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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 Dec. 30, 2013 :
Sirian Summer by John Bowers is another lively, fast-moving tale about Nick Walker, United Federation Marshall.
This time, Nick is stationed on Sirius I, a Federation outpost often referred to as “the armpit of the galaxy.” This is partly due to the extreme hot temperatures and partly due to the desperation of the people who live there. This is mostly due to a class structure where white supremacists, who originally colonized the area, decided that the Latinos who came later were inferior. Latinos came to be called ‘serfs’ and treated as if they were less than human.
The other common entities on Sirius I are Cowboys, who earn their living, like Earth cowboys, by rustling cattle.
Within hours of landing on Sirius I, Nick, sent to investigate the murder of Marshal Ron Gates, discovers that one person, Willard Kline, runs the outpost. As Nick begins his investigation, one thing is clear: the collusion, denial and energy of unspoken threats is thick on Sirius I. Someone, or perhaps many someones, definitely do not want him to know what happened to Marshal Gates.
While sitting at the dead Marshall’s desk, Nick also discovers that the murder of a Federation Marshall is just the tip of the iceberg.
Turns out Gates had been investigating the murders of not one but – thirteen – young girls. Will Nick be able to solve not one, but at least fourteen murders? Or perhaps a better question would be, will Federation Marshall Nick Walker leave Sirius I in one piece himself?
(reviewed long after purchase)