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Earthbound: Science Fiction in the Old West (Chronicles of the Maca Book 1) Kindle Edition
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As we watch him create a life, get married and have a child, and establish his fortune, the story continues on its trajectory with new characters from other planets making their entrances. By the end of the 6th book, the reader has lived through an epic adventure both here at home, in space, and on other planets.
It's one of the most unusual sci-fi stories I've read. Ms. Collier has developed real characters, living in a place that she clearly knows very well. I always had the sense of dislocation you get when you are tossed and thrown between stories and cultures, never really finding your feet. The lead character, Llewellyn (they all sound like Welsh or Scots names to me), never loses sight of his end game, though he also never abandons anyone he loves on Earth. He waits to go back to his home world until his wife has passed on, and he allows his children to make their own decisions regarding where they want to spend their lives.
At that point, the story becomes one of space battles and lives on distant planets.
Ms. Collier has done an impressive job of creating folks who are alien, but who you care for, nonetheless. Her people are not simply American teenagers playing a game. They have alien ways of behaving, alien philosophies, alien religions, and so forth. They are not Earthlings. Even the half-breeds are distinctly different.
I love these books and recommend them completely.
It was spell binding leaving the reader wanting for more and unable to put it down. You find yourself rooting for the characters and wondering
what was around the corner to surprise you. I enjoyed it so much I have already read the sequel "Gather the Children". Unfortunately books
3 through 6 are currently unavailable as an E-book. I find myself considering going to a book store and looking for the sequels in paperback
which I rarely do anymore. That's how much I enjoy this series. Mari Collier has hit this one out of the park. I hope the series continues as
E-books in the very near future.
I confess, I'm not a fan of Old West settings, but I do love sci-fi--and Ms. Collier delivers in a way that makes her alien characters complex and thoroughly believable. Her depictions of alien worlds and cultures are also quite well done. I didn't have the issues some reviewers have mentioned with the German phrases that some reviewers have mentioned, but to me, that just adds to the realism of the story. I enjoyed Earthbound so much that I've bought the rest of the books in the series. I would recommend them to anyone in search of a good read.
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A very original story that starts out in Ireland during the potato famine and from there to America during the 1800's.Read more