This is, at the heart of it, a book about sentient hands. Hands that have seen 'Idle Hands' too many times and taken it to the extreme. Hands that adventure, hands that kill, hand that *wonder*. Yes, that's right, *wonder*. And I don't know about you, but my hands have never once in my life wondered - they're more prone to *wandering*.
Sigh. I lied. This book is not about hands, not even a little bit. This is me having a passive aggressive (or maybe just aggressive?) rage-burst against the sketchy copy-editing which is the only major blight against what is otherwise an excellent book. 'Wonder' rather than 'wander' was used twice (and really did make me start thinking about sentient hands), there were grammatical errors, incorrect word choices quite a few times, and a mere two typos. Two! Well, I'm assuming that 'troup' was a typo, rather than a word fusion of 'troop' and 'group'. Though urbandictionary has informed me that 'troup' is to "really jam your foot into your mouth the first time you meet someone", so I guess it's at least tangentially related to my review?
This book is written in two parts, sandwiched between a pro/epilogue (propilogue?) in a different setting again. Largely it worked. Largely. My hesitation revolves around the first part, or, more appropriately, 'first parrrrrrt'. Because there be pirates. Yeah!! This section felt a lot rougher than the rest of the book, and something about it didn't quite sit right with me. It felt a lot like it was written at a different time to the rest of the book - either as an initial first story when the author was figuring out his concept, or a story which was whacked in later on once Attard realised it might enrich the next, 'main' part of the book. It feels rushed, there are more errors, and it just seems different. Had the entire book been like the first parrrt, it would have been a 3 star at max.
Overall though, I did enjoy this story. It reminded me of the Ancient Future Trilogy, in that there were multiple time streams going on, contact across aeons, advanced tech plus fantasy all together. It was a fun, easy read, and it was enjoyable enough that I didn't even feel that bad about reading it rather than doing uni work ;).
A nomadic alien species found itself trapped on a new-born Earth billions of years ago. And they were here just long enough to leave a legacy behind – buried in our DNA.
1713 - Captain Jack Finnegan’s remarkable success as a privateer gets him the attention of the Order, a secret society with only one mission: finding an ancient alien artifact and hiding it away. Finnegan will need all of his wits, resources, and newfound mysterious abilities, to survive his quest.
2012 - Famous archaeologist Nick Solomon find himself caught in an NSA Black Ops investigation to locate an ancient and powerful relic that could potentially change the world as we know it. Blackmailing Nick into working with them, he has to face off against Astrid, a Spanish crime lord who will stop at nothing to get the artifact first.
Also helping Nick is the beautiful and deadly Agent Excalibur, a lethal secret agent from Nick's past... a past he is trying so hard to forget.
Join Nick Solomon in his biggest adventure yet, as he explores ancient conspiracies, people with strange abilities, and mysterious alien technology.
Interview with the Author
Q - What makes The Pandora Chronicles so unique?
A - The Pandora Chronicles is primarily an action-adventure thriller series, with elements of science fiction sprinkled around.
The story primarily follows archeologist Nick Solomon as he hunts for clues to a mysterious location that houses a legendary artifact with mysterious powers. Along the journey he gets roped into helping a secret underground government agency and meets Agent Excalibur, a secret agent from Nick's past.
Throughout the course of the adventure Nick explores his own past, his upbringing in a bizarre cult, as well as something that makes him special - something not quite human...
Q - What inspired you to create The Pandora Chronicles?
A - Each of the parts in the book take place in a different time. The Prologue, where the aliens show up to witness the birth of the planet, was inspired by a Discovery Channel documentary.
Part 1 of the story tells the story of Captain Jack Finnegan, a privateer turned pirate, and that was inspired by my own love of pirates (who doesn't love pirates) and my university thesis.
Part 2, the main adventure, was inspired by Assassins Creed and Uncharted, as well as Tomb Raider, The Librarian, and of course, Indiana Jones. I think of Nick Solomon as a mix of all those, but with a larger ego, a dapper sense of fashion and more prone to sarcasm.
Q - Can we get more?
A - Sure you can! There are at least 5 books in series but while you wait for the next one, you should check out the link above or in brackets here (http://eepurl.com/bHSkSf) and sign up to my exclusive mailing list. You'll get TWO character profiles, one for Nick Solomon and Agent Excalibur respectively, and get to read all about their individual pasts.
The Pandora Chronicles Ebook Categories:
- Action Adventure
- Adventure Thriller
- Science Fiction Thriller
- Alien Technology
- First Contact Thriller
- Psychic Action Thriller
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