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- File Size: 2789 KB
- Print Length: 144 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Free House Studios Ltd; First Edition edition (29 Oct. 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00P0USSEA
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Ben Brown's Flying Machine Kindle Edition
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The story begins right in the middle of the action. The crew of the first manned spaceship to Mars has vanished, but the CEV module that they were in crashes into a pasture on Ben Brown's farm. The CEV is not without a passenger, however, it contains an old man who is dying. Upon the old man's last breath, ancient words are spoken to Ben Brown that change his life forever.
After the crash, Ben is ridiculed by classmates after being accused of lying about the old man on the spaceship as there was no indication that a being was on the craft. Ben has to endure the backlash. But, when he takes his SAT exam shortly thereafter, he gets a perfect score on the test. This changes the direction of his life as he is taken under the wing of Dr. Bradshaw and given a full scholarship to college.
As the story proceeds, Ben finds that he now has knowledge of things he did not know before his encounter with the spaceship and the old man. Ben can now understand cuneiform and complex scientific theories. With this new found knowledge, Ben is compelled to build a "flying machine" and enters the device into a science fair. His contraption brings him fame and fortune, but Ben soon discovers that the machine is part of a bigger plan for him to fly to another planet - the planet where the old man in the CEV came from - and to find out what really happened to the crew of the CEV.
For a short read, this was entertaining, exciting and definitely worth the price of admission. I can ultimately see it as a movie and would love to see it on the big screen.
Well done, Mr. Thorp.
When the authorities question Ben, he finds that he can suddenly write in an ancient cuneiform alphabet. In fact, Ben racks up a perfect SAT test in the ancient language, which of course alerts the experts who quiz Ben on star patterns and mathematical equations.
With his new knowledge, Ben builds a sled that works on a new and innovative type of propulsion and flies over his town. When his friend, Maryanne sees the sled, she suggests that Ben enter his invention in the national high school contest to win both the prize money and national recognition.
Written for young teens, Ben Brown’s Flying Machine is both inventive and entertaining. Michael Thorp has written an original novel that except for the violence of the Nefilim world Ben takes his space ship to, this book is suitable for young teens. Thorp is a polished writer with imagination to spare. Working on developing his characters more, giving them some human flaws could push his writing up the level of a bestseller.
Some strong language might put parents off, particularly when elements of religious thought are paired with frustrated outbursts. A rather unusual usage of “I” for “Aye” might put off lovers of linguistics too, and asking for velocity and heading could frustrate the scientists. But philosophical questions of why we act or believe how we do, and the dangers of unquestioning loyalty, are nicely presented in an alien context in this tale, reminding me vaguely of C.S. Lewis’s science fiction trilogy.
Indeed, this novel reads rather like a trilogy, starting with an adventurous boy exploring his feelings of abandonment and betrayal; moving on to space flight and aliens and Nephilim; and then returning to a violent space operatic street-battle for earth. Not terribly plausible, with characters betraying a frustrating lack of foresight, it’s still a fun tale, firmly anchored in modern-day America, even to the names of presidents and cadence of presidential broadcasts, in good days and bad.
Disclosure: I was give a free ecopy and I offer my honest review.