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Raymond Vogel is the kind of writer that sneaks out of bed late at night to capture an idea he had, the kind that likes going to airports to create imaginary characters out of the interesting people he sees.
His first book, "Matter of Resistance," was first written in 2007 while Raymond was working as a Systems Engineer on the NASA Orion Program. Taking part in the time-honored custom of daydreaming at his desk, he imagined a world in the long-distant future where humanity had not only settled on Mars but had become something different - something greater. The book was first self-published in 2011 and remained that way for a year. And, although it was very well received, the book has been rewritten in its entirety (while keeping the plot virtually unaltered) to reflect several years of learning from great writers.
His second book, which still lingers in draft form in desperate need of attention, involves the desperate struggle of a group of angry teenagers to fight back against Earth's mind-controlling alien overlords.
Today, Raymond is the owner AEC Stellar Publishing, Inc. - a small, new publishing company with stellar ambitions. He lives in Tennessee, trying desperately with his wife to keep up with their three daughters and their active imaginations.
on May 02, 2014 :
Did not want to put it down…
It might be a cliché, but it’s nonetheless true. I have been looking for a good colonization fiction ever since I read the Catteni Sequence by Anne McCaffrey, and I finally found it. I made the mistake of starting it early one morning before work, and could barely concentrate on the work for want of knowing what happens next.
Looking through lists on Goodreads, I found this book highly rated, and thought to give it a try. I enjoyed it from cover to cover, and the only criticism is that there is no sequel (yet?).
I thought the characters were very well developed, and I enjoyed the fresh ideas explored in the book. The fact that both main characters could realise when they did something wrong was handled well, and I only hope to be that wise myself.
Finally, I can only hope that when Earth finally has a colony on Mars, it would treat it better than it did in this book, for just maybe they might be smarter than us, and we end up on the losing side.
Other than that, I recommend you start reading when you’ve got a lot of time, and enjoy.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)