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Books by Michael Thal
Books by Michael Thal
A high school track star is abducted by aliens, explores strange worlds, uncovers genocide on a planetary scale, and is thrust into extraterrestrial politics that decides the fate of an Earth on the brink of war or unification.
The Abduction of Joshua Bloom tells the story of a teen and his alien abductors who justify their act in an attempt to save their people. Joshua finds himself in a world dominated by women, and men are subjugated to their whims. He travels to a dinosaur world, visits a water planet, and a world doomed by a star about to nova.
I shook my head. “No! You’re full of it!” I pointed at the screen displaying the Earth-moon system. “It’s either a great snapshot or a live feed from a satellite. I’m outta here.”
As I bolted away from the screen, Peda, The Zombie, and Marina blocked my way. Anita stood on the sidelines wide-eyed.
I tried to push through, but Zombie tapped my chest knocking me to the floor.
As he stood over me, his biceps bulged.
Lela ordered, “Grab his shoes and take off his shirt and pants. He won’t be needing them where he’s going.”
“You can’t do this. I have my rights.” I had stumbled into a nest of some B-movie Hollywood freaks and I was their plaything.
Fans of “Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” will like this book
One minute 16-year old Joshua Bloom was in Central Park running for his life from the zoo’s escaped lion and the next instant he awoke on board a spaceship. Joshua soon learned he was abducted by a group of teen aliens from Oceana, a doomed planet. They are on a mission to find a new home for the remaining members of their civilization. They have their sights set on Earth and they have tapped Joshua to be their ambassador. Not only has he been abducted by aliens but he is inducted into the Oceanian Space Corps. While adapting to the routine and duties of everyday life on a spaceship, Joshua must also cope with a command structure dominated by women – the positive and the negative. In “The Abduction of Joshua Bloom” author Michael Thal boldly goes where no other YA authors dare go these days in his creation of a utopian world where smart young space travelers work together toward solutions to the Universe’s most challenging puzzles – as opposed to a dystopian world where teens struggle to survive. Go ahead and teleport yourself into this intergalactic adventure of a lifetime for one brave young Earthling. Fans of the TV series “Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” will like this book.
A book any teenager will enjoy
The Abduction of Joshua Bloom is a fun SF story for young adults. I can’t think of any teenager, male or female, who wouldn’t enjoy it. Sixteen year old boy is taken by aliens with amazingly superior technology. Surprisingly, they are humans with only minor differences from us, but this is satisfactorily explained by the lovely Anita.
Through the device of an alien culture, Michael presents the moral code humanity needs in order to survive. It is fully believable and workable, and hopefully will influence some youngsters to look at society with different eyes: compassion, decency and cooperation instead of greed and aggressiveness.
Here is a wonderful quote from near the end: “the world will be at peace only when the people of our planet love their children more than they hate their neighbors.”
I won’t give away even a bit of the plot, but will say that the book is an excellent combination of exciting action and thought-provoking ideas. Despite the philosophy, there is not a shred of preaching or lecturing. It is an exciting science fiction story, and as I’ve said, it’ll be enjoyed by any young person able to read. And, like all good stories for youngsters, it will also entertain an adult.
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