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The Chronicles of Gan: The Thorn

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  • Posted December 30, 2010

    Crisp writing and interesting characters

    Earlier this year, I was asked to participated in the Blog Tour for Daron D. Fraley's debut novel The Thorn: Book One of The Chronicles of Gan. I agreed, even though I don't read speculative fiction for pleasure. My tastes run more toward mysteries, Regencies, and historical fiction.

    I began reading the pdf file on my computer. This had its difficulties, because epic works of this type have a multitude of characters and often, an off-world setting. Although there was a Glossary containing both places and characters (for which I was very thankful), flipping back to it in a computer file was not an easy task. Later, the physical book arrived, and I was much more comfortable in accessing both the Glossary and the Map of Gan, which the pdf had lacked.

    Before I received the physical book, however, for ease of carrying the novel with me, I converted it to a format that could be read on my iPod touch. This made the reading go faster, as I wasn't tied to my computer. I even got used to the fact that I had inadvertently stripped out much of the formatting, so the chapter breaks and italics were gone. As I got immersed in the book, that didn't matter anymore. (This is no longer a problem with the publication of the electronic edition.)

    I was gratified to find my fear of being bored was unfounded. Fraley weaves a grand story of action, intrigue, and loyalty that is not boring. Crisp writing and interesting characters mingle with a well-conceived plot.

    Although it occurs in a galaxy far, far away, the tale is not set in the distant future, but in the past, concurrent to the period in Earth's history slightly before the birth of Christ. The following is from the original print edition's back cover:

    "Three tribes are at war on the planet Gan, unaware that the sign of Christ's birth on an unknown world--Earth--is about to appear in the heavens.

    "During a bloody skirmish with Gideonite troops, Jonathan of Daniel spares Pekah, a young enemy soldier, gaining his trust forever. These distant brothers from estranged tribes covenant with each other to end the war being waged by a self-proclaimed emperor, and soon discover the intentions of a far more dangerous foe--a sinister general bent on ruling those he can bring into subjection and destroying all others."

    I did have occasion to wonder if Fraley's children are all boys, because some of the horse-play between a few characters seemed a mite juvenile, but that was a minor niggle. I look forward to reading the second book in the projected three-book series, Heaven's Garden. I give The Thorn four stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2011

    Science fiction with believability.

    This first in a series is believable science fiction, but is a novel that might be enjoyed more by people with a strong Christian background. Intriguing characters, if not too perfect for your taste. Think I will read another in the series before I write it off as not to my liking.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2012

    This is a very good book.

    Easy to read and will keep you intested.

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