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The Truth Beyond the Sky (The Epic of Aravinda Book 1) Paperback – March 20, 2013
Attention Science Fiction Fans
Man vs. machine, humans vs. aliens, paranormal activities – discover the best of science fiction with these collectible books. Learn More.
"Definitely an amazing adventure for all. The descriptive scenes captivate the imagination and one truly feels a part of the story. 5-stars!" --AudiobookReviewer.com
"A swift & compelling read. It's fun and I recommend it if you enjoy science fiction epics." --Michael Coorlim, Author of the classic steampunk series Galvanic Century
"Readers of the Law of One books may find familiar the philosophical thread woven throughout. In my view, that makes this book a rare gem in the genre. I'm not exaggerating when I say that the underlying philosophy of the book, the mythos, shares much in common with the best of metaphysical literature. 5-stars." --Thomas Minderle, Author of Fringe Knowledge for Beginners
From the Author
I wrote this book for you. You love Science Fiction, and you've immersed yourself in the worlds that Clarke, Asimov, O.S. Card, and Lucas created. You love action in your Sci-Fi, but you want meaning and humor, too. You want the characters to actually care about each other and act with their hearts as well as their heads. You want a story where the hero isn't a "chosen one" but instead chooses themselves, just like real life. I want that, too, which is why I wrote this series. As I said, this book is for you, and I hope you love it.
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Top Customer Reviews
So who wouldn’t want a spaceship that is alive, or the chance to explore space? What would you do if an alien asked you for help? Ahhhh, you think you know but at the moment of truth would you open up your heart and hands to save another in need? From planets far, far away these opportunities, or dilemmas as you might see them, and many more are presented to one young man who sets out to save his planet, his family, and maybe even himself.
It’s not really a coming of age story, but more finding out the truth about oneself and what one is capable of achieving. The protagonist has suffered a horrible loss and is haunted by strange and often terrible nightmares, also he has only known space through a telescope and then he’s confronted with the reality of the galaxy and all that lives there. The descriptive scenes captivate the imagination and one truly feels a part of the story.
The Truth Beyond the Sky has a rather fast but even pace that is easily followed and the narrator gives an incredible performance. There’s nothing choppy, just smooth sailing throughout the ocean of space….ok the characters might have to fight their way through some amazing battle scenes but the narrator just keeps a great flow and his voices are perfect.
I truly enjoyed it and think others will too.
My thanks to the author, Andrew Crusoe, for providing this audiobook for me to review. It was a pleasure to listen to and I look forward to the next installment in the series.
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It was just so enjoyable.
The only bad part of the book was that it ended. We need more installments as soon as possible!
WARNING: this review contains spoilers!!!
I enjoyed this book for a lot of reasons. The worlds the author created were imaginative and original. I particularly liked the flying cats or 'prowlers' Zahn and his friends encounter on one world. I also liked the concept of the Tulari - a mystical device used to destroy artificial wormholes. This struck me as quite fantasy like and their quest to find it was intriguing. The ending was also great as it took me to places I didn't expect - I wish I could elaborate why I liked it but I obviously don't want to spoil it for everyone else!
In terms of what I think could be improved, I found the pacing of the story quite slow to start off with. This was mainly because we're not told what the quest they're on actually is for - Oonak is not particularly forthcoming and keeps avoiding the question whenever Zahn asks.
Which leads me to the fact that often when Zahn asked questions - questions I genuinely would have liked an answer to - the other characters always tells him it's too complicated or he wouldn't understand or he can't be told. This was an incredibly noticeable trend and spanned a multitude of characters from Oon to the prowler catcher who saves Zahn. I would have liked more answers or, conversely, less questions on Zahn's part. I found the lack of answers irritating because Zahn was so curious, but nobody seemed to want to indulge his curiosity.
Finally, I found the dialogue could be a little stilted at times, I never felt particularly connected to Oonak and so I didn't care when he exited the story (I won't say how he exits!). More character development and more focus on the most important parts of the plot (like the Vakragha! We only hear about them half way through) would have quickened the pacing and also made me feel more invested in the characters.
On the whole, though, this is a solid piece of work and I did enjoy it for the most part.
I recommend this to anyone who enjoys reading on the less technical side science fiction or fantasy. Here we don't get too bogged down in heavy world building details, but we get to focus on what's more interesting--the story and characters. The sci fi elements are there, and the inner workings of the world explained, but we don't have to spend pages and pages the way some authors do.
I also recommend this to anyone who was intrigued by Crusoe's short story The Secret Beneath the Ice, which serves as a sort of prequel to this one. If you like what you found in the short, then this one is a good bet.