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Lazlo Ferran's extraordinary life has included studying aeronautical engineering; being a dispatch rider, graphic designer, full-time busker, a guitarist and singer (recording two albums); travelling widely, marrying in Kyrgyzstan and a long and successful career within the science industry. He has now left employment in the public sector to concentrate on writing. He has lived and worked in London since 1985 and grew up in the home counties of England.
Brought up as a Buddhist, in recent years he has moved towards an informal Christian belief and has had close contact with Islam and Hinduism. He has a deep and lasting interest in theology and philosophy. His ideas and observations form the core of his novels. Here, evil, good, luck and faith battle for control of the souls who inhabit his worlds.
He has traveled widely, spending some time in Central Asia having various adventures, one of which was getting married in the traditional Kyrgyz style. He keeps very busy writing in his spare time and pursuing his other interests of history, genealogy and history of the movies.
on Jan. 20, 2015 :
I was first turned on to this author by Too Bright The Sun. It was an action filled Sci Fi read that extends beyond your standard Sci Fi books out there, with a deep and rich level of character development. Iron 2 continues along this vein. We are given new characters who are thrust via time travel into a planet where they have to use their wits to not only survive, but eventually become leaders for a struggling humanoid clan.
In and on itself, it is a good novel, but its main purpose is to focus on introducing us to the Iron series Universe. Here we are shown what the Aliens behind the scenes that caused the conflict in Too Bright The Sun are like, their beliefs, and their menacing intrusion into human affairs. Being able to understand the Alien’s philosophies and true intentions sets us up for what is sure to be a great third volume to the series. Can’t wait for its release.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
on March 27, 2012 :
SF Action and Adventure at its best
Although this is the second part of what promises to be a very exciting trilogy, it is also very much a standalone novel. The best way to describe Iron II is a subtle blending between Stargate and The Flight of the Phoenix. Without giving too much away, the basic plot is about three space academy graduates who crash land on an unknown planet inhabited by primitive humanoid warring tribes. The three’s knowledge of science and technology make them almost godlike in the eyes of the planet’s inhabitants, yet they soon discover that they are not the first beings from the stars to visit here. They befriend one of the tribes and manage to convince them to help with the tremendous task of recovering their space craft from beneath the shifting desert sand. During the course of repairing the ship they undergo many trials and tribulations – some excitingly dangerous whilst others are laugh-out-loud humorous. Lazlo Ferran has managed to create a truly believable scenario of adventure and intrigue that will keep you turning the pages all the way to the end. Recommended!
(reviewed the day of purchase)