Graham Keeler's Stowaway to the Stars was published by Netherworld Books in September 2012.
Information about the author:
Graham Keeler was born in the UK in Hertfordshire and grew up in neighboring Essex. He studied Physics at Queen Mary College, London, and graduated in 1965 with First Class Honors, continuing to a PhD in 1969. He now lives in Bolton, Lancashire.
As well as being an avid science fiction reader, he has always been fascinated by anything to do with astrophysics and space travel, and applied to be a British candidate for the first American Spacelab mission.
He has written, co-authored and edited seven books on various aspects of microcomputers and the development of physics software simulations. Stowaway to the Stars is his first science fiction novel. Switching to part-time teaching a few years ago gave him the opportunity to develop an idea for a science fiction novel.
Information about Stowaway to the Stars:
Larry is an undercover agent for the Interstellar Exploration Programme, when he stumbles on a covert operation by Zilon, a ruthless member of the Galactic Union. He finds himself framed by the Ziloni and a fugitive from the Union.
Karen is seeking the man responsible for the death of her sister. But one simple case of mistaken identity and a reckless decision suddenly sees her life in turmoil. She discovers that she is a stowaway on Larry's spacecraft and her future is now irrevocably linked to his.
Larry's future looks bleak. His only chance of finding evidence that will clear his name entails a near-suicidal invasion of a Ziloni military base. Karen has no choice but to accompany Larry on his mission, where she is thrown into the strange environment of the Union. Together they face the ultimate test as they battle with the collective might of the Ziloni and the Galactic Union.
A REVIEW OF GRAHAM KEELER'S STOWAWAY TO THE STARS
Before I write anything else, I'll mention that Graham Keeler's Stowaway to the Stars was a positive and pleasant reading experience, because when I began to read it, I didn't expect it to be as entertaining as it turned out to be. I'll also mention that this book has a nice and fresh pulpy feel to it. I think it's possible to say that this book is almost like a tribute to old pulp sci-fi adventures.
Here's a bit of information about the plot:
Stowaway to the Stars is a story about Larry and Karen. Larry runs into trouble when he accidentally finds out about a Ziloni operation during an investigation of a planet. His trainee, Annek, is killed during the trip to the planet. He wants to find out why the Ziloni try to hide the fact that she was killed and gets into trouble. Karen loses her sister and begins to investigate what happened to her. She tries to find the man who murdered her. When Larry and Karen meet, it's the beginning of an exciting adventure...
One of the best things about this book is that the story is genuinely interesting, because the author knows how to entertain his readers. Everybody who has read fast paced and action packed sci-fi adventures will probably love Stowaway to the Stars, because there aren't any dull moments in it.
The characterization is the weakest part of Stowaway to the Stars, because the author concentrates mostly on fast paced action. Although there isn't much character development in this book, Larry and Karen are interesting characters, because both of them have problems of their own.
One of the best scenes in this book is the scene in which Larry and Karen meet each other. It was fun to read how Karen found it difficult to believe what Larry was telling him, because she didn't believe him at all. In my opinion the author has constructed this scene perfectly and uses gentle humour to highlight the happenings.
I enjoyed reading about the aliens, because they looked exactly like human beings and their genetic make-up was identical to our genetic make-up. It was also interesting to read about how intelligent life had spread to different planets.
The scientific details are interesting and the author avoids info dumping. I think that the author's background as a physicist has helped him to write about scientific details.
Stowaway to the Stars isn't a perfect sci-fi book, but it's an exciting and fast paced debut book, which will appeal to experienced sci-fi readers and newcomers alike. I think that the author's fluent writing style will charm the readers, because he's clearly written this book out of love for sci-fi adventures.
I hope that Graham Keeler continues to write science fiction, because he's a promising new author and he seems to have interesting ideas.
In my opinion Graham Keeler's Stowaway to the Stars is a fascinating and well written sci-fi adventure, which offers fast paced fun to several readers. It's possible that this book will remind readers of how much fun it is to read fast paced sci-fi adventures. If you're looking for a new sci-fi book to read, this book is a good choice, because it's an entertaining book.
Good sci-fi entertainment!