It's been thirty years since a shadowy alien armada was defeated in battle; now the Deravans are back to finish what they started: exterminate the human race. The year is 2247, and Commander Frank Yamane's grave warnings of their imminent return have gone unheeded. Once hailed as a hero who saved Earth from almost certain destruction, he is now seen as a relic from a pastIt's been thirty years since a shadowy alien armada was defeated in battle; now the Deravans are back to finish what they started: exterminate the human race. The year is 2247, and Commander Frank Yamane's grave warnings of their imminent return have gone unheeded. Once hailed as a hero who saved Earth from almost certain destruction, he is now seen as a relic from a past most people would soon forget. Mired in petty squabbles and clashes over limited resources, the solar governments that still exist are consumed by their own self-interests, while millions of survivors cling to a tenuous existence. Yamane fears an increase in hostilities will break out into open war, and is sent as an ambassador to broker a peace agreement against Earth's most fearsome rival, the Jovian Alliance. What he doesn't realize is that the Deravans are behind it all. Their intent is to eliminate humanity in one fell swoop, and claim what they have craved since the dawn of time − unquestioned dominion over the galaxy. In this heart-pounding final chapter of the Sky Chronicles, will the Deravan's insidious plan of conquest finally be realized or can Yamane overcome the impossible one last time and stop them? ...
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After the Sky Fell (Sky Chronicles #2) Reviews
From the Musings of a Starving AuthorLong-time followers might notice something odd about this review. “Starving Reviewer, there’s a Book 2 in that title scrawl and you never do book series out of order,” they no doubt cry. “You’re supposed to take the courses of a literary meal in order!”You’re right, my literary foodies, but I was told expressly by the chef that each book was encapsulated into their own stories, much like the pulps of old and like some other meals I have already reviewed. Steeled with the chef’s surety, I relented and took my knives to this sci-fi feast. Was the chef right? Is it a truly stand-alone dining experience or was I left wanting?Before we find out, let’s recount the laws of the Starving Reviewer, gouged into the very stone of the restaurant floor:I attempt to rate every book from the perspective of a fan of the genreI attempt to make every review as spoiler-free as possible.No. Just no. There is a self-contained plotline, yes, but any good serial book volume should have one. However, I frankly always felt a bit empty as I ate through Fell, like the flavors just weren’t right without the balance of the first course. Terms, places, species, technologies, and more are bandied about early and often with rare explanations. While there’s enough ‘baseline’ science fiction flavor to get by, there’s much of the spice gone, brought on by a lack of understanding and this permeates every layer of the cake.Well, you may ask, what if I can put that aside? How about the merits of the meal ignoring that? I don’t think you can but, if you do read this solo and can do so, things are far from perfect.To be more than fair, there is the seed of greatness here. There is some sound story structure, some developed characters, and some great imagery in places. On a macro level, the key plot points mostly form a solid framework to build on. The devil, however, is in the details and that’s where Fell starts to fall, especially in the second half.This meal is founded on its space battles, fleets of ships whirling and dancing through the inky black of space in mortal combat. Now, there’s two main schools of thought in sci-fi: ‘hard’ sci-fi that tries to be as realistic as possible in depicting its tech and space opera, which takes a more cinematic take on things. Yes, I know there’s more, but this is enough specification for now. Fell can’t seem to entirely make up its mind what it wants to be in that regard and that hurts its depiction of battle. You never know what capabilities all of these ships thrust at you can do. One moment, a ship can be talked up as nigh-invincible only to be destroyed suddenly the next. How the technologies interact is never made clear (in this volume at least) and we are never even told just what ‘stellar speed’ (the speed scale used) means. The real kicker when it comes to the space combat depictions is the lack of three-dimensional description. It all feels like the battles are on a flat plane and that just feels sour in my mouth.What’s really fascinating is that this meal’s description fails to mention a major component of the book itself and that is religion. A significant component of the last half of the book is centered around prophecy and scripture from an alien race that is extremely similar to parts out of the Bible (especially Revelations). There is a literal Crystal Dragon Jesus (okay, maybe glowing energy Jesus) and a heavy, HEAVY dollop of Christian philosophy enters the book with this prophetical component. Now, I have nothing against this sort of thing at all … books are a great way to explore concepts of faith and religion … but there’s a strange combination of heavy-handedness and veiled intent going on here. The prophecy part is quite literal in the book’s world (the heavy-handedness) but there are no connections made between any of the human characters and the obvious and extensive similarities between this alien faith and their own. It’s as if the chef doesn’t want a casual reader to know about them. I don’t know but it seemed both like someone hitting me with a Jesus-painted 2 x 4 while putting a thin, almost see-through plastic bag over the end in an attempt to hide it from me in the process.While I found these things sat uneasy with my tastebuds, what finally put me off of Fell were continuity errors and a lack of writing consistency in the second half. It is like the chefs put all their effort in the first 30 minutes of baking, then were so tired they simply went through the motions for the last 30 minutes. Inconsistent characterization, characters being referenced in a scene they couldn’t actually be in, name and word mix-ups, someone decapitating someone with the scabbard they drew from their sheath (parse that a moment and you’ll get it), and a lack of comprehension on the science part of the science fiction are really what left my taste buds battered and bruised by the end of the meal.It’s very possible that reading the first book first could solve some of these problems, especially when it comes to the technology and alien aspects. All were apparently major elements of the first book … but I was assured that this was a stand-alone volume. That being the case, I have to review it AS a stand-alone.So, with all of that being said, After the Sky Fell still has strong potential but the flavor is killed by unimaginative space battles, hidden-but-obvious religious seasoning, and a very inconsistent second half. It certainly does not stand alone. If you’re interested in the book from what you’ve read, definitely start with the first one … don’t believe what you may hear otherwise. Still, I hope that the chefs take this back to the kitchen and do some work on it, as it could be turned into a fantastic piece of space opera with some tender loving care.FINAL VERDICT: ** (Strong potential killed by unimaginative space battles, hidden-but-blunt religious seasoning, and inconsistent quality!)
**DISCLAIMER: A copy of this book was provided to The Review Board by the authors in exchange for an honest review.**If I could describe this book in 3 words they would be, “quite the quandary”.You ever read that one book and think to yourself, “Why does this even exist?”Wait, that was mean. Let me try again …“After the Sky Fell” is the story of Commander Frank Yamane and his fight against time to save the earth from imminent destruction. One which will come at the hands of the Deravans. While most believe that Commander Yamane is a had been, there are some that are willing to fight by his side. Namely, Quiroth’toth, Danegeld and a scant few others.Many things are happening, in this novel; prophecies are being fulfilled, love is blossoming, war is around every corner, and ensuing chaos seems to be the every day norm of the long line of cast members.This story reminded in some ways of a sort of “Star Trek meets The Fifth Element”, with biblical theology mixed in.However, all is not what it seems. I guess that perhaps this story was just not for me; I can’t say for sure.Following I’ll summarize my thoughts in the form of bullet notes.A Bada-Boom!From the jump, the first thing that transpires, and the very first encounter the reader has with the cast of this book is a battle.There is perhaps a few minutes of aimless banter between crew members, then all of the sudden you’re hit with an extended battle scene between good and evil.For whatever reason “plumes of smoke” was a thing.A Big Bada Boom!Then all of the sudden the action plummets to give way to what I can only assume is a plot set up. Yet, that too was pretty arid. I suppose my biggest problem with this was the way in which the story was written. You see, the story went from super long, highly boring bouts of dialogues between characters, to sudden gushes of action with no real transition. It threw me off almost every time.Falling Mother ShipI have to mention that the lack of proper editing made the story flop quite a lot too. There were many increments that had missing words, misspelled words, misplaced modifiers and bad punctuation.Sci-Fi or Biblical Fiction?Alright, I’m all for a story that uses biblical theology to make an interesting science fiction read. However, there is a fine line that can be crossed very easily if not careful. The line is called "Obvious". Obvious, is not the line you want to cross when attempting to write a book "inspired" by something or someone. In this story the mass use of biblical references was sort of a put off and completely crossed the Obvious Line.I honestly believe that it should have been presented as a Biblical Science Fiction, but not a Hard Sci-Fi, which is a whole other ball game.Using biblical names for alien life forms was one of the things that killed it from me, too. I guess, perhaps, it was just done incorrectly. If it were done differently, perchance, I might’ve felt differently about it. I truly wish I had advise on how this situation should’ve/could’ve been handled, but unfortunately I don’t. I just know that it felt and read wrong; at least to me. Lots of times, I was like “Am I in Sunday School or reading a Sci-Fi book?”Speaking OfI’m also all for Hard Science Fiction. Yeeeet … there were so many references in this book that felt empty. Allow me to explain.As per the authors, this book could be read as a stand alone novel although it’s a second installment. However, there were many parts in the story that left me wondering if perhaps those gaps had been filled in the first installment. Things that I thought needed explaining. IE: Commander Yamane‘s history, backstory on the other life forms, things of that nature.Keeping TrackThe VAST amount of characters had me dizzy. I could scarcely keep them straight. I still can’t seem to get them all straight in my head and I’ve already finished the story. I was like, “Do I need a diagram or something? I mean, really!”Fighting Against TimeAt the beginning of most chapters, with the exception of a hand full, there was a time stamp. They read as follows: name of location, military time, time zone and date. Like so:"SFS Daedalus, Antara, Homeworld of the Antraian Empire, 0832 Proxima Meridian Rime, April 21, 2247"At first, I was so confused because I kept thinking to myself, “What the heck is ‘Proxima Meridian Time’? Is that really a thing?” I couldn’t figure it out, so I Googled it.Low and behold it was something made up by the authors. That’s good, except that it wasn’t. Here is why. I believe that the authors failed at the opportunity to make this believable. The introduction of that time zone was the perfect moment to explain said time zone.For example: having implemented an idea of the length of time “Proxima Meridian” was akin to would have been a great way to give the reader a sense of urgency.Things like;How long is 1 minute in this time zone? Is this space time or time inside of a gravity force field, which is faster than space time?Things like that.The Good StuffI do appreciate the originality of the names of the characters. Also, the fact that the authors created several worlds from the ground up. It takes a lot of imagination to do that. However, and unfortunately, that was the only positive thing that I saw in this book. :(This brings me to the first question; "Why does this book even exist?"That is precisely what I thought about “After the Sky Fell”.I’ll explain.Sometimes authors push there stories farther than they need to go. It’s sort of like, there is this serial mentality that drives authors to produce more than one book in a particular story line, when sometimes, having a stand alone book is perfectly okay. This story “After the Sky Fell” read very much like that, as though the authors were pushing the story farther than it needed to go merely because they were in that serial mentality.This can also be attributed to the fact that inside of the story, many times over, one finds references as to how Yamane (and many others) thought he was over and done with because he’d already saved the world once. Perhaps, that once was all that was needed to give Commander Yamane a good name, if you get what I mean. I say that, because “After the Sky Fell”, didn’t.With that being said, I give this book, “After the Sky Fell” 2 Stars.
'After the Sky Fell' by Mike Lynch is the second installment of the epic sci-fi/fantasy saga, the Sky Chronicles. After a fierce battle thirty years earlier, Earth is once again threatened by a dark species known as the Deravans as prophesied by the Antarians. After being defeated once by a great warrior, the Deravans believe they can change the scriptures and win the second battle. With the help of the Creators, the warrior is to win for a second time, conquering the Deravans and their leader, Abaddon, once and for all.This is truly a wonderful novel. Despite not having read the first in the series, I had no problem catching on. 'After the Sky Fell' is actually what I consider Christian sci-fi, as it mirrors the events prophesied in Revelation. Even the leader of the Deravans is another name of Satan, which I thought was clever to use. As much as I enjoyed the novel, and would recommend to both Christians and non-believers, there are some unfortunate flaws which detracted from my reading experience. The version I was given to review does not read like a final copy. There are quite a few grammatical errors, but not as many spelling errors which is a plus. The worst was continuity with character names and pronouns. Wrong names are used throughout the book with scenes consisting of only two characters, and suddenly one of the characters change for a few paragraphs which was extremely jarring. At a pivotal, and what should have been an emotionally charged, scene, the names switched which made me lose the emotions that had built and I had to re-read the section.With an extremely thorough edit, these issues should be cleared up. Once that's done, there's nothing stopping this novel from being a great hit. Revelation is already such an amazing and action-packed book, that it only makes sense that a novel based on its message would be the same. If you're looking for a complex space sci-fi novel, this is the one to read. It is one of those novels that makes you wonder about the universe God created, and Lynch does a great job of giving one answer to a 'what if?' What if there are other beings on different planets? How does the gospel affect them? Lynch, while staying as true to scripture as possible within the confines of science-fiction, has successfully shown what it is to have true faith in the face of destruction.
“After the Sky Fell” (Silver Leaf, $23.95, 411 pages) is an unusual book – but not necessarily a satisfying one.First, the two authors – Brandon Barr and Northern California’s Mike Lynch – appear to have each contributed a particular section of the book, and the two parts don’t really mesh together all that well. One of the pieces is a traditional love story that clunks along like a bad TV movie, with roadblocks thrown up out of nowhere, and there’s really never any doubt that the two will find a way to get together.That part of the narrative seems to have been written by one of the co-authors, or at least driven by one of them, while the other, the science fiction piece, could have easily stood alone without the love story. That segment, though, has its own issues, as it relies on a mysterious prophecy, a literal deus ex machina late in the book, and people who cooperate with the evil (too evil) villains for no apparent reason, as if they are to be trusted.That said, the overall vision of the book is sound, but the execution, perhaps abetted by sloppy editing (the misspelled words are always a clue), falls short. There are a couple more books to come in the Sky Chronicles, and perhaps the road will be smoother from here on out, but off of this volume one, I’d definitely put “After the Sky Fell” in the wait-and-see category.