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John Bowers began his first “novel” at age 13. It took him nine months and was only 30,000 words, but he finished it. Before he graduated high school, he wrote four more. His teachers were convinced he was the next Hemingway, but it wasn’t to be.
Bowers was raised in a religious cult. Cults suppress creativity, demanding obedience and conformity. Though he wrote several more novels for fun, he never published them, and by the age of 30 he gave up writing entirely.
At age 44 he broke out of the cult, rediscovered his dream, and began writing again. He wrote a juvenile adventure for his children, and then began a science fiction novel. That novel became the e-book, A Vow to Sophia. the first of the Fighter Queen saga. He followed it with The Fighter Queen.and The Fighter King, which is actually the first book chronologically. He's currently working with us on Star Marine, which takes place (and somewhat parallels) between Vow and Fighter Queen.
Bowers is married and lives in California with his wife and three adult children. He is a computer programmer by profession, but a Born Novelist by birth.
on Feb. 25, 2013 :
Recommended for: Military Science Fiction fans
Read in November, 2009. Purchased Smashwords version 2/25/13
Bowers actually started the series with A Vow to Sophia, then wrote The Fighter Queen. This is actually his 3rd book in the series, but I'd recommend reading it first if you're just starting into it.
What can I say? I enjoy everything Bowers has written, but this is his best work yet. He's struck a great balance between action and a story about "growing up" (okay, maybe "maturing" would be a better word).
Oliver starts out as a naive know-it-all with a rich daddy and has to shuck his naivete rapidly when he's caught in the middle of a war with his very survival at stake.
The book is a bit longer than most of the books published today, but I breezed through it much too rapidly. I always hate it when a good book comes to an end when I want to keep reading.
Shoulder your rifle, plop your tin hat on your head (and keep it down). You're going to war and people will be shooting at you.
Side note: There is more than one John Bowers in the book world. This Bowers writes science fiction.
(reviewed the day of purchase)