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Review – Golden Skies by Juan Zapata @ZapataThe1

There was once a visionary on the planet of Certamen

He stood tall and brave, the highest amongst men

A lone warrior who went through the fires of hell

Malik was he, the king, for whom tolls the bell

The brightest star, Eliza beautiful and passionate

More than sister, she was a fierce fighter yet compassionate

Kafed the rebel, the best of all friends

His force jet packs marked the end of the fiends

Alayne gave up life for Malik to save

Henry, Onyx, Faye, Duvesk laid down the path to pave

A dictator Mujadin, a man-God Safad ruled them all

Till a rebellion from Malik, the Flame of Leiol, gave the call

There was once a visionary on the planet of Certamen

He gave the thrills and emotions, he is the briliant Juan Zapata, an author bar none

My review

A sci-fi thriller – one of my favorite genre

An action filled sci-fi thriller – my interest peeks up

An action filled sci-fi thriller with emotions, story, moving on a fast pace – I am hooked and sunk into the book, immersing into the outworldly world, forgetting earth totally!!

After a very long time, I found a book in which I could dive into, living in that world of Certamen, in Malik’s world, a boy who has seen religious zealousy, oppression at the hand of his father Governor Majidin. Refusing to bow down to his father’s rules, Malik is thrown into the world of torture, whipped to an inch of his life, till he is rescued and he learns to fight… And man, does he fight!!! With gadgets which have a force field and allows him to fly!! Sweet!!

Juan Zapata’s debut novel, and it is amazing to see the young author write in such a mature way. A sci-fi thriller is not easy to write, and it is extremely difficult for a reader to visualize the written word as a scene of a movie. But this young magician of an author has done it. I could see every word of this book, it ran like the scenes of a movie. It felt like those 3 dimensional, absolutely colorful, where everything is larger than life, and at the same time, connected to the emotions of life.

What I loved about this book, is the way Juan has forged Malik’s character from the pits of hell, a man broken to the soul, forced to commit a crime, then rising from the land of extreme pain to fight through the circumstances and achieve the pinnacle, thinking to be alone, yet finding the entire nation walking alongside.

The action was simply the kinds I love, there is jet pack to fly, force field which protects, guns and rifles, sword fights to top it all. I am in action mana and I have no plans to come down this high. ( I want them all, no idea what I would do with it, yet..)

Every book is rounded when there are a range of emotions which it evokes, anger, helplessness, pity, hatred, love, adrenaline rush. The author has done it all, colored the book with all emotions. I lived the 4 hours in Malik’s life, feeling what he feels, every emotion was felt acutely.

This is book 1 of the series, and what I especially liked and I commend the author for that, his book is complete, there is a complete story, a full-on plot, where the threads are joined together to form the basic net of a story capturing the reader, barring one thread which is kept open so that the reader pulls it and follows it up to the 2nd book. That’s why I call Juan Zapata an intelligent author, who understood the reader’s mind and gave a complete book,

A bang for the buck, total value for money.

My rating : 4.5 stars

About the Author

Juan Zapata is a senior at Alabama A&M, expected to graduate December 2018. He majors in Criminal Justice and is a member of the AAMU Honors Program as well as a residential assistant. Born in Mexico, Juan came to the United States at four years old. When he is not writing, Juan likes to play For Honor and pretend he’s a knight, laughing with happiness at his victories and almost having aneurisms when defeated.

Other works by Juan include his nonfiction pieces Letter from an Omniscient Racist and International Half-Breed published in various literary magazines.

Book blurb

As a boy, Malik watched an army of religious zealots swarm his home town, slaughtering his people and running his beloved grandfather through with a black sword.

Nine years later, Malik still believes there’s peace…somewhere. At least that’s what he tells himself as his body is ripped apart by whips at a conversion camp. That’s what his best friend whispers as he frantically creates new force technology and jetpacks to rescue Malik.

Yet when war bursts through the skies and the sky troopers, assassins, and heroes fall, when the world comes crashing down, Malik Zzoha stands amidst the sands to lead a band of friends and revolutionaries to face his tyrannical, zealot father, determined to free the people he loves.

Product Details

Publication date : 12th June, 2018

Publisher : Owl Hollow Press

Language : English

Available on Amazon

Sci-fi thriller with flights and fights

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