MJ’s Book Reviews: Earthbound (Chronicles of The Maca #1)

Synopsis

Marooned in 19th century West, an alien must survive and return to his homeworld to destroy his mortal enemies and avenge his people.

During a raid to a Comanche camp he rescues Anna: a tall warrior woman. The two become friends and comrades, their fates forever intertwined.

They find themselves together in the prairies of 19th century Texas, the bordellos of Civil War-era New Orleans, to Prohibition in the 1920s, the Great Depression, and the vastness of space.

But will they survive hardships through history, the enmity of their southern neighbors and the Civil War, to be able to return to his home planet and exact his revenge?

Amazon Sci-Fi Western bestseller

Praise for Earthbound:

★★★★★”Well written and thoroughly researched, with realistic characters and events. I could not put the book down” – Laurie Ann Davis, Amazon Review

★★★★★”A great story with memorable characters, but to me the most fun was the historical aspect of it. Mari has done her research.” – Mark R. Hunter, Amazon review

★★★★★“I don’t usually read western-themed books but this book breaks the mold, blending western, historical, and sci-fi / paranormal all into one. It was spellbinding.” – James Johnson, Amazon review

My review:

Earthbound by Mari Collier

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


A different read for me!

Earthbound begins in the 1842 potato famine in Ireland with starving people, and sweeps you on a fascinating journey to learn about extra terrestrial life in Texas!

For me the story really came to life when Zebediah L McDonald, (the alien,) met the German Herman Rolfe. These two menfolk’s friendship was fun to read.

This entertaining and original story (I’ve never read anything like it! ) has several interesting story threads which work remarkably well. We learn of Mac, (and his extraordinary characteristics.) The Justines and Thalians! Mind probing! The cleansing! The spaceship stranded on earth!

And there is a cowboy and Indian, civil war vibe (sensitively and poignantly described.)

In Texas there is much to draw our attention from grissly bears, indian tribes, poker games, to the whores who cannot begin to satisfy a Thalian man. Read the story to discover why!

There are many characters to discover and enjoy. My favourites are Anna, a human and Llewellyn (Mac, – his name on earth – the Thalian alien.) Loved Anna’s strength of character, for her bravery – when the Comanche capture her and during the sad scenes and personal loss of the influenza epidemic – and I admire her unfailing love for her family and Mac.

The love mix of Anna and Mac made me smile!

I really enjoyed the quirky and at times humorous feel of this extraordinary story.

An enjoyable and imaginative read full of heart. Recommended for sci fi readers and those who enjoy ‘Western’ type stories –
5 stars.

I listened to this on audiobook and enjoyed the narration.



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