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Originally an engineering graduate from the UK keen to become an astronaut, somehow I ended up working in community development overseas for some years.
Did I take a wrong turn? I don't think so. I have very few regrets. In between, I've worked in a soup factory, driven a taxi in London, served refreshments in Regents Park and a few other odd jobs.
Last year I settled with my Canadian wife and our two sons in Ontario, where we enjoy the great outdoors, Finnish pancakes and blueberries, preferably all three at once.
I confess to a lifelong fascination with science and science fiction, ever since watching Dr. Who and Blake's Seven on the BBC as a boy. I'm even old enough to have fuzzy memories of watching the Apollo 11 landing on TV. Whew! That's hard to believe.
At the time of writing I'm working on a series of science fiction novels for pre-teens (8 to 12 year olds) called Beyond The Elder Stars. The first one is named 'The Calling'; it's published on Amazon Kindle and in print with CreateSpace. See my blogs for links to the book and for extra free content.
I welcome correspondence. To contact me, spell out the following (the address isn't given complete to evade the dreaded spam spiders...)
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Z. M. Wilmot
on June 04, 2013 :
John Peace's "Trafficked" is a very quick read, and manages to connect a future where aliens essentially control the Earth to modern-day issues of trafficking, in which those with money and power can treat other sentient beings like animals. The story is very moving and the narrator Rashad and his best friend Hany are believable and likeable characters. Mr. Peace does a wonderful job bringing them to life, and makes you feel great sympathy with both of them. I was unconditionally rooting for their victory the entire time, and the ending was just satisfying enough to both pose a philosophical question while bringing the characters' struggles to a conclusion.
One thing I wish there had been more of was dialogue; the novella was almost entirely devoid of it, and Mr. Peace preferred to summarize conversations rather than go through them line by line. This made for a very fast-paced and action-filled book that both kept you reading, but also hungering for more character interaction.
The world Mr. Peace described in his novella was fascinating, and I wish he had written more to fully explore it. The novella does a marvelous job of illustrating the theme of trafficking, but in the process he leaves other aspects of the supremely interesting future he has envisioned underdeveloped, such as the almost-occupation of earth by aliens, and I think developing that background more would have helped illustrate the theme even better.
Overall, well worth the read and the price; a fast-paced and intelligent look at trafficking in an alien-dominated future.
(reviewed 12 months after purchase)
on June 21, 2012 :
By John Peace
Trafficked is a Sci/Fi Novella of galaxy spanning proportions. Once you set foot on the first page you're sucked through the proverbial wormhole into a not so distant future where a multitude of alien species have invaded Earth and are proceeding to pillage it for resources, while letting alien diseases run unchecked. The human governments are either unable or unwilling to resist and wind up not doing very much at all.
All of this is told through the eyes of Rashad Stevens, a young man scraping by in Cairo as a street vendor, desperate to make enough money to buy medicine for his mother, who is infected with an alien disease. In pursuit of this honorable goal he, along with his good friend Hany, are drawn into the despicable interstellar slave trade and the novella details their fanatastic adventures as they attempt to escape. The entirety of the novella addresses a familiar theme, man searching for God in a troubled world, and paints a loosely veiled picture of the hideousness of human trafficking in our world today.
Mr. Peace has an excellent narrative vision and the storyline flows like the best classic adventure novels. He is also to be commended on his imagination, not only of the aliens and their technology, but the advanced human technology that is spookily adjacent to what we have today. The story could benefit from some additional editting. Another minor issue was that some things were not clear, especially the technology that Rashad has access to in the beginning but seems to lose as the story continues. I figured it out, but if I hadn't read Mindware Issues by the same author, I would have had a tough time of it. Overall though, Mr. Peace is to be congratulated for creating a readable, classic story that addresses real world issues in a sci/fi setting.
Let me finish by saying that I rate harshly. Bestsellers like Jim Butcher are in the five star range. I put Mr. Peace at three stars. He is worth the $1.50 he charges and I'm looking forward to see what he does next.
(reviewed the day of purchase)