a YA or book for older children (not that adults won't enjoy it), but when the main character starts getting more intimate with his best friends younger (barely 16 yr old) sister I wasn't so sure. That's when I felt the writer was mixing the boundaries of YA and adult. The romantic scenes are too steamy, and no they are not in any way graphic, but the emotional detail is that of a sexually experienced/ kinda hot and heavy scenario. (I wouldn't be comfortable letting my 13 year old read those bits and yes you may call me conservative). I felt it took away from the main story (young people trying to save the universe), which was good until it the story started to swing hither and ho like a bell, from hero of the nation to desire of a young male. Other than that it was an enjoyable read.Bandits
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A well-written sci-fi fantasy for young audiences. Daniel is a Zukar (top pirate) on a planet of pirates, his father is killed and he and his brother and friends must find out why, while while locating the treasure his father died to protect. This book has vivid descriptions, and a masterful creation of the world of the planet Merwin. As a young teen-ager I would have loved this book full of cute young men and a beautiful spunky young woman. As an adult I am entertained. I received this free with my Kindle subscription.
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First, I'd like to point out that this book may be too violent and filled with language unsuitable to young adults. The Young Adult Library Services (YALSA) of the American Library Association (ALA) defines a young adult as someone between the ages of twelve and eighteen. In my opinion, this book should not be read by anyone under the age of sixteen.

As for the story line, the author had a good plan for a great story but fell short in the telling. I spent a lot of time reading lines to my husband, just because I was amazed at the immaturity of the writing; sentences that made little or no sense and the use of wrong words.

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Daniel knew that Haden was like the odd man out of the threesome kinship his father had with his childhood friends.
...up to his chin as he fell.

With a grunt, Daniel stabbed him in the back to make sure he staid down.

He wanted Haden to think the lost of Gabe would hurt him.

I could have overlooked a few poorly written sentences, but this book was teeming with them. I would love to see this book rewritten with the removal of the unnecessary foul language (no I don't mind harsh language, just not in a children's book) and immature writing. A good editor would have found these mistakes.
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