Thursday, March 7, 2013

Flash (The Forever Saga #1) Review

Title: Flash (The Forever Saga #1)
The Forever Saga: Flash - Synopsis, Reviews, & More:
Flash takes place in present day, and contains elements of both sci-fi and fantasy while remaining a very human story. There's a family struggling to mend itself. A father fighting to overcome his troubled past. A young man trying to win over the love of his life. And an underlying theme of hope and redemption.

Here's the official synopsis:
"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."
At heart, Flash tells the story of a father and son who seek to mend their family in a world of giant robots and ancient tyrants. The sci-fi frames the novel, but compelling human drama is the crux of the series. Here's what critics and readers are saying:
"Great promise, inventiveness, and creativity." - Jasper de Joode, Fantasy Book Review
"It’s an impressive bit of worldbuilding...the shining secret world fits perfectly with the real world Earth." - Kirkus Reviews
"'The Forever Saga: Flash' is an exciting addition to science fiction adventure novel collections." - Midwest Book Review
"This book is such a good read it's hard to put down. I'm not usually a sci-fi fan, but once you get past the first chapter, it's clear that this book is way more than just sci-fi. It's got everything from action to romance, comedy to tragedy, and even a touch of mystery as the plot unfolds with more than a few unexpected discoveries. It's an easy read, but don't check your brain at the door; there's plenty of food for thought as the characters wrestle with deep questions of morality, purpose, and what it means to be human." - Carol
"This book has everything that you could ask from a novel! It is a perfect blend of futuristic technologies, the human spirit, the bond of friends and family, and the honor of soldiers. If you are even slightly interested in sci-fi or robots then this is a must-have book for you." - Keith
The novel currently has sixteen 5-star reviews and a 4.7 average rating on Amazon, where The Forever Saga: Flash is available in e-book and paperback formats. Flash is also available for various e-readers at the novel's official website, - there you'll find a 5-chapter sample of the novel, social media links, and more.
Author: Sean C Sousa
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.
Format: PDF from the author (See disclosure below Acquired)

Pages: 482


*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*

Rating: 4 stars      

My Review: The biggest thing I have to stress about this book is BE PATIENT!!! It was several chapters before the two story lines presented finally come together. In the beginning I felt like I was missing something like there should’ve been more of an introduction or prologue. I waited it out for 2 reasons. 1. Other reviews also said to be patient. 2. Once the Renney story line developed I became interested in their issues. I will definitely be waiting for the next installment of The Forever Saga. I was very glad that the author did not leave us on a major cliff hanger but gave us enough of a hint of more action that we can’t wait until the next installment is out.