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John Bryden Lloyd was born in the village of Llay near Wrexham in North Wales in 1969, before moving to Coatbridge, near Glasgow, where he lived from 1977 to 1986. After a further 18 months in Dunfermline, Fife, Bryden returned to North Wales where he worked as a draughtsman for the MoD. He married in 1991 and returned to education in 1993, with the aim of going into teaching, but in 1996 he left full-time education with a HND in Aeronautical/Mechanical Engineering. He still works as a contracting CAD designer. Now living in Northop, North Wales with his wife, six children and two dogs, Bryden began investing more time in his writing in 2010.

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  • File Size: 967 KB
  • Print Length: 478 pages
  • Publisher: J. Bryden Lloyd; 3rd Kindle edition (December 17, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 17, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005M5PI5U
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John Bryden Lloyd was born in the village of Llay near Wrexham in North Wales in 1969. Now in his 40's, and married with 6 children and a couple of dogs, he still works as a contracting CAD designer.

In 2011, The Rise Of Va'kaar was the first of the series of Chronicles involving Jenson Quest and the Great Drak. It took 18 months to write and although it was originally planned to be a stand-alone novel, the ideas and directions it inspired have spawned a possible 9-book series, the first trilogy of which is already available.
Book 2, The Realms Of Jurrii, was published in November 2011 and book 3, The Cause, in June 2012.

Along with the Jenson Quest series, he has also written The Zubot Master; a sci-fi series for younger readers. Part 1, Time Slip, was released in January 2012, and the second instalment, The New Age, is due out soon.

For those who prefer shorter works, Meet My Shorts! (a Series of Short Stories) was issued in February 2012, and Meet My Other Shorts! (a Series of Short Stories), in March 2012.

You can join the author at his blog
http://bryvstheworld.blogspot.com/

or on Twitter : @JQChronicles

or on Facebook : J Bryden Lloyd (Author)

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Sweet Diva Reader (SDR) Marla on February 5, 2012
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Because in my opinion this is a 4 1/2 star read. I purposefully do not rehash the plot in my reviews very often because you can get the general idea of that from the book description and I HATE reviews that contain spoilers (my personal hang up)!

When I first started reading this book two thoughts immediately crossed my mind:

1. This is supposed to be for ages YA up? - No way it's too advanced.
2. What the heck have I gotten myself into?

By the close of chapter 2 I'd gotten answers to both those questions.

1. This is definitely appropriate for YA, but I believe adults would enjoy this as well if they like a good space opera. The author does use I believe only 1 profane word a few times sprinkled throughout the story and it rhymes with spit (in fact the spelling is quite similar) :-) PG 13 movies today use stronger language then that.

2. Once I got into the flow of the story, became more familiar with words like Zyll, Zytagg, Va'kaar, trigs, vuron etc and began to get to know some of the characters we'd be following, what I'd found I'd gotten myself into was a well written, tightly woven, action driven tale that swept me away and carried me right till the end of the story. I cheered these characters on and at times shed a tear or two.

While this is clearly part one of a series, it is also a book that could be read as a stand alone book and be just as satisfying as if you'd decided to continue on. I'll definitely be looking forward to reading book 2 from this series The Chronicles Of Jenson Quest - The Realms Of Jurrii someday hopefully soon.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By homecooking real food on December 2, 2011
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This book reminds me of why I became a science fiction reader in the first place. I was in 6th grade when I read my first Sci-fi book, and I've been hooked ever since. First it was the adventure, secondly it was wondering how we would interact with alien species, and thirdly it was intelligent dialogue. This book covered all these points very well. I truly got lost in the story while reading this book, and look forward to reading the next in the series.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Batchelder on November 20, 2011
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Jenson Quest is a modern-day 17-year-old boy. But his world is turned upside down when his crazy old granddad's stories about aliens and spacecraft and saving the world turn out to be true. He journeys to the stars and fights to save the human planets, destroy an evil usurper, and maybe even look for his long-lost father.

Bryden Lloyd set his young adult story in a universe with two alien cultures fighting each other: the Great Drak and the Zyll Swarm. Humans are caught up in the middle of the strife; Jenson and others somewhat related to him fight to save the Drak.

I like how Lloyd dealt with Jenson's growing up: even though Jenson turns out to be a wunderkind Wing Commander, he still must learn to lead his family, learn to trust aliens, and learn to say goodbye all over again.

It seems this is a series, and I look forward to more Jenson Quest adventures.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By SEPtember is Here! on January 1, 2012
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This review was originally posted on Red Adept Reviews on 12/12/11.

Description (from Amazon.com):

Jenson Quest lives with his Aunt and helps her out by working in her nursing home, where his grandfather is one of the residents. For years Jenson has heard his granddad's seemingly ridiculous tales of how he and Jenson's father fought along side a friendly alien race and other humans in the defense of the many human 'Realms'. Now, however, it seems that his granddad's ridiculous tales are, in fact, true.

Accepting the choice to step forward in place of his missing father and aging grandfather, and join the ranks of the Great Drak, Jenson joins the Keepers and the batch of new recruits and sets off across the galaxy to stop the Zyll Swarm and their latest Vuron weapon, which is threatening to destroy the Keepers and leave the human realms exposed to a danger that could begin the annihilation of the entire human race.

But while the Keepers, assisted by the Great Drak and the humans of the Fourth Realm hunt down the Zyll Swarm and its new weapon, one Zyll has designs on gathering the whole of the might of the Zyll together and crushing the Keepers and the human realms once and for all using a new method of tracking that will enable the Zyll to find and destroy their target planets far faster than before.

To accomplish his mission, stay alive, and perhaps discover what truly happened to his father, Jenson will have to find friends and allies that he never expected to find, and lead the warriors of the Great Drak into a battle that could end in the destruction of them all.

With action and adventure from start to finish, Jenson Quest opens a new dawn in Sci-fi, with new characters to follow in this and future adventures.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Christopher on October 27, 2011
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This is an engaging little space opera (a contradiction?) that has shades of Ender's Game and Star Wars sprinkled throughout. It's much more light-hearted than the aformentioned Orson Scott Card novel, but it still carries some notable narrative "weight" that makes it hard to put down.

Check it out!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dark Jedi on January 9, 2013
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I was really split on this book. It’s the kind of story, young hero discovers there’s much more to the world than he knew and goes on heroic quest, which I normally like. However, the background story and the science (or absence thereof) really really sucks.

The idea that biologically identical humans, which only differs in terms of language, religion etc, should have developed independently all over the galaxy is not very believable.

There are almost no explanations of the technology and much of it is nonsense. Fighting gloves of which you wear a single one when going into combat for instance. Or animals that pee out spaceship and weapons fuel. What kind of rubbish is that?

Also, the Keepers are at war but they haven’t built any new modern spaceships for ages and no real reasons are given.

Unfortunately this total lack of any form of believability and decent logic is just dragging the book down a lot.
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