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Product Details

  • Series: Osguards: Guardians of the Universe
  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Rage Books; Reprint edition (February 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984364501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984364503
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,121,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Great story! This is one of the best science fiction novels I've read in a long time...great job with the characters and the action."
--Writer's Digest
10th Annual International Self-Published Book Awards

"Petteway is a veteran Air Force Officer and uses his knowledge to bring a very believable description of battle techniques and strategies. This is a very readable and enjoyable novel...."

-- Barry Hunter
Editor Baryon Magazine

"Like a good play, it captivates its audience!"

-- Tom Johnson
Editor Fading Shadows Magazine

"Malcolm Dylan Petteway has written a believable science fiction novel where he creates entirely new worlds."

-- Reviewed by Alice Holman
The RAWSISTAZ™ Reviewers Black Book Reviews

Move over, Gene Roddenberry, Glen A. Larson and other imaginative creators of space-age adventure. There's a new sheriff in town and his name is Malcolm Dylan Petteway.

--Bruce Haring
2011 Hollywood Book Festival Contest Judge

From the Author

I am proud to announce that Homecoming received Honorable Mention at the 2011 Hollywood Book Festival. I conceived Osguards when I was young traveling to Jacksonville North Carolina for a family reunion. There I met relatives I never knew I had from all parts of the country. The reunion was held on land that was the plantation my forefathers and mothers worked. More spectacular, we were celebrating being a family on that very land. It was so surreal and fascinating at the same time. I took that feeling and created the Osguards. Back then, I was fascinated with science fiction, so I placed my characters in a science fiction setting. Like I stated before, I would play these stories in my head when I was alone during the day and had nothing to do. I first put these characters down on paper in my high school creative writing class. Osguards were a family discovering their rich history and the awesome responsibility that history brought them. The characters, I created in high school stayed with me until one day, in 2000, I decided to expand those short stories into a novel. I wrote Homecoming and received some glowing support and calls for more adventures with the Osguards. I also found I had more to write. Therefore, I continued the series with Revelations, Armageddon and Revenge. In summary, my life experience, my family and friends as well as the need to tell a story with positive protagonist inspired me to write.

More About the Author

Malcolm Dylan Petteway is the award winning author of the four-book science fiction series, Osguards: Guardians of the Universe. The series can be labeled a military science fiction saga, written in the same fashion as Star Trek, Star Wars and Star Gate books. Osguards consist of the titles Homecoming, Revelations, Armageddon and Revenge. Malcolm gravitated towards the military side of science fiction because of his background as a senior military analyst, a retired military officer and a twenty-year veteran of the United States Air Force. He flew B-52's as an Electronic Warfare Officer and has 3,000 flight hours and 300 combat hours. In his distinguished career, Malcolm has used his knowledge in the art of war, military weapons and combat defenses in planning over 400 combat sorties. Besides his Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters and numerous other awards, Malcolm is the recipient of the U.S. Air Force Air Medal and the U.S. Air Force Air Achievement Medal for his actions during Operation Enduring Freedom. Malcolm Petteway is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and California State University. You can visit Malcolm Petteway at http://www.ragebooks.net

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
I understand that everyone wants to be a writer-- I do. I respect that desire. Books are wonderful. But some people just are just not cut out for it. Mr. Petteway is one of these. This book actually inspired me to major in English so that I could be an editor and hopefully protect scifi readers and the world from books like this in the future.

At first I was super excited by this book. Strong female leads are unusual in scifi, and African Americans are almost never big characters; the prospect of two black women as the leads was just thrilling to me. When I got this book in the mail, I started on page one, and found the opening paragraph a bit vague and wandering. Failing to be hooked, I decided to peek into the middle to try to get a better taste of the prose, but happened upon a page filled with bizarrely gratuitous profanity. I'm no prude, and I absolutely understand the need for profanity-- even lots of profanity in the right scene--but this was on par with a second grader trying to impress his next door neighbor. It was forced and hokey, and yes, I understand that he was trying to convey the way that a white "massa" would speak to his slaves, but this had the tone of -- well, as I've said, of a 7 year old trying to show off his new swear words. It came off as ridiculous.

I went back to the beginning, determined to give the book a fair shake. I had just purchased three copies-- I really wanted to like it. I soon found that in addition to vague and wandering prose ,the abundance of errors drove me insane: not just grammar errors, but spelling and language usage-- actual WRONG WORDS (such as "than/then" issues, "could of" instead of "could have" and so many more).
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Format: Paperback
Homecoming is an installment of Osguards: Guardians of the Universe. Michael Genesis and his family members have created the Osguard community for their elderly parents. The community is a place where these retired parents want for nothing, but they have no idea what it is their children do in order to keep them in unwavering comfort. That is until the Kulusk's try to destroy the earth.

Mr. Petteway combines third world galaxies, political propaganda and military speak to form a great novel that will win over the hearts of sci-fi fans.

This book was originally published in 2002. It is my personal opinion that if this book was re-edited, and not for spelling errors, but more for flow and development, and re-marketed with a new cover, this could go to the top of the New York Times Best Sellers list.

If you're not familiar with "inside information" of the military, this book may be a hard read. However, once you get past that difficulty, it might make a non-Christian reader wonder if there really are other worlds out there and if aliens really exist. Great job Malcolm.
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By Virginia E. Johnson on August 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
"Like a good play, it captivates its audience! As I read this action-packed science fiction adventure, I was reminded of those early day pulp tales of space opera and ground-breaking stories of new - and alien races that populate the universe. The author's military background brings the reader believable combat encounters and terminology. His characters are strong and dedicated to their survival, and the survival of their race. The reader is pulled into the story head first, and must fight alongside the Osguards in all of their endeavors. It is a fun and exciting read, and like a good play, it captivates its audience!"

- Tom Johnson
Editor Fading Shadows Magazine
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vetta C on April 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
It's impossible to read the Osguards and remain unchanged. While there is much enlightenment through the characters' social and cultural mindsets, this book reveals Petteway's penchant for thrilling action. His picturesque scenes of battle (whether hand to hand comat on Earth or on the planet Kulusk, or air-land-water military force coordination and battle) are matched only by his ability to delve into the psyches of myriad characters who have different mindsets, perspectives, and paradigms.
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