Shadowplay: Book One of the Starcrown Chronicles

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Waking up on a strange ship, 21 year old Cordass Pell learns that he is on his way to serve a life sentence on the penal planet of Demerl. But before the transport arrives, the ship is hijacked by pirates and Pell and the other prisoners are sold as slaves to a sadistic owner. The trouble is that he can’t remember anything about his life before waking up. And someone keeps trying to kill him. More
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Language: English
ISBN: 9781476484785
About Jon Gerrard

Ever since he was a young child, Jon Gerrard has been a fan of science fiction. In his home he has amassed a large collection of science fiction books and films. Fortunately for his wife, the advent of e-books has allowed her to reclaim a good portion of their house. One of his aims in life has been to become a science fiction author. After many years of research and work Jon published his first novel, Shadowplay: Book One of the Starcrown Chronicles. The Starcrown chronicles is an adventure series set in a futuristic galaxy where the main character finds himself inexplicably being shuttled off to a life long prison sentence with no memory of who he is or why he is there.

While working to complete the third installment of the Starcrown Chronicles, Jon authored another project with his wife and co-author called The Tribe. Set in contemporary times, The Tribe is the story of a group of high school friends who find themselves being pursued by unknown assailants who may be hunting them because of super human powers they have begun to manifest.

Before turning his hand to writing science fiction, Jon co-authored two books on another of his passions, the martial arts. Written with his friends the Park brothers who were involved with the selection and training of the U.S. Tae Kwon Do Olympic teams, the books Tae Kwon Do and Black Belt Tae Kwon Do quickly became the reference standard for students of the art. For their efforts the book Tae Kwon Do was included in the prestigious Books for the Teenage List catalog by New York Public Library.

Along with writing about the martial arts, Jon has been a private instructor for nearly twenty years. The majority of his students have been law enforcement officers ranging from local police officers to federal agents, all of whom came to him because they wanted to feel confident in their ability to protect themselves on the street.

Mr. Gerrard holds an undergraduate degree in psychology from Princeton University and a master’s degree in education from Lehman College. He is currently working as a teacher in New York where he lives with his wife and two daughters. When he isn’t conducting martial arts classes from his home on Long Island, Jon enjoys skiing, scuba diving and riding his motorcycle.

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Review by: James Jenkins on May 27, 2016 :
The story is stronger than the intro suggests. There is nothing wrong with the intro, it accurately describes the start of the work.

There is more going on, than is first suggested. Every time I thought, "no that just doesn't make sense", there was something a bit later in the work, that brought it strongly into plausible.

Well written, flows and develops nicely.
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Review by: Nayriel Lynette on June 10, 2013 :
Normally i'm not a fan of novels written in the first person, however i must say the author managed to weave a superb space story with a dash of romance.Totally Loved the book!
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Review by: Loriann Harrison on Sep. 22, 2012 : (no rating)
As a sci-fi fan from waaay back, i can be a bit of a tough critic; I have to say this book pleasantly suprised me with it's suprising plot, dimentional characters, and energized pace. Looking forward to the next 2 and hopefully more from this talented author. Well done!
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Review by: Mo R. on Sep. 18, 2012 :
LOVED this book. The story was excellent, couldn't stop until I finished. Waiting for the sequel, waiting, waiting,
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Review by: Prolific Media on Sep. 03, 2012 :
wonerful & engaging a great read!!!!!!
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Review by: Robyn Jane Sheppard on Aug. 24, 2012 :
Okay, this is going to sound like a lot of hyperbole, but I simply could not put my Nook down until I finished this book. Mr. Gerrard has created a wonderful cast of characters, and if you don't find yourself cheering for their triumphs and crying for their losses, I'd suggest you need a heart transplant.

I am *anxiously* awaiting the next volume in the series.
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