Book Review: Dark Space Universe – The Enemy Within by Jasper T. Scott

“Perhaps Jasper’s greatest gift is his ability to yank readers out of their stream of thought by introducing a plot twist that leaves them flopping on the river bank …”

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Jasper T. Scott is an accomplished science fiction author evidenced by the tens of thousands of books he has sold over the last few years. His stories include plenty of action and suspense, but they aren’t dominated by it. Philosophical and spiritual issues are neatly woven into his plots. He doesn’t preach to the reader—far from it. Instead, he creates situations that allow the reader to raise questions in his or her own mind.

I’ve always been impressed by his respect for science in his fiction. For example, in his most recent trilogy, Dark Space Universe, the shape and extent of the universe is a plot point that he develops based on current scientific theories, and in an interesting way.

Perhaps Jasper’s greatest gift is his ability to yank readers out of their stream of thought by introducing a plot twist that leaves them flopping on the river bank saying, “I didn’t see that coming.” Yet, the hints were always there. Chubby Checker has nothing on Scott.

Dark Space Universe – The Enemy Within, Book 2 in the series, is scheduled to be released on August 17, 2017. As a structural editor, I had the great pleasure of reading an early draft and will say this, “It’s a great book, six stars, at least, and maybe Scott’s best, yet.”

So, get caught up. Buy Dark Space Universe (Book 1) or read it for free with Kindle Unlimited here.

AbeBooks and An Eskimo Tale

By David P. Cantrell


 

The_Savage_InnocentsI learned about AbeBooks.com several years ago when I searched for an out of print novel, Top of the World by Hans Ruesch. The film version, The Savage Innocents, was released in 1961 and starred Anthony Quinn (a Mexican born actor) as Inuk the Eskimo. Peter O’Toole played a Canadian Mountie. It’s reported that O’Toole demanded the removal of his name from the credits, because his voice was dubbed. Whether it’s true or not, I don’t know, but I couldn’t find his name on the movie poster.

The novel tells an amazing tale, full of fascinating cultural information about the Arctic tribes, and their struggle to survive in a harsh environment. Their adaptations to the frozen north worked for them, although they often seemed barbaric to outsiders. For the most part they lived in peace with each other. Populations were sparse and women prized, which could lead to violence. Sometimes a husband would honor a visitor by offering sex with his wife. In the story a well-meaning Catholic priest is offended the honor and refuses it, prompting Inuk to kill him and the subsequent involvement of O’Toole’s character. But, this post isn’t about Inuk.

AbeBooks.com was created by two Canadian couples that wanted a more efficient way for booksellers to offer their inventory to the world. It formed in the mid-nineties and has grown into a global organization with websites in several markets. They offer millions of books from some 50,000 sellers. Many of them are non-profits, like Goodwill. Most of their books are used, but not all. And, most are inexpensive, but not all. They’ve sold many rare books through their network.

If you’re looking for a book and can’t find it locally, give AbeBooks.com a try. I bought 25 books for a 7th grade English class for about $100.00. I also obtained the ninth edition of Greggs Reference Manual, a great resource, for a few dollars. Oh, I did find the Top of the World as you can too for less than $5.00—delivered to your door, no less.


David P. Cantrell is an author and a member of the Edgewise Words Inn staff