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Fast-paced, action-packed and inspiring...
on December 14, 2006
James Somers did an excellent job keeping you on the edge of your easy chair with this exciting sci-fi story. Not unlike many other science fiction novels, James presents the reader with a variety of characters and races which include the Barudii (a noble race of warriors with kinetic abilities), the Vorn (a dark, evil race), and the Horva (a cloned race created by the Vorn). In addition, the reader is presented with a fantastic new reality involving space ships and travel between universes as the Barudii discover previously unknown effects on their kinetic abilities whilst they align themselves with the common races in an attempt to save the universe from evil rule.
The novel also took on a quiet, Christian-based theme which remained subtle until the end of the novel at which point I did feel a bit uncomfortable at the first-mention/last-ditch display to "print" the name of God. I am a Christian myself, but I just didn't feel like it was natural in light of the idea being very apparent, yet subdued throughout the rest of the book.
Also, although I was very impressed with the story, I must agree with a previous comment regarding the grammatical quality of the novel. Editing mistakes often interrupted the flow of the book, but although distracting, definitely not a deal-breaker. As mentioned, the novel may have been released too soon, or possibly there was simply a lack of editorial expertise. This is the biggest reason that I would give the book a 3.5/5.0 .
In short, I found this book to be a quick, yet inspiring read. All of the elements you'd want in a great science fiction novel.