Colleen’s #Book #Reviews: “The Man Who Found Birds among the Stars, Part Eight: Rare Birds: A Biographical Fiction” by Lorinda J. Taylor, @TermiteWriter

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First contact has taken place and the occupants of the alien ship are giant Birds. While nothing could make Capt. Robbin Nikalishin happier, the Ariana remains marooned on a moon in the Epsilon Eridani system and is running out of oxygen. The crew works furiously to learn how to communicate with the extraterrestrials (the most important element of a first contact), but not all the denizens of the Ariana are as pleased with the situation as Capt. Robbie is. Ian Glencrosse has failed in his attempt to sacrifice himself to save the mission and he remains convinced the death of everyone aboard is imminent. Meanwhile, another member of the mission devises a more ominous plan to “save” Earth from destruction by feathered monsters.

If the Phenix Mission is to make it back to Earth and set in motion that planet’s role in the wider universe, these avian extraterrestrials must be willing to come to the aid of the human aliens – or will they simply fly away and leave them to die?

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My Recommendation

“The Man Who Found Birds among the Stars, Part Eight: Rare Birds,” is the eighth book in this series of 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, part four, “Survivor,” HERE, part five, “Phoenix Rises,” HERE, and part six, “Merlin,” HERE; and part seven, “Fifth Island in the River,” HERE.

We left off in part seven, with the crew in dire straights. The tension cranked up to a fever pitch when a section of the engine failed. I couldn’t stop reading. These characters had become real to me, and I needed to know if they would survive their ordeal.

Now, in book eight, the crew is still alive, and we meet the extraterrestrials themselves. The intelligent birds are Captain Robbie’s only hope of returning to Earth. Learning how to communicate with this new species becomes the prime focus of the book.

The author is a constructed language enthusiast (conlanger, for short). Within these pages, she’s created an alien language, symbols and all, for this new bird species, which gives the book an entirely different feel from anything I’ve ever read. It makes sense, though. If you meet aliens, you have to figure out how to communicate with them. Most scenes revolve around communication between the species. The detail is astonishing!

There are plenty of humorous moments between the birds and humans as they learn to grasp each other’s languages. Taylor skillfully bridges the differences between the species by presenting the alien characters with almost human traits, which the reader comes to love as much as their human counterparts. There are several tense moments with the right amount of tension to move the plot forward.

I’m an enormous fan of this author and her books. She excels at first contact scenarios and I know this book in the series will not disappoint. I suspect there will be a book nine and that it comes out soon, but then, I was hooked on Captain Robbie’s story long ago.

Here is another series by Lorinda J. Taylor that I’ve enjoyed:

Colleen’s #Book #Reviews – “The Termite Queen: The Speaking of the Dead, Vol. I,” by Author, @TermiteWriter

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COLLEEN’S 2020 #BOOK #REVIEWS – “The Blessing of Krozem: A Tale of Ziraf’s World,” BY AUTHOR, Lorinda J. Taylor, @TermiteWriter

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What would it really be like to be immortal? And how important is the power of friendship and the need for communion with one’s fellow humans?

On Ziraf’s World, a planet in a universe far away from ours, an old priest named Gilzara decides to ask the Dreamers for the gift of immortality, and Krozem the Creator of Humankind grants his request, including giving him the power to make others immortal. However, things go tragically wrong; Gilzara’s dying wife refuses the gift, and Gilzara is left to live his immortal life alone.

The Troil, incorporeal spirit beings who also inhabit this world, take it upon themselves to save Gilzara from destroying the token that holds the key to his immortality, but he continues to see himself as a freak and an outcast, unable to relate to any mortal.

The Troil teach him the power of venwara – wizardry – and thus fortified, he returns to the human world, desperately searching for a connection. He finds it in Halrab, a young novice priest, and together they set out to climb the Starbell, the highest mountain in Ziraf’s World, the symbol of an unattainable goal.

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MY RECOMMENDATION

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be immortal? Would immortality be a gift or a curse? Speculative fiction author, Lorinda J. Taylor explores those questions in her recent release, “The Blessing of Krozem – A Tale of Ziraf’s World.”

On Ziraf’s World, a distant planet in the universe, the world is illuminated in various shades of the color blue. The planet has its own cosmology (the sun and moon rise in the west and set in the east, and the year is shorter than on Earth.

The author’s notes share:

“The culture is late Neolithic; metallurgy is unknown except for some gold-working.  Obviously, the culture is on the cusp of technological development, but the path to that level will be different from Earth’s – based on spiritual and mental arts that can be called magic, for want of a better term.  The gods (Ziraf’s Dreamers, the Seven Zem’l, whom Ziraf the High Dreamer appointed to engineer creation) are palpable in this world, as are a different kind of beings called Troil, who are pure spirit and are immortal.”

“Naturally, such a world will have its own languages, but in this tale we are concerned with only one race of humans, called the Kairam (the Slate People); there are in fact other races who would have languages of their own, but they figure only tangentially here.”

Taylor, Lorinda J. The Blessing of Krozem: A Tale of Ziraf’s World (p. 231). Kindle Edition.

The tale sets in motion when a man and his wife ask the old priest Gilzara a simple question. Why do the Troil live forever while humans are mortal?

Both elderly now, Gilzara and his wife, Javon, ponder the question. More than anything, Gilzara fears he already knows what the answer will be from Krozem, the Creator. But he can’t help wondering… what if Gilzara and Javon could live forever, healed and once again whole?

Krozem grants Gilzara’s request, including the additional power to make others immortal. The old priest hurries back to Javon to share this significant news. Javon refuses his gift of immortality and dies in his arms. Devastated, the priest realizes that he must live his immortal life alone. The ramifications of such an existence are staggering.

Gilzara is heartbroken over the loss of his wife, and he feels the weight from the gift of immortality like a noose hanging around his neck. Without Javon, life no longer holds any joy. He hides from other humans and even starves himself to near death, wishing for the sweet release death would bring to him.

When Thav, a cave Troi, stumbles across Gilzara’s almost frozen body, she knows the Troil must save Gilzara from destroying the token that holds the key to his immortality. Thav and the other Troil eventually teach Gilzara the power of venwara, a type of wizardry.

I’ve noticed “wounded male characters,” is Taylor’s speciality. She excels in her portrayal of the old priest as a deeply wounded soul finding redemption through a journey of love and acceptance. The prophetic magic of her words come together when Gilzara finally learns to live with his immortality.

Look for spectacular world building, rich characters and descriptions, and bits of spiritual wisdom that will resonate with your own belief systems. The personas of the Troil captivated me. These Yoda-like creatures remind me of benevolent nature spirits, always looking out for the good of the planet and the people who inhabit this strange land. In fact, some of Taylor’s descriptions of venwara magic are so breathtaking, I found them to be poetic.

“The Blessing of Krozem – A Tale of Ziraf’s World,” is a standalone novel. For your reading convenience, Taylor adds a detailed list of characters, a list of geographical names, and a Glossary of Terms at the end of the book.

I’m a tremendous fan of this author, and this recent addition to her repertoire has become an instant favorite of mine! Something tells me you will love this novel, as well. Enjoy!

MY RATING

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About the Author

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.

How to Connect with the Author

Blog – Ruminations of a Remembrancer at http://termitewriter.blogspot.com
(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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COLLEEN’S 2020 #BOOK #REVIEWS – “The Man Who Found Birds among the Stars, Part Seven: Fifth Island in the River: A Biographical Fiction,” BY AUTHOR, Lorinda J. Taylor, @TermiteWriter

Featuring Your Next Weekend Read! About this Book The Phenix Project for Interstellar Flight has launched its first mission – a flight to the star system called Epsilon Eridani, 10.5 light years away. Capt. Robbin Nikalishin is finally achieving his dream, although the recent breakup with his wife Fedaylia High Feather can’t help but sour… More

Colleen’s 2018 #Book #Reviews – “Fathers and Demons ~ Glimpses of the Future,” by Author, Lorinda J. Taylor

Title: Fathers and Demons ~ Glimpses of the Future Amazon Author Page: Lorinda J. Taylor Publication Date: April 5, 2015 Formats: Paperback & Kindle Genres: Science Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy Goodreads IN THE AUTHOR’S WORDS: “All human beings must live with demons, but those demons are unusually powerful when they are summoned by the sort of catastrophe… More

Colleen’s #Book #Reviews – “The Termite Queen: The Wound That Has No Healing, Volume II “ by Author, @TermiteWriter

Title:  The Termite Queen, The Wound That Has No Healing, Volume II Author: Lorinda J. Taylor File Size: 1469 KB Print Length: 598 Pages Publisher: Self Published by Author Publication Date: May 18, 2012 Sold By: Amazon Digital Services LLC Language: English ASIN: B0084NKIR0 Formats: Paperback and Kindle Goodreads Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction, Literary *I won a copy of Volume I and… More

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COLLEEN’S 2020 #BOOK #REVIEWS – “The Man Who Found Birds among the Stars, Part Seven: Fifth Island in the River: A Biographical Fiction,” BY AUTHOR, Lorinda J. Taylor, @TermiteWriter

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The Phenix Project for Interstellar Flight has launched its first mission – a flight to the star system called Epsilon Eridani, 10.5 light years away. Capt. Robbin Nikalishin is finally achieving his dream, although the recent breakup with his wife Fedaylia High Feather can’t help but sour the pleasure a little. However, the mission begins on a positive note and its first half is marred only by some personnel conflicts and serious injuries. Meanwhile, the Chief Engineer Ian Glencrosse continues to believe a demonic space entity has doomed the mission and this entity will relent only if provided with a sacrifice – the death of Ian himself. 

The ship IS Ariana arrives at Epsilon Eri and deploys the Mission Specialists’ life-seeking probe on a young planet that may harbor nascent life. They are on the verge of retrieving the probe when a series of disasters puts the mission in jeopardy. Will Ian’s self-sacrifice come in time, or will the ship run out of oxygen before the Dauntless can come to its rescue?

Meanwhile, it seems Earthers are not the only interstellar travelers voyaging in the vicinity …

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MY RECOMMENDATION

“Fifth Island in the River,” is the seventh 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, part four, “Survivor,” HERE, part five, “Phoenix Rises,” HERE, and part six, “Merlin,” HERE.

Oh, my goodness! The long-expected voyage, manned by a mature Captain Robbie at the helm, has launched. The crew is in excellent hands and safely settle into their assigned positions. The coordinates are set as a series of temporal quantum jumps take them to the star Epsilon Eridani.

Finally, everything seems to work in their favor, and the crew settles into life aboard ship. Having served in the U. S. Air Force, I enjoyed the easy camaraderie depicted amongst the officers and crew.

This author thinks of all the details. Taylor adds touches of reality to life aboard ship with plenty of interesting personnel problems. When two crew members start a brawl because they discover they are dating the same woman, the reader learns that one of the professor’s like to cross dress, which was an unexpected disclosure to come out of the situation. In between the normal operations of the ship there were birthday celebrations and even a wedding!

Yet, as much as a family as the crew can be to each other, Ian Glencrosse, the Chief Engineer, continues to descend into a deep delusional state. There were some notable tense moments where I held my breath as I read, afraid for what it would reveal.

The tension cranks up to a fever pitch when a section of the engine fails. I couldn’t stop reading. These characters had become real to me, and I needed to know if they would survive their ordeal.

As you would expect in a science fiction novel, there are some exciting new discoveries. I don’t think I’ve mentioned this for a while, but the author illustrates her own book covers. I never truly understood the title of the series until book seven. It was a late night revelation that left me breathless with excitement!

I’m an enormous fan of this author and her books. She excels at first contact scenarios and I know this seventh book in the series will not disappoint. Every prior book led up to this one! I hope book eight comes out soon, but then, I was hooked on Captain Robbie’s story long ago.

Here’s another of Lorinda J. Taylor’s series that I enjoyed:

Colleen’s #Book #Reviews – “The Termite Queen: The Speaking of the Dead, Vol. I,” by Author, @TermiteWriter

Title:  The Termite Queen: Volume 1, The Speaking of the Dead Author: Lorinda J. Taylor File Size: 998 KB Print Length: 404 Pages Publisher: Self Published by the Author Publication Date: January 2, 2014 Sold By: Amazon Digital Services LLC Language: English ASIN: B007RFYSWC Formats: Paperback and Kindle Goodreads Genres: Literary Fiction, Science Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy *I won a copy of Volume I and II of… More

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About the Author

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.

How to Connect with the Author

Blog – Ruminations of a Remembrancer at https://termitewriter.blogspot.com
(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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COLLEEN’S 2020 #BOOK #REVIEWS – “The Man Who Found Birds among the Stars, Part Six: Merlin: A Biographical Fiction ,” BY AUTHOR, Lorinda J. Taylor, @TermiteWriter

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As preparation for the first star-mission continues, the new crew members begin to interact with one another, new relationships form, old ones continue to evolve, and life on Earth moves forward. Capt. Nikalishin’s wife persists in disrupting his life no matter how he tries to discourage her. Cmdr. Glencrosse remains under psychiatric treatment for his delusions about an entity out to destroy the mission, but nevertheless his Captain continues to support his appointment as Chief Engineer of the Ariana. Too many complexities exist in their relationship for either of them to cast the other aside.At last the mission’s destination and date of departure are set. Ian Glencrosse attempts to reconcile with his father, with ominous consequences which he reveals to no one. Furthermore, on the eve of departure, the High Feather makes another unexpected appearance … It’s too late to alter history …

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MY RECOMMENDATION

“Merlin,” is the sixth 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, part four, “Survivor,” HERE, and part five, “Phoenix Rises,” HERE.

I’ve read this series from the beginning onward. In book six, “Merlin,” Robbin Nikalishin (Captain Robbie) is deep into the Phenix Project interstellar program preparing for the Big Mission to the Eridanus, or Epsilon Eridani, a wandering pathway of stars.

The captain spends most of his time assembling his crew and building his team of space farers. There was an extensive amount of technical information shared which I could follow easily. In science fiction, the technical jargon matters and Taylor knows her quantum physics, or at least enough to make it all sound plausible. However, don’t worry. Her explanations made perfect sense. She dedicated much of the book to the training and testing of the ship and crew to prepare for their voyage to the stars.

Ian Glencrosse, the Chief Engineer and another survivor of the Darter disaster, continues to struggle with mental health issues. He hides most of this apprehension from Robbie and Dr. Winehandle, who hope he is ready for the voyage. Deep down, Ian’s convinced the mission is doomed, unless he takes some drastic action to ensure everyone’s safety. I picked up some dark vibes from Ian. Only time will tell how his story unravels.

Meanwhile, Captain Robbie hits another snag with his estranged wife, Fedaylia. When he went through terrible times before, she was the first to throw him under the bus. Now that things are looking up, the status seeking communication’s officer wants to be part of his life again. All I can tell you is that she is a real piece of work!

Then, there is Captain Robbie’s relationship with Linna Katsopolos to factor into this equation. Robbie’s conflicted feelings about Fedaylia and his views regarding religion and marriage add to his difficulties. As the time grows closer for the launch, tensions build into a crescendo.

Since this book is the sixth in the series, I suggest you begin at book one and work your way through to understand the characters and the dynamics behind the series.

The author’s attention to detail both in her characters and in the motivations behind their decisions really makes this series shine. I’m so emotionally invested in the characters that I can’t wait to find out what happens next! Onward and upward to book seven.

MY RATING

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About the Author

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.

How to Connect with the Author

Blog – Ruminations of a Remembrancer at http://termitewriter.blogspot.com
(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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Colleen’s 2019 #Book #Reviews – “The Man Who Found Birds Among the Stars, Part Five: Phenix Rises: A Biographical Fiction” by Author, Lorinda J. Taylor, @TermiteWriter

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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

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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?

MY RECOMMENDATION

“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!

MY RATING:

Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 
5
Reader Engagement: 
5
Reader Enrichment: 
5
Reader Enjoyment: 
5
Overall Rate: 
5 out of 5 Faeries

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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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HOW TO CONNECT WITH THE AUTHOR

Blog – Ruminations of a Remembrancer at http://termitewriter.blogspot.com
(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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Colleen’s 2018 #Book #Reviews – “Fathers and Demons ~ Glimpses of the Future,” by Author, Lorinda J. Taylor

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Title: Fathers and Demons ~ Glimpses of the Future

Amazon Author Page: Lorinda J. Taylor

Publication Date: April 5, 2015

Formats: Paperback & Kindle

Genres: Science Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy

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IN THE AUTHOR’S WORDS:

“All human beings must live with demons, but those demons are unusually powerful when they are summoned by the sort of catastrophe that happened aboard the Darter in 2761. No member of the crew completely escaped being affected, including the Engineer Cmdr. Ian Glencrosse. Nevertheless, when Capt. Nikalishin receives command of the first real interstellar mission under the new Phenix Project, he selects Ian Glencrosse to serve as his Chief Engineer; few experts in temporal quantum drive are still alive and Nikalishin and Glencrosse have become close friends. And in spite of (or perhaps because of) his own demons, Glencrosse accepts the appointment.

As the day approaches when the IS Ariana will depart for Epsilon Eridani, the crew takes leave time to attend the wedding of the Communications Officer, Lt. Avi Oman, and Capt. Mercedes Tulu, Administrative Aide to the Phenix Project’s Mission Director. Lt. Oman hails from the Istrian Judish Enclave, a place of origin mysterious to most 28th-century Earthers, and the visit proves to be an enlightening experience. What can we expect to have become of remnant religious populations in the humanist 28th century?

Cmdr. Glencrosse does not accompany his fellow crewmembers on this happy excursion. He has long been haunted by visions of a malevolent entity that inhabits the depths of space – the very entity he sees as responsible for destroying the Darter. Both his Captain and the team psychologist know about this aberration; in fact, Dr. Winehandle had at one time improvised an unfortunate nickname for the entity – “the god in the pod.”

While the Engineer’s peers think his delusions are under control, Ian still secretly believes in the reality of this demon space-god – that it disapproves of humans’ invasion of its territory and therefore has doomed the upcoming mission to destruction. Ian is convinced he will not survive the voyage and so he is heading home to Mitchican Prefecture, where he plans to confront his parents and make his peace after a long separation.”

MY RECOMMENDATION:

I have been an avid reader of the series, The Man Who Found Birds Among the Stars, 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. All of these reviews are searchable on colleenchesebro.com.

I’ve adored this series which is a deep character study of Captain Robbin Nikalishin’s experiences as a starship captain set far into the future. I was thrilled to find out that the author had penned an additional book which appeared to be an offshoot of the original series.

Fathers and Demons is a detailed chronicle of two characters from the series, Captain Robbin Nikalishin and his Chief Engineer, Ian Glencrosse who are survivors of the original Darter disaster. Both men have been scarred mentally and physically from their near-death experiences.

The men embark on a philosophical journey searching for the meaning of their experiences, exploring the future religions of Catholicism and Judaism as perceived by the author. The two men attempt to overcome their fear of a malicious entity they believe is waiting for them in deep space.

Now, I’d like to be clear. The descriptions of each religion are mostly fictional and based on the author’s interpretations of what she perceives to transfer into a future era. I do, however, acknowledge that much of the religious discussion is fact-based. In this way, the characters tend to explain some of the more detailed aspects of their own belief systems.

Taylor explains:

“The theme of fatherhood and the connections between fathers and gods form the mesh that binds the book together.  The most appropriate designation to accord this piece is speculative literary fiction; it is science fiction in that it takes place in a future time, at the very inception of interstellar travel, but it also deals with demons and gods that may or may not be real, introducing an element of the supernatural.”

(Taylor, Lorinda J. Fathers and Demons: Glimpses of the Future. Kindle Edition).

It is into this atmosphere that we meet our characters. Captain Robbie has limited religious training other than a few consultations with a Catholic Priest. Ian, the Chief Engineer has grown up under Judaism. Both men are searching for answers and as most humans do when they can’t find clarification, they turn to religion to help find those explanations. Adding to their turmoil, the men are conflicted by the relationships they had with their fathers.

This is not an action-packed novel, but I found the philosophical discussions to be most gratifying. I learned quite a bit about Judaism that I didn’t know. I would suggest reading the “Note from the Author,” at the beginning of the book to gain further insight into the creativity of this author.

I’m glad I waited to read this book long after I had finished the first four books of the series. I grew to love the characters from the series, so Fathers and Demons only added to my enjoyment.

MY RATING:

Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 Fairies

5 fairies

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Author, Lorinda J. Taylor

About the Author, Lorinda J. Taylor

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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How to Connect with the Author:

Blog – Ruminations of a Remembrancer at http://termitewriter.blogspot.com
(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)

Google+ – Lorinda J Taylor

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Colleen’s 2018 Book Reviews – “The Man Who Found Birds among the Stars, Part Four: Survivor: A Biographical Fiction,” by Author, Lorinda J. Taylor

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Title: The Man Who Found Birds among the Stars, Part Four: Survivor: A Biographical Fiction

Amazon Author Page: Lorinda J. Taylor

Publication Date: January 21, 2018

Formats: Paperback & Kindle

Genres: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Biographical, Science Fiction

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IN THE AUTHOR’S WORDS:

“Capt. Nikalishin has recovered from the Darter Disaster, received command of his own Mars ship, and married the woman of his dreams, yet his struggles with loneliness, misunderstandings, and dissatisfaction continue in spite of his many friends’ efforts to help him.

His wife proves to be hard-hearted and manipulative, while the revelations that come with the loss of his mother do nothing to improve his mental state, and the persecutions of his vindictive commanding officer exacerbate his problems. His health declines and he takes increasing refuge in alcohol.

He knows nothing about the existence of the new interstellar program as government officials wait for him to prove himself still capable of commanding a starship.

Will Robbin Nikalishin’s “core of character” save him, or is his life really at an end?”

MY RECOMMENDATION:

Survivor is the fourth 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.

Captain Robbin Nikalishin’s world has imploded around him leaving him to deal with the consequences of his many bad decisions. He embarks upon the search for the meaning of life that will set him free.

Robbie’s relationship with his wife has deteriorated to the point of no return. Problems with women have always plagued him. Most of these feelings stem from his inability to understand his mother and the choices she made long ago when he was a boy. This shortcoming has stunted his emotional growth acting as the catalyst that throws him into a deep depression, coloring his decision-making capabilities.

In a downward spiral, Robbie plunges into the depths of self-loathing. He turns to alcohol, seeking sanctuary from the personal revelations that haunt his psyche. Reckless, he pushes his luck and almost ends his career.

Yet, behind the scenes, his friends are working to help him regain his confidence. It is through their guidance and love that Captain Nikalshin finds the man he once was.

I have thoroughly enjoyed this series. The author has created an in-depth character study of the protagonist, Captain Robbie with stunning results. Seldom in fiction do you get to know the deepest secrets of a man and why he makes the choices he does.

With that said, be prepared, because Survivor is long, maybe a bit too long. I have followed this series since its inception and always felt a motherly connection to the captain. Nevertheless, there were a few episodes where he devolved into a sniveling mess where I wanted to slap him or give him a firm talking to!

Somehow, I always find my way to back to falling for Robbie Nikalishin’s naivete and charm. You simply can’t be mad at the character for long, which demonstrates the writing talent of the author.

I’m looking forward to the fifth book. I hope the captain finds everything he’s been searching for.

MY RATING:

Character Believability: 4
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 4
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 4 out of 5 Fairies

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About the Author, Lorinda J. Taylor

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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How to Connect with the Author:

Blog – Ruminations of a Remembrancer at http://termitewriter.blogspot.com
(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)

Google+ – Lorinda J Taylor

 

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Colleen’s 2018 #Book Reviews – “The Man Who Found Birds Among the Stars: Bird of Prey, Part Three” by Author, Lorinda J. Taylor

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Amazon Author Page: Lorinda J. Taylor

Publication Date: October 18, 2017

Formats: Paperback & Kindle

Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy,  Science Fiction, Literature

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In the Author’s Words

Wounded physically and mentally by the disaster aboard the Darter, Capt. Nikalishin struggles in Part Two of this biography to overcome the aftereffects and find fulfillment in a life where his dream of flying to the stars has been lost. With the help of many friends, he achieves success as the Captain of a Mars ship, but still he remains lonely and dissatisfied, unable to cope with the secret phobias and misunderstandings that haunt his existence.

When the woman of his dreams abruptly re-enters his life, he woos and weds her, in sequences that are filled with both comedy and pathos. The Captain was hoping to find a soul mate to assuage his loneliness. Will this radical alteration in his life really be the answer to his difficulties? Or will the marriage turn out to be a disastrous and even tragic mistake?

Meanwhile, unknown to Robbin Nikalishin, a movement is afoot to resurrect the interstellar program …

My Recommendation

“Bird of Prey,” is the third book in The Man Who Found Birds Among the Stars series which the author has penned as a biographical novel of the starship captain, Robbin Nikalishin. I have read and reviewed part one, “Eagle Ascendant,” HERE and part two, “Wounded Eagle” HERE.

In book three, our flawed hero, Captain Robbin Nikalishin finds his life has changed for the better as he learns to cope with the loss of his best friend, Kolm MaGilligoody. Robbie is flying missions again and seems to have come to grips with the PTSD symptoms that plagued him in the second book. However, even with all of the captain’s successes, he finds his life has become lonely. He can’t shake the feeling that life has somehow lost meaning.

At his most recent awards ceremony, Robbie spots an interesting woman named, Fedaylia High Feather in the audience. His prior encounter with her only lasted a few hours but she proved to be someone he couldn’t forget. Without a second thought, Captain Robbie pursues the junior officer with the intent of marrying her. This decision leads the captain down an entirely new path on his life journey.

Fedaylia is flamboyant and quite taken with the famous captain. In fact, she seems more interested in his fame than she is in him as a person. She insists on calling him, “Rob,” a name totally out of character for Robbin Nikalishin. A wedding of epic proportions is planned, and the captain is spun up into a whirlwind of activity which leaves him totally out of his realm where Fedaylia becomes the bird of prey and Robbie is left like a defenseless rabbit to fend for himself.

One realization becomes perfectly clear from the writing. The closer to Fedaylia that Robbie gets, the more he loses himself. Nightmares haunt his dreams and the captain takes to drinking again looking for a way to cope with his new life choices.

As his future wife exerts more control over Robbie, he is forced to deal with some uncomfortable realizations about his mother. There is an explosive scene where Robbie and his mother disown each other setting into play another deep scar that the captain must learn to deal with.

I feel that this third book deals with Robbie, the man, trying to grapple with the unresolved psychological issues he has had with his mother, and women, in general, for his entire life. He is also learning who he is and what makes him happy. Relationships play a central theme in the series and especially in this third volume.

The ending leaves the reader with a whopper of a cliff-hanger which the author has strategically placed as a lead-in to the fourth book of the series. Believe me, it was a real jaw-dropper!

I’ve enjoyed this book and the series because of the clear and concise writing. In addition, the science fiction elements lead the reader to faraway lands and planets filled with fantastic sights and sounds. These books are long but the story and characters are satisfying. You can’t help but cheer on Robbie, the flawed hero. In the end, I still feel a motherly pull to his character hoping he eventually finds himself and true happiness.

If you love science fiction with strong characters you will love this series. Make sure to take a look at the book’s cover art. Lorinda draws and creates her own covers. Each one is striking and different.

My Rating

Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 Fairies

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Lorinda J. Taylor

About the Author, Lorinda J. Taylor

 

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.

Author contacts

Blog – Ruminations of a Remembrancer at http://termitewriter.blogspot.com
(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)

Google+ – Lorinda J Taylor

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Colleen’s #Book #Reviews – “The Man Who Found Birds Among the Stars, Part Two: Wounded Eagle: A Biographical Fiction,” by Author, Lorinda J. Taylor

  • Title:  The Man Who Found Birds among the Stars, Part Two: Wounded Eagle: A Biographical Fiction
  • Amazon Author Page: Lorinda J. Taylor
  • File Size:  1721 KB
  • Print Length:  712 Pages
  • Publisher: Self Published by Author
  • Publication Date: June 10, 2017
  • Sold By: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B072MY25P1
  • ISBN-10: 1547097965
  • ISBN-13: 978-1547097968
  • Formats: Paperback Kindle
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  • Genres: Literature and Fiction, Biographical, Fantasy, Science Fiction

 

IN THE AUTHOR’S WORDS:

“In this second part of the biography of Capt. Robbin Nikalishin, three threads remaining from “Eagle Ascendant” are followed to their conclusion. First, the question of cause and responsibility for the space disaster that formed the climax of Part One must be determined through a Government hearing and a trial. Second, the mystifying behavior of Prf. Karlis Eiginsh that resulted in the disaster must be explained. Third and most important, the Captain must recover from the devastating aftereffects of the disaster. The resolution is bittersweet – will the Captain ever become capable of coping fully with the damage that was done to him?”

MY RECOMMENDATION:

At the beginning of the second book in the series, we find our hero, Captain Robbin Nikalishin regaining consciousness aboard the rescue ship Reliable. The untold horrors of the space disaster have left the captain suffering from PTSD, along with an all-encompassing guilt for the death of his best friend, Kolm MaGilligoody.

Psychologically, Robbie is in a bad place. Kolm’s death haunts him day and night. At times, the pain is so great he doesn’t feel he can go on. The physical damage of the crash has also taken its toll. The captain’s appearance has suffered from the effects of radiation poisoning, along with various bumps and bruises. These physical signs of trauma eventually abate, leaving behind the deep scars of emotional pain that Robbie must learn to embrace.

Captain Nikalishin discovers he has a long road ahead of him when it comes to healing from these psychological wounds. With the help of Dr. Souray, who becomes a surrogate mother to him, there is a gradual improvement. The primary issue is that certain things set the captain off and he reverts back to relive the horror in a series of flashbacks. With the upcoming investigation into the crash, Robbie must be able to testify at a hearing and a trial.

While Robbie is undergoing extensive treatment, the issue of Prf. Karlis Eiginsh’s actions come to the forefront of the investigation. Why did he falsify equations to make the jump look safe when in reality it wasn’t? There is an interesting twist to this part of the story when the truth finally comes out that gives the reader a sneak peek into the man the captain is to become. I have to say, I thought it was great storytelling.

The book is long, but such is Robbie’s journey to reconcile who he is and who he has become. The mental trauma he suffered even caused him to question his desire to fly amongst the stars, and whether he could ever cope with the stressors of being a space captain again. Then, there are the unresolved issues Robbie has with his mother. The signs of that first mental damage from long ago always seem to resurface when he tries to have a relationship with a woman. Robbie’s wounds run deep, and to actually heal, he must come to grips with his demons.

I love this series. The writing is clear and concise and draws you into the character-driven plot. Yet, just like in the first book, I still find something poignant and raw about Robbie Nikalishin that makes me want to know more of his story. His character is imperfect, to say the least. I don’t know if he appeals to the mother in me or if I just want him to find peace and love.

Either way, the author has spun a tale filled with high drama and intrigue, healing and pain. I can’t wait to discover what happens next in book three coming soon! Make sure to take a look at the book’s cover art. Lorinda draws and creates her own cover art. ❤

Here is my review of Book One: The Man Who Found Birds Among the Stars, Part One: Eagle Ascendant: A Biographical Fiction.

MY RATING:

Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 Fairies

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Author, Lorinda J. Taylor

About the Author:

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.

Author contacts:


Here I am, holding the stuffed tiger that my mother sent
to me way back when I was a sophomore in college.
My school’s mascot is a tiger!

Here’s where you can find Lorinda:

Blog – Ruminations of a Remembrancer at http://termitewriter.blogspot.com
(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)

Google+ – Lorinda J Taylor

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Colleen’s #Book #Reviews – “The Man Who Found Birds Among the Stars, Part One: Eagle Ascendant: A Biographical Fiction” by Author, @TermiteWriter

IN THE AUTHOR’S WORDS

“Robbin Haysus Nikalishin was born on 31 October of the year 2729 and ultimately became the first starship Captain to make contact with extraterrestrials. This fictionalized biography, composed 50 years after Nikalishin’s death, recounts the first 31 years of the life of a man who is hailed as one of Earth’s greatest heroes. During this portion of his life he enjoyed many triumphs, joys, and loves, but he was not immune to failure and tragedy. In 2761, a major space disaster completely changes the course of his life. Whether it will be for better or worse is left for the reader to decide.

All heroes are human beings, and all human beings are flawed, and the man the Earth came to know as “Capt. Robbie” was a very human man.”

MY RECOMMENDATION

The date is October 31, 2729, and Robbie Nikalishin comes roaring into a not so perfect world. As a young boy, his father instills a love of space and flying into his young psyche. Robbie’s most prized possession is a tiny metal airplane, a gift from his father, that accompanies him through his life journey. That aircraft stands for his aspiration to become the captain of his own starship. Gifted with the ability to solve elaborate string theory mathematics, Robbie pursues his dream with a determination that propels him to the head of his college classes.

With expert detail and descriptions, the author immerses the reader into Nikalishin’s futuristic world. This first book covers his childhood and his teen years, eventually bringing you to the peak of his flying career.

What I loved most about Robbie’s character was how utterly human he was. From Robbie’s youth onward, I followed his experiences and saw first hand who Robbie the man became. It was a rare opportunity to witness the events that shaped a character’s personality.

Robbie’s personality is multifaceted, and at times, he comes across as self-sabotaging and selfish. Yet, I couldn’t help but like the guy. For all of his brilliance, he possessed an innocence that tugged at my heart. Sometimes he made his life choices so difficult that I couldn’t help remembering myself at a younger age and how I didn’t make all the best decisions either. However, all of that drama only adds to the allure of Captain Robbie Nikalishin.

I won’t kid you… this book ended with a cliffhanger of phenomenal proportions! Robbie’s story left me hungering for more and turning pages at an abnormally fast pace. I stayed up into the wee hours reading to find out happened next. My only hope is that the author, Lorinda Taylor, writes as quickly as I read. I can’t wait to see how it all comes together in the next book in the series. I loved this novel and have added it to my “Me Time,” category for science fiction.

In the meantime, I will have to read another book by Ms. Taylor called, Fathers & Demons. From the looks of it, Capt. Nikalishin receives command of the first real interstellar mission under the new Phenix Project. For now, this book will have to appease my desire for more of Robbie’s tale.

MY RATING:

Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 stars


Author, Lorinda J. Taylor

About the Author – Lorinda J. Taylor

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.

Author contacts:


Here I am, holding the stuffed tiger that my mother sent
to me way back when I was a sophomore in college.
My school’s mascot is a tiger!

Here’s where you can find Lorinda:

Blog – Ruminations of a Remembrancer at http://termitewriter.blogspot.com
(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)

Google+ – Lorinda J Taylor


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