Forbidden the Stars

Forbidden the Stars At the end of the st century a catastrophic accident in the asteroid belt has left two surveyors dead There is no trace of their young son Alex Manez or of the asteroid itself On the outer edge o

  • Title: Forbidden the Stars
  • Author: Valmore Daniels
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 365
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • At the end of the 21st century, a catastrophic accident in the asteroid belt has left two surveyors dead There is no trace of their young son, Alex Manez, or of the asteroid itself.On the outer edge of the solar system, the first manned mission to Pluto, led by the youngest female astronaut in NASA history, has led to an historic discovery there is a marker left there byAt the end of the 21st century, a catastrophic accident in the asteroid belt has left two surveyors dead There is no trace of their young son, Alex Manez, or of the asteroid itself.On the outer edge of the solar system, the first manned mission to Pluto, led by the youngest female astronaut in NASA history, has led to an historic discovery there is a marker left there by an alien race for humankind to find We are not alone While studying the alien marker, it begins to react and, four hours later, the missing asteroid appears in a Plutonian orbit, along with young Alex Manez, who has developed some alarming side effects from his exposure to the kinetic element they call Kinemet From the depths of a criminal empire based on Luna, an expatriate seizes the opportunity to wrest control of outer space, and takes swift action.The secret to faster than light speed is up for grabs, and the race for interstellar space begins The Interstellar Age Book 1 Forbidden The StarsBook 2 Music of the SpheresBook 3 Worlds Away

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    1. Another self-published book I tested with my one-chapter rule. Read the prologues (both of them) and the first two chapters before deciding not to continue.The writing is not terrible and the adventure is promising, as is the cover, which seems to capture the intended spirit of a Heinlein juvenile. The prologue is a Mayan grandfather warning his child about the end of the "Fourth Age." Then some scientific infodumps about Pluto. Then an entire chapter with ten-year-old boy stuck on an asteroid w [...]

    2. This novel fares better measured against young readers than adults. There are many factual errors which might toss the discerning adult out of the story, which younger readers might--but only might--pass by. The young fan of science fiction will probably be even more offended by the errors than a longtime reader of SF. (Writers sometimes think that, because they may have less factual knowledge, young readers are sometimes impaired reasoning. No true.)Without picking apart all the errors it's har [...]

    3. I'd like to be able to give this book a better review — I enjoyed the story, but it's tagged as "hard SF" and it's not only not "hard" but it's scientifically very weak.We're told "Scientists had estimated that the asteroid belt itself held hundreds of undiscovered new elements with attributes that could improve the quality of life for everyone on Earth." Why? There's a really good reason why scientists don't expect to ever find any new elements in our solar system: it's simply too old for tra [...]

    4. A story about the first mission to Pluto would be expected to have a sense of wonder, a dose of mystery and perhaps some alien contact. In this case, Forbidden the Stars proves conclusively that Valmore Daniels has enough flexibility to reach into his posterior clear up to his elbow. Allow me to explainWe begin with the ramblings of an old man in BF Mexico talking about how the Mayan gods punished them for their arrogance and disobedience and put the white man in charge of earth. However, one da [...]

    5. (Cross-posted to Android Dreamer, my science fiction blog.)With all of the garbage in the world of science fiction that manages to get published and give the entire genre a bad name, it astounds me that a novel as excellent as Valmore Daniels' Forbidden The Stars would have to be self-published. It is a wonderfully constructed novel, full of ambition and great ideas.The plot in its basic element is reminiscent of Arthur C. Clarke's classic 2001: A Space Odyssey. A group of astronauts set to be t [...]

    6. This is a 3.5-star for me. I was very caught up in the plot and the themes of the story, but it felt a little clumsy in execution. Most of the challenge, I think, lies in the span of years the story covers. Interstellar travel and multiple POVs from across the solar system are tough nuts to crack. It's hard to know exactly what to include and what to skip. I felt some characters were fleshed out more than they should have been for how they were treated in the story; it was a little annoying to h [...]

    7. An interesting tale of humanity's journey to the edge of the solar system and struggle to understand what they find there, which may be the key to interstellar travel.This novel is well-written and engaging, although it could have benefited quite a bit from some scientific editing. The technology is largely jargon-based and will leave fans of 'hard' scifi rolling their eyes.All that said, the mysteries of Element X, the discoveries on Pluto, and the motives of a lunar madman do much to entertain [...]

    8. I think I only read this book because it was free, and hence already on my Kindle, and I was on holiday.And I thought the story showed promise. The discovery of a new element involved in light speed travel would indeed change everything.But it didn't leave me wanting more, the story had too much teasing (I know something but I won't tell you what yet), too little involvement in the characters.

    9. If some of the 'science' is ignored, this is a good, old fashioned sci fi story. Old fashioned in the sense that the style was reminiscent of sci fi from the 60s or so. The author definitely shows good potential, I will be interested in any future novels he writes.

    10. Sometimes you get free books and they are good. Other times you get free books and they suck so hard you can't even make it to the 10% mark. This is one of the latter ones.

    11. A trilogy. Another e-read book bub special. The Moon and Mars are colonized. So is the belt. the first manned expedition to Pluto has discovered an extra solar artifact. The artifact "wakes-up" and stuff happens, including the destruction of a belter family's ship. The survivor, a young boy named Alex Manez, exhibits some strange powers after the incident. Intrigue follows as various governmental and criminal elements try to figure out what is going on.

    12. It was an OK book. The story is good, but the writing is weak. There is barely any world building or character development.

    13. Forbidden The Stars(The interstellar Age Book 1)by Valmore DanielThis is one of those stories that has to grow on you slowly. It might often be abandoned before it ripens enough for the impatient. I know I almost let this one go. It took me a while to get into it. There was a lot of extra building going on in the first several chapters that was rather drawn out. I'm glad I persevered because this was a very good story- in the long run.There were several elements that were annoying to frustrating [...]

    14. 3.5/5Forbidden the Stars is an enjoyable read, with a few missteps along the way. Set in the late 21st century Earth has set up a lunar station and are out mining and exploring the galaxy. Space travel is still fairly slow, although much quicker than current travel, taking 6 months to head out to Pluto. The various countries of Earth still exist in a shape similar to what we know now, but have all incorporated to become a series of large companies - America Corp, Canada Corp etc.In many ways (th [...]

    15. good premise. bad writing, bad science, bad storylineI liked the idea behind the book. Humans finally get to pluto, where they find a mysterious statue. Meanwhile in the asteroid belt a family is surveying an asteroid for possible mining operations, where they find a new element that enables near-light speed travel. Unfortunately, the find kills the parents and sends their ten year old son hurtling through space at near light speed only to stop at Pluto less than 5 hours later. The experience le [...]

    16. 3.5 stars out of 5This book is an ambitious story weaving multiple storylines at once. There is Michael Sanderson, President of Canada Corp’s Space Mining Division; Justine Turner, the first female astronaut who pilots Orcus 1 to Pluto; 10 year-old Alex Manez; the criminal base of operations on Luna and the legend of Kulkulkan, the Mayan god of the sun, the oceans, the earth and the sky. Maybe, a little too ambitious.Alex Manez travels with his parents on a survey mission to the asteroid Mackl [...]

    17. I have a very critical mindset toward books that I read (that was true even before I became a writer), and I see some flaws in this novel. The point of view felt fairly distant to me, so I never snuggled up close with the characters. The book's structure (the ordering of chapters and the way things were sometimes told) also didn't lend itself to close identification with the major characters. There were points at which I felt the author could have made better use of the tension and suspense inhe [...]

    18. Don't judge this book by it's prologue. All that "but I'm an old man what do I know" almost made me stop reading it. But the author moves away very quickly from that subject.The premise, is that a group of astronauts finally make it to Pluto and find a monument, proving mankind is not a lone. The monument has a sentence that has been written in over 30,000 alien languages (so REALLY not alone). At the same time, two researchers dig a hole on an asteroid causing the entire asteroid to move faster [...]

    19. Over the weekend, I finished Forbidden the Stars. The book lived up to all of my expectations.It’s easy for a writer to get bogged down when writing science fiction. Some writers focus too much on the science and not enough the story. Others do the reverse. Valmore Daniels manages to maintain a balance between the two. It’s one of the things that made Forbidden the Stars a good read for me.I enjoyed the author’s writing style. There are places where Valmore Daniels uses excerpts from ship [...]

    20. ***3.5***I was given a free audio copy of the complete trilogy from the author in exchange for an honest review. This is my review of book 1.I'd like to first point out that the noise when a chapter changes, it needs to be shot and taken out of MY misery.The story itself was interesting. It has a whole heck of a lot of characters, but they aren't difficult to keep up with. You know who does what and why. For the most part, the narration is pretty good. He's good at keeping the characters separat [...]

    21. Forbidden The Stars by Valmore DanielsI often refer to other books when I recommend. That is not in any way denigrating either one I am commenting on. I had visions of Clark’s 2001 when I read this book. Actually I had strong recollections of being in the movies at the release of the movie. My wife, good sport that she is, has no interest in scifi but went with me anyway. I was quietly trying to explain the rather confusing opening when two couples in front of us asked if I could speak not mor [...]

    22. Very well written science-fiction book, will keep you entertained for hours. Plot is simple. In a futuristic world, a family is mining in an asteroid when an accident happens, killing both mother and father and leaving the young son (Alex Manez) missing, as well as the asteroid they were working on. In the meantime a mission to Pluto finds an artificial artifact made by aliens. Suddenly the artifact starts to react and just out of the blues the missing asteroid appears in the orbit of Pluto, wit [...]

    23. Forbidden the Stars (The Interstellar Age, #1) by Valmore DanielsHappily it's a quick read, and you do get interested in the characters. Unhappily I think the author was trying for too much, and not getting it. There are several inconsistencies in this book, like a space ship that lands on the Moon, and is slated to turn around in two weeks to return to Pluto. Yet in the next chapter it launches from Port Canaveral? Also the author's supposition of mimicking gravity thru magnetics is complete bo [...]

    24. I love first contact stories, so when 'Forbidden the Stars' popped up as BookBub suggestion, I downloaded it without hesitation. First of all, while there is some sloppy science, the book is not nearly as bad as some reviews I've seen make it out to be. The writing is certainly better than a number of book I've read recently.What's here basically, is the first third of a 700 page novel, packaged as a separate book. Yes, there are a few cringe worthy science blunders such as calling small asteroi [...]

    25. I enjoyed many of the science fiction elements (the only reason this book doesn't get one star) of this book but the characters, plot holes, and writing are pretty bad. The biggest issue I had was with the villain. The setup and introduction of the villain starts off good but then the villain becomes a raving lunatic and then, worst of all, the villain's story has no climax. The villain is dealt with entirely off scene. It's like setting up Darth Vader's climatic scene and then not having the fi [...]

    26. DNF - 12% mark. After a promising prologue (I enjoy books that mix mythology with science fiction as a way to explain the mythology) the book descended into over descriptive techno-babble and things that, frankly, didn't add up or make sense. I could deal with the over-description. Skimming while reading is something I can do, as I know some readers really enjoy all the hard-science facts. But, when those facts are so blatantly incorrect that I can pick them up while skimming? That makes me groa [...]

    27. Let’s start with the fact that I’m not a big science fiction reader. I prefer to watch them as the usually technical description leaves me totally confused. But this one was intriguing from the very beginning. I think it helped that there has been so much on the news about Pluto and Mars lately. The story is about a strange statue found on Pluto. At the same time, an asteroid blows up many, many miles away. Both are strangely connected with one young child at the center of it all.The entire [...]

    28. It's not ground breaking, nor does it present any mind blowing ideas but it's quality pulp sci-fi. Fairly easy read with clear potential for a lot more. Daniels could have done so much more with the Chow-Yin bit which had the inkling of a sub-plot but left me with the bitter after-taste of a contrived plot device instead. There are a few of those in here. Maybe a couple of more trilogies down the road and he'll have that sorted out.What bugged me the most is how some characters are presented as [...]

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