- File Size: 498 KB
- Print Length: 124 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: March 25, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004TYYNEW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,084 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I am giving the story a "5 star" rating on content alone, this is a very compelling story the puts the reader in mind of STAR TREK, STARGATE and the PULLMAN trilogy.
The story opens with the central characters landing on a planet whose population has made a choice to live with technology analogous to Earth's (America and Europe) late 19th century where steam was the latest technology. Though it is mentioned in the story there are thousands of planet with advanced technology, there are a large group of these planets that are Chartered as "Covenant" planets, wherein the colonists can decide how they are going live, somewhat like communes and reclusive religions. There seems to be an agreement Galaxy/Universe wide to honor the decisions made by the individual world's population and abide by the Covenant by bringing in no "modern" technology to help with any problems that may occur on those particular planets.
Dr. Westwood is the main character, the most "Famous Hunter In The Galaxy" who travels to this planet with an embedded reporter to hunt a heretofore unknown animal who has developed a taste for human flesh. Westwood has to accomplish this mission under constraints posed to him by the Covenant agreements (his "elephant" gun is the most powerful weapon on the planet) and the particularly dangerous and aggressive native fauna and flora.
It is my hope this Author will continue to write and in particular, write about this fascinating universe he has created, Westwood is interesting enough to warrant another story or two in order to delve deeper into his psyche, quite truthfully there isn't enough information in his background to satisfy my curiosity about some of the actions and statements made by and about him, though it is easy to fill in the blanks.
This is a highly entertaining read.
Of course, to be successful a writer had to produce works of high enough quality that people would buy them, and come back for more. Which brings me to Andrew Mayne. This book has enough action and plot to keep the pages turning. Once done, it is utterly forgettable. But worth a buck, if you're looking for some simple diversion.
Put it this way, he's no Neal Stephenson. But who is? And Stephenson's books take a much greater commitment of time and money, so again, this was worth the buck and the couple of hours. And lest you think I'm being overly critical, I look forward to reading more of Mayne's stuff. So there.
This was a throwback to those days of yesteryear; with enough suspense and action to keep the pages turning.
Like a good dime novel, the story is kept simple: the people of a frontier planet are being terrorized by a menacing creature, and only the galaxy's greatest mind and adventurerer, T.R. Westwood, and his unlikely sidekick -- a journalist named Allan -- can answer the call-to-duty, solve the mystery of this new predator, and return the town to its peace ... but not without confronting the vengeful beast head-on! THE GRENDEL'S SHADOW is told in this quick, narrative style ... light on nuance but heavy on pulp as these two men are joined by a beautiful doctor-turned-protector in the race to save their very lives!
In all seriousness, this is the kind of book that folks would've scarfed up in a lazy afternoon of reading, then they'd rush on to the next dime novel. THE GRENDEL'S SHADOW captures this essence perfectly. Told sparsely, Mayne manages to capture the derring-do of light sci-fi adventure told against the backdrop of a new world. He's produced -- at it's heart -- a monster story ... the great beast terrorizes the countryside until the great hunter can save the day. It's a welcome throwback -- both in style and in setting as this frontier world feels equally like the bone-chilling worlds of Alan Dean Foster if not reminescent of Edgar Rice Burroughs -- and I immediately searched for the next 'dime novel' only to learn sadly that Mayne hasn't yet told it, at least not here in Amazon's hallowed cyberhalls.
Rest assured, Mr. Mayne ... I'll be watching. And waiting. Oh, yes, I will.
THE GRENDEL'S SHADOW is a young boy's delight that deserves to be discovered by all.
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