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Forbidden The Stars (The Interstellar Age Book 1) (English Edition) di [Daniels, Valmore]
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Forbidden The Stars (The Interstellar Age Book 1)

At the end of the 21st century, a catastrophic accident
in the asteroid belt has left two surveyors dead.
There is no trace of their young son,
Alex Manez, or of the asteroid itself.

On the outer edge of the solar system,
the first manned mission to Pluto,
led by the youngest female astronaut in
NASA history, has led to an historic discovery:
there is a marker left there by an alien race
for humankind to find. We are not alone!

While studying the alien marker, it begins to react.
Four hours later, the missing asteroid appears
in a Plutonian orbit, along with young Alex Manez,
who has developed some alarming side-effects from his
exposure to the kinetic element they call Kinemet.

From the depths of a criminal empire based on Luna,
an expatriate seizes the opportunity to wrest control
of outer space, and takes swift action.

The secret to faster-than-light speed is up for grabs,
and the race for interstellar space begins!

- The Interstellar Age -
Book 1 - Forbidden The Stars
Book 2 - Music of the Spheres
Book 3 - Worlds Away

The Interstellar Age: The Complete Trilogy

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  • Editore: ValmoreDaniels.com (1 agosto 2010)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B003XT5S4S
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4.0 su 5 stelle Slow burner that eventual hits the speed of light 1 giugno 2013
Di J.L.D - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
Forbidden The Stars(The interstellar Age Book 1)by Valmore Daniel

This is one of those stories that has to grow on you slowly.

It might often be abandoned before it ripens enough for the impatient. I know I almost let this one go. It took me a while to get into it. There was a lot of extra building going on in the first several chapters that was rather drawn out. I'm glad I persevered because this was a very good story- in the long run.

There were several elements that were annoying to frustrating about some of the names of things and acronyms and such.

At the beginning of the story there are some oddities mentioned that have me baffled. Probably because I've not been keeping up with modern terminologies.

One of these is the Septaphonic ear-mask::(sounds cool but what is it?)

Now I know that pink floyd had contemplated something they started calling hyperbole coordinator and they wanted to use eight speakers but finally decided on seven. They would put two in front of the audience two behind one above and one below- they never did come up with a place for the seventh. Anyhow this was the ideal for the Septaphonic sound system and if this is what is being nodded to in this story then the ear mask would have to be something that would shroud the head and ears like a sort of helmet enclosing the head in the experience. In the story its tossed around like we toss the word headphones around these days. I suppose that it may just be quadraphonic speakers but then why not say quadraphonic speakers. Sometimes I wonder about putting words together just because they sound cool.

Last I knew Septaphonics fell flat on its ear-face so I'm not sure what this is and it's not really explained- once again I might have missed something in the etymology of this word and some few other seeming inventions of language in this book.

After all of this and much further into the book the story starts to take off and all that hand-waving goes away for a while.

This is largely the story of Alex Manez- with a supporting cast of thousands- well not that many but a few extra hands.

Alex is a ten year old who is in space with his prospecting parent who are about to make the big score for the company they work for. What really happens is his parents die and he's left an orphan. He also goes on a trip that rivals what happens in Carl Sagan's Contact.

While this is going on a mission to Pluto uncovers an artifact that is reminiscent of Arthur Clark's 2001 Space Odyssey. Captain Justine Turner, a woman pilot and commander of the Pluto flight is in charge of the mission that makes this great discovery.

Michael Sanderson is on earth doing the political and fundraising thing for the company that is funding Alex's parents.

All these elements are going to come together to begin to unravel the great mystery of anchient Mayan history slash myth.

Alex is propelled from the asteroid belt to the location of the artifact on Pluto in a matter of hours. Going close to the speed of light and riding in a habitat on a meteor he survives but he's been greatly affected.

The independent (secret) lunar government finds out about this and kidnaps Alex in order to gain control of space travel which they control minimally already by controlling the moon base. Near Speed of Light travel could ruin them if they don't control it themselves.

What no one has figured in this is what has happened to Alex and what he might want to do about all of this.

This story has a lot of Science like stuff that sometimes sounds like hand-waving and it contains enough fantasy elements to qualify as SFF or Sci-Fi Fantasy.

Anyone who like Science Fiction and who enjoys a lot of technical jargon will enjoy this one once they hack through the first bit of world building.

Those Septaphonic ear-mask seem very important because they sure are mentioned a lot. Maybe the next book has an in-depth explanation of how they work and whether they are four seven or more speakers.

I really did enjoy this novel despite my confusion and look forward to checking the rest of the story in Music of the Spheres.

J.L. Dobias
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3.0 su 5 stelle Fun to read, but more fantasy than SF 2 luglio 2011
Di M. Smith - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
I enjoyed "Forbidden the Stars", and will probably read the sequel. It's interesting to read a story written from the Canadian perspective; several of the main characters are Canadian and most of the action is directed by a Canadian space exploration company.

The author could have used a good editor -- there are many mistakes that should have been caught before publication, as several others have pointed out (for example: when someone refers to a male character as an "ingenue"). Characters are not well-developed, and seem to exist only to play out their role in the story. What's more, the last part of the book seems to have been hastily written with the idea of starting on a sequel, and does not match the better-written beginning.

The author tries to include scientific detail, but does not seem to know enough science. Science fiction should have a solid basis in science -- otherwise it's fantasy (that's OK too). It's not simply a problem of misuse of a few terms, but rather the author's attempt to describe things in detail and getting it all wrong. One can speculate about new elements being found in space, but when the author goes into the detail of electrons, protons and neutrons, then he should be expected to get it right. Anyone with a background in chemistry or physics could have saved the author from some real howlers.

I am looking forward to the sequel -- I just hope the author turns it over to a good editor first.
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2.0 su 5 stelle good premise. bad writing, bad science, bad storyline 15 dicembre 2014
Di Joeanybody - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
I liked the idea behind the book. Humans finally get to pluto, where they find a mysterious statue. Meanwhile in the asteroid belt a family is surveying an asteroid for possible mining operations, where they find a new element that enables near-light speed travel. Unfortunately, the find kills the parents and sends their ten year old son hurtling through space at near light speed only to stop at Pluto less than 5 hours later. The experience leaves young Alex with amazing powers that several antagonists try to exploit.

The problems with the book were numerous. First, the science was really bad. It seems the author researched his physics and that is good. However, he failed to continue past high school physics. When dealing with space travel and the science needed for such a venture it is kinda necessary to go past the elementary physics. Newtonian physics only applies to objects on earth. While some of the basics still apply in space i.e. Newton's three laws still apply to human and human sized objects. Very large and Very small objects do not necessarily follow the same rules. Thats where Quantum Mechanics come into play.

Secondly, the storytelling was very flat. The use of language was advanced but it was not put in a way to make me care or follow along with whats going on. Its like the author just throws out big or unusual words to make himself better. There were many instances of vocabulary and grammar structure that people just don't read very often anymore.

Thirdly, the characters were really flat. There was no empathy brought to the characters. I finished reading this book just before writing this and have already forgotten the main characters (ten year old boy) full name. They aren't memorable. One of the Antagonist was all kinds of powerful at the start of the book and had his minions all scared of him, but is taken down with a single paragraph on the "EarthMesh". I get the feeling that the author just didnt know what to do with that character and rushed it. His demise isn't even described. The reader is left to assume that he is taken down. The ending was little rushed too. There is a huge chunk of information that is missing.

I won't be reading the next in the series.
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3.0 su 5 stelle ***3.5*** 10 aprile 2015
Di J. Hooligan @ Platypire Reviews - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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I was given a free audio copy of the complete trilogy from the author in exchange for an honest review. This is my review of book 1.

I'd like to first point out that the noise when a chapter changes, it needs to be shot and taken out of MY misery.

The story itself was interesting. It has a whole heck of a lot of characters, but they aren't difficult to keep up with. You know who does what and why.

For the most part, the narration is pretty good. He's good at keeping the characters separate with different voices. Although there are a couple characters that I shuddered at his interpretation of them. One, I will admit is a bias of mine. I cannot stand when adults do children's voices. It's the equivalent of raking nails on a chalkboard in my head. Then there are his Asian characters. Ever see those movies around World War 2 when they had white people playing the bad Japanese guy? That's what it sounded like. I felt like I needed to apologize for listening to it.

Although a bit repetitious and a little difficult to keep up with at times, the story was captivating enough that it held my interest. Although the audio version I have contains all three books, even if I didn't already have book 2 I would have been interested in continuing.
4.0 su 5 stelle A Good Read 11 maggio 2016
Di Rebecca Graf - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
Let’s start with the fact that I’m not a big science fiction reader. I prefer to watch them as the usually technical description leaves me totally confused. But this one was intriguing from the very beginning. I think it helped that there has been so much on the news about Pluto and Mars lately.

The story is about a strange statue found on Pluto. At the same time, an asteroid blows up many, many miles away. Both are strangely connected with one young child at the center of it all.

The entire plot had me hooked from the beginning. I had to know what the connections were. I kept reading to find out. I wasn’t disappointed with a plot that left me flat. It was creative and well laid out.

Characters were unique but not too deep. Only a couple of characters get any real depth added to them, and they were done well.
There is a sequel from the way it ended, but I’m not sure I’ll be reading it. It didn’t quite hold me as strong as I had hoped.

Note: I purchased this book with my own funds with no expectation of a positive review.
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