Sunday, January 8, 2012

Book Review: Olympus Union The Past Revisted by Gary Bloom

Sci-Fi author Gary Bloom recently approached me and asked me to review his book Olympus Union: the Past Revisited. At first, I was somewhat hesitant. I don't really read that much sci-fi, and intergalactic tales have never caught my eye. But by the time I was done reading, I found myself pleasantly surprised by the adventure I'd just experienced. And I'm looking forward to purchasing Bloom's next book in the series. Later this month, Gary Bloom will be return for an interview with the Seraphine Blog. So mark your calendars. Now, on to my review of Olympus Union: the Past Repeated.
Gary Bloom's Book Review for Olympus Union
By KaSonndra Leigh

What I immediately appreciated about Gary Bloom’s book is that his science fiction world is based on the ingeniousness of a female scientist named Katie Lynn. Ms. Lynn’s invention changed the future of the Olympus Union and enabled travel between the planets of our solar system with lightning speed. This invention provides the core of the plot and story lines that follow.

The year is 2171 and there are several settings for Bloom’s story. One of them is on one of the ten nations of a futuristic Earth. To eradicate war and promote peace, the earth has been divided into ten realms that coexist under one prime minister if the Olympus Union. There are also fully functioning cities on Mars and space stations set up around Jupiter. The story begins in one of three prison clutches named after Greek goddesses: Hera, Demeter, Athena. A prisoner, Duncan Lab, is in the newest and largest of the three, Athena's clutch. The reader is given a recap of the how the former engineer ended up in prison. And then the reader is introduced to the rehab centers located in Athena's clutch. Next we find Prime Minister Oden and his female minister of Peace, Anat Meron debating over the affairs of the Olympus Union, OU. There is political unrest in the Jovian system: rebel activity threatening to overturn years of peaceful co-existence and research, riots breaking out in the state formerly known as Texas. A new drug called Raylax has been developed. The primary purpose is to instill calm in the OU’s citizens and Prime Minister Oden has his job cut out.

The next chapters introduce the reader to a host of the OU's characters. There's the brash Captain Dondo Kryz and the witty, but highly intelligent mercenary named Kro. The author does a superb job of weaving the three story lines mentioned in the previous paragraph into one gathering of sub-plots which isn't an easy task to accomplish. By the time we see Kro cross paths with Duncan Lab, Mr. Bloom has done such an intriguing job of setting up the story that you don't realize you've been pulled into the core conflict until Kro blatantly says so. And the way Kro manages to pull off his contracted jail break is one of the most unique scenarios I think I've seen in a novel.

Seamless interaction between the space colonies, prisons, and the earthly provinces makes the story fun and easy to follow. I truly felt as if I'd been transported into a different time within Bloom's world. The one small issue I found in the story was that in some areas I couldn't tell who was speaking. A simple addition of a few dialogue tags in those areas would solve that minor problem. Also, I was left feeling as if there was more to come by the time the story ended. Even though the main storyline was pretty much wrapped up, I had a feeling there should’ve been more. This was more than likely the author’s intention, to leave the reader wanting more of the next installment. It worked for me, anyway.

Overall, this was a fun read that took me out of my paranormal and fantastical comfort zones. If you're into political thrillers, intergalactic sci-fi adventures, and even prison stories in a sense, then you'll enjoy Mr. Bloom's Olympus Union. I look forward to the next installment in this series.


UII Official said...

Thanks for review, it was excellent and very informative.
thank you :)

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