Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Book "The Power of the Blue Medallion" by Les Berman

About the Book: This Captivating novel follows the wild adventures of three charismatic young aliens from the distant planet Hebutar, and their companion on Earth. Zytor, the son of the ruler of Hebutar, is determined to stop a group of terrorists from causing chaos in the United States. Against his father’s wishes, Zytor travels to Earth and meets a young girl, Tandy, whose father was killed by terrorists. Zytor’s sister Phelena, a Captain in the Hebutarian Military and a fellow soldier, are dispatched by her father to bring Zytor back to Hebutar before he mingles into the affairs of Planet Earth. While tracking down the terrorist, Zytor gets his medallion stolen (a powerful weapon), forcing him to team up with his sister and devise plans to retrieve the medallion, and help authorities stop the evil terrorists from executing a terrible attack in Washington D.C.

About the Author: Raised in Southern California, Les Berman earned his bachelor degree in Sociology with a minor in Math from Long Beach State University, and a Masters in Education from Pepperdine University. Currently retired from the ABC Unified School District, Les also volunteers his time coaching young track and field athletes for a private club in Long Beach California. Les has coached many International and Olympic Athletes over the past forty years, and has been selected as a United States International Coach four times throughout his career. The Power of the Blue Medallion , is the first book for this author.

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My Review: I love science-fiction. I really do. And this book did not disappoint me at all. The author did a magnificent job describing the characters that compose this page turner story. We can feel Tandy's pain for losing her father in a terrorist attack, we cheer for our trio of heroes, Zytor, Phelena (I love her) and Raygor, aliens from planet Hebutar, and we really enjoy when the dark forces are defeated. 
The plot runs like that: Zytor is the son of the ruler of planet Hebutar. He loves traveling to Earth and he decided to be pro-active trying to stop a group of terrorists from causing a massive damage in the United States. Against his father's wishes, he travels to Earth and meets a girl named Tandy, who lost her father in a terrorist attack. Zytor's father send Phelena, Zytor's sister and Captain in the military of planet Hebutar and her fellow soldier Raygor, with the mission of bring Zytor back to Hebutar, before he gets involved into the affairs of Earth. But Zytor loses his blue medallion, a very powerful weapon and his sister and her companion decided to cooperate with Zytor's plan so they can try to retrieve the medallion and help Earth's authorities stop the terrorists. Overall this is a fascinating piece of work that should hold the attention of any teenager till the last page. I am not sure if I liked the book cover. I think the picture might be misleading... The end "scene" is fabulous. I would place it as one of the best ending sequences I've read this year.

The author also had a brilliant idea of supplying mathematical problems at middle school/high school level at the end of each chapter. If you are not into math, just skip that part and proceed with the reading. The solutions are presented after the Epilogue.  
This book was written by Les Berman and it was self-published in 2007. Pump Up Your Book was kind enough to provide me a copy for reviewing through their Virtual Book Tour Program. The book was kindly sent directly to me by the author. Thanks, Mr. Les Berman! I am anxiously waiting for your next book!
If you read this review, feel free to leave a comment!

Other Tour Sites:

The Power of the Blue Medallion Virtual Book Tour Schedule
September 20
Contest at Cleverly Inked
Guest Post at The Book Vixen
September 21
Book Reviewed at Cleverly Inked
September 22
Book Reviewed at Star Shadow
Book Reviewed at Books and Movie Reviews
September 23
Interview at Long Beach Examiner
September 24
Guest Post at Life in The First Draft
Interview at The Crypto Capers
September 27
Inerview at Paperback Writer
Interview at One Writer’s Journey
September 28
Book Reviewed at Paperback Writer
September 29
Book Reviewed at One Book Bum
September 30
Guest post at Writing Daze

1 comment:

  1. On behalf of the author Les Berman, thank you very much for the nice review and for participating in his book tour.