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Lyon's Legacy: Catalyst Chronicles, Book One (Volume 1) Paperback – April 12, 2012
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First Impression: The cover makes this look like a story about a musician – although there are musicians in the story, that’s not actually what’s inside. Synopsis of time travel and meeting you ancestors? Interesting concept, carry on.
Characters: Joanna Lyon is the great-granddaughter of famous and long-dead musician Sean Lyon. Right away she is angry and detached from her heritage, but finds her roots and a softer side as the story progresses. An aspiring geneticist and reluctant musician, Joanna must literally confront her past in order to have a future. She is the only developing character this novella - with a supporting, if stationary cast of family and friends.
World Building: Earth is still home in the near future, and the wormhole allows time travel to a parallel Earth back in the 1960’s. There have been advances in technology and medicine, but not enough to really focus on.
Writing Style: Lyon’s Legacy is more of a plot-driven write than anything. I appreciate the author’s attempt at explaining every twist, but at times I felt a bit coached.
What I Liked: At 132 pages, it was easy to digest this story in a few short sittings. With a busy life, I sometimes like to find works to read in snippets. This is a perfect read for lunchtime at the office or when waiting in line somewhere – not overly complex, yet thoroughly enjoyable.
I also appreciated the science and plausibility created by author Almazan. The suspended belief was at just the right level for this type of reading.
Deal Benders: There’s a relationship between two characters that I didn’t quite ‘feel’. It seemed they fell in love too fast over some laughs…and because they slept together…?Read more ›
Joanna just wants to be a scientist and work peacefully in a lab. Her uncle has other plans for her however, as well as controlling the majority of the family money that she should be entitled to. He makes a deal that is she travels through a wormhole to get DNA from her great grandfather he will give her the money she needs to go to school and remove himself from her life forever. Things never really seem to go as planned...
While being a relatively short read Lyon's Legacy was extremely entertaining. Sandra is a big fan of science herself and it shows through in her writing. The society that Joanna lives in confused me a bit as music seemed to play an immense role, but that could have just been the way it affected her due to her family. Well written characters drive the story and Joanna's turmoil over her choices is palpable. I'm not sure I have read anything quite like this, but I am eager to see more from the author.
A very well done novella debut from Sandra Ulbrich Almazan brings another indie author to keep an eye on into the picture.
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The story takes place in the late 21st Century, in a future world that isn't apocalyptic, but not a utopia either. Getting into a PhD program is difficult because of government regulations, but Joanna Lyon still yearns to be a geneticist anyway.
Her rich uncle offers her a way to get the money for enrolling in grad school. All Joanna has to do is get on a spaceship, go through a wormhole, and find her famous ancestor, music legend Sean Lyon.
That's a problem for Joanna because she's grown up in Sean's shadow her entire life. Her uncle even tried to make her go on tour as a tribute act, but Joanna refused, creating bad blood between them. Still, if it means making her dreams come true, maybe she can do what her uncle wants and meet the man who inadvertently ruined her life.
That's just the tip of the iceberg. For a novella, there is quite a bit happening. I really wanted more interaction between Sean and Joanna. Though maybe that will happen in the sequels. Certainly everything is set up for a sequel.
As I said at the beginning, the only real complaint I have is that I wish there had been more. Everything, especially her relationship with George, seems to move so quickly. A full novel would have given the story a little more time to breathe.
Still highly recommended.
That is all.
Lyon's Legacy is a fun, fast-paced ride through a scientifically and socially advanced alternate universe and the 1960's Earth of our own. The narration never lags, the background details give an immediate sense of place, and the words and actions of each character reveal them to be every bit as loyal, confused, selfish, funny, and loving as we are - in short, human. I recommend this book to anyone who's ever wanted to take a trip somewhere far away and find out who they are on the way.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
While Jo's story is interesting enough to hold my attention, Jo's character is too flat. She can be described mostly by "nots," which create knots in her life. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Deborah L. Klein
To be honest, this book didn't work for me right from the start. And the sad thing there is that I really wanted it to. I just couldn't get past the premise. Read morePublished 16 months ago by StrangePegs
good book. Very easy read. I'm sure you'll enjoy it, if you try it.Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
I don't usually go for sci-fi but this is good and has peeked my interest. I have already ordered the next two of these Catalyst Chronicles.Published 21 months ago by Susie Anderson
Golden Helix (GH) grows organs for transplants. Joanna Maribel Lyon (lab tech) worked for them. Rhonda Banerjee is her supervisor. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Tony R. Parsons
If u are a sci-fi buff and love time travel adventures... this is the book for u.
Even though it's short, it's a good read. Read more
Not what I usually read but decided to try it for a friend. The story line had me start and finish the book in one sitting and the characters were believable and draw you in, now I... Read morePublished on June 23, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I really enjoyed reading this book. The author went to school with one of my daughters. I liked the story line and how it ended. Keep up the good writing Sandra.Published on February 15, 2014 by Barbara S. Hessenthaler