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Shackleton's Folly (The Lost Wonders Book 1) by [Yunker, Todd]
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About the Author

Todd Yunker is an Oregonian and lives Salem. Todd is an award-winning author of the epic science fiction The Lost Wonder Series, book one Shackleton's Folly. Growing up, Sci-Fi permeated Todd's youth and adolescence. He was an avid reader. He devoured all the books he could find in the library. Todd relished classic Sci-Fi feature films and Japanese monster movies. He indulged his fancy and watched swashbuckler movies of the '30s and '40s influenced his vision of adventure. The raw cynical attitudes and sexual motivations of Film noir influenced his grasp of story over fluff. Todd's study of storytelling brought him to Joseph Campbell's The Hero with a Thousand Faces and Christopher Vogler's The Writers Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers. This profound understanding of storytelling has advanced the quality of his work. He would like to know the why don't we have our flying cars?

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  • File Size: 889 KB
  • Print Length: 422 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: January 1, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00R2A446M
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I recently read Todd Yunker's Shackleton's Burden, which was a prequel novella to Shackleton's Folly (Shackleton's Folly is the first novel in The Lost Wonder series). It introduced Alec Shackleton and his android friend, Dancer, to the readers. Because I enjoyed reading this novella, it was interesting for me to read Shackleton's Folly.

I was pleasantly surprised by Shackleton's Folly, because it surpassed Shackleton's Burden on many levels. It contained everything that the prequel novella had, but there was more depth and style in it. This novel turned out to be a surprisingly enjoyable and entertaining space adventure novel.

Because the synopsis of this novel tells quite a lot about the happenings and because it wouldn't be fair to reveal what happens to the characters, I won't go into details about the story. I'll only mention that this novel continues Alec and Dancer's story in an intriguing way. Alec and his android companion, Dancer, get into all kind of trouble as they try to find out information about the lost human race.

The premise for The Lost Wonder series is intriguing, because humanity is on the brink of extinction. As many experienced readers are aware of, there's actually nothing unique about humanity facing extinction, because many novels and stories have been written about it, but Todd Yunker manages to make it fascinating by concentrating on delivering a good and entertaining story to his readers. The author's approach to this well-known theme is delightfully entertaining.

Here's a bit of information about the characters:

- Alec is an interesting character, because he continues his father's work to prove that a lost human tribe exists. He's determined not to let the human race die.
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As a fan of Arthur Clarke, Weis and Hickman, and even a bit of Asimov I’m very privy to sci-fi fantasy style books. The dilemma is finding ones that don’t tread the path of cliché. Each time I gamble on a new book I’m often dismayed again at the dismal by the numbers chapters and sequences. I can happily say that, after purchasing Shakleton’s Folly that this is NOT one of those. I’ve finally arrived at a novel worthy of my precious time.

From the earliest part of the book, I realized the quality of the writing, the writer’s understanding of foreshadowing, and the progressive movement of the plot and characters. Alec is a superb protagonist that is a multidimensional individual. His love for his father’s work is respectable and his grit really rounds out his character. This guy is a real brick-laying tough guy that also happens to have a big heart as well. His sidekick Dancer is a one-of-a-kind construct who’s easy to acclimate to. Before you know it, you are fully suspending disbelief and developing a strong bond with these characters: A testament to the author’s skill at character development.

I won’t give away much of the plot because the unraveling of the story itself should be experienced in the book and not a review. I will say though, that the scenes are very vivid and creatively drawn. You will actually want to be in the ancient library, and be marveled at what the gorgeous land of King Coetus would look life if your eyes could see them. Also, the tense scenes of confrontation and escape are very detailed without coming across as didactic. The writer makes every scene dance across the page in a manner that keeps you entirely absorbed.

If anyone else out there loves a well written sci-fi tale with a unique plot, intriguing characters, and a protagonist that is worthy of applause, I suggest downloading this book. Like me, you may find yourself without much sleep, but you’ll definitely be entertained.
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What a blast! When I "bought" this book it was free during a promotional period. It was recommended to me, so I didn't let my normal hesitation about spending valuable time on a free Kindle e-book stop me. I'm sure glad. "Shackleton's Folly" hit all the right buttons for me. I feel a wistful sense of loss that almost no one is writing classic-style SF adventure stories, ones that echo with the touch of the ghosts of Heinlein, Clarke, Asimov and the other luminaries of the Golden Age of Science Fiction. "Folly" has a similar feel to the classics without being derivative. The driving plot is paced more like an Indiana Jones adventure, but the big ideas are there. When I say big...I mean big. The concept behind the Lost Wonder in this book is staggering, any other word is an understatement. I truly appreciated the author had obviously spent the money on professional copy editing. It nearly doubled the pleasure of reading the story. I've read nearly 500 books since I got my first Kindle, many by new authors, some of which are now in development as movies. So very many of them were so shot full of typos and grammatical errors they were painful to read, despite the strong stories. This one was not a letdown in any sense, in fact I'm eagerly awaiting the next installment. Both my sense of wonder and that sense of excitement at finding a new author who knows how to write a great, exciting, mind-expanding story have both been buffed up substantially with this find. They're kind of giving off a golden glow right now. Think I'll try the novella!
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