“What would you do if you heard arguing and laser fire and when you ran to investigate you found your father dead, a knife in his heart in addition to the hole in his leg left by the laser? Even though your father was a Zukar, a faction of thieves on the planet Merwin, and you’ve lost all respect for him, he’s still your father and you also care for him? Add the knowledge that the murderers might be after you next and you have major problems.
Author LM Preston’s novel, BANDITS, follows Daniel, his 10-year-old brother, Nickel, and their cousin Faulk as they flee from the men that killed Daniel’s father before they become the next victims. With their dad’s journal and the secrets inside it, the boys set off not only to save themselves but their world as well. Along the way they meet a cast of unique creatures that you wouldn’t want to encounter on a moonless night. Vivid descriptions place the reader with the characters as they face one danger after another. Both Daniel and Faulk take a fancy to Jade, adding romance, along with more conflict to the novel.
BANDITS is not only an adventure and fantasy story, it’s a story about family and how those we love are not always who we think they are. Because of the rough language and the romance scenes I would not recommend this book for teens under 16. Several grammatical errors, such as “Jade, Nickel, and me (I) will lead them...” and “The fetid order (odor) of the…” also, “…to think the lost (loss)…” drew me out of the story. That said, if you like a fast-paced adventure, with a well-constructed magical world, then you should enjoy BANDITS. L M Preston has created a world that’s dangerous and full of interesting characters. You might want to lock your doors and turn on all the lights before you read BANDITS.
“he is also after the treasure, he is left to clean up the mess, his father gets himself killed, 348pgs”Jo Notary wrote this review Tuesday, August 21, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
By: L.M. Preston
Step into a world within the pages of “Author L.M. Preston’s” Novel, that is liken unto a futuristic “Pirates of The Caribbean”, “Star Wars”, and a major splash of “Battlestar Gallactica” ……
Main Character “Daniel” finds himself in a very precarious situation as he now becomes not only responsible for his younger brother “Nickel”, but also in the hard place within himself as a result of their father’s untimely death, for which he will revenge…..But also a wet behind the ear cousin “Faulk” and a 16yr old girl named “Jade”……..Life for Daniel was always rough, now it is about to become even more adventurous…..
I Love “Author L.M. Preston’s” way of detailing each and every character…..The storyline’s that she so creatively builds around each character’s life and within each chapter…..I really don’t think “Pirates of the Caribbean’s Jack Sparrow” had anything on Daniel, sonrisa…..
A truly riveting other world space ride that will keep you on your toes, and hurrying to the next page…..
A definite Must Read!!!!
Reviewed By: De Ann “Native” Townes Jr. Author of: “Peer Inside My Soul and See Me”
Note: Was given a copy for reviewing purposes
“A great SF YA tale, worth reading. The small press could do with a tighter editing but that does not distract much from the content.
The ability of the author to describe the scenes in such descriptive detail, is a quality that makes L.M. Preston is a great story teller. Each scene comes through the Daniel's eyes or his close friends; the scenes are tactile, you will feel as if they are truly in the moment. The main character lives on Zukar, an area where thieves/criminals live. The main character is trained by his father to become a criminal. Quickly, his father dies and the main character is left with the need for revenge and a need to know why his father as killed. His best friend, Faulk, accompanies him on his journey to find out the truth. He discovers that his father had stolen a treasure, his father had not shard with the Zukar. The treasure may have the potential to destroy the world. The book is packed with pirates, the characters are exciting to read about and follow. The plot is very interesting, a new twist containing pirates. The scenes are graphic and tangible. This book is great for young adults, and should not be skipped.”
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