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The Shylmahn Migration Paperback – March 13, 2013
The author creates a wide range of believable characters and then goes on to develop their personalities as the story unfolds, aliens as well as humans... He raises moral questions, explores human fears... He is able to generate suspense in numerous incidents and slowly draws the various threads together as the tension increases, culminating in a dramatic climax and its aftermath at the end of the book.
four stars-- Online Book Club Review
About the Author
Author and screenwriter of science fiction, fantasy and adventure. David's work has been praised by literary professors and by PhDs in science, by fans and by book reviewers around the world.
His miniseries screenplay adaptation of his popular novel "The Shylmahn Migration" won the Pacific Northwest Screenwriting Competition in 2007.
David lives on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State with his wife Sylvia. When not writing, he can usually be found on any one of a dozen northwest mountains.
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The title is interesting. It suggested a story and a bit of mystery even before I opened the book. The initial concept seemed promising too. A population of beings, no longer able to survive on their distant home planet, seeks out a new home. They come to earth in waves and with superior technology. Initial resistance is quickly snuffed out. But there is a gritty, longer term, low-level resistance that doesn’t get snuffed. The reason these resistance pockets is not met with immediate extermination is not obvious and draws the reader into a deeper mystery. The invaders seem to be studying one resistance pocket in particular even as these rebels, who live on an island, study the invaders.
If these themes were more clearly and completely developed, this could be the making of an intriguing novel. But, in the end these ideas were left unresolved.
Unfortunately too, the characters aren’t clearly distinguishable from one another except by their names. Their differences were not always strong enough and each time I met a character in a new paragraph or Chapter, I had to struggle to remember what was special about him or her. Eventually, I had to give up and just force myself to read on.
There are booby traps set on the island. These seem like primitive silliness in the face of the advanced tech they faced. The firepower of the Shylmahn invaders was powerful enough to lay waste to entire towns, and yet was not used against small pockets of resistance. Not convincing.
The novel did not draw me into its story illusion. I prefer a book that I am eager to pick up again each time I have to put it aside. For this novel, I had to push myself to resume reading each time.
Mr. Beshears also lends an almost, but intentionally not quite human element to his alien characters The complexity of the Shylmahn personalities leads the reader to view them as much more than just the villains of the story. The details the backstories and the forward movement of the tale is engaging from beginning to end. This was an engaging read that held exactly the right amount of detail to snare my complete attention right to the last page. I couldn’t put it down and was a bit sad when there were no more pages to turn. I immediately moved on to the second book of this series! Give us more!