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Title: The Man Who Found Birds among the Stars, Part Five: Phenix Rises: A Biographical Fiction

Amazon Author Page: Lorinda J. Taylor

Formats: Kindle Paperback

Genres: Science Fiction, Biographical Fiction


In the author’s words

A rehabilitated Robbin Nikalishin is back in the Captain’s chair as the Phenix Project for Interstellar Flight gets underway. After finishing off the loose ends remaining from his unorthodox penalty, the Captain returns to Herinen Space Port, where the first tasks are to complete the construction of two starships, give them names, and select a crew to fly them, including certain participants from the previous interstellar program.

The Captain is fully committed to supporting his old friends, even though not all of them have fully recovered from the Darter Disaster. Specifically, Ian Glencrosse remains deeply – and ominously – affected, while Banyat Thaksin, the Engineer who lost his foot in the disaster, embarks on a course that will influence the future history of Earth.

Capt. Robbie never loses his sense of humor or his willingness to engage in romantic relationships, finding a comfortable liaison with an earlier acquaintance. However, his disastrous marriage has not been severed. Can it be that the High Feather will resurface, with a new agenda of her own?


“Phenix Rises,” is the fifth book in The Man Who Found Birds Among the Stars series by Lorinda J. Taylor. I have read and reviewed part one, “Eagle Ascendant,” HERE and part two, “Wounded Eagle” HERE and part three, “Bird of Prey,” HERE and part four, “Survivor,” HERE.

I have followed this series since its inception and can’t help but feel a motherly connection to the captain. It seems all my heartfelt worry for this character has finally paid off. Robbin Nikalishin has returned to the Phenix Project interstellar program and taken his rightful seat in the Captain’s chair. Yea!

Having finally overcome the majority of his past mistakes, Captain Robby launches into the personnel staffing portion of the new project which results in a journey back in time. The captain meets with each of the original Darter crew offering them another chance at reaching beyond the stars with him at the helm. After everything they’ve been through together will they want to be part of his crew again?

For me, this series has always been about the characters. Watching the captain grow through the ups and downs of his early manhood has been some pretty riveting stuff. This series has offered a deep dive into the psyche of a man, created purely from the author’s imagination. I think I know Captain Robby better than some of my friends! Once again the author demonstrates her astute capture of human nature by creating unforgettable characters.

But, don’t get to comfortable thinking you have this story figured out. The author has managed to throw in a jaw-dropping twist at the very end! I can’t wait to read what happens next!


Character Believability: 5
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Overall Rate: 
5 out of 5 Faeries

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Lorinda J. Taylor, author of The Man Who Found Birds Among the Stars Series

I’m a retired librarian who worked in academic libraries as a cataloger, and I live in Colorado Springs, CO.  Besides my MLS, I have a BA and an MA in English, and some work toward a Ph.D.  As a child, I was always making up imaginary worlds, but I didn’t start writing fantasy until I read “Lord of the Rings” in 1969 and discovered that even serious scholars like J.R.R. Tolkien can continue to create such worlds far into their adult lives. I never was successful in getting published in those early days, however, and then family considerations forced me to take a hiatus from writing from 1983 until 2000. Since then, I’ve written a novella and several novels, and have begun to self-publish since I doubt that I can live long enough to go the old-fashioned route!

My interests include almost anything literary, scientific, or speculative — science fiction and fantasy, mythology, language (I write conlangs for my books), poetry, cosmology, astrophysics, anthropology, archaeology, entomology, ornithology …

Philosophically, I call myself a spiritual humanist.

Among my favorite authors are Ursula K. LeGuin, Tolkien (of course), Evangeline Walton, and many poets such as Robert Graves and Dylan Thomas.

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Blog – Ruminations of a Remembrancer at
(You can find free chapters on her website of Volume I of the Termite Queen).

Twitter – Lorinda J. Taylor @TermiteWriter

Facebook – Lorinda J. Taylor (Termite Writer)


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