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Forbidden The Stars (The Interstellar Age Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Valmore Daniels
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Forbidden The Stars (The Interstellar Age Book 1)

At the end of the 21st century, a catastrophic accident
in the asteroid belt has left two surveyors dead.
There is no trace of their young son,
Alex Manez, or of the asteroid itself.

On the outer edge of the solar system,
the first manned mission to Pluto,
led by the youngest female astronaut in
NASA history, has led to an historic discovery:
there is a marker left there by an alien race
for humankind to find. We are not alone!

While studying the alien marker, it begins to react.
Four hours later, the missing asteroid appears
in a Plutonian orbit, along with young Alex Manez,
who has developed some alarming side-effects from his
exposure to the kinetic element they call Kinemet.

From the depths of a criminal empire based on Luna,
an expatriate seizes the opportunity to wrest control
of outer space, and takes swift action.

The secret to faster-than-light speed is up for grabs,
and the race for interstellar space begins!

- The Interstellar Age -
Book 1 - Forbidden The Stars
Book 2 - Music of the Spheres
Book 3 - Worlds Away


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"This is a brilliantly entertaining novel, and written wonderfully." --Matt Heckler

"Stay with this one. I think he's a storyteller worth supporting and following." --Moses Siregar III

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Product Details

  • File Size: 2934 KB
  • Print Length: 327 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1927560071
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Mummer Media (August 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003XT5S4S
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90 of 98 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended September 7, 2010
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It's easy for a writer to get bogged down when writing science fiction. Some writers focus too much on the science and not enough the story. Others do the reverse. Valmore Daniels manages to maintain a balance between the two. It's one of the things that made Forbidden the Stars a good read for me.

I enjoyed the author's writing style. There are places where Valmore Daniels uses excerpts from ship logs, personal journals and files to help further the story. For the most part, this worked to great effect.

The characters were interesting and believable. Each one had a fully developed personality and clear motivations. That said, some characters were stronger than others. There were also a few minor characters that I wanted to know more about.

The setting, especially how things are run on Earth, is unique. It's a different take on how things could be that I liked. It would have been nice to learn more about the events that led up to this but the story isn't hurt by the lack of details.

Finally, the plot and pacing of the story made the book an easy read. There was always something happening and events kept moving at an even pace. Towards the end of the book, things felt a little rushed as the author tied up the plot.

If you want to get a science fiction fix, you should give this book a try.
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An ambitious SF read December 18, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
I received a review copy from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

This book is an ambitious story weaving multiple storylines at once. There is Michael Sanderson, President of Canada Corp's Space Mining Division; Justine Turner, the first female astronaut who pilots Orcus 1 to Pluto; 10 year-old Alex Manez; the criminal base of operations on Luna and the legend of Kulkulkan, the Mayan god of the sun, the oceans, the earth and the sky. Maybe, a little too ambitious.

Alex Manez travels with his parents on a survey mission to the asteroid Macklin's Rock in the Sol System. This should have been a routine mission, but tragedy strikes and his parents are killed in an explosion. This is no ordinary explosion, but one that will change space exploration for mankind. The asteroid disappears only to reappear four hours later in a Plutonian orbit; the first instance of FTL aided by a mysterious element named Kinemet. Young Alex survives the FTL travel, but his exposure to kinetic element fundamentally changes him. Justine and her crew who were currently serving on a mission to Pluto rescue him. She must abandon her mission on Pluto to bring Alex back to Earth.

I wanted to bond with Alex and everything that he must be feeling, but the author keeps Alex at bay keeping him distant and aloof from every overture that Justine makes to befriend him. We do get to know Justine better, a woman who lost everything in her personal life, because of her unfailing dedication to her career. From the moment Justine rescues Alex, however, she develops an over protectiveness toward the young boy. This is where Mr. Daniels gets it right. I felt that I knew Justine and could understand the reasons why she made the decisions she did in her life.
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55 of 64 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Puerile and silly May 28, 2011
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Good SciFi has well developed characters. There is no depth to the characters. I never cared about any of them.

Good SciFi either lets technology exist without attempting to explain it (Steven L.Kent's "Clone" series), or actually uses good, established science as a basis for its extensions of out current knowledge (Larry Niven, John Ringo). The central concept in the book, 'element X', fits more in the fantasy genre than SciFi, and the treatment of nuclear physics and electron orbits are too bizarre to be amusing.

I managed to get 3/4 of the way through it and realized I wasn't even paying attention any more, and I did not care whether or not the little twit ever got rescued, and I don't want to find out anything more about 'Dis Pater'.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story, lacking characters January 8, 2011
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This is a very well written and thought out book. The link to science and possible future technology lends itself to a reasonable future, but the connection to the characters left me feeling like they were just a sideline to the events, not an actual part of them. Add in the unlikely international corporate view and it pushes the story where I think would lead down a slippery slope that borders unreasonable fiction.
This book and expected sequels I believe have a very high possibility of achieving so much, so long as the characters are brought more to the forefront with less emphasis on "profits before life" feeling I got from this book.
Keep up the good work Valmore, cannot wait to see where you leads us next!
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59 of 73 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awkward, Clunky, Flat November 21, 2010
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The concept of the story may have been entertaining, even interesting, had it not been so difficult to read. The best terms I can use to describe it are "clunky" and "awkward" and "flat". The science was questionable and clunky, the writing was awkward and the characters were flat.

By far, the greatest problem I had with the book was the language. I might have been able to enjoy the book and overlook the science problems but I kept being pulled out of the story by it's many problems. I recognize that this is the author's first published work and it may have been self-published but I think his attempt would have been greatly improved by a competent editor. Even asking a high-school language arts teacher look it over would have helped tremendously. Here are a few examples of the types of things I mean (there may be spoilers):

-there are simple typos:
"The artifact yew called Dis Pater..."

-poor grammar/missing words:
"Obviously, the deposit reacted with the something in the drill..."
"They spread was enough misinformation to keep the masses on the edge of doubt."
"The sight before him was so grand that it was a good minute before Alex the absence of artificial gravity in the room"
"Once it was brought into public knowledge of his near-screw-up..."
"I will treat him like my one of my own"

-and then there are times when a dictionary would have been helpful:
"He had hoped for the young boy's *forbearance*, but did not really believe anyone could have survived that kind of trip."
"This is Klaus Voglesburg, my young *ingénue*."
"When the needle was *injected* in his arm and blood taken...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars good story but unsatisfying ending
This full-length sci fi novel is a strange combination of compelling storyline with average characters, inaccurate science, and an unfulfilling ending. Read more
Published 6 days ago by J. Gunnar Grey
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good eBook.
Published 23 days ago by G. M. Norheim
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Decently composed with an enders game feel, but with a somewhat (sequel) disappointing ending.
Published 1 month ago by Ricky Perry
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
Begins a bit slow, and contains some predictable plot points, but this book is one of the most enjoyable ones I've read lately.
Published 1 month ago by lin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent reading of space opera the series was very well received
Published 1 month ago by Jim
4.0 out of 5 stars Forbidden the stars #1
A good story with many twists. The story leaves you with more questions than answers. Must read the next book to find answers. Characters are likeable and real with good balance.
Published 1 month ago by ron harmon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good read
Published 1 month ago by David Fryar
3.0 out of 5 stars Riddled with science-speak
Seemed to be a quick write to get you to buy the next one didn't lure me in
Won't read the next one
Published 1 month ago by rick hoffman
4.0 out of 5 stars fun and easy read
This book was a light and easy read and is a great way to pass the summer days away. Hopefully the next book will be as good.
Published 1 month ago by John A. Oconnor
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story
Thought it was great. I assume there will be a continuation of the story in a series.
Published 1 month ago by A.E.H.
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Valmore Daniels has lived on the coasts of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic Oceans, and dozens of points in between.

An insatiable thirst for new experiences has led him to work in several fields, including legal research, elderly care, oil & gas administration, web design, government service, human resources, and retail business management.

His enthusiasm for travel is only surpassed by his passion for telling tall tales.

Visit him at www.ValmoreDaniels.com

Also by Valmore Daniels:

- Fallen Angels -
Book 1 - Angel Fire
Book 2 - Angel's Breath
Book 3 - Earth Angel
Book 4 - Angel Tears
Book 5 - Angel of Darkness (forthcoming)

- The Interstellar Age -
Book 1 - Forbidden The Stars
Book 2 - Music of the Spheres
Book 3 - Worlds Away


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Why didn't we get any info on what happened to Alex on his final trip? How did he get back and why did they get the message his ship had exploded when he came back. Why was he talking to this Mayan grandfather? How on earth did Justine and Michael have parental feeling for a boy they had barely... Read More
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