Ripped from heart and home by galactic farmers, Ray and his co-workers are taken hundreds of light years across the galaxy and left to fend for themselves. When he begins hearing a voice in his head and is unjustly blamed for the deaths of his friends, he is separated from them and is led to a gentle race of aliens called the Draasen. He experiences a new way of life with responsibilities and challenges he never could have imagined. He is accepted into their society, but at a high cost to his dignity when he is led into protecting and birthing their eggs. When the galactic farmers arrive to take the Draasen population as fodder, the Draasen's fate becomes entwined with that of the nearly extinct human race and their mutual struggle to survive.
|Publisher:||World Castle Publishing, LLC|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.65(d)|
About the Author
Having been born on December 24 created an important life lesson; choose wisely, the best is not always the largest. I followed a family tradition of military service, and despite my tours in Vietnam and Desert Storm, I continued to pursue my favorite activity of reading science fiction. I am a late starter to writing and have found writing as enjoyable as reading. I write the type of science fiction I like to read: believable, without incredibly ridiculous situations that suddenly appear to solve all the character's problems.
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Behind the Gem based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
When entire buildings begin disappearing around earth, former Army Ranger Raymond knows that the end cannot be too far away for him and his fellow humans. A normal day at the office takes an unexpected turn, causing Raymond to make use of his training as everything around him begins to suddenly change. However, no amount of training could’ve prepared him for the Drassens—a species of aliens with a matriarchal society. After being saved from certain destruction, Raymond forms a bond with the High One, unleashing a series of events that will challenge everything he knows about the universe and himself. Ken Hart’s Behind the Gem delves deep into a future where earth’s existence begins to unravel as entire buildings begin to disappear on by one. At the center of this story is Raymond, a former Army Ranger who lives with his wife, rides a motorcycle, and works a regular office job. Normalcy for him, as well as the reader, is forever changed with the introduction of the species of aliens called the Drassens. Hart’s creation of an alien, matriarchal society comes naturally throughout the book. Where some writers rely on heavy descriptions to convey that the new world is vastly different from earth, Hart allows his characters, mannerisms, and short descriptive phrases to usher the reader into a world that is vastly different from earth. Though some parts of the book could use more exposition as to why certain things are happening or to help separate the travel from one location from a different one (such as the Most High One’s palace and the landing), there remains little to complain about when it comes to world building. The electronic devices and healing mechanisms are very unique to this story and to this world that Hart created. It has a familiarity, but comes with variances that make it new and exciting without being overwhelming. Additionally, the alien species seems to round out the total uniqueness of the story. Hart’s description of the new aliens leaves nothing to be questioned, allowing the familiarity of the mammal-like species to ease Raymond’s trust in the creature while also showing the difference of the alien from humans. Behind the Gem is well conceived but I felt that there were elements that could of been handled with greater care. The relationship between Raymond and Amber—though well-written and thought out—could be viewed as Stockholm Syndrome. Every element of their unconventional relationship, I felt, should have been handled with greater detail to give readers a better understanding of their connection. As Raymond’s trust with the aliens develops, so does the writing style of the book. What begins as a journal written almost completely in stream of consciousness with strange introduction of characters develops into a more matured and skilled version of his story as he begins to become more and more educated like the Drassens who surround him. It is a nice touch that assists in capturing Raymond’s transformation. If you enjoy a good alien invasion story, then this book should be next on your list.
Did I enjoy this book: Let me start with the good bits: the writing wasn’t terrible. Ok. Moving on. The story is interesting – I like aliens – but the details were just too weird for me. I suppose my first clue should have been the cover photo – a man holding hands with what I can only describe as a kangarooey, horsey type thing. Yeah. So the alien planet is populated with these horsey, kangarooish beings who just happen to recruit the main character to marry their leader and be a surrogate parent for her eggs. Ok, cool. I’m all for gender equality (I’d seriously love to watch my husband enjoy the many blessings of pregnancy), but I just couldn’t get past the conflicting visuals. Amber and Ray are supposedly a couple in love, but she continually carries him around and makes him sit on her lap. It’s not a sexytime lap sitting, either, but more of a . . . ‘come here, little pet, let me snuggle you’ deal. I couldn’t reconcile the motherly act of placing someone on your lap with the idea of an adult relationship, regardless of race. Oh, and then there was the bit where Ray did something bad and got temporarily fired from being Amber’s Surrogate and, because that apparently freed him up to, um, service any female in the colony, found himself in bed with his MOTHER-IN-LAW. Don’t worry, though. Everyone was cool with it (except me, I guess). Would I recommend it: Not so much, no. I mean, unless you’re into weird. As reviewed by Melissa at Every Free Chance Books. Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.