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The Turret: Starclan Foundation (Volume 1) Paperback – March 6, 2014
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About the Author
James Warren McAllister is a Registered Respiratory Therapist living in Central New York State. James' first novel, THE BEST LAID PLANS, was selected on February 1, 2014 as a Runner-Up in the MARSocial Author of the Year Competition, the largest competition of it's type ever held on the internet. James' work takes him all over; he has been to 43 States, along with Bermuda, Canada, and Puerto Rico. James' other interests include sports, history, computers, photography, Jordan The Wonder Cat, gardening, fishing, and scale model building. James has been interested in science fiction since a friend in Junior High School lent him the Lensmen Series of books by E. E. "Doc" Smith. This interest was further spiked by Star Trek, and then Star Wars.
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For me, the intrigue and intense curiosity of what our world will look like and what our behaviors will be like in the 3400's was the main thrust of my interest when I first began to read The Turret . Added to that excitement was when I learned that much of the Earth bound drama centered around Central New York- the exact place where I spent the first forty years of my life. The technical aspects of space travel and the direction of the plot line were a tad confusing and a bit difficult to grasp in the beginning but the story soon finds its course. Near the end of the story, the author begins to nicely tie up the purpose and moral of this future tale and the story's impact is left to the reader to ponder.
James McAllister is a good writer with even greater potential. I look forward to reading more of his work.
The only thing I did not like was the time/date/location at the beginning of each chapter, especially when the story skips around in time, it's not practical for me to have to zip back and forth to make sure I got the sequence right. I am now reading the next book and it is unfortunately the same way.
Author did use his spell-checker well, so the only errors I ran into were ones a spell-checker will not catch. (...missing words a couple places (the word 'he' for instance), "thought" where he meant "though" and "though" where he meant "thought" and things like that. many of those seemed to be in the first chapter with only a couple obvious errors later in the book.) I saw another reviewer found the format confusing, but I felt it was a straight-forward way to show change of point-of-view. Also, I felt the "evil" forces working against the main character and his family to be just another feature that helped add to the intrigue angle, and keep you wondering.
All-in-all it was a pretty good story as long as you can put up with a few grammaical errors one or two of which you may have to think about, wondering what was meant or what word was missing...
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Written in Earth dates, the story begins on Standard Earth Date July 4, 3425.Read more