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Zakk reviews People of the Sun by Jason Parent, 327 pages published by Sinister Grin Press, March 15th, 2017.
All life comes from the sun. Sometimes, death comes with it.
Filled with hope and driven by fear, four would-be heroes are driven from their home planet in a desperate bid to save their civilization from extinction. But survival takes on a whole new meaning when a malfunction sends their ship plummeting toward Earth.
Surviving the crash is only the first obstacle on their path to salvation. The marooned aliens soon discover that Earth’s beautiful exterior masks an ugly foundation, a place inhabited by a warrior race that’s on a path toward self-destruction.
Brimming with action and intrigue, People of the Sun is sure to entice fans of dark fantasy and sci-fi thrillers such as Watchmen and I Am Number Four.
I was baptized by the work of Jason Parent back in the Fall of 2015 when I read his latest release at the time, Seeing Evil. Devoured is more accurate, as I chewed through that novel in a matter of days. It had me from the outset, keeping me entertained through the final page. Fast forward two years (and a few more enjoyable Jason Parent short stories and novellas) and the synopsis for People of the Sun comes my way. I was intrigued. I don’t take enough opportunity to read Sci-fi related works (horror is my true first love, forever and always) and when the two can mesh, like Event Horizon or Alien, it gets my all kinds of worked up.
People of the Sun didn’t quite grasp me like Seeing Evil did, keeping in mind that the two are not comparable, like circles and triangles. I’m speaking solely on connectivity and entertainment value, I wasn’t chomping at the bit like I was on the first Parent ride. Now, please don’t take that to mean that PotS is an inferior novel. What it means to me is that this book plays a lovely melody, but it doesn’t quite hit the notes that I was looking for. At least it doesn’t hit those notes hard enough to tap into my primal readers thirst.
The cast is solid, as is the dialog. Which are two very important points for me. The narrative itself plays out in a quick paced and interesting manner with numerous exciting set pieces and conflicts to feast upon and a curve ball or two as many sub genres merge into a cohesive story. Plus the idea of intelligent life out in the ever expansive universe being so close to earth is a fun concept.
While People of the Sun wasn’t quite what I was looking for, it is a solid read and I am glad I took the journey. It was definitely a fresh change of pace for me, and it hooked me enough that I’d further delve into this universe if there happens to be a sequel in the future.
There’s a little something here for everybody, but is there enough of any one thing to please a hardcore fan of any particular genre? That’s the hurdle presented before you. Check out the free sample before you jump in, if you’re a fan of Jason Parent you’ll be a fan of this.
Zakk is a big dumb animal!
**Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and/ or publisher and I am reviewing it voluntarily. These are my honest, unbiased feelings. I did not receive any sort of compensation.
In his head, Jason Parent lives in many places, but in the real world, he calls New England his home. Formerly from the Southeastern Massachusetts region, he recently moved to Rhode Island to be near his work.
In a prior life, Jason spent most of his time in front of a judge . . . as a civil litigator. When he finally tired of Latin phrases no one knew how to pronounce and explaining to people that real lawsuits are not started, tried and finalized within the 60-minute timeframe they see on TV (it’s harassing the witness; no one throws vicious woodland creatures at them), he traded in his cheap suits for flip flops and designer stubble. The flops got repossessed the next day, and he’s back in the legal field . . . sorta. But that’s another story.
Praise for People of the Sun
“Jason Parent has penned a thought-provoking, gripping scifi thriller. This isn’t your grandma’s alien invasion. My own world stopped the moment I stepped into People of the Sun. Lovers of science fiction, horror and even super heroes will revel in this roller-coaster of a tale. A true must-read!” -Hunter Shea, author of We Are Always Watching and The Jersey Devil
“With his own indelible blend of tension and dark humor, Jason Parent’s latest page-turner reminds me of what you’d get if you crossed Isaac Asimov with Kurt Vonnegut. In addition to being fast-paced and wildly entertaining, Parent’s novel also offers the occasional flash of insight into the human (and not-so-human) condition, and displays Parent’s talent for turning a given genre on its head.” -Michael Meyerhofer, author of The Dragonkin Trilogy
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