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On Mars: Pathfinder (The Mike Lane Stories) (Volume 1) Paperback – May 1, 2015
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Poet, programmer, procrastinator, sci-fi geek, coffee snob, actor, writer. A devoted Christian, Jim is a quiet and thoughtful man who tends to think deeply, and act slowly. Much of this inner reflection and self-assessment shows up in his writing. “Capturing what truly motivates us,” is how Jim describes his approach to both fiction and non-fiction. This author has a very direct, and sometimes in-your-face, way of writing. He tries to always use conversational language, and as one test reader of a work in progress put it, “made the complexities of space flight seem almost understandable.” Jim read his first novel by Laura Ingalls Wilder at the age of eight, and so this began his love affair with the written word. Jim’s first foray into personal writing, as a child, was poetry. These and other poetic scribblings provided the content for his first book, I Apologize for Nothing, published in April, 2014. Life, a child, a career with the Police Service, and a part-time business authoring software; all got in the way of pursuing his desire to write. In his 40’s, Jim decided to turn his hand back to writing, mainly on topics surrounding self-development, spirituality, and Reiki. However, none of these really satisfied that craving for creativity. In 2013, Jim decided to pursue his creative yearnings, and he began writing for pleasure. Drawing on a solid work ethic from his experience authoring technical manuals and writing business proposals, Jim found writing for himself to be liberating and enjoyable. While working on his first fiction novel, he kept getting sidetracked by other ideas. He dusted off an old stage play he had written and published under the title, Mama’s Slippers, with the hopes of attracting production interest. He currently continues work on both science fiction and Christian themed projects. Originally hailing from the East Coast, Jim now lives just outside Cobourg, ON.
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It started off slow as the chapters were filled with technical references and details that I later appreciated as Mike's story began to unfold on Mars. There was a homegrown Canadian feel to this novel with references to Timmy's and the Canadian Navy etc; Things of which I could relate. Most novels always have that American feel to them.; a nice change.
The hero was nothing short of what I had expected: funny, smart, a charmer and yet unpredictable; a soldier at heart; a character I could relate to. Just when I was sure I had it all figured out ... well I didn't always see "What would come next" and that kept me intrigued to find out more.