by George Sirois

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BN ID: 2940161889213
Publisher: Aelurus Publishing
Publication date: 10/11/2018
Series: The Excelsior Journey , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 3,978
File size: 519 KB

About the Author

George Sirois has yearned to be a storyteller all his life, no matter the medium. That drive first led him to drawing his own characters while in grade school, and then - when his skills never advanced beyond the most primitive sketches - writing about them in various short stories and screenplays before moving on to novels such as “Excelsior” and the five-part serial “From Parts Unknown.” He is a regular contributor to Write Pack Radio (www.windingtrailsmedia.com) and was named President of the Missouri Writers Guild in May 2017.
After living in New York City and Richmond, Virginia, George, his wife, and their two dogs now happily call St. Louis, Missouri their home. In his spare time, George is an avid cinephile, a collector of film scores, and a lifelong fan of the New York Giants. He enjoys West Coast Swing dancing, and is currently pursuing work as a voice actor & audiobook narrator.
“Excelsior” and the first of two sequels - “Ever Upward: Part Two of The Excelsior Journey” - are available through Aelurus Publishing: www.aeluruspublishing.com.
George's Twitter handle is @GeorgeSirois and his Facebook page is www.facebook.com/excelsiorbooks. For more information, go to www.hesgotit.com.

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Excelsior 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
HayleysReviews More than 1 year ago
Excelsior was an awesome read! It was so imaginative and creative, and George just did an amazing job at it. The book was well written, and every aspect of this book was enjoyable. There was just an amazing plot, and I absolutely loved how George was able to put together those two worlds in the way that he did. Excelsior is a wonderful science fiction book, mixed with fantasy. The main character, Matthew, is a geeky kid who likes to write stories (hmm... sounds familiar). But it turns out that the story he's been writing isn't fiction, it's real. I liked meeting all of the different characters in the story, and seeing how they intertwined with each other. Matthew was pretty darn cool, and I also loved "Katherine". She was entertaining, and it was interesting to see how the men on earth reacted to her. Excelsior is a good book to show that you aren't just who you are on the outside. That you can be strong when you need to. I really enjoyed this very creative take on worlds other than earth. I am definitely giving this book 5 out of 5 stars.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite To other students in his school, Matthew Peters is just a weird quiet kid and a target for bullies. However, Matthew is the lord in his own universe, especially Excelsior, a popular web comic hero he created that is gaining more and more exposure. The comic about a guardian who wielded a powerful sword and fought for the people of his home planet, Denab IV, is a means of escape for him. Before he could enjoy his success, an enigmatic Dr. Katherine Sierra from Tollund Laboratories reveals that Denab IV is real and Matthew is the only one who can save it from the Krunation Empire. Such is the premise of Excelsior, a YA sci-fi by George Sirois.  A young man's transformation from zero to hero is a classic premise, particularly with a powerful sword waiting for its right owner to claim it. Matthew is easily likable, a character whom readers would definitely root for. That said, I feel characterization as a whole definitely has room for more depth. The story has great world-building and the straightforward writing style makes the plot easy to follow. The part where Dr. Katherine Sierra presents and shares the ‘Virtual Future’ tech with the high school students is very interesting and made me wish that I could try the ‘Virtual Future’ goggles myself. It is also a nifty way for Dr. Sierra to find out who Matthew is. All in all, despite being a boy-targeted book, Excelsior is highly engaging and will definitely be enjoyed by its intended audience of YA readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A few years ago reading became a passion of mine. I have read many books by local authors and just recently was recommended to read this book. I was excited to find out that the author was also a former local resident from where I live. I ordered the book and quickly started reading it. I have never read a Science-Fiction book before and clearly didn't know what to expect. I was surprised that within the first few pages I was swept away by adventure. Each well descriptive scene and character made each chapter more and more exciting. Excelsior is definitely a book for young and adult readers. Overall, Excelsior is an adventurous book that you will enjoy reading all the way to the end! George Sirois is such an amazing young author that I look forward to meeting soon at one of his book signings and anxious to start reading more of his stories!
Martha-A-Cheves More than 1 year ago
Excelsior - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat 'Semminex wondered how many tazer shots Radifen had taken today, since the older Denarian was definitely developing a tolerance to them. He lost count of how many times Radifin stood against the guards, shouting his blistering sermons that reverberated through the walls of the prison, catching the attention of the men and women around them. Even though Semminex couldn't see them, he could hear the cacophony of the prisoners banging metal and flesh against the cell doors, as Radifen's voice penetrated through the walls of the prison. Radifen would declare that the days of the Krunations' perversion of their planet were coming to an end. The Krunations' emperor, Nocterar, would fall to their protector Excelsior, who would return to his people and destroy this monstrosity of a castle that these prisoners were forced to create. The guard noticed that Radifen was quieter than usual, so he was only given a mild tazing before the door was opened and he was shoved back inside. The Denarian prisoner limply fell inside the cell. Before the cell door shut, the guard looked over his shoulder and saw where he had to go next. Grannik's cell. The guard drew a deep breath, slid his key back into the lock, then turned around and looked to his left and his right to see if another guard was nearby. Nobody was there. As the guard looked down to activate his communicator on his wrist, Radifen slid under the cell door as it was closing and slipped out of sight.' Matthew Peters is a high school student who has an uncanny knack for writing and drawing his own web comic, which he publishes on his own internet site. His popular series "Excelsior" is now starting to gain a broader audience. His characters from another world far, far away must be perfectly written and illustrated, and his list of followers is quickly growing. Matthew started having dreams and visions of his Excelsior characters and stories after visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art when he was a small child. On display there was a sword that had been discovered during an excavation in Greenland. He had slipped past the guards and actually touched the sword before being caught. Little did Matthew know but his touching the sword would change his life forever. Not far from where the sword was discovered, another discovery was made. A body was found that was believed to be thousands of years old. What baffled the archeology team the most was the lack of decay showing on the body. And when Dr. Katherine Sierra was able to view this "ice" man, she knew who he was and where he came from. And when she spotted the glowing gem held in one of his hands, she knew she was running out of time before mass destruction would take place. It was up to her to find the one person who would save not only Earth but also the planet of Denab IV. And that person could be none other than Matthew Peters. Excelsior took me through a few "fiery" loops. This book is filled with adventure, action and addiction. I couldn't wait to turn the page to see how the characters would not only live through but also flourish into the next event.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago