I was born in London, England. Like most of the world I had to work hard to pay my mortgage and all the other bills so I only had the time and the energy to write some short stories. My wife and I have a son who is now married to a lovely wife and they have five children of their own. Since retiring to the Greek island of Crete I have finally found the time and the energy to write some full length Science Fiction stories.
Trial by Ordealby Philip R Benge
At an Archaeological dig on the planet Helionia, Trajo Fortuna, an archaeologist reveals to the population that she has found proof that there had been a civilization similar to the current one but 50,000 years in its past; it was called the Heliot nation. This civilisation was destroyed while attempting to invade a peaceful alien race after the Heliot space fleet
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At an Archaeological dig on the planet Helionia, Trajo Fortuna, an archaeologist reveals to the population that she has found proof that there had been a civilization similar to the current one but 50,000 years in its past; it was called the Heliot nation. This civilisation was destroyed while attempting to invade a peaceful alien race after the Heliot space fleet mysteriously disappeared within a space storm.
A ship sent by Ares Fortuna through a recently discovered wormhole in space in search of a new source for the minerals needed by Helionia to supply their ever growing requirements learns that survivors of this ancient fleet of pirates lost their final battle on Orion against its leading citizen, Tyler Burrows, just eleven years previously!
A plot is hatched to lure him to Helionia by kidnapping his family so that Ares Fortuna can put him on trial for mass murder and then execute him.
Tyler Burrows has to battle for his family’s life by travelling through a recently discovered portal, that was discovered by Trajo Fortuna, to search for his family. The portal transports Tyler Burrows to a distant moon, and so far no one who has ever travelled through the portal has ever returned. He must also rescue Marot Pallas; who was kidnapped and taken through the portal to prevent him from winning the upcoming election and becoming president of Helionia. Tyler Burrows must help him to win the election for the presidency or intergalactic war just might break out.
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I'm sorry to say that this novel is so poorly written that it is simply unreadable. It sounds like a wonderful plot but this author needs a good editor. There are run-on sentences that take up entire pages so that you have to re-read the page to discern the meaning. There are commas where none belong and no commas where they are desperately needed. This author has underestimated the value of editing; that, or the people who pre-read the book are pandering to the author. My advice to the author.........keep writing but take a class on sentence structure and grammar.
The concept is good but the writing is bad. The run on sentences just make the stiry unreadable. This story needs serious editing! Also, excessive personal descriptions of characters including adding something after the fact, really bogged down the story. I gave up after 80-some pages. Just too hard to track the storyline.