Steve Simons is primarily a writer of Science Fiction, aimed at a FAMILY audience, although he has turned his hand (or should that be wordprocessor) to other forms of story.
Steve started using his creative imagination as a child, entertaining groups of children in the neighbourhood. Many was the time that the children would get into trouble for getting back home later than heir normal "get in by" time, as they got engrossed in one of Steve's stories. Breifly, Steve put his pen to work, writing short stories for the entertainment of family and freinds, but nothing serious came of that.
Then in later life, Steve took up the pen again and started writing scripts and short stories for a children's podshow called KidsCastUK. This grew into two shows, one specialising in Science Fiction and Steve took key writer role on that show. Encouraged to do even more, Steve wrote his first book "The Sphere of Time", this grew to become a 3 book series TSOT 1 -3.
on May 14, 2013 :
Reminiscent of a board game adventure, The Tower Bridge is filled with detailed descriptions and events that feel like the roll of a die determines the course of action. The mood is enhanced by the use of present tense narration, three-dimensional detail, and the presence of enterprising young protagonists. Mysterious rooms reveal strange contraptions. Curious science solves puzzles. And the “furtive imagination” of a child provides helpful insights. Behind it all is a mix of old-world new-world steampunk and, of course, aliens.
Two adventurous boys hide in a hotel and find their way to a curious attic room. The power is off, but when it’s switched on the strange machine spits them out in a whole new world. There, a man from the past struggles with modern phrasing and is inspired by youth to believe in escape.
Some amusing scenes, plenty of excitement, pleasing illustrations, and a satisfying conclusion round out this novel for middle-grade boys. Sentences structures might not obey all the rules, and word choice might be odd in places, but it’s a fun tale.
Disclosure: I was lucky enough to buy this when it was free.
(review of free book)