Skyjacked is an easy read scifi suitable for a wider reading audience. It begins in 2146 with a young boy undergoing experiments for an energy which he emits, and his ability to “read” others.
The book then continues eight years later. We meet Corvus a spaceship pilot. He is about to take some prisoners to a penal colony on Europa, however once arrived he finds a small coup and he and his spaceship are hijacked. Four ex-prisoners take Corvus and two of those he was transporting and set off for an unknown planet.
Needing fuel, they encounter a planet of A1 Robots and Corvus’ instincts about one of his captors come true. On another planet when searching for water they are waylaid by pollen from mysterious plants. Attempts to reach out for rescue invite dangerous aliens and the action increases when they set off on a rescue mission.
There’s enough action and character relationship developments to keep the pace interesting. The quantity of scifi gizmos and gadgets is enough without it being overwhelming. Overall an enjoyable quick read.
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Separated from his son, only a galaxy stands between him and home… The year is 2154, and Corvus Ranger, space pilot and captain of the Soliton, embarks on a penal run to Jupiter’s prison moon, Europa. It should be another routine drop, but a motley band of escaped convicts have other ideas. When Soliton is hijacked, Corvus is forced to set a new destination, one which is far from Earth and his son. Unable to fight (or smooth talk) his way to freedom, Corvus finds himself tied to the plans of the escapees, including their leader Isidore and a gifted young boy who seems to possess strange abilities. Desperate to return to Earth and the son he left behind, Corvus is thrown into the ultimate adventure, a star-strewn odyssey where the greatest enemy in the universe may very well be himself.
About the author
Shirley Golden has fiction publications in anthologies and magazines. Some of her stories have won prizes, and many have been shortlisted in competitions. She is a novelist who writes historical fiction and fantasy. Her debut novel, ‘Skyjacked’, a space fantasy, will be published by Urbane Publications in the spring of 2016.