Monday, December 18, 2017

"Starry Messenger" by Ethan Howard!

Hiya peeps! Sci-fi fans have another option today, with this new review. Apparently it's sci-fi week on Desert Rose Reviews! Check this one out, and see what you think!

Starry Messenger

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 Starry Messenger
~Author: Ethan Howard

~ReleasedMarch 15th 2017

~Length: 146 Pages

~Genres: Sci-Fi, Spirituality

In 2018, war has been eliminated. Crime greatly reduced. Poverty and homelessness is a thing of the past. Things are so good, that many have dared to call it paradise.

Then a powerful and enigmatic stranger comes to Earth with a message: 

"What you believe is false."
"What you know is wrong."

Humans have been manipulated since the dawn of man by shadowy forces. Nothing is what it appears to be and dark times are on the horizon. Everything transpiring on the planet is merely a precursor to unspeakable horrors destined to occur in the year 2020.

The world is headed for its end days while the battle-weary stranger struggles with his feelings for an Earth woman, his duty, and a past shrouded in mystery. In the meantime, evil forces operate with impunity and gain a greater stranglehold on the planet.

The arrival of this starry messenger will either save Earth or accelerate its destruction.............. 

 Ethan Howard
Ethan Howard is a freelance writer and a graduate of Rutgers University. He is a combat veteran who continues to serve in the military today through the reserves.

Once an alternative school teacher, Mr. Howard is now a program director for a non-profit organization serving homeless and at risk youth. He offers a unique perspective on the human mind and the macabre due to personal and professional travels around the world.

Mr. Howard is an avid reader with an affinity for the classics. His other hobbies include football, hiking, movie watching, and playing board games with his wife and son.

~ Connect with Ethan Online ~

 My Review

Interesting mix of science fiction and spirituality.

This story reminded me quite a bit of the film The Day the Earth Stood Still. With parallels between the progression in plot where the alien is sent to Earth, meets a woman and her son who captivate him, and ends up changing his mind about the planet. His outlook on Earth mimics the alien in the film, and his otherwise almost snooty idea of our species is turned around. While there are plenty of differences, the similarities were obvious, as are many other stories of this type. That was my only real complaint with the book - it wasn't all that original of a plot, overall.

The redeeming originality I found interesting, that kept this book from being a carbon copy of many others I've read, was the almost spiritual aspect of it. The alternate image of the creator of unknown origin and all-encompassing credit for creation, who's devoted followers do what they can to spread his doctrine around the universe and push his agenda forward, was interesting. While I personally disliked the spin on a popular religious theology, and the idea aliens help our species advance is a personal pet peeve of mine, I can appreciate the creative aspect of the idea. For a sci-fi story, it's not a bad way to make it seem more relatable and realistic, and less like fiction.

It was well written, and I didn't find many errors or mistakes. The writing style is a rather over-dramatized and somewhat elegant-esque style commonly found in this genre. It flowed well, and I reached the end in less than an hour. As a writer, I can see talent in this author, and would be curious to read something of his in another genre.

Overall, I would say this is a good story. It wasn't my cup of tea, to be honest, but it wasn't bad itself. I could see a lot of sci-fi fans enjoying the quick read, and probably enjoying the rest of the series to follow. If it sounds interesting to you, I'd recommend picking it up, and exploring what this story shows happening in our very near future.

*I was given a complimentary eCopy of this book, from the author, to read in exchange for an honest review.

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