Narrator: George Sirois
Series: The Excelsior Journey
on 15 June 2016
Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: Author, Submitted
A comic strip. An evil to defeat. Two planets to save.
High school senior Matthew Peters thinks he's just writing some online fiction about an alien superhero, Excelsior. But when a woman arrives at his school claiming to be from the distant planet he's writing about, he must think again. What's more, she says Excelsior's lifeforce lives within him.
As an alien assassin tries to kill him, Matthew must decide what is more important: to save his own life or to retrieve an ancient artifact that could save two worlds. To stay the guy with growing online popularity, or lose himself to something he can't understand. Whatever his choice, he must face an enemy more powerful than him in almost every way.
Hold on to your seat as you race through the first book in George Sirois' series, The Excelsior Journey, a story that will leave you gasping for breath and wanting more.
Put down the pen.
Pick up the sword.
Unleash the hero within.
©2017 George Sirois (P)2017 George Sirois
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Matthew Peters has a tough childhood, bullied, distracted and alone. He still mourns the loss of his parents and spends most of his time writing and drawing intricate comic novels. School doesn’t interest him and he can barely pay enough attention to pass his classes. His alcoholic uncle does his best to encourage the young man but has too many problems of his own to be much of an inspiration.
When Matthew discovers his comic novels are not just his imagination running wild, but actual accounts of the struggle on a distant world, his life is turned upside down. Excelsior is the life force of an alien hero that lives in a sword. That sword has been discovered on Earth and Matthew is the only one who can bring the ancient force back to life to save an enslaved race along with everyone on Earth.
The chapters of the book alternate between Matthew’s life on Earth and the alien struggles on Denab IV. At first, the listener is not sure if these are just the stories of Matthew’s comic novels or actual events. The two tales merge as he discovers his purpose and his destiny. It is a coming of age story about a misunderstood boy and his struggles with loneliness and isolation but also digging into the depths of his being to uncover the courage he needs to become a man and save two worlds.
It is an entertaining story for young adults who many can relate to. There is plenty of action and an inventive plot with clear-cut lines between who are the heroes and who the villains. That there is a hero in all of us.
The story is performed by the author who has a distinctive voice and is easy to listen to. He reads quickly but adds drama to the story. No one knows a novel as well as its author. His female characters sound strange, but perhaps that is his attempt to make them sound alien. It can be overlooked. What can’t be overlooked is the poor production quality of the recording. It sounds like it was recorded in a bathroom or someplace with poor acoustic qualities. With some tweaking of the equalizer on my phone, I was able to listen, but it was never pleasant and always distracted from the story. There was also the occasional noise of something that sounded like pages turning. All of which took away from a generally good performance. Sirois has the skills of a good narrator but desperately needs to improve his recording studio. Too bad.
The story wraps up nicely but leaves the hint of a sequel. It is an entertaining and exciting story for young adults, flawed by its poor production quality. Still, if you are willing (or able) to play with the sound settings on your listening device, it is worth a listen.
Note: the afterword about the author’s inspiration, his deceased cousin, is both poignant and heartbreaking. The personal nature of these revelations is worth listening to and to all who would give up in the face of adversity.
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