Friday, May 22, 2015

A New Threat by Aaron DeMott: Book Review with Excerpt

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Title:   A New Threat
Series:  The Psygen Chronicles
Author:   Aaron Demott
Published:  April 21st, 2015
Publisher:  AltWit Press
Genre:  YA Science Fiction

When an alien ship lands unexpectedly in the middle of her clan’s territory, Bast is sent to investigate as part of her scout trial. After an accident, she meets these new visitors. She and her senior scout Rrrark are invited to return with the aliens to their home planet to open diplomatic relations. What started out as a simple diplomatic mission becomes complicated when they discover a pirate scheme that might be more than it seems. Only Bast, Rrrark, and two of the aliens called Pysgens are capable of stopping the pirates.

Excerpt from A New Threat by Aaron Demott:

Bast rushed through the forest while trying to maintain some measure of stealth. She flicked her ears in every direction and listened for anything unusual. So far, only natural sounds filled the forest.
The air was crisp and sunlight filtered through the leaves. The perfect day for her first assignment. She clenched her jaw, measured her breathing, and straightened her tail. She needed this assignment to go well. Only then could she be recognized as an adult.
Scouts from every one of the clans had seen the giant metal ship—something that large and with such an unnatural shape could only be a ship—come slowly down to the ground. If it kept going without a change in its speed or direction, it would land in the part of the Large Grassland which fell inside in her clan's territory. Besides, where could it have come from? What sort of creature would travel through the stars on such a craft?
She approached the edge of the forest and looked around for a nice bit of cover. She found a line of bushes between a stand of trees. It would work perfectly and provide an escape back into the forest if it became necessary. She sat on her haunches behind the brush, curled her tail around her feet, and licked a speck of dust off one of the white patches of fur on her paw. The ship should land soon.
"It could be crashing too..." she mused aloud.
But the scouts and scientists had reported it was on a stable course and wasn't on fire or anything. She liked surprises–for the most part–and this would certainly be an interesting sight. A faint, high-pitched noise came from the west. She poked her nose from the bush and raised her whiskers in that direction. Nothing yet. She waited a little longer. The sound grew louder, and a slight wind blew across the plain.


This is a richly envisioned clean sci-fi novel.  I was pulled into the story immediately and enjoyed the adventure all the way to the last sentence.  Bast stole the show for me – I loved her whimsical nature, fierce loyalty, and, impetuous temperament.  Her curiosity and quirky mannerisms often had me chuckling out loud.  I loved the description of Bast’s home planet and the society and culture was described so beautifully that I had no trouble picturing it in my mind.  I also loved the description of the layout and operations of the starships and various other aliens.  There is plenty of action along with a bit of mystery.  I was engrossed in the story and loved the interactions between the main characters.

I love space odysseys, especially when there are a variety of well-defined, diverse aliens working together against a common threat. This book was a fun and exciting read geared for a younger audience, but this grandma loved it, too. I can't wait to read the next adventure!

This book was given to me in exchange for my honest review.

Reviewed by Laurie-J

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About the Author:
Aaron has had a few different jobs, ranging from computer tech support, to real-estate, and lawn and farm sales and service. He also enjoys photography and reading, and has been a Star Trek and Star Wars fan for as long as he can remember.
The Psygen Chronicles, Book 1: A New Threat is Aaron’s first novel.

Giveaway Details:
There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:

  • Signed Print copy of A New Threat (US only). If winner is INT the prize is an ecopy of A New Threat.

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