||April 14, 2007
Exiled from the planet, Quentas, with his guardian when just an infant, Michael Stellan spent his whole life evading assassins and hiding his true identity. But he finds he can't hide from the woman he loves. When she sacrifices all to return with him to his home world, will he have the courage, fortitude and strength of will to rally an enslaved people and win back the throne?
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Son of the Star is the equivalent of two full-length novels in one volume…the first on earth…the second on Quentas. It is an attention grabber from the first to the last page; this action-packed novel is full of suspense, emotion, adventure and romance. Some very pleasant surprises are the illustrations scattered throughout the book. Janice Dietert is a word smith with a fantastic imagination.
A research scientist and professor at an American University has had to run from assassins most of his life. Brought to earth by a guardian as an infant, Mike Stellan always knew that he would someday have to return to Quentas to free his people. He also knows he must remain celibate. After his first love was left in a vegetable state from an accident, he withdrew into his work and never allowed another woman to break through his shell. Jan is a young woman who comes to work as an intern for Mike and his guardian in their lab. Will she be able to tolerate his harshness and break through his barrier?
This story takes the reader into another world called Quentas that was conquered by another species, the Saracens. Its people have been fighting an underground war against the invaders, trying to hold out for the return of their prince. The Prince returns to find that his people are still battling, but they keep from him the fact that they are steadily losing ground and suffering casualties. It is someone very close to him who finds a way to help…someone loathed by most of his people.
The reader will meet the Mollucs, furry little creatures that serve the royal family and many more memorable characters.
I strongly recommend this novel, not just for lovers of the genre, but for anyone who enjoys a good book laced with romance and adventure. It has a massive 525 page count with 65 chapters. This is a real bargain, because it is like having two books in one volume.
So what's the problem with the bad-tempered professor/researcher who hires a gal to type his notes but otherwise seems to be deliberately rude or short with her as she attempts to adjust to his writing symbols and style? Mike Stellan, it turns out, has an awful burden on his mind, more than one actually; and as the reader comes to understand the unfolding story of past and present, the initial annoyance reaction evolves into compassion and care just as Mike evolves through meeting and working with Janielle Childen.
Janielle has her own burdens which initially seem to fog her thinking and reactions to the point where the reader wonders if she has a brain at all to question the supernatural, eerie happenings occurring not once but several times a day. Wonder about Jan will evolve into amazement indeed!
For it turns out, Mike and his companion, Will, from the planet Quentas, have been exiled by Saracen enemies who have taken over the Earth-like home where Mike is really King. The Saracens know his value and so have followed him to Earth to prevent his research that in turn will guarantee his return to his home planet.
Janice Dietert has a wonderful knack of combining real science, growing passionate love, and a plot that spins and spins and spins page after page from beginning to end. Magical creatures (Mollucs) who train Jan to assist her fiance/future King, a ring with supernatural powers, extraordinary but natural powers to fight enemies, and most of all constant engaging, endearing, and real dialogue with novel ideas pack these pages that are sure to please readers of every age. This is real science fiction that would make a great movie as well as the highly memorable and pleasurable read it definitely is!
Reviewed by Viviane Crystal on June 14, 2007
Curled up With a Good Book
Fantastic Saga from beginning to end!, June 8, 2007
By Carol Kluz (WY)
This is a great book packed with adventure. It is a must read for those who love science fiction, and even for those who don't. This book should find readers from the general reading audience as well. It is very well written and researched. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good romantic adventure packed with suspense. It is suitable for the 15 through 100 age group.
It is well worth the cost because it is a lengthy book with over 500 pages...and it is one of those books you really don't want to end.
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