Author: L.M. Preston
Publisher: Phenomenal One Press
Publication Date: June 1, 2011
paperback, 337 pages
Genre: YA, Sci-Fi
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Summary: Daniel's father has gotten himself killed and left another mess for Daniel to clean up. To save his world from destruction, he must fight off his father's killers while discovering a way to save his world. Time is running out, and Daniel must choose to either walk in his father's footsteps or to reinvent himself into the one to save his world.
This book is a swashbuckling, page turning adventure that is sure to keep you riveted. Bandits centers on Daniel whose entire life revolves around being a thief. He is trained from a young age by his father and has become pretty good, so good that he is taking on jobs that his father should be taking. His father is not as committed to the Zukar’s anymore and Daniel is afraid that something bad will come of it. He was right. The story begins with the death of Daniel’s father and now someone wants him dead too. Daniel, his little brother Nickel, his flight-school dropout cousin Faulk and his best friend’s sister Jade begin an adventure to locate the treasure his father has stashed away.
I love the combination of a shiver-me-timbers pirate story set in a sci-fi world. Preston does a fantastic job of creating an alternate world to our own yet making it just familiar enough to keep you from being lost. The characters are all developed nicely with their individual stories enmeshed into the story such that you don’t even realize you are getting back story. The main story line is fully of danger and high flying twists and turns. The relationships between the characters are played out very well. The characters undergo many changes and show maturity as the story moves forward. As the story goes the characters seem to grow closer and bond together as they come to understand the importance of family over outside influences. This is seen most in Daniel as he grows in his role of leader of this misfit bunch of renegades.
I love the setting, characters and story that Preston presents us with. The author seems to have a knack for writing a story that can move you emotionally but is also plain fun to read. Once I started reading I did not want to put this book down. If sci-fi or pirates or both is your cup of tea, then Bandits is a great read.
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*I received a copy of this book for review by the author in exchange for a review. This in no way influenced my opinion of the novel.