Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Forever Saga: Flash 5 Star Review

Sean C. Sousa found me on the list of Book Blogger website and asked if I would review his book and what a delight it has been. Here is my Review of this wonderful Sci-Fi novel with a serious message for young and old. 

A book I can recommend with great pleasure.

The Forever Saga: Flash
Author Sean C. Sousa
Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Religion
Pages 385
Published by Epical Media

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Flash takes place in present day, and contains elements of both sci-fi and fantasy while remaining a very human story. There's a family struggling to mend itself. A father fighting to overcome his troubled past. A young man trying to win over the love of his life. And an underlying theme of hope and redemption. 

Synopsis for Flash:

"Long ago, the first reign of Grigori Geist nearly destroyed the Earth.
Returned from exile, Geist is secretly rebuilding his kingdom beneath Antarctica, assembling his robotic Vaucan race to war against mankind. Only one obstacle remains: the war hero known as Brian Renney.
Yet Brian is losing a battle against his fears. Scars of heart and mind linger from his days in Vietnam, fueling his failures as husband and father. This embitters his youngest son, Jason – a star athlete torn between pursuing the love of his life, and meeting the demands of a father who is far from the storied army captain he once was.
And all the while, Geist is coming for them.
In this dark hour, Brian and Jason encounter a war to end all others… and an unexpected ally who, once meant for evil, shall forever be a force for good."

At heart, Flash tells the story of a father and son who seek to mend their family in a world of giant robots and
ancient tyrants. The sci-fi frames the story, but compelling human drama is the crux of the series. Here's what critics and readers are saying:
"Great promise, inventiveness, and creativity." - Jasper de Joode, Fantasy Book Review
"It’s an impressive bit of worldbuilding...the shining secret world fits perfectly with the real world Earth." - Kirkus Reviews
"'The Forever Saga: Flash' is an exciting addition to science fiction adventure novel collections." - Midwest Book Review
"This book is such a good read it's hard to put down. I'm not usually a sci-fi fan, but once you get past the first chapter, it's clear that this book is way more than just sci-fi. It's got everything from action to romance, comedy to tragedy, and even a touch of mystery as the plot unfolds with more than a few unexpected discoveries. It's an easy read, but don't check your brain at the door; there's plenty of food for thought as the characters wrestle with deep questions of morality, purpose, and what it means to be human." - Carol
"This book has everything that you could ask from a novel! It is a perfect blend of futuristic technologies, the human spirit, the bond of friends and family, and the honor of soldiers. If you are even slightly interested in sci-fi or robots then this is a must-have book for you." - Keith

My novel currently has sixteen 5-star reviews and a 4.7 average rating on Amazon, where The Forever Saga: Flash is available in e-book and paperback formats. Flash is also available for various e-readers at the novel's official website,www.theforeversaga.com - where you'll find more info about myself and my writing.

About the Author

SEAN C. SOUSA never planned on writing a novel – that is, until the idea for The Forever Saga came along. He first conceived it as a video game design concept, then a screenplay, and finally a written work of fiction. His debut novel, The Forever Saga: Flash, marks the end of one six-year journey toward publication, and also the beginning of another: to bring his stories to a worldwide audience.

His dream is to see fiction inspire positive social change in the world, calling attention to issues of social justice and mobilizing his readership to meet the needs of those afflicted.

Mr. Sousa resides in Southern California with his wife, Shelley, and when he is not writing further adventures about the Renney family, he is usually up to socially acceptable mischief with his friends and family.

5 Star Review

A few strong messages came across from this well written book. Fast paced and well developed to give you a great plot with interesting characters and great story line. The gripping plot centered around one man that wants to control the people of the world subjecting them to manipulation and cruelty. The author engineered a whole new scientific world with nano-kinetics as the foundation of this new world. Every thing was possible with this new science but yet the horrific control soon surfaced as the plot thickens.

The greatest message from this book was the relationship between a father and son who never knew each other but yet impacted each other's lives more than possible.
Brain Renney War hero, Hockey coach and father saw the worst on the battle fields of Vietnam returned a different person. Suffered from PTSD through out his lonely years. Without faith or hope he isolated himself and scared every one away from him, demanding and abrupt in his manners. Believing that he was not good enough at the end. Fear gripped this man and gave him no rest but at the end when he faced his nightmares he came to terms with who he was and with God. Restoring his faith to an unseen God in the face of Adversary. 
His character leaves much to debate about and I will leave it at that for you to discover for yourself.

I loved the play with names and words from the Word of God, making the Bible alive that would make this a good read for all readers with the love of all sci-fi and spirituality  How God works in His attempt to bring us closer to Him. To stand up and fight and never shrink away from a fight. Adversary and trails is there to shape us, mature us and bring us closer to the call of each person that loves Him.

Jason his son, who hated his father was faced with all these emotions when Brain disappeared. He struggled with his knowledge versus what he knew deep in his heart was true and at the end the truth did set him free. A strong young man that stands at the brink of his own new life, making the right choices and going after Alessa, the only woman he loves. His faith and willingness to learn making him a strong man filled with courage as he too faced many trails during the absence of his father. 

Mary, Brain's wife whose faith was unwavering when her world crumbled around her, standing like a pillar for her two sons and daughter-in-law. Unshaken in the believe that her husband was more than the world or people perceived. 
Scot who was always there in the back ground supporting Jason. Alessa a true friend till the end that kept Jason grounded through out all the hardships. Target by the enemy and almost ended up in prostitution but saved by Jason and his friends. An entertaining bunch that kept you smiling through out the story line. 
The villains - all played their parts wonderfully to create a good entertaining read that kept you turning the pages and wondering what they will do next. 
Flash the larger than life robot was the glue that kept everything together. His trails and growth a clear path for us as he get to know him better and the strength that emanates from him. Placing his trust in a mere mortal man. Willing to stand for what was right.
Each character was well developed and believable making this a recommended read. 

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