‘Are you telling us,’ said John, finding it hard to control himself, ‘that you have a brother out there, flying around in a homemade spacecraft tied together with bits of wire mesh and tape, and that these all powerful aliens can’t harm him in any way?’
The wheel was invented in Mesopotamia around the year 3500 bc. George Stephensen designed a steam locomotive called The Rocket in 1829. Henry Ford produced his first experimental car in 1893; and in 1903, at Kitty Hawk, the Wright brothers made their first successful flight in an aeroplane.
Mankind’s genius for technological advancement never ends. In London’s suburbs, in Trevor’s woods, in a sheltered clearing, two young brothers have built The Cloud - the first ever flying-saucer.
On their maiden trip they soon discover that the stars crawl with aliens, and that many look towards Earth’s vast and untouched energy resources with envy. One species of alien set up a processing factory in Earth’s orbit and begin extracting the very life from our planet. Indifferent to the primitive life forms inhabiting our world, they arrogantly ignore humankind’s feeble attempts to protect themselves.
That is, until the two young brothers from London and two NASA astronauts from America are unintentionally thrown together, and show the aliens what earthlings are truly capable of…
About the Author
I was born in Essex, England, in 1951. My early days of work as an engineer led me to Norway where I met my future wife Kari. She moved to England where we married and raised our two daughters. We moved back to Norway in 1985. My wife and I now live far in the north, well within the Arctic Circle, in the land of the midnight sun. Life here is slow and comfortable, blessed by unspoilt nature and its magnificent moods. Being creative in the written form gives me vast pleasure. I hope, dear reader, you will take a break from your world and lose yourself in one of mine.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Conversation .... lots and lots of boring conversation that not only slow the pace but make a rather awkward storyline. The author seems obsessed with food. Way too much description of large overflowing trays of sandwiches. In spite of the huge quantities of food the two brothers consumed in a sitting, they only stocked enough for a couple meals before going into orbit. Oh and most of that were perishables. The 'science' is far-fetched as are many aspects of the story. The basic concept is okay, but the story could use a major rewrite.
Trevor Cloud is a reclusive genius who has invented a machine that can go anywhere, endure any environment, and is powered by any energy expended around or upon it. His focus on the development of his extraordinary machine, an egg-shaped contraption he calls The Cloud, has left him only dimly aware of the fact that the clouds of Earth are curiously in absentia. It isn’t long, however, before Trevor, and his less reclusive brother, Russell, learn the nefarious source of the missing clouds—an extra-terrestrial agent that is siphoning away Earth’s vapor for reasons unknown. Brother Russell Cloud could not be more different from his brilliant sibling: athletic, outgoing, upbeat, philosophical, and perhaps somewhat prescient. Nevertheless, the two brothers confide and trust in one another completely. The story meanders a bit as Trevor and Russell explore the fascinating capabilities of the Cloud, here and there unveiling some new (but invariably important) function, but this is mere winding of the crank before the brothers come into contact with the aliens. Soon circumstances require them to deal with the threat. Indeed, after witnessing the technological capabilities of the visitors’ machines, and the paltry attempts humanity makes to thwart them, Trevor and Russell realize they and their machine may be the only thing that can stop the aliens. James Field has created a fascinating exploratory device in the Cloud and novice adventurers, the Cloud brothers. Who wouldn’t want to test the capabilities of a nigh self-sustaining machine that could go anywhere and guarantee the safety of its inhabitants? Best of all, improbable as it may seem, Trevor describes the function of his machine and its many failsafes with a scientific literacy and tone that makes the device seem entirely probable. To my surprise, despite the variety of experiences and entities we encounter on our journey with the Cloud brothers, the most interesting of all were the inanimate characters: the Cloud ship itself, seemingly invincible, infinitely adaptable, and all but unstoppable, and a gadget that identifies itself as Aidme. Part of the fun in reading this story is learning how Trevor will tweak his ship with a few hours of coding to navigate the latest challenge. This is the maiden voyage of the Cloud and the Cloud brothers, and their first adventure was a doozy. It might be difficult to top, but I hope it isn’t their last.
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