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||May 24, 2012
The 5 Moons of Tiiana is a science fiction narration on a soldier caught in the middle of an interstellar war, faced with rescuing the princess he loves, and solving an ancient alien mystery that might bring peace to the galaxy.
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After saving the Princess of Melela from certain death at the hands of the alien hybrid Relcor, then getting her off planet, Captain Rez Cantor is in a quandary. Instead of reaching a safe haven as planned, the unthinkable happens, and the results leave him injured and alone on an alien moon with no recollection of how he got there. To make matters worse, his life is in danger. There is a strange alien cloud hovering over him with the intention of devouring him.
Welcome to the 5 moons of Tiiana---five moons unlike any other in the galaxy.
This story is an epic narration on Rez’s quest as he searches for the answers to the mysteries surrounding Tiiana and her 5 moons. But first, he will need to survive and adapt, second, locate the princess, and third, save the races of Tiiana from annihilation.
The journey begins on Urlena, a water-covered moon populated by the Aquella, a race forced to live underwater because of Giragoc, the cloud God, who rules the sky.
Next comes, Boutal, a medieval moon divided between three rival races, the human-looking Motula, the ape-wolf Solula, and the flying gargoyles known as the Brata.
Aura is a dead moon ruled by robots, the only surviving remnants of the first moon war.
Zin is a moon peopled by the Zecla, a warrior race of locust spiders who breed uncontrollably every 2000 years crushing and devouring everything in their path.
And lastly, there is Vashia, the cool blue moon ruled by the Visi, a race of ghosts who hold the key to everything.
Intrigued by this wondrous array of moons and beings? Perhaps then you’d like to join Rez on his quest. The journey begins on page one . . .
Unexpectedly there was a noise behind me; a muffled voice.
“Lock the door and draw the curtains,” it whispered. I whirled around, looking to see who had spoken. “And dim the lights …”
The voice was feminine–and familiar.
Without further thought, I moved to the office door, locking it. I pulled the drapes covering the large crystalline windows that faced the hallway and turned down the lights. It was then that I caught sight of movement from behind the curtains. A woman appeared, simply dressed in a night robe; her dark, yet graying hair pulled back. I recognized her instantly. It was Lady Tasha, the Empress of Melela; I immediately started to kneel. She waved at me emphatically.
“We have no time for that nonsense,” she snapped in a hoarse whisper. “Come to my side–now!” I obeyed instantly, moving forward to face her.
“My Queen, what is it?”
I lowered my eyes in respect; her sudden appearance had me at a loss. To say the least, I had never seen her dressed so informally, with her face unpainted. She looked older this way, and though the light in the room was dim, I could tell she’d been crying. Her face was fraught with fear, and her eyes filled with emotion. I listened as she spoke in quick, hushed tones.
“The peace signing tomorrow is a ruse,” she breathed, heavily. “The Relcor have no desire to leave any part of our monarchy alive. We are under a death sentence.”
“You must flee then,” I responded.
“No, we are trapped. There are spies everywhere, including the palace. They hold us prisoner, and the Emperor—he’s been drugged.”
“My lady, what can I do?”
She grabbed my arm with a firm, hard grip. “I need you to get Leanna out of there.”
Stunned by her request, I sputtered weakly. “B-b-but how? I’m Shadow Guard—I.M. would never allow me in—I don’t have the clearance.”
“That’s precisely why I’m coming to you, Captain. I.M.’s been compromised, and I’ve nowhere else to turn. I need you—you’re the adjunct officer in charge of her care. She knows you, and I need you to get her out of the palace and off Melela. You must—I want her to live!
I Couldn't Put It Down ...
I always rate a book by the number of pages that I read in a short amount of time. I just couldn't put this book down and rate it a 10 out of 10. The characters and civilizations are beautifully pieced together. Even though there are 5 different worlds, the ability of the author to bring an intelligent conclusion to an easy to follow, yet sophisticated story line really shows his talent. I cannot wait until the sequel. THERE NEEDS TO BE A SEQUEL.
1 of the best since Isaac Asimov & Ray Bradbury
I grew up reading Asimov and Bradbury, read about everything they wrote, loved them. Kinda lost interest after their books. A friend loaned me this book a month ago, said I might like it. And I did. The story line takes you across many scenarios and situations that might seem insurmountable to many readers, but the author skillfully handles that, and brings you back to a logical conclusion that fits. The only thing left is what happens to Rez and the princess? Sequel? I for one hope so, and look forward to it.
A great journey into the unknown
Article first published as Book Review:The 5 Moons of Tiiana by Paul T. Harry on Blogcritics.
Escape from worry, work or just wanting an adventure are the things that make reading such a joy. To find a book that takes you in and makes you part of the fantasy is one of the wonders of what a good writer can do.
The adventures become more real and the life outside fades a bit to the surreal.
In the 5 Moons of Tiiana by Paul T Harry, you will find an adventure that takes you into the unknown. While Harry lists Edgar Rice Burroughs as one of his inspirations I found the experience somewhere between 20 Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne and the Star Wars epic.
We begin with a world in turmoil and a Royal Family soon to be annihilated. The work revolves around Rez Cantor, a captain in the Corin military who is slated to save the princess. With the Relcor invading their homes and destroying their peoples and way of life, Rez is chosen to save the princess because she knows him well and trusts him. He is a part of her royal guard.
Planning and preparing a rescue and escape is only part of the battle. Once the plan is put into place and escape is eminent, an explosion leaves Rez in a strange new world, one full of a hostile land itself, but the people are dangerous and untrusting as well. He finds himself captured and genetically altered in order to become a slave and work their underwater mines. After years of abuse he escapes and is rescued by another group of people, and it is in their home he finds that the worlds are actually moons.
He is challenged as being the only one who can save this strange group of people and their homes before he can return to his own world. His destiny has moved him into a different part of the galaxy. As he moves to build an army he finds a few old friends who have also survived the explosion of their escape craft, and with the help of both his old and new friends he is on the precipice of discovery of what is expected of him. Captured by the King of one of the important areas, Rez also finds his princess, his charge from his own home. How can he rescue her too as his fate is now linked to hers as well?
While I was confused a bit at the beginning, you find the story will fill in the pieces as you are moved through the chambers of this adventure filled mystery. Full of science fiction and fantasy, and filled with romance and action, Harry sets the pace for a romp of towering proportions. As you wonder the streets and waterways with Rez, you experience the beauty and danger, the strange and bizarre, and the emotions that emanate from the characters. The descriptions of the land and people take you there, and the experience is as I mentioned above, surreal and exciting, much like the first visions from the mind of Jules Verne.
The dangers take you in, and the people alternately charm you or horrify you, but either way you harbor feelings about them. If you enjoy a great science fiction and fantasy with just the right edge of vision, you will find this one of the books you need in your library. I enjoyed this work and if you are looking for an epic adventure, The 5 Moons of Tiiana will seize your imagination. Take a chance and experience the adventure.
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Reader Reviews for "The 5 Moons of Tiiana"
|Reviewed by Robert Cherny
|A review of the 5 Moons of Tiiana by Paul T. Harry ISBN 978-0615528311
An electronic copy of this book was sent to me in response to a review request on the LLBook review site. I liked the book in spite of its flaws. The author posted the following teaser on LLBook:
THE 5 MOONS OF TIIANA is a kick-butt story and rollicking adventure.
Captain Rez Cantor is a diplomacy officer in the Imperial Army, and personal attaché to Princess Leanna, the sixteen-year-old daughter of the Emperor, and sole heir to the Melelan throne.
On the eve of a treaty signing ending the twelve-year-war between the alien-hybrid Relcor and the Empire, Rez Cantor learns that the Imperial family has been slated for death. Under orders from his Queen, Rez is given his final command–save the Princess at all costs.
Overcoming incredible odds, Rez abducts Leanna, and the two flee Melela along with others of the Imperial guard. Unfortunately, their ship is nuked as it enters warp creating an event horizon that sends the ship 128,000 light years across the galaxy to the Moons of Tiiana. It is on one of these moons that Rez awakens on a beach–injured and alone–without the Princess.
So begins the sojourn of Rez Cantor upon the Moons of Tiiana: Five moons stagnating from a 2000 year-old war that has left its alien races in limbo and decay. Five moons that crave a hero bold enough to lead its people out of the darkness. Five moons that hold the future of the Melelan Empire deep within the ashes of war.
I give the book four stars all around. Four stars for plot, four for characterization, and four for writing style although the technical execution was flawless. I found no typographical or spelling errors.
The story moves relatively well in spite of its frequently wordy and awkward sentence structure. It is a classic tale of the valiant good soldier rescuing the princess and saving the empire (can you say Star Wars?) but since it is told in the first person, it has a more personal feel than most space epics.
For those who follow the Joseph Campbell philosophy of plot structure, this is close but not slavishly adhered to the “hero” format. The story holds together as it moves from place to place and the hero faces one test after another. The tests make sense. The obstacles provide needed experience for the final outcome to work.
Characterization is erratic. Rez, being the first person narrator, is deep and well-thought through. While Princess Leanna is reasonably well drawn, I would like to understand more of her motivations. The line about Rez not understanding the thinking of a thirteen year old girl in love helps fill in her character, but it is not enough.
Let me digress to clichés. There are lots of them. How much do you care? Ahska, the wise old woman and Oolat, the Wookie-like companion, are classic characters. The Dolla are an analogue for the earthly dolphin. I guess I would have hoped for something more original. I lost track of how often “time was of the essence” at one critical juncture or another.
The character I most wanted fleshed out was Philip Golan. His character is tantalizing in the details given, but he remains an enigma even in the end. This is a very interesting complex character and I think he deserves more time than he gets.
The most serious failing in this story is its wordiness. The author uses too many passive sentences where active sentences would be better. The following quote is an example:
My hands were sore from climbing over piles of rock, but I was almost to the docks. I could hear the roar of the ocean, the waves beating against the shoreline–I wondered if I would find anything there. I was not overly optimistic. There had been nothing two years ago, why would it be different now? I ascended a hill of rubble, pulling myself up over the loose rock, hoping for a better view. Suddenly my attention was drawn to my rear. I heard an old familiar sound–a cascade of scurrying rat noise followed by low growls and yelps. I looked behind; it was like déjà vu. On the debris-laden streets below was a large pack of rodent dogs converging together into a cohesive unit. There were perhaps forty to fifty of the filthy, slathering vags following my trail. I pulled my blaster from my hip–I’d waited a long time for this.
Without wasting a second I fired, centering my aim on the densest portion of the pack. I was eager to repay the disgusting wretched creatures a hundredfold for the pain they’d inflicted on me. My first shot obliterated at least half of them, and sent the rest scattering like leaves in the wind. I looked at the smoldering, burnt carcasses that lay in the dirt. Seeing the bulk of them dead felt good. I put my blaster back in its holster and made my way further up the hill–I knew the others would be back. I certainly hoped so. I wanted to kill every last one of them.
The best part is that I believed it. I believed in Rez and what he was doing. Except for the mass migrations toward the end, it retained my suspension of disbelief, and for me, that is hard to do.
I hope I have not dissuaded you from reading this book. I enjoyed it, but it’s not Azimov.