Risingshadow is one of the largest science fiction and fantasy book databases.
Here you can find detailed book information and absorbing reviews.
Run by dedicated speculative fiction fans for other bookworms!
- Published on Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:16 pm
- Seregil of Rhiminee
Braxton's A. Cosby's ProtoStar will be published in September 2011 by Firefly Publishing & Entertainment, LLC. It's the first book of the The Star-Crossed Saga.
Here's information about the author:
Braxton A. Cosby is a dreamer with a vision of continuously evolving and maximizing the untapped potential of the human genome. Braxton received a lot of his inspiration from watching the accomplishments and exploits of his famous uncle, comedic legend Bill Cosby. A physical therapist by background, Braxton received his Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate from the University of Miami. Braxton's fascination of science grew into an obsession of Sci-fi and on one unassuming Sunday this self-proclaimed romantic decided to pursue a 'calling' to create a new genre of writing.
Click here to visit Braxton A. Cosby's official website.
Here's a description of ProtoStar:
It Starts With Choice! What would you choose: love or irrefutable duty?
On the brink of Civil War, the Torrian Alliance continues with its mission to obliterate Star-children across the universe in order to suppress an intergalactic evil. Following the recommendations of his Council, King Gregorio Derry has agreed to send his only son on a mission to restore honor to his family. Bounty Hunter Prince William Derry has crossed thousands of light-years to planet Earth, in order to fulfill this age old prophetic practice. The quiet days of Madisonburg, Tennessee are officially over as Sydney Elaine now knows the full meaning of the phrase Be careful what you wish for when she is confronted by this strange visitor. As an unforeseeable event delays his assassination, William decides to study his target more closely and begins to form a connection with Sydney that challenges his inner being. But this conflict is the least of his problems, as a conspiracy back on his home planet Fabricius threatens the lives of those he loves and his father's royal legacy. Along with that, he must unravel a hidden menace here on Earth that seeks to secure a vested interest that threatens both his and Sydney's safety. Will William be able to complete his mission or will he choose love, sacrificing everything he stands for?
And here's the review:
A REVIEW OF BRAXTON A. COSBY'S PROTOSTAR
Before I write anything else, I'll say that I don't normally read romance novels, because I've never liked them (I've often found myself skipping pages if I try to read a romance novel). This time I decided to make an exception, because Braxton A. Cosby's debut book, ProtoStar, was a combination of romance and science fiction elements (if I had to categorize ProtoStar, I'd say that it's a romance novel, which contains science fiction elements). I seldom read this kind of fiction, so it was interesting and also challenging to read this book.
ProtoStar is young adult fiction and it is aimed at younger readers, so adult speculative fiction readers, like myself, may feel a bit confused about what they're reading, because most adult readers are used to reading different kind of prose. For example, a superlative and exuberant use of descriptive elements may feel a bit weird, but this isn't a bad thing, because young adults and fans of romantic fiction are the right target audience for this book.
ProtoStar is a romantic story about William and Sydney, who meet each other by accident and begin to feel attraction toward each other. William is a beautiful Star Crosser and his mission is to eliminate a Star-child. His mission is supposed to be simple, but he soon finds out that simple things may be surprisingly difficult and complicated. Sydney Elaine is a seventeen yeard old who lost her parents in a tragic car accident. She lives with her grandmother, Sarah.
When I read this book I thought that Braxton A. Cosby is a talented YA romance author, because his descriptions of the happenings and surroundings were lush. He wrote casually and emotionally about everyday situations. The romantic dialogues were well written and romance readers will without a doubt like them. The prose was at times a bit too attentive to details, but considering that ProtoStar was a romantic novel it was okay.
What separates ProtoStar from other similar YA science ficton books is that Braxton A. Cosby wrote fluently about sophisticated technology. For example, William's ship's IMPI (Independent Modulating Proprietary Intelligence) was an interesting artificial intelligence system. William also used IEPCS (Inner Ear Piece Communication System), which provided direct and fast communication between him and IMPI. These things intrigued me, because it was fascinating to read about their usage.
Although I was a wrong target audience for ProtoStar, I have to confess that it was an interesting reading experience. ProtoStar can be recommended to young adult readers who are interested in reading romantic fiction. It can also be recommended to adult readers who like romance novels. (I think it's possible that readers, who don't normally read science fiction, will be intrigued by this book and want to read more science fiction.)
Although ProtoStar is science fiction and not fantasy/horror fiction, I'm sure that fans of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series and other similar books will be interested in reading this book, because Braxton A. Cosby knows how to create a romantic atmosphere between his characters.