This story begins with a scene from an intergalactic bar, the kind of seedy place you would expect to find all sorts of low life characters, the kind of setting that reminded me of the bar scene in the first Star Wars episode where we meet Han Solo. Once of the central characters, TJ, is playing a game of poker with some colorful characters who are suspicious of TJ's good fortune, and suspect he is too lucky. When TJ wins the last hand, a fight erupts, and TJ avoids being shot, and in his defense, removes some important body parts from one of the sleazy card players, escaping within an inch of his life out the back door. We later find out that TJ is not just gambler, but a highly decorated and respected doctor who likes living on the edge.
Subsequent chapters do equal justice for the rest of the characters who make up an alpha team, a team of scientists and military personnel who are responsible for investigating cosmic phenomenon. Their current mission is to locate and recover an earlier alpha team that disappeared without a trace after entering the crystal pyramid on Travix Seven. The action starts the moment they arrive on the planet.
There are various references throughout the story to real physics and the author does good job-explaining subjects such as sidereal time in a way that is easy to understand.
Once I began reading, I could not put the book down. The pace slowed down slightly in Chapter 14 and I was concerned that it might not keep up the pace, but it quickly picked up with several fast-paced chapters that made me more and more excited. As I began the last chapter, I thought I had it all figured out. I soon found out that there was a big surprise waiting - an ending that left me wanting to hear more!
The book was an easy read with great character development and detailed descriptions of the planet and its inhabitants. I'll definitely go back and read it again. The title is Book One of The Galaxy Keeper. I hope this means that there will be a Book Two very soon! Highly recommended.