Thirty-four years ago, a 16-year old boy set out on a 4-day bus trip to spend the summer with his uncle. Four hours into the trip, he was bored as bored can be. There were no smart phones or game boys to keep his interested, so when the bus stopped for a 15-minute break, the young boy went looking for a Mad magazine to read.
He didn't find one. What he did was a rotating metal rack with paperback novels in it. Quickly scanning the rack, he noticed the cover of one book and it somewhat grabbed his attention.
This surprise him, as he was never one to read a book and rebuffed his father's attempts to get him interested in reading.
Looking on the back, he quickly read what the novel was about. "It was a test. It was only a test." This grabbed his attention, so he bought the novel.
Thirty-four years later, he's a voracious reader of (mainly) Science Fiction and it all started with A Tunnel In The Sky.
Even at the age I am now, I love to read this novel every four or five years. It's truly a classic that grabs the imagination. It's more than science fiction - that's merely the backdrop to this novel. It's actually more a study of human behaviour ... it's akin to "Lord of the Flies".
Great read. Very well narrated by David Barker and the gang.
Mako is an enjoyable book that lays the groundwork for some potentially interesting sequels.
Ian Malone did a very good job at developing his characters and, yes, some of the "science" behind how things operate in space are simplified, this doesn't take away from what he's written.
I enjoyed the journey from being part of a gaming community/family to being a part of an alien society/family. The fact that they're just like us will need to be better explained in future books, but suffice to say it makes the read more accepting.
My one critique was the narrator's awful Scottish accent for Hamish ... seriously? That's why I gave performance a "4".
Sean Runnette. What a great performance - he made the audiobook for me. Granted the writing by Mark Tufo is very good, but it comes alive through the narration of Sean Runnette.
Even though Michael Talbot is the main character and keeps me in stitches, it's Tommy who's my favourite character. Innocent, yet with a direct line to Ryan Seacrest, he always has sweets long thought gone from the world. Couldn't stop laughing during the exchange "Jeff Daniels. You mean Jack Daniels. That's what I said."
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