Gilbert always longed for adventure but now that he has it, he's not sure that it's everything it's cracked up to be. Ever since the night he met Aoleon the Martian Girl sitting in the middle of a crop circle in Farmer Johnson's field, it's been nothing but one wild ride after another.
From fighting off swarms of giant killer robots to dealing with strange aliens from another world, never mind trekking across the vast Martian desert in order to skyboard deep into the center of a (hopefully!) extinct volcano, Gilbert's had his hand full just trying to keep up with it all. And now it's up to him and his new friend, Aoleon, to face off against the evil Martian overlord and keep our cows safe at home where they belong.
This is the story of one Human boy and one Martian girl that are destined for more than what they can imagine. Let's talk about the Terran (the term they affectionately give to Humans) boy first. Gilbert is either one VERY lucky or unlucky fellow, all depending on how you look at things. I mean, there he is wishing for a way out of his humdrum life filled with parents that can't seem to stop arguing, and dreams that seem just out of his reach. Then BOOM! Out of nowhere, or rather out of space and time, a UFO lands in his neck of the woods...err, farmlands, bringing an adventure that's out of this world. Of course that adventure comes with a few side affects like having your neighbors shoot at you for trespassing, having to out maneuver the US Air Force that's right on your ship, having nanites injected into you so that the special space suit you borrow will help you hide among the Martians, and oh yeah...you're now on the hit list of the guy who wants to rule the universe. Yep. BIG adventure also equates to BIG danger. *gulp* Good thing he has an expert on his side, right?
That expert would be Aoleon, pronounced A-OH-LEE-ON (..get it? Sorta like alien only French sounding in an outer spacey way...). She's a master flight instructor and top expert in her field....okay, not really. She's actually still practicing for her flight exams and pretty much a kid just like Gilbert, but she's got talent to boot and confidence to send her to the moon and back. She'll need it to because she's on the very same list that Gilbert's on and let's not forget if the forces-that-be figure out that a Human boy is running around their part of the galaxy, she may not survive long enough to worry about the other list. All I gotta say is this duo is in for a world of trouble but I do believe that side by side, they've got more going for them than meets to eye.
All in all, a great start to what seems to be a promising series that I think will be a perfect fit for girl and boy readers alike. (It's not often that combination occurs, especially within this particular age group.) Whether you're a hardcore sci-fi fan or merely a dabbler (*raises hand*), there's something here to intrigue, delight, and entertain.
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