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Treasure of the Black Hole (Treasures of Space) Paperback – August 25, 2015
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About the Author
S. Evan Townsend has been called "America's Unique Speculative Fiction Voice" and writes novels that cause thrills and rapid page-turning. After spending four years in the U.S. Army in the Military Intelligence branch, he returned to civilian life and college to earn a B.S. in Forest Resources from the University of Washington. In his spare time he enjoys reading, driving (sometimes on a racetrack), meeting people, and talking with friends. He is in a 12-step program for Starbucks addiction. Evan lives in central Washington State with his wife and has three grown sons. He enjoys science fiction, fantasy, history, politics, cars, and travel. He currently has eight published fantasy and science fiction novels.
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S. Evan Townsend does a great job putting together a traditional 50's detective story with decidedly non-traditional elements in a way that makes it almost impossible for you to walk away from. I loved that the twists just kept piling on, giving you exactly what you want in this type of story.
He is the first author I've read in science fiction to follow the racial amalgamation theory, resulting in a diverse protagonist that you can't help but like.
Favorite quote (shared with permission from the author):
"" "No. But all humans look alike. How you people mate, I'll never know. Disgusting."
I've read how his race produces. It requires five of them: Four chromosome donors, one recipient. The word "disgusting" doesn't come close. ""
This was a great read by a talented author. Its not the type of story that will stay with you or imparts some deep philosophical knowledge, but not every good story has to be one of those. Its definitely one to pick up if you need to lose yourself in a bit of silliness and adventure for a few hours.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
The best part of this book is the creativity of the author in coming up with weirdo space folks with multiple body parts, unusual capabilities, and strange habits. Add to that the mysterious world of space craft dynamics and outer space physics — including the black hole mentioned in the title – and you have the makings of an intriguing novel that will keep you well-entertained.
The lead character tells the story with just the right amount of wise-guy attitude to keep it amusing while he encounters his assorted roadblocks and evades the cosmic police who happen to be after him, as well. A few twists and turns keep the story from being predictable. I have no idea if any of the space dynamics are accurate, but it didn’t matter to me as a layperson. I enjoyed the author’s version of how things worked, and while I didn’t always understand what it all meant, it just added to the adventure.
It’s a fun read that will transport you to another world full of interesting characters. With that being said, it’s easy to get lost in the author’s imagination. The characters have their own lingo and names for things. I still can’t remember what a “brown cube” is.
This book will have you turning pages quickly in a feeble attempt to try and keep up with each new twist and turn. Just when you think you have it...BOOM.... another twist. I LOVED it.
The technology is awesome. This author describes everything so well I could clearly see the entire story play through my head as I read. I especially loved Mr. Townsend's description's of all the different species of sentient beings out there. What a fascinating imagination he has!
Check out my full review https://alliesopinions.wordpress.com/2015/11/03/book-review-for-treasure-of-the-black-hole-by-s-evan-townsend/