Forbidden The Stars (The Interstellar Age Book 1) and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Forbidden The Stars: The Interstellar Age Book 1 Paperback – March 7, 2013


See all 4 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback, March 7, 2013
$15.98 $13.78

A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab
A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab
Travel through three exciting periods of London's history in V.E. Schwab's newest book. Learn more | See related books

Editorial Reviews

Review

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

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

"This is extremely imaginative and well written! Perfect sci-fi!" --reader, Liz

"Just what sci-fi ought to be and so often isn't! --reader, Jim"

"It is a solid piece of science fiction and something that reminds me slightly of the Clarke and the Herbert." --reader, Andrew --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.

From the Author

Visit the author at ValmoreDaniels.com --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Mummer Media (March 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0986659347
  • ISBN-13: 978-0986659348
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (239 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,688,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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:

- The MoonWar Cycle -
1, Seed Of Creation (Apr 2015)
2, To Touch The Sky (Oct 2015)
3, In Valor Bound (Apr 2016)
4, Engine Of Evolution (Oct 2016)
5, The End Of Heaven (Apr 2017)

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

The Complete Book of Fallen Angels

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

The Complete Trilogy

Customer Reviews

Interesting from the start, good character development, and story line.
motor723
It left me in a place feeling no conclusion to this story while at the same time feeling no connection to any of the characters anymore because of the way it ended.
Stanley Grant
The book has a two-star rating mainly because there were very few typos or misused words, and in e-publishing, that's almost worth a second star just by itself.
Rick

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

102 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Richard E. Jackson on September 7, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
49 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Debra L. Martin on 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.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
70 of 82 people found the following review helpful By John Everett on May 28, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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'.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
77 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Warren Peace on November 21, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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...
Read more ›
11 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?