Book review: Halley’s Casino by Mark JG Fahey (3rd Place Winner of World’s Best Story Contest!)

Book Details:

Book Title:  Halley’s Casino by Mark JG Fahey
Category:  Adult Fiction, pages
Genre:   Science Fiction / Time Travel
Publisher:  Mark JG Fahey
Release date:  Jan 25, 2016
Format available for review:  print & ebook (PDF)
Will send print books to: USA & Canada
Tour dates: Jan 8 to 26, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (No profanity,  readable for all ages 12 and up, pure fun and witty story)

Book Description:

Halley’s Casino is set in 1986. 26-year old Nebula Yorker (Neb to his friends), is patiently awaiting the return of Halley’s Comet. He is about to discover that the world is not what it seems.

Upon the arrival of Halley’s Comet, Neb is confronted by a mysterious stranger who literally swoops out of the night sky. What happens next will change the course of Neb’s life and that of all he befriends.

This stranger (Mr. Tict) reveals to Neb that Halley’s is not a comet at all, but an Intergalactic Casino that has been posing as a comet for countless years. Mr. Tict is the Concierge of the Casino and he has come back to Earth to recruit Neb as his assistant.

What happens next is an eye-opening experience for young Neb that no one on Earth can imagine. It can only be explained by watching old Star Trek reruns, while eating cheese sandwiches and drinking hot chocolate. From androids with attitude to a vast assortment of alien beings and historic individuals, with a touch of time travel from ancient Babylon to 1757 London and back to Rome of 12 BCE, Neb soon learns that his past, present and future have always lain in the stars above.

It’s a rock and roll ride chock full of chaos, a formidable nemesis, drama, satire, humour, death and new beginnings, with revelations that Neb never saw coming.

Even John Lennon is amused!

Starting out on a quiet evening of star gazing, Nebula Yorker finds himself caught up in the most extraordinary time travel and planet saving adventure of a lifetime.

​And that’s only the beginning of what is to come.

Mark JG Fahey

Meet the Author:

Mark JG Fahey is not an alien, contrary to what you may have heard, though he swears he has been to space. Mark has dabbled in various undertakings throughout his illustrious career, from on-air hosting/reporter/stand-up comic to messenger for the Prime Minister of Canada. Mark also holds a degree in Restaurant Services. His family and friends can attest to his excellent cooking skills. Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Mark was raised and still resides in Aylmer, Quebec, Canada. Halley’s Casino is the first book in the Halley’s Casino trilogy.

Connect with the Author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram

REVIEW:
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Who doesn’t love a good space opera?  Dr. Who followers will enjoy Halley’s Casino.  It wasn’t the the TV show’s outstanding sets or costumes that won us over, it was the stories.  Halley’s Casino is a quirky, slightly sarcastic and entertaining guide to what we don’t know about the universe.  The author has a fertile imagination and presents situations that are completely new and unique in the sci-fi world.
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Written in a eccentric, informal  style, we are introduced to Nebula Yorker, an orphaned wunder kid who was adopted and raised by an older, unconventional couple.  They gave him an education in several sciences, multiple languages and cultures.  Late one night while admiring Halley’s Comet from his microscope, he is joined by an unusually dressed visitor.  The rest is history, or so they say.
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I honestly couldn’t put the story down, the story had such an unusual plot that you really couldn’t guess what would happen next.  I did have a bit of trouble with the really weird alien names, but discovered that if you read some of them backwards you’ll see some surprises.  (Phil Collins :D)
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I have to take my hat off to an author who uses “twerp” and “espouse” in the same paragraph haha!  Though this isn’t a literary masterpiece, his unique style only adds to the charm of this story.  I’m glad I chose to read and review this book because I would have missed out on an exciting adventure.
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An unusual and entertaining space opera that you won’t want to put down.
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Book spotlight: Reaching Angelica, Book #2 in the Tag series by Peter Riva

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Book Details:

Book Title:  Reaching Angelica: Book #2 in the Tag Series by Peter Riva
Category:  Adult fiction, 368 pages
Genre:  Sci-Fi, Cyberpunk
Publisher:  Yucca Publishing / Skyhorse Publications
Release date:  February 2, 2016
Available for review in:  Print and ebook (PDF)
Will send print books:  Internationally
Tour dates:  April 11 to May 13, 2016
Content Rating:  PG (there is brief nudity, nothing salacious)

Book Description:  

In a massive spaceship destined for Alpha Centauri B, with a genesis crew including Zip the telepathic dog, his old friendly nemesis Cramer, and a computer being named Ra (now inhabiting a human form and calling herself Aten), Simon Bank emerges from a hundred-year coma and is hailed as an awakened hero. Stuck with unwanted responsibility, he is forced to try to solve the entire enigma of the universe—a small undertaking—before the spaceship, his friends, and all life on Earth are swatted out of existence by super beings he has accidentally awakened.

Simon’s only hope is to plunge into other dimensions with his mind—into the secrets of the universe’s pan-dimensions—as only he knows how. The fate of all life hangs in the balance as he struggles to prove himself worthy of the Path and the absolute trust his friends place in him. Simon knows all too well that if he fails there is no hope—none at all—for anyone, and that includes his best friend, an artificial intelligence computer called Apollo, which he sadly left behind. Besides, Zip would not be pleased, either.

For fans of cyberpunk and classic science fiction,  Reaching Angelica (Yucca Publishing; February 2, 2016; 978-1-63158-069-7) is the second book in Peter Riva’s Tag trilogy, the comic, thrilling, and continuing saga of Simon Bank—ex–master system computer wrangler and very unlikely galactic hero.

Praise for Reaching Angelica
“Thrilling moments keep the suspense high in space. . . . The way Riva describes the mysteries of the universe is intriguing. . . . This cyberpunk world has its own laws of stretching brains wide with its mind-bending concepts.”
—Jake Vyper, Fantascize.com

Buy the book:  Amazon   Barnes & Noble   Book Depository   Chapters/Indigo

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Meet the author:

Peter Riva has worked for more than thirty years with the leaders in aerospace and space exploration. His daytime job for more than forty years has been as a literary agent. He resides in New York City.

Connect with the author:   Website  Twitter  Facebook

TOUR SCHEDULE:

April 11 – Brian’s Book Blog – review of Reaching Angelica
April 11 – Coffee books & Art – book spotlight / giveaway
April 12 – Book Reviews Nature Photos – review of The Path / author interview
April 13 – T’s Stuff – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
April 14 – Library of Clean Reads – review of Reaching Angelica / giveaway
April 14 – Sahar’s Blog – review of The Path
April 15 – Zerina Blossom’s Books – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
April 18 – Blooming with Books – review of Reaching Angelica / giveaway
April 19 – IT Revolution – review of Reaching Angelica / giveaway
April 20 – Book Reviews Nature Photos – Review of Reaching Angelica
April 21-  Sahar’s Blog – review of Reaching Angelica
April 22 – Take It Personel-ly – review of The Path / guest post / giveaway
April 25 – Heidi’s Wanderings – review of Reaching Angelica / giveaway
April 26 – Nighttime Reading Center – review of The Path / author interview
April 27 – Amie’s Book Reviews – review of The Path / giveaway
April 28 – Nighttime Reading Center – review of Reaching Angelica / giveaway
April 29 – Amie’s Book Reviews – review of Reaching Angelica / giveaway
May 2 –   Jorie Loves A Story – review of The Path / author interview
May 3 –   Take It Personel-ly – review of Reaching Angelica / giveaway
May 4 –   Pure Jonel – review of Reaching Angelica / guest post / giveaway
May 5 –   The Autistic Gamer – review of Reaching Angelica
May 6 –   #redhead.with.book – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
May 9 –   Deal Sharing Aunt – review of Reaching Angelica / author interview / giveaway
May 9 –   JBronder Book Reviews – review of Reaching Angelica
May 10 – Jorie Loves A Story – review of Reaching Angelica
May 11 – Jaquo Lifestyle Magazine – review of Reaching Angelica
May 12 – Book and Ink – review of The Path
May 13 – Jaquo Lifestyle Magazine – guest post

GUEST POST:
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Life is all about exploration Debra. I am reasonably well traveled (about 60 countries, four continents) and nothing – nothing- is more exhilarating that an arrival at a destination where you have not been before. The smells, tastes, sounds, people, culture… all these are thankfully different and enlivening for the spirit. Languages? No problem. I always consider the fault is mine so I strive to fit in, learn, adapt.
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In the early 80’s I had a chance to work with the astronauts and then with Arthur C. Clarke who wrote the foreword to “Sightseeing; A Space Exploration” – a book on handheld photography in space. Arthur told me his greatest regret was never to travel into space. As I age it has become increasingly clear I too will fail to make the trip. One way? Sure, why not. Think of what you could see and learn! Time doesn’t matter. The quality of the time does. One of the best days I ever spent was on a raft in the Rift Valley in Africa. Just one day, but oh, my God, what a day.
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I have represented some of the great photographers of the 20th century, one of whom, Lucien Clergue, passed away recently. Lucien and I spent many weeks traveling together, some of them with Ansel Adams, and the way he saw things my pathetic eye missed was always an instruction. Actually, I guess that’s the trick, to always want to learn. That’s what my books are really about, eye-openers, instruction dressed up as story and plot. I hope you and your followers enjoy them!
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Book review: KIDNAP – Part 1 of Guy Erma & The Son of Empire by Sally Ann Melia

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Book Description:

I don’t want to go… Do I have to go?

13-year-old Prince Teodor of Freyne knows his duty to the memory of his father and his kingdom. Always, he must help those less fortunate than himself. Yet a frightening nightmare fills him with foreboding, but still he must do – into the Dome.

13-year-old Guy Erma lives in the shadow of the Dome, he has no father and no mother and his future is uncertain, he must start earning a living when he turns 14. He knows not where he will live or even how he will eat, and his only dream is to enter the military academy – at the heart of the Dome.

Two boys as different as any two boys might be. One act of cruelty will throw their lives together, but who dare they trust?

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Meet the Author:  The author was born in Wallasey, England, in 1964, and moved to the South of France when she was eleven. She spent her teenage years living in the cosmopolitan city state of Monaco and became immersed in its many languages and cultures. An English girl in a French school, for three hours each week she would sit at the back of the class as her colleagues learnt English. To pass the time, she wrote stories. This led to a lifetime of writing novels, scripts, stories and articles.In her working life, Sally writes marketing communications and manages large international websites.In 2010, Sally joined the Hogs Back Writers, a club located on the outskirts of Guildford, and she set about turning an old manuscript into this novel: Guy Erma and the Son of Empire. Sally currently lives in Farnham, and she is married with two children.

Connect with Sally:     Website  ~  Facebook  ~  Twitter  ~  Pinterest

Buy the book:  Amazon   Barns & Noble

Review:

Two young men from contrasting backgrounds, the first, Guy Erma, an aspiring dome guard and the second, Teodor the heir to the throne of Freyne live in very different circles.  Yet, they will soon discover that their paths will cross and they will need each other to stay alive.  The Prince and the Pauper meet up in a parallel universe of high fashion, giant cats and cy-sects. (and a really cute alien girl!)

This intriguing sci-fi novel by Sally Ann Melia is my first real forage into the young adult sci-fi genre.  The story was incredibly detailed, the characters well-developed and the story line nail-biting exciting!

What I really liked in this first part of the Guy Erma trilogy were the illustrations of some of the main characters as well as a small drawing of the Dome itself.  I look forward to part 2 of this trilogy – Hunter!

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Book review: HUNTER – Part 2 of Guy Erma & The Son of Empire by Sally Ann Melia

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Book Description:

13-year-old Teodor was taken by the vicious Battle Borgs of Dome and now he must fight to survive.

13-year-old Guy Erma has been offered a chance to fight for his place in the Dome Elite. Only who will be his opponent? Will he face a Battle Borg of Dome?

Once they were heroes. These men died as heroes in battle. Now they have been reincarnated as the fearsome vanguard of the Dome Elite. They are the Battle Borgs of Dome

Two boys as different as any two boys might be. They face the same enemy, the same danger, the same fear -dare they trust each other?

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Meet the Author:  The author was born in Wallasey, England, in 1964, and moved to the South of France when she was eleven. She spent her teenage years living in the cosmopolitan city state of Monaco and became immersed in its many languages and cultures. An English girl in a French school, for three hours each week she would sit at the back of the class as her colleagues learnt English. To pass the time, she wrote stories. This led to a lifetime of writing novels, scripts, stories and articles.In her working life, Sally writes marketing communications and manages large international websites.In 2010, Sally joined the Hogs Back Writers, a club located on the outskirts of Guildford, and she set about turning an old manuscript into this novel: Guy Erma and the Son of Empire. Sally currently lives in Farnham, and she is married with two children.

Connect with Sally:  Website  ~  Facebook  ~  Twitter  ~  Pinterest

Buy the book:  Amazon 

Review:

In part two of Guy Erma and the Son of Empire, Sayginn, Regent of Freyne, Teodor’s mother, enlists the aid of ally Karl Valvanchi, a Zaracan warrior of Sas Dorana to find her kidnapped son. Sayginn, as Queen Regent, is expected to marry the Emperor in order to form an alliance and produce heirs for the empire. Despite the fact that they come from different worlds and look completely different from each other, Sayginn and Karl form an unexpected bond of trust and are able to read each other’s thoughts. With their combined telepathy they know that Theodor is alive but have no idea of his condition or whereabouts.

Together with Guy Erma “who spins like the wind and bites like a goran”, they put together a rescue mission. The mission is dangerous, as they must face live Battle Borgs, half men-half-machines who obey without conscience. As hostages, both Guy and Teodor, both highly skilled athletes and students in combat are pitted against each other to figh to the death. Guy is given the command to kill as Prince Teodor must be removed as heir. Guy must obey.

This incredible story continues with the same amount of vivid imagery and description as the first segement, Kidnap. Different storylines begin to blend together and we find ourselves cheering for both Guy and Teodor.

Although I enjoy watching sci-fi and fantasy films, I am completely new to reading these genres. This complex story had me a bit befuddled at the beginning but as I continued reading on everything fell into place. Looking forward to part 3 – Exile.

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Book Review: Guy Erma & the Son of Empire by Sally Ann Melia

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Book Description:

The story starts with a boy:
“I don’t want to go, mum.”
“You must…”
How long can a mother regret the last words to her son?

This story is a space opera adventure and a kidnap thriller… A young prince is kidnapped, a galactic Empire in peril for the Prince has fallen into the hands of the ruthless yet charismatic Chart Segat, a populist politician, he is also head of the crack space warriors: the Dome Elite.

Teodor’s mother, Regent Sayginn of Freyne 2 will use every resource at her disposal: military might, security surveillance, battle cyborgs and insider intelligence to find her son. She will call on the Valvanchi, the telepathic shape shifting aliens to free him … The only question is can they get to the Prince in time?
Meanwhile in the shadow of the Dome, living a life of desperate poverty is another boy: 13-year-old Guy Erma. His only dream is to join the Dome Elite, and the only way he can do that is by ‘doing whatever Chart Segat says. ’ Whatever he says!’

A tightly plotted thriller, Guy Erma and the Son of Empire is a complex space opera with a cracking science fiction storyline, told with verve and pace.

The book will delight those who love • Science Fiction • Space Operas • Star Wars style Adventures • Galactic Empire stories • Young Adult Science Fiction • Young Adult Space Opera • Young Adult Thrillers • Young Adult Action Adventure

And is inspired by the works of • George Lucas • JJ Abrams • Steven Spielberg • J R R Tolkien • Frank Herbert • Iain M Banks • Peter F Hamilton

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Meet the Author:  The author was born in Wallasey, England, in 1964, and moved to the South of France when she was eleven. She spent her teenage years living in the cosmopolitan city state of Monaco and became immersed in its many languages and cultures. An English girl in a French school, for three hours each week she would sit at the back of the class as her colleagues learnt English. To pass the time, she wrote stories. This led to a lifetime of writing novels, scripts, stories and articles.In her working life, Sally writes marketing communications and manages large international websites.In 2010, Sally joined the Hogs Back Writers, a club located on the outskirts of Guildford, and she set about turning an old manuscript into this novel: Guy Erma and the Son of Empire. Sally currently lives in Farnham, and she is married with two children.

Connect with Sally:  Website  ~  Facebook  ~  Twitter  ~  Pinterest

Buy the book:  Amazon   Barns & Noble

Review:

I’m new to the sci-fi genre and didn’t know what to expect when I began to read this story. The storyline immediately pulled me in but I became temporarily confused when two other story lines began to develop. I hung in there because I could see that the characters were being developed.

The three stories begin to blend together and we have an intriguing and exciting adventure. There is Guy, an orphan but very talented student whose desire is to join the Dome Elite. There is also Karl Valvanchi, a Zaracan warrior and shape-shifter from Sas Daron and finally Prince Regent Theodor from Freyne 2, whose empire is under threat. The manner in which these three characters are brought together shows depth and, although there were a lot of details, with time they added to the richness of the plot.

I enjoyed the book because it was exciting, fast paced and an intelligent read. It was written for young adults but any mature person would certainly enjoy it. I look forward to the next installment!

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Book review: EXILE – Book 3 of Guy Erma and the Son of Empire by Sally Ann Melia

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3-year-old Teodor has found a way to escape from kidnap, how long before he is safely home?  13-year-old Guy Erma has run away from everything he has even known and no longer knows what the future holds.They escaped through dark tunnels and back alleys but they also discovered a hidden terror that now threatens their entire planet.Two boys as different as two boys might be.  Their adventure has forged an unexpected friendship, but do they really trust each other?  Dare they share their darkest, deepest secrets?

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Meet the Author:  The author was born in Wallasey, England, in 1964, and moved to the South of France when she was eleven. She spent her teenage years living in the cosmopolitan city state of Monaco and became immersed in its many languages and cultures. An English girl in a French school, for three hours each week she would sit at the back of the class as her colleagues learnt English. To pass the time, she wrote stories. This led to a lifetime of writing novels, scripts, stories and articles.In her working life, Sally writes marketing communications and manages large international websites.In 2010, Sally joined the Hogs Back Writers, a club located on the outskirts of Guildford, and she set about turning an old manuscript into this novel: Guy Erma and the Son of Empire. Sally currently lives in Farnham, and she is married with two children.
 

Connect with Sally:  Website  ~  Facebook  ~  Twitter  ~  Pinterest

Buy the book:  Amazon   Barns & Noble

Review:

In part 3 of Guy Erma and Son of Empire we learn a bit more about the structure and size of the Dome itself. Guy and Teodor are together when Karl Valvanchi finally manages to reach him using telepathy. Teodor still doesn’t understand that Karl is trying to help him, all he knows is that he was told, that he is “Killer Valvanchi”. Guy has doubts about which side he is fighting for but knows that both of them are in trouble and need to stay together in order to survive.

Emperor Frederon seems unable to help Sayginn, Teodor’s mother to rescue her son. Sayginn is distraught and finally sees the Emperor for what he really is.

Princess Nell Valvanchi of the Zaracan Democratic Union has a keep interest in not only intergalactic politics but in Teodor himself. She finally reveals her true image to him as all along she has maintained her camouflage skills. The plot continues as another dangerous plot is revealed that could threaten all of Freyne and everyone in it. Can these three young people work together to prevent it?  An exciting conclusion to the third book in the Guy Erma Series. The plot was left open for a sequel (I hope!) 

 

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Book Review: Aoleon The Martian Girl: A Science Fiction and Fantasy Saga – Part 5: The Great Pyramid of Cydonia, written and illustrated by Brent LeVasseur

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Aoléon, Gilbert, Bizwat, Helios, and Zoot make it to their final destination – Cydonia where Aoléon’s parents are being held captive. They infiltrate a secret underground base and are confronted by a small army of sentrybots.

Bizwat lends Aoléon and Gilbert some of his advanced combat skills via a psionic brain dump. However, this may not be enough to save them from overwhelming hostile forces that will do anything to stop them.

They finally meet Pax – the Martian who originally set them out on the mission to discover the truth about the Luminon and his plans to invade Earth. However Pax is not who he seems to be, and through a turn of events, they uncover the true power behind all that has been happening on Mars.

Will they be able to rescue Aoléon’s parents and save Earth from invasion?

Brent LeVasseurAbout Brent:  Mr. LeVasseur enjoys crafting good stories based on lovable characters designed to translate well to multiple media formats such as books, games, movies, and toys. He lives in New York when he is not commuting between Southern California and Olympus Mons, Mars. His hobbies include writing, 3D animation, musical composition, and intergalactic space travel. He also enjoys various sports such as skiing, running, and exospheric skydiving.

Connect with Brent:    website    twitter    facebook   themartiangirl.com
You can buy  Aoléon The Martian Girl – Part 5 here:  Amazon

Review:

“This was a group  of  two kids, a beat-up old robot, a loyal pet moog, and a single, renegade Procyon against an overwhelming and superior fighting force.”

Book number five has so many cool words, I even learned a new verb: gooified!  There was one illustration that really impressed me, that of Gilbert staring at earth through the spaceship window but seeing his own reflection. I found it to be quite moving, that despite being in the middle of saving the world and mars he still yearns for his room back home in Nebraska.

Although this entire book was meant for children, there was a fair bit of tongue-in-cheek humour that would amuse an adult as well as references to other movies that a child may not pick up on.  There were also other subtle, more serious moral messages that were threaded throughout the storyline that would give a younger (or older) thinker something to meditate on.

This is the wind-down for the Aoleon the Martian Girl series and I was sad to see it come to an end.  I’m going to miss all the characters, even Helios the Robot, he has such a sense of humour!  Younger boys, especially will love the action and the humour of this segment.

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Book Review: Aoleon The Martian Girl: A Science Fiction and Fantasy Saga – Part 4: Illegal Aliens, written and illustrated by Brent LeVasseur

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Aoleon and Gilbert have become the Luminon’s top priority in stopping the Martian resistance movement, and after being chased by the Royal Paladin Guard, they are forced to flee the Martian Megalopolis. Aoléon, Gilbert and Zoot escape with the help of Bizwat and his newly found friend, Helios, a first generation soldierbot.

After their saucer is destroyed, they crash land somewhere in the deep Martian desert, and they set out to locate Kyrios and the secret base where Aoleon’s parents are being held captive.

After battling the forces of nature, starvation, a Klyklon dust storm, (and not to mention a giant slor that almost swallows them alive), they finally make it to their destination. However, after Kyrios gives Gilbert some basic training to develop his budding psionic power, they learn that their journey is far from over.

Will Aoléon, Glbert, Bizwat, Helios, and Zoot be able to rescue Aoleon’s parents and stop the Martian invasion of Earth in time?

Brent LeVasseurAbout Brent:  Mr. LeVasseur enjoys crafting good stories based on lovable characters designed to translate well to multiple media formats such as books, games, movies, and toys. He lives in New York when he is not commuting between Southern California and Olympus Mons, Mars. His hobbies include writing, 3D animation, musical composition, and intergalactic space travel. He also enjoys various sports such as skiing, running, and exospheric skydiving.

Connect with Brent:    website    twitter    facebook   themartiangirl.com
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Review:

Aoleon and Gilbert are on a dangerous mission to rescue her parents, a seemingly impossible task.  Even Bizwat is discouraged by the difficulty of their undertaking.  Their spaceship is blown up and well, you gotta read the rest yourself!

Part four of Aoleon’s adventure is by far the goofiest!    Here are some of my favourite quotes:  “Go ahead. Make my millennium”, “we stand an excellent chance of catching the Martians with their cheeks in the wind” and “this guy is not firing on all nanoprocessors.”

There is still loads of adventure and excitement (by the way DON’T pick the flowers in the desert) as well as a fair bit of cheekiness pointed at the, ahem, “powers that be” (it’s all in good fun though!). The picture of the White House Situation Room was really cool!  There weren’t as many pictures in this segment, and some parts of the story were a little hard to grasp because of the technical explanations.  But there’s a lot to tickle your funny bone!

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Book Review: Aoleon The Martian Girl: Science Fiction Saga – Part 3 – The Hollow Moon by Brent LeVasseur

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Spying on the Luminon, Aoléon and Gilbert uncover his plot to steal Earth’s milk cows and make the disturbing discovery that the Martian leader plans to disrupt Mars’s galact supply. The duo races to warn Aoléon’s father, Deimos, a manager at the galactworks, before the Luminon’s saboteur can act.

While still on the run, Aoléon takes her pilot’s exam so she can join the Martian intergalactic exploration fleet. However, during the test-run, something goes horribly wrong. The two are put in a life-threatening situation and only Bizwat, Aoléon’s Procyon commando friend, can save them.

Gilbert finally gets his chance to learn to skyboard, but the lesson turns into a test of skill as he and Aoléon are chased by the Royal Paladin Guard.

Will they survive?

Brent LeVasseurAbout Brent:  Mr. LeVasseur enjoys crafting good stories based on lovable characters designed to translate well to multiple media formats such as books, games, movies, and toys. He lives in New York when he is not commuting between Southern California and Olympus Mons, Mars. His hobbies include writing, 3D animation, musical composition, and intergalactic space travel. He also enjoys various sports such as skiing, running, and exospheric skydiving.

Connect with Brent:    website    twitter    facebook   themartiangirl.com
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You can buy  Aoléon The Martian Girl – Part 3 here:   Amazon

Review:

“So what’s ECCLBT?  It is a technical term we use in the Martian special forces. It means, ‘Extra-CrispyCritter-Lizard-Barbecue-Time’”.  You get the picture?  Aoleon and Gilbert find themselves in more hair-raising adventures including explosions, psionic gun blasts, and a hideous drooling monster. This segment of the Aoleon the Martian Girl series is action packed with great characters, including an pizza guy who loves to come to their rescue.

The story is riveting and once again, I found myself at a cliff-hanger.  The multiple layers in the images added depth to the story line and the beautiful colours and textures gave it an otherworldly feel (more pictures please Brent).  I kept smiling at the funny expressions such as ““If Aoléon’s ability for finding trouble could somehow be captured, you would have a weapon of mass destruction so deadly that not even bacteria would survive”.

I look forward to Part Four!

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Book Review: Aoleon The Martian Girl: Science Fiction Saga – Part 2 – The Luminess of Mars by Brent LeVasseur

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Aoléon and Gilbert receive a special mission from PAX, a wanted criminal and leader of the Martian resistance movement to investigate the Luminon of Mars, who he suspects is planning an invasion of Earth to steal its milk cows. Gilbert has an encounter with the Luminess (the mate of the Luminon) and discovers something strange about her during a procession, and the duo are chased by the Royal Paladin Guard.

Gilbert has an encounter with the Luminess (the mate of the Luminon) and discovers something strange about her during a procession, and the duo are chased by the Royal Paladin Guard.At Aoléon’s home, Gilbert meets Aoléon’s family, her sister Una, mother Phobos and father Deimos as well as her overzealous pet Zoot. He is also introduced to Bizwat, a covert operator and Procyon Commando, who uses his Saturn Pizza delivery job as a cover.

Gilbert then gets to visit the Martian Space Academy (Aoléon’s school) where he encounters Aoléon’s nemesis, Charm Lepton and her friend Quarkina, as well as receiving a history lesson on the Martian people by Plutarch Xenocrates. After class, Gilbert and Aoléon get to train in zero-G and Gilbert is treated to a Psi-ball match between Martian Space Academy and Martian Science Academy.

Brent LeVasseurAbout Brent:  Mr. LeVasseur enjoys crafting good stories based on lovable characters designed to translate well to multiple media formats such as books, games, movies, and toys. He lives in New York when he is not commuting between Southern California and Olympus Mons, Mars. His hobbies include writing, 3D animation, musical composition, and intergalactic space travel. He also enjoys various sports such as skiing, running, and exospheric skydiving.

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Review:

Absoludicrous!  Aoleon is a really cool girl (even though she is 108 years old!)  I’m getting the royal tour of her city, Olympus Mons.  Her family is really nice and we had galact pizza (with asteroids – yum!)  She even showed me how to use her holokron to order the pizza.

There are so many things to learn here on Mars, a lot of technical stuff (it’s a good thing there is a glossary at the end of the book). I really dig Aoleon’s school, The Martian Space Academy and Plutarch Xenocrates really rock!  The classroom is really awesome, I could spend all day looking around.

I’m having so much fun here, although I do miss home.  But there is something sinister going on here, I’m not quite sure what it is.  Are we in danger?

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