Friday, May 4, 2012

Rogue Powers by Phil Stern book review

Book Review of Rogue Powers by Phil Stern

Book Synopsis:

Rogue Powers -In a faraway world, two young lovers must hide their deepest abilities from everyone around them, while fighting to remain together in a society determined to pull them apart.

Within the Kingdom, the royal family can legally display any paranormal talents they choose. However, commoners revealing even the slightest of powers face arrest and execution.

Anson is one of the few surviving telepaths living in secrecy among the population. However, an unusually powerful, rebellious young princess finds herself irresistibly drawn to the commoner youth. Defying all convention, Anson and Lydia quickly form a close, illicit bond.

Managing to remain one step ahead of the King’s empowered operatives, Anson and Lydia make plans to escape the Kingdom entirely. But once the monarch announces Lydia is to marry another royal telepath against her will, Anson and Lydia must immediately battle for their own future, reshaping their entire society in the process.

Author Information:

Phil Stern is the author of both Contemporary and Science Fiction.
His debut novel, The Bull Years, was published in 2011. A hard-hitting commentary on both the frustrations and ultimate validation of modern-day life, The Bull Years follows the lives of four people throughout the late 80′s, 90′s, and into the 21st century, directly addressing the gradual alienation and disconnection often experienced during young adulthood.
I wanted to write about characters everyone could relate to,” Stern says. “We’ve all had our ups and downs. I think people sometimes feel everyone else has experienced more success than they have, or are more firmly grounded in our world than they could ever be. My hope is that everyone will recognize a little part of themselves in Steve, Sophia, Dave, and Brooke.”
Born in 1970 in Ossining, New York, Stern grew up with a love of all types of science fiction, including the works of Robert Heinlein, Anne McCaffrey, John Wyndham, Piers Anthony, and more.
Speculative fiction is so different today than it was back then,” Stern says. “I wanted to write stuff a bit more recognizable to fans of my generation. Science fiction should be about ideas and alternate worlds, strong characters and good stories.
Going into talk radio after attending SUNY Albany, Stern hosted regular shows in the New York City area, Albany, Utica, NY, and Greenville, NC. He later went into the advertising and sales industries.
Stern now lives in Florida, and is working on his next novel.

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Book Review:

Rogue Powers was an interesting read.  It was not quite what I expected, yet it was an intriguing read.  I was fascinated with the idea of only some people having the abilities.  I think this would lead to a situation of “power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely” kind of idea.   Indeed this does seem to be the case, except that the main characters are of strong moral fiber.

This is a science fiction, fantasy, romance novel.  Phil Stern found a way to make the world he writes about come alive in my mind.  I was able to see the people and places he talks about.  I enjoyed this book, not as much as Witches, but still enjoyed it.  It reminded me somewhat of the Eragon book series in setting and tone.  I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the Eragon series.
I give this book 4 out of 5 clouds.

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