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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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  • File Size: 2935 KB
  • Print Length: 326 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: ValmoreDaniels.com (August 1, 2010)
  • Publication Date: August 1, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003XT5S4S
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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

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112 of 122 people found the following review helpful By Richard E. Jackson on 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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55 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Debra L. Martin on December 18, 2010
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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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84 of 98 people found the following review helpful By John Everett on 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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100 of 118 people found the following review helpful By Warren Peace on 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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Is it just me or did a change happen?
Renee,

After just finishing the book - I would say that seeking the answers to most of your questions is probably one of the best reasons to catch the next book in the series. Obviously, to me, Alex found interaction with the "lost" mayan people who were taken from earth - and that... Read More
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