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5 stars for Sons of Taldra: A Science Fiction Adventure by @DuaneSimolke #scifi #diverse #bookreview
Title: Sons of Taldra: A Science Fiction Adventure
Author: Duane Simolke
Genre: Science Fiction Adventure
In an alternate reality, the human home world of Valchondria comes together under a constitution based on the Iroquois Federation. Centuries later, the Iroquois scientist Taldra becomes Valchondria’s Leader.
Now Taldra and her twin gay sons must form new alliances as humanity faces a race of alien shapeshifters intent on using people as a food source. One of Taldra’s rivals might pose an even greater threat.
“Refreshingly different, and at its beating heart is some much needed diversity that slots in effortlessly and with purpose.” –Sebastian J. Brook, Doctor Who Online
“Overall, this book was a quick fun read for anyone who enjoys sci-fi and adventure books. The plot was compelling and the characters were engaging.” -Fiction Flock
Sci-fi adventure doesn't even begin to define this book. There are many books that have created new worlds but...this one excels at it. The world-building here is so complex and intricate, that you can find yourself lost in the exciting details.
The book tells a cautionary tale and one with a healthy nod to classic TNG eps. You can't be bored reading this. You have a leader trying to put a severely damaged world back in good order. You have the old order trying to stop her. You have not one but two alien threats. Heck, the one alien threat is even a threat to the other alien threat!
What highlights this book is the action scenes. The big battles are so immersive that you may feel you are reading something right out of a video game. Exciting and nearly overwhelming, the battle scenes will captivate sci-fi action genre fans.
An explosive book that will mean different things to each reader. The familial love and romantic love that shine make it even a deeper read. Recommended to all fans of sci-fi adventure.
My Rating: 5 stars
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Duane Simolke wrote The Acorn Stories, Degranon, Holding Me Together, Sons of Taldra, and New Readings of Winesburg, Ohio. He also co-wrote The Return of Innocence and The Acorn Gathering: Writers Uniting Against Cancer. Three of his books received StoneWall Society Pride in the Arts Awards, and one received an AllBooks Reviewers Choice Award. His writing appeared in nightFire, Mesquite, Caprock Sun, Midwest Poetry Review, International Journal on World Peace, and many other publications.
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Reviewed by: Mr. N