Clouds over Planet X

Rated 4.67/5 based on 3 reviews
Alan, an alien with extraordinary mental powers, has lived among us since the 1940s. Thankfully, Alan likes earthlings. Which is fortunate, because the Mantis are back in a savage plague of ravenous destruction, hell bent on destroying Earth once and for all. Alan joins forces with the Cloud brothers and a handful of humans with emerging mind powers. Can they stop the Mantis destroying the Earth?

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About James Field

I was born in Essex, England, in 1951.

My early days of work as an engineer led me to Norway where I met my future wife Kari. She moved to England where we married and raised our two daughters. We moved back to Norway in 1985.

My wife and I now live far in the north, well within the Arctic Circle, in the land of the midnight sun. Life here is slow and comfortable, blessed by unspoilt nature and its magnificent moods.

Being creative in the written form gives me vast pleasure. I hope, dear reader, you will take a break from your world and lose yourself in one of mine.

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Review by: Marc Secchia on June 28, 2014 :
Clouds over Planet X hustles along at a lively pace, full of humour and intergalactic shenanigans. The aliens live among us. They are, well, suitably alien and not overly fond of earthlings. "Yon smiled, a rare disfiguring muscle cramp among their race." The bad guys are coming (a race of insects) to exterminate the nasty, useless humans. "Humans are insignificant vermin, infesting this galaxy at an alarming rate." What else? And even the humans are inclined to more than a little nastiness of their own.

Stolen spaceships, rampaging aliens, morbidly hating telepathic sisters, boys and their toys, the obligatory mad professor and the mysterious Planet X all feature in this sci-fi romp in the vein of Dr Who other classics of its era.

That's not to say this book is perfect, but it is partly about expectations. The tale is more about entertainment than great substance, and it does entertain throughout, with many plot twists, zany characters, near-death escapes and a satisfying conclusion. The comedic storytelling is particularly strong. The editing could do with a bit of picking at, but it's certainly nothing major - the plot hangs together well, the characterisation is consistent, and the jokes keep coming.

Thoroughly enjoyable for a light, fast-paced read, I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest, non-reciprocal review.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Wilde Blue Sky on June 12, 2014 :
This book resolves around aliens, threats to the human race, space travel and the power of the mind.

I enjoyed this book - it has an unusual / original storyline and set of characters.

If you enjoy Sci-Fi books (such as those by Philip K. Dick) you’ll probably find this a satisfying read.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
Review by: Victoria Zigler on June 5, 2014 :
I swear this series gets better with every book! This is an excellent story! It's well written, with fantastic world building, believable and well-rounded characters, and a very creative plot, which will grab your interest from the start, and keep a firm hold on it until the very end.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
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