Forbidden The Stars
By Valmore Daniels
At the end of the 21st century, a catastrophic accident in the asteroid belt has left two surveyors dead, but the asteroid itself is completely missing, along with their young son, Alex Manez, who was accompanying them.
On the outer edge of the solar system, the first manned mission to Pluto, led by the youngest female astronaut in NASA history, has led to an historic discovery: there is a marker left there by an alien race for humankind to find. We are not alone!
While studying the alien marker, it begins to react and, four hours later, the missing asteroid appears in a Plutonian orbit, along with young Alex Manez, who has developed some alarming side-effects from his exposure to the kinetic element they call Kinemet.
From the depths of a criminal empire based on Luna, an expatriate seizes the opportunity to wrest control of outer space, and takes swift action.
The secret to faster-than-light speed is up for grabs, and the race for interstellar space is on!
My Review: I found this book to lean more toward sci-fi fantasy and in that perspective it's really very entertaining and creative. The plot premise is great, but the writing is a little on the week side, especially in characterization. The author never really lets me see inside these people so it's hard to connect with them, which is an essential part of a good story for me. However, these are minor flaws that can be overlooked in a first book. The story moved quickly and when I reached the end, I was left wanting more. I give this book Three Stars.