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||Night Wolf Publications
||Oct. 15, 2010
Sandy Lender's Fantasy Realm
Khiry Okerson joined the Instigator crew at the age of 15. Yet she already knew how to keep a rag-tag transport ship in the sky. Two years later, her Captain Marlon is putting that skill to the test. Between a mysterious, heavy cargo and a couple of traitors with conflicting agendas, Khiry’s job just got difficult.
When 17-year-old pilot Khiry Okerson crashes on Eldora Prime, alarms still ring in her ears. She might have solved one problem, but she courts more danger than she realizes when she liberates some unexpected hostages on a foreign planet. Will the dragons she releases become her allies? It’s more likely they’ll join the inhabitants of this unforgiving world to hunt terraformers and the Instigator’s dwindling crew.
Khiry must find a way off this rock and into the United Society for Peace and Strength’s good graces. She’s got a capable marksman on her team in the handsome and renown Kor, but Khiry still wonders how her people can escape with a captain’s treason on her hands and a political leader’s sister in her care—care she can’t guarantee.
“They’re bringing out a phase canon!” Khiry announced. She pointed to the front bank of windows as if no one would know where to look. As if she didn’t speak to someone three years her senior, she ordered, “Kor, you better power up something if we’re not planning a quick surrender.”
“Why are we not off the moon?” Marlon demanded.
“Why are you not telling me what’s on board?” she demanded back.
“It’s none of your pegging business. Now get us off the ground before I have Trane fire you out the airlock.”
Khiry pulled another lever and slammed her hand down on a button with the words “fuel mix” etched below it. “I’ll try again. Let’s hope we don’t shake apart on the platform.”
She looked back at Gibson, who cringed as if he’d been hit. For a security chief, he didn’t display much bravado clinging to the doorway with white knuckles. He stared wide-eyed out the window as if he expected a plasma bolt to crash through and spang him. Khiry wondered if he was about to run away into the depths of the ship.
Over the complaint of the ship’s engines, she heard the familiar whir of the Instigator’s phase canon power up. Kor was fast. She spared a glance from her controls to him. The young man’s stoic presence set her at ease for some reason.
The high-pitched beep, double beep, beep sounded on Khiry’s console. She didn’t even glance at the red light this time. Too many fingers were needed to trouble-shoot this lift-off. Better to pretend their communications were down anyway.
“Is that USPS?” Kor asked.
“Mind your business,” Marlon snapped. “Target that phase canon. Spang it.”
“Aye, Captain. And you’ll speak at my trial?”
“We’ll get no trials,” Khiry muttered under her breath. “This gets wetter by the minute.” She knew no good could come of this day.
Whatever her personal opinions on the United Society for Peace and Strength or its Presidente Lamahl Endh back on Earth, she didn’t condone treason. To ignore a direct request to power down and submit to an investigation bordered on treason. Spanging an Authority Customs Investigation team? That didn’t just cross the line. That jumped up and down on the line while thumbing your nose and mooning someone pretty high up the chain of command—possibly Presidente Lamahl Endh himself.
Marlon leaned over her console again. He flipped the switch to speak to Red in engineering. “When you get us enough energy to get off this rock, start fixing things. My ship’s falling apart around my ears.”
“When?” the tinny female voice sassed back. “You mean if, right?”
“Make it happen!” He neglected to flip the toggle back before stepping to his space behind the stations, watching ACI vehicles move toward his vessel.
“Why are we still on the ground?”
As if she heard his furious question, the ship slowly began to rise. She shook and shuddered, screaming and wailing as if every bolt and weld would fly apart from the strain. Despite the thrust of the engines, the rise was maddeningly slow. The ACI vehicles on the moon’s surface backed away from the enormous energy and heat. Sound became all anyone knew.
Sound rattled their teeth. Sound joined the shudder of the ship to bang their brains against their skulls. Khiry closed her eyes against the pain of it, praying to God that they’d break atmosphere without falling back to the moon’s surface.
“This is gonna be a short trip,” she heard Red shout over the communications link.
Pacific Book Review, 5 stars
Sandy Lender dips her bucket of literary genius into her well of creativity and comes up with a fanciful sci-fi adventure beyond ordinary originality in her Book 1 of the "Dragons in Space Series, Problems on Eldora Prime."
Sandy Lender has a very unique way with words and a clever wit when it comes to naming people, places and things. With a cast of wonderfully colorful characters, described best by the author in this excerpt of those who survived the crash landing of the United Society for Peace and Strength (USPS) ship named the Instigator on the planet Eldora Prime:
"Luckily, most of the crew not only survived the crash, but survived the attack of the man-like beasts with their terrible mouths. Trane, better known as Bay for his murderous ways; Jay, the intelligent alien; Gibson, the security chief who carried more weapons than it seemed his wiry frame could support; Kor, the muscular and capable marksman; Shayla, the stealthy but simple chef; Red, the openly aggressive engineer; Khiry, the type A personality whose ship had just crashed on a foreign world; Electra, the United Society for Peace and Strength leader's beautiful sister; and four of the seven transports who'd paid for passage to Earth sought shelter in the cargo hold with five dragons."
This group joined by others and plagued by fire-breathing Pterodactyloid type of dragons, mutant zombies called "touched" (biologically altered inhabitants of the caves of the planet) and a never ceasing onslaught of situations demanding heightened survival instincts. Sandy Lender does not leave a sentence of insignificant adventure in her brilliant story-telling style. The pace of the book accelerates to warp speed, the adventures analogous to the animalistic uncertainty of Jurassic Park, the credible "Where no man has gone before" as Star Trek, accompanied by Star Wars characters entourage. As I read this book in its electronic version, my finger was constantly scrolling down as I became drawn into this sci-fi adventure of shock and awe.
Quite cleverly Sandy Lender began her novel by introducing a glossary of new words. Just as Shakespearian "English" is antiquated for our literature today, our current vernacular is obsolete to describe the world of the distant future. In my opinion, this is an ingenious way to bring the reader into her fantasy world with credibility and having an "insider's" understanding of the conversational interactions of her characters.
"Problems on Eldora Prime" is the best prequel to a series of books destined to become classics in young adult reading. Ideally written for screenplay adaptation for the making of a blockbuster movie, or series of movies for that matter, people should not wait until Hollywood catches up, as this book is available on all popular websites now.
Gary Sorkin, Pacific Book Review
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