Dare Heisenberg (adopted great-nephew of the great Heisenberg of Uncertainty Principle fame) is a drop-out living on the streets of Denver. A disappointment to his adopted-parents, his teachers and just about everyone he ever met, including himself, Dare doesn’t really see much of a future for himself. That is until one night he meets a blob named Bob. Bob has an offer for Dare that changes his existence. Dare can go on as he is or join the Keepers, who regulate time and space.
Naturally he accepts.
Dare is sent on his first mission, which goes horribly wrong and sets off a chain of events which results in Dare ending up on (and above) Mars with giant hamster aliens and an indestructible spider-creature. Oh, yes and four anti-matter bombs. Dare and his new friend Lauri must race against time to prevent the destruction of a species.
I was sent this e-book to review at the request of Everything Books & Authors (thanks Toni); it’s been a while since I read much science fiction but I used to enjoy it so I thought I’d give this book a go.
Overall I’d say I enjoyed the novel, especially the final third, when it felt like the author had really got in to his storytelling stride, describing the scenes and action well. I grew to sympathise with Dare, a character whose self-centredness irritated until he started to develop.
The only significant negative point I could make is that the pacing is a little uneven. The first hundred pages were slow, but once the action started it sped up. The change in pace came at a point that, when I read it, felt disjointed; as though this were two separate stories that had been put together but the join wasn’t smooth. It also felt a little rushed towards the ending, with an element of deus ex machina. I also found some of the early descriptions of Dare’s family background and education repetitive and laboured.
These are minor quibbles and this is an enjoyable sci-fi novel, with an interesting premise; the author clearly has some understanding of current theories in physics. In addition, I especially liked the pahsahni (giant hamster aliens) and their back-story. It is a good introduction to Sci-Fi suitable for YA audience.
I have been writing for as long as I have been able to, penning a variety of stories as a child and contributing to a school magazine (which was about twenty years ago). Until recently nobody saw my writing but then I got bored and now some has escaped on to the web. Since nobody has screamed that it is terrible and shouldn’t ever see the light of day I decided to see what happens. So far I have had quite positive comments.
I write a mixed bag of fiction and non fiction, depending on how I feel at the time, but I have a few on-going projects that bubble away in the background. Currently, I am writing a supernatural fantasy set in the near future in Lincolnshire, researching a historical mystery set in thirteenth century Lincolnshire, I also write short stories, sometimes for competitions and sometimes for the fun of it.
My non-fiction work includes a series of articles about Anglo-Saxon women of note (based on research notes I am making for a non-fiction book about prominent Anglo-Saxon women), and several other articles on a variety of subjects, which can be found here.
I have also started reviewing books, music and places I visit, because I’m an opinionated git and don’t see why I shouldn’t. My reviews are to be found here, and occasionally on goodreads, amazon and Everything Books & Authors. I’d be interested in reviewing in a professional capacity; but until that happens I’ll keep reading books and writing about it because I love to.
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