NEBADOR - the incredible journey of five young adults from poverty and oppression to respected citizenship in the wide universe ...
This epic young-adult science fiction adventure begins as a strange young man arrives in a medieval kingdom. Stepping out of a swamp near the capital city, mysterious bracelet on his arm, only an unearthly fearlessness saves him from mutilation or death from a wild stallion. He is soon smiling and gazing over the kingdom from the top of a high hill.
Openly seeking a crew for a mysterious ship no one has seen, it is soon clear he is looking for something other than salty old sailors. He must learn many hard lessons of survival, and at the same time locate his crew in the rigid craft guilds and religious orders. Tempted by love and pursued by a powerful high priest, he discovers his bright and spirited students in the last place he wanted to look.
Just as he starts to teach them, dark political forces catch up with him, and he and his students must undertake a dangerous journey. Bonds of trust and love begin to form as they struggle to find a way out of the medieval walled city.
BOOK ONE: THE TEST is the first book in the NEBADOR series. These stories are filled with wit-sharpening and skill-honing challenges - mental, emotional, and spiritual - for both the characters and the reader. It is truly a grand adventure in which the characters come to understand a beloved saying of the Nebador Transport Service: Personal power is the ability to stand on your own two feet, with a smile on your face, in the middle of a universe that contains a million ways to crush you.
This is the PAPERBACK GLOBAL edition in 10-point type, revision 1.
About the Author
He has studied many subjects, formally and informally, including psychology, philosophy, education, and performing arts, but remains a generalist. His primary profession as a mental health counselor, specializing with families and young adults, gives him many stories of personal growth, and the motivation to develop his team of young critiquers and readers.
All his life, he has been drawn toward a broad understanding of human nature, especially those physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual situations in which our capacity to function seems to reach its limits. He finds fascinating those few individuals who can transcend the limits of our common human nature and the dictates of our cultures.
In his spare time, he flies helicopters and airplanes.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Nebador The Test was an entertaining read full of great characters and a storyline that kept me intrigued. The setting of this story brought to mind the video games Fable and Oblivion added with a group that made me think of The Goonies. This title also had scenes in it that not only put the characters to a test but the readers as well, giving them things to think about within their own lives. With all these great messages to younger readers, I highly recommend this title and I look forward to reading more of the titles in this series myself.
Reviewed by: Beth Adams, Pacific Book Review What fun! Reading J. Z. Colby's book, "Nebador: Book One: The Test," is as cute as seeing a youngster wearing a Spock outfit at a Star Trek convention. How do people become sci-fi enthusiasts? They start young, and this book is the ideal fertilizer for their young, developing minds. J. Z. Colby no doubt has a grand plan for developing this as a series, as "Nebador: Book One: The Test" is the first of many books planned to carry the story forward. The story revolves around a visitor to a kingdom that becomes threatened by a high-priest and forced into exile with 5 student followers. The survival of the group depends on their ability to gain personal power, to stand on their own two feet, with a smile on their face, in the middle of a universe that contains a million ways to crush you - a slogan of the Nebador Transport Service. The characters within this book have names such as Ilika, Toli, Neti, Doti, Gema and Bora who live and travel throughout Rumble Town and Cobble Town. Those names remind me of the Pig-Latin we played as kids. The book is written to an age group at 8 to 10 years old, perhaps a bit older or younger depending on the child. There are map illustrations that provide a maze-like image for the reader to put together in his or her mind; line drawings depicting portions of the street maps showing the location of homes, intended for the reader to imagine how best to go from place to place. Also there are examples of basic logic, math, dietary habits, and social behavior laced throughout the story providing a variety of teaching experiences. In one example of math, J. Z. Colby shows the "power of 10" in a decimal example in a very unintimidating way. The teaching of English has some poetry and letter recognition, and teachings are also developed in navigation skills, preparations for trips, and thoughtfulness to others. The entire theme of the book provides personal power to the reader, thus enabling them to survive in the crushing universe - a sound message to all children to seek their inner strength and build their confidence. This book, along with the series when released, would be a thoughtful gift for a youngster with a propensity to read and has an open mind for the fantasy of science fiction and adventure. The book is also a wonderful addition to any home library, or to give to a child embarking on a trip or to camp. As the series will become available over the next year or two, we hope the reading level of the other books parallel the development of those fans that begin with "Nebador: Book One: The Test."