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- Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing (November 3, 2015)
- Publication Date: November 3, 2015
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- Language: English
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The Turtan Trilogy: 3 Full-length Sci-Fi Romance Novels Box Set Kindle Edition
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As John has stated, ‘Ask me why I write horror/dark fantasy, and I’ll say I do it because life itself is horror. Health and happiness are anomalies. Either nature or circumstance is always trying to kill or maim you, as when my wife developed breast cancer. (She’s fine now, thank you.) I love all kinds of horror, from splatterpunk to erotic to psychological to Lovecraftian supernatural. In general, I think subtle, suggestive horror that is ambiguous and open to interpretation, is the best. But hey, I’m not proud, and will be glad to gross you out if necessary. I do like to write about religion. “The Last Snowman,” for example, appeared in Iniquities and features a young boy who fights Satan in order to save the world.
John’s writing style captures the essence of the bizarre atmospheres his imaginative mind creates. Letting get to know his main character Turtan immediately sets the pace – ‘What a godforsaken hole, Turtan thought. Tall and lean, he stood in his cloak and bright purple tunic gazing hopelessly out a window of the Overlord’s palace at the sandblasted terrain of Sircon IV. The centuries old scouting report he had read hadn’t lied. If anything, the deadness of the planet exceeded even official expectations. It was a barren husk, an exhausted relic of a dim, glorious past when its traders had spanned the stars and forged a vast federation of merchants. Now the traders were gone, doubtless to greener galaxies, and only the burned-out embers of a legend remained behind. He turned, hearing footsteps. The white-robed figure approaching with a staff differed from the holos he’d seen of other Sirconians only in being more wizened. Barely four feet tall, the alien’s impassive features reminded him of a monkey’s. Only the eyes, bright with intelligence, belied the simian effect. “His Imperial Majesty, Overlord Lucan the Four Thousand, Three Hundred and Tenth, has graciously consented to give you an audience.” Before Turtan could answer, the alien turned and shuffled off. Turtan hesitated before following, amused by the other’s pomposity. His Majesty has graciously consented… Yet the number of past Overlords gave him pause. Over four thousand? Even the imperial line in ancient Japan amounted to only a tiny fraction of such a number.’ Flavor, mood, ideas begin to bloom.
This is a trilogy and for readers to gain access to the adventure, relying on the synopsis helps: ‘The Cen, a cruel alien race, has attacked humanity and only one man can save it. Turtan, an Inspector of the Cross Empire, travels in suspended animation to distant worlds in search of a weapon or device that can defeat the enemy and end the brutal five-thousand-year war. Because he travels in frozen sleep, this elite agent is technically four thousand years old and has outlived many lovers and generations of his children. It is a painful and terrible burden, but duty comes first and always he must move on. His mission is rendered even more difficult by his own leaders who sometimes oppose his selfless quest to save humanity. In Inspector of the Cross, Book 1, Turtan confronts the deadly, mysterious Godstone on Sircon IV and then travels fifty years to meet Zontena’s giant, game-obsessed birds. Next, he must journey one hundred ninety years to the lethal center of the enemy empire, somewhere no human has gone before In Kingdom of the Jax, Book 2, Turtan travels across the universe. On Turtan 8 he discovers a strange and unique alien race who name the planet after him, and on Lauren he tries to rescue a human colony imprisoned by vicious Cen. In Defender of the Flame, Book 3, Turtan returns to a glorious homecoming at the Academy where he graduated four thousand years before. He believes he has finally found a method to deliver the human race from the enemy. The question is, can his solution work, and will his superiors permit him to use it?’
Walking with Turtan through this epic is rewarding – endlessly fascinating and as rich a sci-fi experience as any out there. John knows hi s craft and it shows – very well indeed. Grady Harp, November 16
The author uses the mode of travel, which suspends the main character while time progresses, as a great way to move from one situation to another. This allows for the passage of massive amounts of time without bogging the story down. There's also lots of action and someone is always trying to kill the main character, who's viewed as a nearly immortal legend by both his people and the enemy.
The war in this story is also interesting, in that it's been wage for thousands of years between what I assume is Christians (or Earthlings) and the nearly emotionless aliens. Huge losses are experienced by both sides, but neither wants to stop. There is corruption and betrayal involved, which also adds interest to the story.
If you like a good space opera with interesting characters and good writing, plus the added bonus of getting 3 books for the price of one, then you should definitely check out this series.
On the one hand, there are some typical stuff for sci-fi stories here – we have a great hero that could save a human race by himself, a nasty aliens that want do destroy it, some form of time travel (although not really, but our hero is 4000 years old so it is not far from that), strange new worlds and so on. That is all alright, those are just required steps in almost every sci-fi book.
On the other hand, there are some really original (at least for me, and I am not a particularly great admirer of sci-fi) things like sometimes very weird and almost bizarre encounters and plot threads, pretty high number of sexy scenes (well written ones) and so on.
I like the writing style, the books are easy to read and go by very fast thanks to many dialogues and few slow patches.
All in all, it is entertaining, and even if I probably won't remember it this time next year, I do not regret the time invested in this interesting trilogy.
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