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Formato: Edición Kindle
I usually approach reviewing a book on Amazon by reading several of the other reviews on the same book, first. I dislike it when I wind up saying almost the exact same thing as half a dozen other people. I'd like my review to look at the book differently than others have.
Surprisingly - or, just maybe, not so surprisingly - I can't manage that with this book. Out of some 25 other reviews, my thoughts pretty much matched the gamut of comments made by others.
The book is a fun, fast-paced read, eminently enjoyable from page 1 onward. The author's style that reminds me very much of Robert Heinlein's young adult science fiction stories (Red Planet, The Star Beast, Citizen of the Galaxy). The story's main characters - Matt and Michelle - are a pair of bright and energetic young people, around 17 or 18 years old (you can pin it down from clues in the text), each harboring a couple deep, dark secrets. Together, they set off in an old spaceship that Matt and his father restored in their 'garage' as a 'father and son' project, hoping to find Matt's parents - who have now been missing for seven years, just long enough to now be declared officially dead. Of course, his folks were the heads of a multi-trillion dollar, federation-wide corporation, and Matt is the presumptive heir to the 'throne'. If he can stay alive and un-disappeared, that is.
The book moves at a brisk pace, once the two teens set out on their quest, and each one brings a 'particular set of skills' to the task at hand. The skills may seem far-fetched, at first, but - as the story progresses - the logical reasons for their having those skills are revealed in a well-thought manner. The action of the story is tightly woven, moving the two main characters from one danger to the next with skill and care, and I enjoyed the fact that they don't always 'defeat' their antagonists so much as 'outwit' them.
For the parents in the audience... Yes, the book has some violence. You can't have a story that features pirates and space battles without at least a little bit of violence. However, the violence in this story is neither gratuitous nor graphic. Also, there is some sexual content in the story. These are two teenagers who fell in love with each other years earlier - but never suspected that the other shared their feelings until now. They do, indeed, make love, but it's not graphically depicted, at all.
All in a, I enjoyed this book immensely, reading it from start to finish in an afternoon and evening. I noticed, on the author's website, that Book 2 in this series will be available in August of 2016, and Book 3 is in the process of being written. You can rest assured that I'll be grabbing both volumes as soon as they're available!