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on May 31, 2013
"Everything in the universe is connected." This is the message from an alien people known as the Kabrini. It is a message that Jeffrey Driscoll longs for. Humans have yearned for contact with alien races from ancient times. The story begins with an eclectic group of friends seeking to make their fortunes. Their adventures start in Moombato Bay, Africa, and their first exploit is full of hilarious mistakes, including mistaking real grenades for smoke bombs. But they do succeed in getting their money. The group's adventures continue off and on over a period of fifteen years, taking them from Africa to Greece, then to Egypt and London, and finally into space.
J. R. Egles has written an exciting adventure with a lot of humor and wit. Driscoll's Marauders are almost slapstick in their bungling but miraculously successful escapades. Everything Driscoll does is designed to enable him to discover if there are beings out in space watching him as he has imagined since childhood. When contact is finally made, the alien civilization sends a series of messages and their main question is "How could you possibly have developed the technology for space travel and the ability to communicate with an advanced alien civilization and still be so socially primitive? How can you not care for your own people? Do you not realize that you are all connected?"
Egles has written a fascinating story with a real message for us all. I did find that the time jumps over the fifteen years, going from one adventure to another, were a bit disconnected and many of the characters were not as fully developed as I would have liked. Nevertheless, it was an exciting read, with a good well-paced plot that came together over time. Certainly Driscoll, the main protagonist, moved through the story from the time he was a boy with a single-minded determination, his eyes clearly focused on the stars where he knew someone was watching him.
I enjoyed this novel and I would certainly hope that it finds many readers who take to heart the message that everything is connected.
Originally posted at Long and Short Reviews