The Andromeda Project (The Cluster Chronicles) (Volume 1)
An alien has escaped a war raging in the Andromeda Galaxy and sought temporary refuge in the Milky Way, 2.5 million light years from his enemies. But his arrival into the Sun System means our immediate future has one of two results, human evolution or extinction. The fallen King warns of ancient power hidden beneath Earth's crust. The world's strongest governments form "the Andromeda Project" to fund an initiative to obtain a power they can't UNDERSTAND or CONTROL. This power holds the key to much needed advancement in human capabilities. Time is running out, we must evolve. In 2026 A.D., over thirty years after "the arrival", Allister Adams faces all of the woes of young adulthood; Amnesia from childhood trauma, an emotionally distant mother and the loss of purpose that comes with being stifled by peers and authorities. In a final effort, the secret organization has approached Allister to see if he qualifies for their group of recruits tasked with locating the ancient power hidden on Earth. But the Andromeda Project isn't the only organization after it and they aren't the only organization after Allister either. How can Allister decide between who's right, who's wrong and what's necessary? THERE ARE NO HEROES. THERE ARE NO VILLAINS. THERE IS ONLY SELF-PRESERVATION. *Print Version Features Illustrations!
Our Review (Paid)
This is a fast-paced romp with twists and turns and surprises along the way. That's not all though! The author has taken a mix of super-powered humans, aliens, secretive military-like organizations, a vision of the future, magic and psychism and rolled it altogether to create a compelling story with compelling characters.
As a kid I used to read Marvel comics and these days I avoid the plethora of movies that have appeared in recent years about all of those super heroes but if somebody filmed this book. I'd watch it. It's written in a certain style that initially I wasn't sure I liked. I can't really describe it but here and there it simply seemed a bit direct, a bit strange. The thing is though is that as you continue to read and start to get sucked into the characters and the plot, this writing style grows on you and in the end it just fits.
Essentially the plot is that a young punk working a boring job turns out to have been continually on the run with his Mother since an alien landed on planet Earth and his father played a role in communicating with that alien. Why was he on the run? He has powers. He isn't the only one of course but his powers are unique. Not really knowing quite where he is going, he is persuaded to join The Andromeda Project - a shady, secretive, multi-government organization set up with a mission. Allister turns out to be the one who can pull off that mission despite all the ups and downs and twists that he experiences along the way. You kind of grow and learn with the character as the story unfolds. I don't wish to say more about the plot as I don't want to place too many spoilers here suffice to say, it is well thought through and an enjoyable ride....
The story involves so many different aspects and yet the author pulls it off well. It is a story of a young man finding his role in life, a story of the future and alien visitation, a story about a search for some hidden 'objects', a spy novel with double agents and danger, a story about super powered humans and an exploration of psychic talents and magical skills - all rolled into one.
I am happy to give it 5-stars as I enjoyed the book and as others have said - this should be made into a movie.....
I imagine there will be sequels.