Danny Chaucer’s Flying Saucer, Albury Books, a children’s e-book by Christopher Peter.
Plot: Danny Chaucer is awakened during the night by a noise that he decides to investigate in the morning. He awakens too late and must leave for school. Natalie (Nat) Ford, a new girl in school is assigned to the seat next to him. She is unpopular, as most new children in a new school and bullied by Sandy Wright and Chad Wilson, who also bully Danny. Through unusual circumstances, Danny accepts Nat and they discover an invisible Flying Saucer in a clearing in the forest behind his home. His mother’s brother, Dr. Colin Box is the senior director of a top-secret project at the locally positioned research institute and is extremely worried because he has ‘lost’ the project’s main object which we discover to be the space craft the children have discovered. His worries are exacerbated by the fact that Security Captain Frost recently has been attempting to ‘get inside’ the project and her desires may not be in the best interest of the project or the government. The story revolves around the fact that the craft is controlled by a command station that has ‘a mind of its own’ and continues as the children are introduced to space and as an amusing aside, provide a frightening experience for the bullies.
Discussion: The author has set forth a true learning experience for children in a manner they most readily can understand and should set forth a spark of incentive for further learning.
5* Understandable and enlightening space story for children.
The Diary of an Immortal ISBN: 9781483578620, an occult thriller e-book by David Castello.
Plot: Steven Ronson, an army medic who was engaged in almost constant conflict for 2 years and was with the group that liberated the Dachau German concentration camp in 1945, returned home to Florida to discover that his father was dying. Instead of suffering the expected long term, he kills himself. Steven leaves for New York where he excels as a Jazz musician partially as a result of a secret stash of pills he discovered at Dachau which purportedly had been made for Hitler so that he could live forever. During one performance, Albert, a former missionary, recognizes his performance as emanating from this source and informs him that the original formula came from China where one order of monks had lived for centuries with its use. Albert with his beautiful daughter Jennifer invites him to join them in a trip to China in the near future. They make the journey where Steven is introduced to the two thousand year old Chow Li and becomes involved in the chaotic period of politically based warfare during China’s movement into its communistic state and beyond. To provide further specifics would not be in the best interests of the prospective reader. Suffice it to say that the story contains many intriguing threads and ends quite differently from what most readers would be prone to expect.
Discussion: The author has exhibited an interesting knowledge of WW II and not only the Nazis’ unbelievably ‘sick’ activity but also the purported extensiveness of their associated activity; China’s revolution and Mao Tse-tung (Mao Zedong) as well as the part played by Chiang Kai shek with American aide; the Peoples’ Liberation Army; the background of Japanese influence; Tibet’s problems; the ancient city of Sian at the end of the legendary ‘Silk Road’; the ancient Bon Religion, exorcists, shamans, high-priests and the many faces of magic and of the occult. This really is a remarkable collection of seemingly individual items of fact and fiction woven together into an action packed thriller. The single regrettable factor, at least for this reader, is a somewhat uneven presentation that makes one want to ‘skip over’ some sections. It is most regrettable as it slightly ‘spoils’ an otherwise beautifully devised story based upon abundant knowledge of the ancient as well as ’near’ past.
4* Intriguingly interwoven fact and fiction.