Star Scout Rising, First Trail
by Gary Darby
Genre: Young Adult Sci-Fi
From the last frontier, Space. A must-have, out of this world adventure! Star Scout Rising, First Trail by Gary Darby is a thoughtful, awe-inspiring, and spine-tingling Sci-Fi mystery that follows a young man named Del Baldura during his quest for knowledge, truth, and discovery in the distant future of human and alien kind. This story has it all superb background, surprises, mystery, love, futuristic technological possibilities, bizarre life forms, and a hero trying to make sense of his duty and loyalty, his current leadership responsibilities, and his search for truth about part of his and his family's history. Volume One of a three volume set, Darby hits a grand-slam with this first novel. Smart and thought provoking. Volume Two due out in 2011.
When I was first asked to review this book, I was a little leery. I don't read a lot of Sci-Fi and usually don't gravitate to it in the bookstore, but I'm glad I agreed to read this one. I was raised with a military father and a brother who lived and breathed scouting. Many generations of eagle scouts are a part of my heritage, so I was no stranger to the dialogue and training techniques woven within the plot of this book. I do have to admit that it took me a couple chapters to get into the characters and feel invested in the story, but then found myself enjoying it. Although a little heavy with description in some areas, it was a nice blend of suspense and adventure that any young man would find entertaining.
Besides a few formatting and grammar problems (easily overlooked) this book was an enjoyable read. I'm anxious to read the second volume and even more eager to see where Darby goes with his writing career.
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Disclosure: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher for review, but this did not influence my opinion.