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Skylights Paperback – January 14, 2015
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About the Author
Available now are his novel SKYLIGHTS, a near-future tale of Martian exploration, and two volumes of his fantasy/science fiction hybrid series THE BENEVOLENCE ARCHIVES. The first volume, called THE BENEVOLENCE ARCHIVES, VOL. 1, is a collection of related short stories. The second volume is a novel entitled THE SANCTUM OF THE SPHERE. His most recent work is a nonfiction memoir about teaching, SEARCHING FOR MALUMBA: WHY TEACHING IS TERRIBLE... AND WHY WE DO IT ANYWAY. All are available as ebooks or in print.
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That certainly makes a great hook for beginning an exciting story. Zub is a filthy rich CEO and a certified mad genius. He builds a second spaceship with the aim of going to Mars and rescuing the crew from the first ship. Gabe, who has written about the
space program in the past, comes along to chronicle the adventure.
After doing a great job of setting up an exciting adventure, the book lags for a couple of chapters while we go into all the minutia of dealing with weightlessness and spacesuits. To anyone who has read any science fiction, this is pretty boring stuff, but eventually we take off and the adventure picks up again.
So is Mars dead and lifeless? Not hardly. But I don't want to give away the plot, which has lots of fun twists and turns. This may not be the most realistic book available on what Mars is really like, but it is a fun adventure and you will enjoy reading it.
This actually reminds me of the science fiction of the 50's and 60's. The main character is a lowly journalist who is hired to document the expedition and ends up being part of the team that saves the mission. There's lots of fun surprises along the way and it ends with a huge cliffhanger. I wonder if we'll ever know what happens next?
While reading the story, I felt the author took the "mad scientist" thing a bit too far, making it feel too much like information was being withheld in order to build tension.
Overall, however, the story progressed at a good pace, with memorable and relatable characters. The storytelling was superb. About two thirds of the way through, I started to fear that the story would fall apart. I thought, "There's no way this is all going to make sense." I was absolutely sure the author would drop one of the many plot balls he was masterfully juggling...
I finished the story and immediately contacted the author via Twitter to demand a sequel.
5 stars because I would definitely read again.
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