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New to the ranks of fiction writers, R.E.Weber has taken his first step into the world of the written word by publishing 'The Star Agency' - an Interstellar Secret Agent adventure, aimed at older children and young adults.
A passionate reader of many fiction genres, both for older and younger readers, he hopes to publish further science fiction and fantasy novels in the coming years. Currently working on a sequel to The Star Agency.
Lives in Bedfordshire, England with his wife & cat.
on March 01, 2014 :
Brilliant Storytelling, or, The Birth of The Magnificent Seven
I have had this book on my "books to read" list since December, always choosing another book to read, any book, as long as it was not sci-fi. Finally, there was no getting around it, and author R.E. Weber's, "The Star Agency" got his day in court. Let me say right now I was pleasantly surprised. The story telling genuinely merits the descriptive term, "brilliant". It held me engaged throughout the entire book.
The plot is well-developed, with a thoroughly likable protagonist, a 13-year-old boy named Theopolis. Of course, he hates that name, and prefers to be called "Theo". His best friend is a 12-year-old girl named Julie, whom Theo prefers to call "Jules". Theo's grandfather has recently died (Theo had been taking care of him). His aunt has come to live with him, as Theo refuses to leave Brightside Farm, which he now owns since his grandfather's death.
In sum, we have a young boy trying to deal with his emotions after the loss of the grandfather who he cherished. He does not get along well with his aunt. We can see they do not share any emotional bonds, any affection, nothing that would make their relationship special to either of them. Theo connects emotionally with Jules, who understands his feelings about losing his grandfather. Into this scenario comes the precipitating event, the arrival of a mysterious letter and a package containing an old newspaper...It will lead to an adventure 500 light years away, a new life in a new and fantastic world...Highly recommended for young readers, teens, and adults who enjoy sci-fi.
Reviewed by Thomas Jerome Baker
Author of "Story Tellers: In Pursuit of Happiness"
(review of free book)
on Dec. 19, 2013 :
The Star Agency (The Star Agency Chronicles) by R.E. Weber
Theopolis James Logan is trying to get over the death of his grandfather, who has been taking care of him. Now his Auntie is taking care of him, which is not working well with him.
One day he gets a puzzling message on his computer and decides with his best friend to figure it out. Later he finds himself on another planet, the aliens want him as part of their Star Agency.
A fun story, Theo is very likable. I liked the writing style, and the story line. I think this would be perfect for middle school readers (as well as young adult and adults too).
(review of free book)