Monday, October 3, 2016

Book Re-Release/Review: Reunion on Neverend by John E. Stith

Award winning author John E. Stith is re-releasing nine science fiction titles in 2016 and 2017! I will be featuring the books on my blog as they become available (this is the third book). So, check them out, especially if you enjoy Science-Fiction!

Reunion on Neverend, by John E. Stith
Re-released in 2016, 320p, Sci-Fi/Mystery
My Rating=4 Stars
Source: Received a copy for an honest review

Lan has come home to a high-school reunion in the underground colony of Neverend, at the edge of humanity’s reach. An ancient secret waits there, one involving instantaneous access to far-flung planets. Also in Neverend is his high-school sweetheart, Tessa, who is in the way of people who have stumbled onto this ancient technology and plan to use it for their own purposes.

Fortunately for her, Lan is no longer the boy he used to be. And fortunately for Lan, Tessa is no longer the girl she used to be.

Lan has returned to Neverend for a high school reunion and runs into his friend, Parke. He's glad to see him but the real reason he's returned home is to see Tessa. A lot has changed since he left, though, and she might not be too happy to see him again.

I'm not a huge fan of Sci-Fi, but the mystery and reunion between characters piqued my interest. I'm glad to say that I enjoyed it! Lan and Parke were funny together. Lan has changed a lot since high school but has his reasons for keeping secrets from Parke. When he catches up with Tessa, he learns of a mystery surrounding her late father's museum. Their investigation into what's happening takes them on quite an adventure.

These were fun characters to get to know. Lan, Parke and Tessa were joined by Carrie, another high school friend, Rento, a kid that Lan and Parke had an earlier altercation with, and Onta, a creature from another planet. There comes a point where Lan and Tessa are chasing after the villains, Wilby and Ellie, and we learn more about Lan and how resourceful he has become. Tessa has some concerns about Lan which she tries to work through during that time as well.

This book started out strong for me, then slowed down a bit in the middle, and then really picked up again at the end. It wasn't too heavy on the Sci-Fi, which was perfect for me. There is some light romance as well. The author is currently re-releasing most of his titles and I am interested in reading more!

Science fiction and mystery author John E. Stith writes across many worlds. His books have been translated to French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Russian and are even available in braille for the sight-impaired. His stories have been categorized as "Hard science fiction," a label given to those stories thoroughly researched to play fair with the rules of science; something any die-hard SciFi fan can appreciate.

It was during the summer Science-Math Institute for High School Students at Cloud State College, John served as editor for the school paper, but several more years would pass before the urge to write, strengthened by years of loving to read, was too compelling to ignore. His stories vary, but his books are packed with suspense, mystery, and humor.

Stith holds a B.A. in physics from the University of Minnesota, has served as an Air Force Officer, where he worked at NORAD Cheyenne Mountain Complex. The passion for science runs in his family, as his father George worked at the White Sands Missile Range on such projects like the rocket sled.

He has appeared on a live nationwide PBS broadcast or Science-Fiction Science-Fact (SF2) and his work has also been sold to film and television. His novel Reckoning Infinity was chosen as one of Science Fiction Chronicle's Best Science Fiction Novels, Redshift Rendezvous was picked as a Nebula Award nominee and Manhattan Transfer received an honorable mention from the Hugo Awards and a nomination from the Seium Award in Japan.

Stith is a member of Science-Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), Mystery Writers of America (MWA), Writers Guild of America (WGA), International Thriller Writers, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers (RMFW), Colorado Author's League and Mensa. He currently lives in Colorado Springs.


Unknown said...

Interesting. Sci-Fi is not my favorite either, but if done well, I like to read them. Does that even make sense ? hehe!

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