Title: The Planet Thieves
Author: Dan Krokos
Two weeks ago, thirteen-year-old Mason Stark and seventeen of his fellow cadets from the Academy for Earth Space Command boarded the SS Egypt. The trip was supposed to be a short routine voyage to log their required spacetime for summer quarter. But routine goes out the airlock when they’re attacked by the Tremist, an alien race who have been at war with humanity for the last sixty years. With the captain and the crew dead, injured, or taken prisoner, Mason and the cadets are all that’s left to warn the ESC. And soon they find out exactly why the Tremist chose this ship to attack: the Egypt is carrying a weapon that could change the war forever. Now Mason will have to lead the cadets in a daring assault to take back the ship, rescue the survivors, and recover the weapon. Before there isn’t a war left to fight.
I loved THE PLANET THIEVES – absolutely LOVED it. An edge of the seat, action packed adventure; how adventures should be. I am not really into space based Sci-fi all that much nowadays, although I devoured all of Robert Heinlein’s books as a teen, and dabbled in the occasional Andre Norton. I do enjoy dystopian books but they are usually based on a future society here on earth. Then I find THE PLANET THIEVES! Grabbing me from page one it was a roller coaster ride to the end with lots of twists and turns that had me on the edge of my seat and reading exclusively as I put down all my other current reads. The young hero, Mason, was not a perfect little goody-two-shoes, in fact as the book opens he is in the process of playing a practical joke. In a matter of hours he is confined to the Brigg, released by friends, shoots invading aliens, sees people die, goes on a rescue mission and made a temporary ship’s captain. When he steps up into the leadership role he was fearless, assertive and quick to think on his feet. He is very loyal to his friends and seemed to have an instinct as to the capabilities of his cadet companions as he assigned them roles. At times it was hard to remember they were all young teens who were forced by violent circumstances into doing the work of experienced men and woman. THE PLANET THIEVES is the first in a series – I am putting author Dan Krokos on my ‘must read everything he writes including his shopping list’ list.
Rating: A – Excellent. I could not put it down.
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With thanks to Macmillan-Tor/Forge, Starscape Publishing and the author via Netgalley.