Review by Jackie Anton
Copyright © 2011 Reynold Bowen
Raider Publishing International
Altercations is a science fiction novel that immerses the reader in the corrupt governing body of the Core. The author presents the question “Is the Government worth being saved?”
Mr. Bowen’s descriptions of the inner and outer planets, their environments and inhabitants make it easy to imagine the book’s futuristic setting. He successfully delves into the age-old battle of good versus evil as well as the uncaring attitude of the extremely wealthy to the daily struggle of the working and poor of society.
In the year 2998 the royal DeMarlonia family over sees a large part of the known galaxy. Intrigue abounds. Power hungry politicians have spies everywhere, but so do the revolutionaries. Within the seat of power lurks the Black Widow who is responsible for the death of millions in the Veiled Grottos. Lesser peoples and political opposition alike are consigned to this painful death.
Take a trip with our reluctant hero from the outer planet of Qwiasrio to the seat of power on what was once known as earth. The new space drive developed by Lobby Leader LeGray has shrunk the distance to the outer planets and their sources of wealth.
Altercations is well written, and keeps the pages turning. I enjoyed the rebirth of the ancient craft of photography as an art form. A photographer himself the author shares this form of recording history with his character Ganen. Characters are well developed and believable.
If you like science fiction, you will love this sci-fi mystery novel. Bowen keeps you guessing to the very end. I would describe this book as having an interesting cross of a Stephen King and Star Wars flavor.
Personally, I had a problem with the ending where Ganen is concerned. Decide for yourself. You can purchase Altercations on Amazon, or look for it at your local bookstore. Over all, I highly recommend this book. Maybe the second in the series will change my mind in regards to Ganen’s fate. I am an eternal optimist.
Well done, Reynold.