January Book of the Month
Price: $16.50In this futuristic tale, a giant cargo ship transporting ore from the outer planets to Earth is sucked into a Black Hole, spitting ship and crew out somewhere near the Big Bang at the beginning of time. Crashing on a primitive planet in a binary star system, Captain Lamont Rogers and Lieutenant Marsha Tomlison survive, but are separated by hundreds of miles, with fierce jungle beasts and savage peoples in a land of thick jungle between them.
Attempting to reunite, the main characters must face dangers at every turn, and during their trials encounter both friend and foes. Captain Rogers, nicknamed the Preacher, has been a Godly man all his life, and does not believe in taking another's life, but now he must learn to kill to protect his friends and those he loves. Lieutenant Tomlison is the opposite of her commander. Rough and untamed, she was constantly in trouble, usually involved in drunken brawls with the men she met in off-world saloons. Nor was she averse to sleeping with one she liked. Now, lost in the jungles of this savage land, she must humble herself as a primitive people rely on her for protection and leadership.
The author creates a world peopled with fascinating characters and animals, and spins a tale that keeps the reader turning pages. I was drawn into the action from the time we first meet these characters until the final page, and hope there is a sequel in the works. Tom Johnson does not rely on sex and ugly language to tell the story, and I was reminded of the storytellers that first brought us great jungle adventures, like Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Terry Roberts, Reviewer
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