- File Size: 3361 KB
- Print Length: 327 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Aelurus Publishing; 3 edition (July 22, 2017)
- Publication Date: July 22, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B074643S2J
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #648,348 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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From the start, the story pulled me in. The idea of it was amazing and the way you learn of Matthew and how the dreams of a comic could be something so much more, was one that you don't see too often. My only critique is that the ending seemed a little too fast. While I don't mind fast stories, it pulled me out a few times to catch up on what the heck was going on.
In the end, that didn't stop me from loving what this book had to offer and I would happily recommend it to just about anyone who enjoys this genre.
This is a must read for anyone who enjoys comic books and the movies that bring them to life!!!
I had the pleasure of meeting George Sirois at a book signing held at All on the Same Page bookstore and was immediately intrigued by his book. AND he drew me a sketch of Excelsior while we talked--how cool is that?!
Anyway, I bought EXCELSIOR thinking it might be a little old for my 14-year-old grandson, but it's a story that works on many levels. I think it's suitable for avid younger readers as well as adults--the violence is comic-book style and the romance level is appropriate for young teens & up.
From a writer's perspective, I loved that the superhero "character" turned out to be real -- I can't tell you how often my characters seem just that real to me. And the name, Leap of Faith, was another funny coincidence--a journalism professor used to call me Leap of Faith Teresa because I took an optimistic slant on things I wrote. It all just made the experience more fun for me.
I'll look forward to George's next books!
Through the journey of a young man about to graduate high school named Matthew, who's a bit of a loner but is also just hitting his stride in publishing his `Excelsior' comic book series online about the trials & tribulations of the beings on the planet Denab IV, the reader is shown that we all have amazing potential within ourselves. Whether we allow ourselves to fully unlock that inherent potential rather than fearing our own success & how it may change us is in our own hands. Sometimes, in life, we need to take a leap of faith in order to reach our full potential & accomplish all that we are capable of accomplishing.
Did I mention that this fabulous sci-fi novel also has a spiritual element to it? Yes, I did. However, I'm not the type of reader who likes having a book spoiled for them by a reviewer that goes into too much detail, but I will tell you this much--not only is Excelsior the name of a splendidly beautiful sword with a gemstone in the handle that contains the life force of a deity, Excelsior is also a person(s).
Another quality that makes "Excelsior" such an exceptional read is how Mr. Sirois manages to cleverly weave bits of laugh out loud humor into the seriously intense storyline--giving the reader a moment to breathe or possibly eat some leftover peet-za.
The characters are well-developed as is the plot. I can honestly say that I'd love to see this book transformed into a movie provided it's directed by the right person who is capable of doing "Exclesior" the justice it deserves. I can already picture the characters, the galaxies, & all the special effects coming to life before my eyes. It would be amazing.
The fact that the main character, Matthew, is named in honor of a courageous soul in Mr. Sirois' life makes "Excelsior" all the more exciting as well as poignant. I won't lie to you. When I read the story of Matthew's real life at the end of the book, there were tears sliding down my cheeks.
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The story has a resolution that is sufficiently rounded that the author could stop there. Nevertheless there are a number of loose ends which clearly indicate that there may be a sequel. This would be welcomed as the author spins a good yarn that is likely to be popular not only with a younger age group but also with adults.