Series: The Pandora Chronicles Book 1
Publication Date: October 23rd, 2014
Publisher: AEC Stellar Publishing
Number of Pages: E-Book – 123 Pages
Genre: Sci-fi, Adventure
Source: Received from publisher in exchange for a review
A nomadic alien species found itself trapped on a new-born Earth billions of years ago. And they were here just long enough to leave a legacy behind – buried in our DNA.
1713 – Captain Jack Finnegan’s remarkable success as a pirate and privateer turns out to be something much deeper. He’ll need all of his wits, and a bit more, to survive his quest for the powerful relic left behind by the gods.
2012 – The famous archaeologist Nick Solomon never could pass up a good adventure, especially not the search for a mysterious artifact. He’d just prefer not being stuck between a crime lord, a secret government agency, and the past he’s tried so hard to forget.
Hold on to your seats for another great fiction series by Ryan Attard, author of The Legacy Series. Pandora Chronicles Book 1 is exactly the action-packed, swashbuckling, firefight of a science fiction mystery adventure you’ve been looking for!
Okay this review is a fantastic representation of my inability to stick to reading e-books. Part of it is because I don’t have an e-reader and the other part is because I just don’t like reading books on computers.
The Pandora Chronicles has quite an interesting concept. It mixes sci-fi, governmental agents, pirates, and rich people. It’s well thought out and very unique. The book is divided into parts. The first part focuses on Captain Jack Finnegan and the rest of them, on Nick Solomon.
I actually enjoyed reading the book. Up until the part where Nick gets the powers.
Before, Nick had been a regular guy. A smart professor with a penance for partying. I had no qualms with him or his character but as soon as he got the powers, I began to wonder if it was going to go anywhere. Before, he had just been obnoxious and slightly annoying but now, I thought that it wasn’t really…. suspenseful.
My biggest problem with these abilities is that I feel as if it gives Nick an insanely large amount of power. Nowhere does it state his weaknesses or how he will ever fail. Even his more unlikable personality traits, such as his greasiness or affinity for sexual jokes, are passed off as attractive. By the end of the book, I know that he is unlikely to fail because of the fact that he simply can’t. And to me, that is kind of boring. Nick has easily become an invincible Gary-Stu masked with a perverted personality much like a pre-pubescent boy. It’s ridiculous because he somehow manages to escape every single explosion/gunfight/hand to hand combat/violent scene unscathed.
The book has a substantial amount of action. I really liked the cave of monsters and the parts about how they were trying to find the journal and other objects. It was a pretty interesting plot and I like how there is literally no romance (between Nick and Excalibur). Well Excalibur is the epitome of touch, bad-ass, hard-to-get girl (who probably has a complicated and hurtful backstory) but at this point of the series, I feel like the characters don’t have any chemistry. There is Nick trying to flirt with her and epically failing. I’m still 99.99% sure that they will get together, but the first novel focused nearly exclusively on the plot.