Series: The Forever Saga
Author: Sean C. Sousa
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Epical Media
Release Date: 2nd Edition – July 2014
Pages: 332 pages
Long ago, the first reign of Grigori Geist nearly destroyed the Earth. Returned from exile, Geist is secretly rebuilding his kingdom beneath Antarctica, assembling his robotic Vaucan race to war against mankind. Only one obstacle remains: the war hero known as Brian Renney. Yet Brian is losing a battle against his fears. Scars of heart and mind linger from his days in Vietnam, fueling his failures as husband and father. This embitters his youngest son, Jason – a star athlete torn between pursuing the love of his life, and meeting the demands of a father who is far from the storied army captain he once was. And all the while, Geist is coming for them. In this dark hour, Brian and Jason encounter a war to end all others… and an unexpected ally who, once meant for evil, shall forever be a force for good.
There are so many things I liked about The Forever Saga: Flash. First, it had an underlying good vs. evil message. There are a few quotes from the Bible, the most repeated being “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” (Isaiah 40:29) This verse is one that has sustained me in difficult times and I love how Brian Renney and Prince Ahya’s creator both used it as a switch for the robot.
I also enjoyed the relationship between Brian and Flash the “robot”. The whole Vaucan race brought back fond memories of a local TV show, Captain Cosmic. Captain Cosmic aired Flash Gordon serials as well as Japanese serials, of which my favorite was Ultraman. Flash and his frenemies remind me a lot of Ultraman.
The camaraderie between Brian’s son Jason and his college friends really helps to bring in the perspective of the younger generation. The last quarter of the book ties together all the subplots running throughout the story. The ending is bittersweet but well worth it and neatly sets up the series for Book 2.
The best part about the book is that a portion of every sale benefits International Justice Mission and their work to end human trafficking.
Overall, I recommend The Forever Saga: Flash for fans of science fiction, especially those who enjoy the traditional struggle of right and wrong.
I give The Forever Saga: Flash 4 1/2 stars.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review. All opinions are 100% my own.
About the Author:
Sean C. Sousa never planned on writing a novel – that is, until the idea for The Forever Saga came along. He first conceived it as a video game design concept, then a screenplay, and finally a written work of fiction. His debut novel, The Forever Saga: Flash, marks the end of one six-year journey toward publication, and also the beginning of another: to bring his stories to a worldwide audience.
His dream is to see fiction inspire positive social change in the world, calling attention to issues of social justice and mobilizing his readership to meet the needs of those afflicted.
Mr. Sousa resides in Southern California with his wife, Shelley, and when he is not writing further adventures about the Renney family, he is usually up to socially acceptable mischief with his friends and family.