Night of the Aurora (Salmon Run - Book 1)

Rated 4.67/5 based on 6 reviews
For Hawk and Zach Callahan, getting to the small town of Salmon Run presents the first challenge. They think they have it made when they board the unique train that will take them through a dark roadless wilderness to their new home. The same night a massive Aurora Borealis strands them in the middle of nowhere. An Aurora also affecting an alien spaceship hidden beneath the ice and snow... More
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Words: 41,080
Language: English
ISBN: 9781937042004
About J.A. Marlow

It's said I was launched into space from birth and I haven't been back to Earth since.

There might be some truth in that.

As a reader I love science fiction with great plots, interesting characters, exotic locales, all accompanied by a sense of wonder with optimistic endings. As a writer, I love the same.

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Reviews

Review by: S.E. Batt on Aug. 20, 2013 :
I'll admit that I haven't been a hug fan of sci-fi in the past. Not that I dislike it in any way; it's just a genre I didn't gravitate to often. J.A. Marlow has shown me exactly what I've been missing out on all these years.

What I like most about this story is that the sci-fi element is very sudden. It sounds like a bad thing, but it's done just right; the quick cut betweeen idealistic, cozy Alaskan town and alien spaceship is as jarring to the reader as it is to the MC, yet enough is hidden at the start of the surprise to keep the sense of exploration and wonder alive. Masterfully done.

The book is set up so that it's open for sequels, which is convenient, given that there are some. I just hope Nanuk makes a return. He's my favourite!
(review of free book)

Review by: Carol on Oct. 31, 2012 :
A well-paced YA story set in Alaska. Two young people fall into an alien spaceship en route to the newcomers' inheritance.
e-pub version beautifully formatted.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Kat Ross on March 29, 2012 :
I picked this up some time ago, intending to sit down and read it “as soon as I had time”. I wish I had found the time sooner.

I started reading during lunch and was quickly lost in a well-paced plot and some very enjoyable characters. I didn’t want to put the story down when lunch was over.

Once again, J.A. Marlow demonstrates a skill at giving the reader enough details to let your mind see the setting without bogging the story down with nit-picky details. The characters are so real you feel like you’ve met them at the local store.

If I had any complaints, it was the short chapters. But that’s only because I was reading it a chapter at time and only getting 3 or 4 pages wasn’t enough.

The best part is knowing that there is more to come. Because I want to know what is up with the lodge. And when will we get to see Nanuk again?
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Gerald M. Weinberg on May 14, 2011 :
In my long life, I've visited many countries and 49 of the 50 United States. My one significant omission is Alaska, which was always the one state I thought most worth seeing. Well, I may not manage to reach Alaska physically, but J.A. Marlow has taken me there—and on an alien spacecraft, to boot. I couldn't have asked for more of an adventure than joining the Callahan boys as the arrive in the frozen north to claim their inheritance—a "haunted" lodge in the wild, wild wilderness.

I could go on with my praises, but I'm now rushing off off to read the second book in this fun adventure series.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: CJ Cristtize on May 02, 2011 :
wonderful book.
the setting is one of the most original i have seen in ages. this author has show their skill in characterisation countless times before, doing so once again in this thrilling tale.

marlows pacing is consistent, perfectly executing each event making this an exceptional first book in a series.
I would recomend this book for anyone who loves science fiction and wants a good read for either a rainy day or any dayt at all.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Megan McConnell on April 08, 2011 :
Alaska isn't the setting for many books, which makes this one unusual to start with.

What will draw you in is the author's usual excellent characterisations and well paced storytelling that holds your interest until the end. I note with pleasure that this is the first of a series and I can't wait for the others!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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