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Lazlo Ferran's extraordinary life has included studying aeronautical engineering; being a dispatch rider, graphic designer, full-time busker, a guitarist and singer (recording two albums); travelling widely, marrying in Kyrgyzstan and a long and successful career within the science industry. He has now left employment in the public sector to concentrate on writing. He has lived and worked in London since 1985 and grew up in the home counties of England.
Brought up as a Buddhist, in recent years he has moved towards an informal Christian belief and has had close contact with Islam and Hinduism. He has a deep and lasting interest in theology and philosophy. His ideas and observations form the core of his novels. Here, evil, good, luck and faith battle for control of the souls who inhabit his worlds.
He has traveled widely, spending some time in Central Asia having various adventures, one of which was getting married in the traditional Kyrgyz style. He keeps very busy writing in his spare time and pursuing his other interests of history, genealogy and history of the movies.
on Nov. 10, 2014 :
A great SciFi read, with great character development.
This is the first book I read from this author that made me a loyal follower. It is filled with solid edge-of-your-seat SciFi battles with non Hollywood romanticized results. We see an imbalance in weapons technology that nearly wipes out our humanoid protagonists. The goal now is not so much to win the war, but to obtain this technology. Turns out there is a nefarious third party supplying this advanced technology, introducing us to a much larger conflict that is yet to come. Another refreshing difference from standard SciFi fare is that character development is very rich and makes for realistic complex interpersonal relationships and an individual’s anxieties and self-doubt. Overall, a nice balance of all the traits that make for a solid work and an engaging read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)