Travis Daniel Bow
Travis grew up in Reno, NV (where he raised pigs for FFA). He earned degrees from Oklahoma Christian University (where he broke his collarbone in a misguided Parkour attempt) and Stanford (where he and his bike were hit by a car), and he now does research and development work for Nikon. He has seven published short stories, three pending patent applications, one wonderful son, one beautiful wife, and one loving God.
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A condemned rebel fights in the gladiatorial death-rings until the most infamous traitor living ropes him into a web of plots, lies, and deception.
by Travis Daniel Bow
(4.00 from 1 review)
A fletcher's apprentice finally finds his calling in a brotherhood of elite rebel spies... until he discovers his leader's plot to betray them all.
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Smashwords book reviews by Travis Daniel Bow
on Dec. 12, 2014
A short and sweet collection of short stories about various alien monsters, competently told. The tone and type of story reminded me of episodes from Star Trek or Firefly: each one centered around the reader gradually discovering the powers and limitations of the alien monster.
Pros: Some clever alien species (from ship-devouring fungi to super-hunter alien raptors). A pretty standard (but capable) story-telling style that keeps the focus off of the writing and on the story. No metaphysical rambling or elaborate descriptions of alien anatomy (both of which are all too common in sci-fi). Fun, interesting scenarios.
Cons: Not emotionally engaging. The characters seem incidental to the story: they serve as a framework for exploring a clever speculation about a type of alien or “what if” scenario. This isn't necessarily always bad--especially for this type of fiction, the story really IS more about exploring some interesting ideas than it is about the struggles of characters--but I tend to prefer something that I can care about. Also, the stories tend to end suddenly, especially the first one. There is a lot of build up, description of characters and back story, and then the climax of the story is summarized in a few swift authorial sentences.
Overall, these stories aren’t necessarily earth-shattering, but they’re fun, short, and somewhat interesting.
Note: I was given an advance reader's copy in exchange for an honest, non-reciprocal review.