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4.7 out of 5 stars

on 18 February 2014
Fans of Anthony Horowitz, Eoin Colfer and Doctor Who will simply love this sensational story. The first instalment in {what I predict will be} an epic series, introduces readers to Martin King's extraordinarily wondrous world. Many teens will dream of having superpowers and fighting against evil to `save the world' {whether that be as the central hero or alongside others like in Sarah Jane's gang}. This thrilling trilogy pushes the boundaries by expanding upon preconceptions, with refreshing originality and exciting concepts!!

Martin & his friends sweep you off on an action-packed adventure into the unknown. Their mission is to save Earth from a deadly evil force known as XO5. What might seem upon the surface to be a simplistic storyline is unexpectedly deceptive, for there is more than meets the eye to this dangerous foe - - and to Martin himself. Intensely gripping, nail-bitingly suspenseful and dramatic this debut novel sets the scene for one of the most captivating YA science fiction stories I have read in a long time.

I am incredibly impressed by this outstanding novel.
Sat on the edge of my seat throughout I was lost within an out-of-this-world, majestic masterpiece that combines reality & alternate perceptions with vision and great premise. The cast of colourful characters are highly memorable; each with their own individualistic traits and personalities that compliment and contrast one another harmoniously. Reminiscent of Ron, Harry and Hermione this group of friends show such spirit and strength in the face of adversity that's such an admirable quality.

I cannot wait to continue Martin king's journey!!

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* I won a copy of Martin King and the space angels by James McGovern through a Goodreads, first-read giveaway *
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on 12 February 2014
James McGovern’s ‘Martin King and the Space Angels’ is perhaps one of the most entertaining YA fantasy-science fiction novels I’ve read recently. Apart from the author’s high-quality writing (from the first few pages you immediately realize you’re reading a work from a seasoned writer), the novel pushes all the right buttons that make reading it such a rare pleasure.

The book, at its heart, is about the boy Martin King who, for some reason since those darned aliens arrived, could no longer live a normal life. Together with the love of his life, Darcy, and his cousin Tommy, Martin receives a special set of super powers that (according to the friendly alien Falcon) should not only enable them to find that mysterious object quickly and without much glitch, but also battle it out with the evil XO5. But whether or not Falcon was spewing BS, you’d have to read through the rest of this engaging tale. But let me suffice it to say that this is a book that will give you reading pleasure for hours.

James Mcgovern has created a character whose adventures (and misadventures) you will love to follow. Martin King is something like a cross between Harry Potter and Frodo—a reluctant hero-to-be that any Tom, Dick and Harry can relate with. I also love how he’s the typical “virgin” who could not even muster the courage to tell Darcy his true feelings—this sexual tension that reverberates throughout the novel adds a compelling, believable dimension to the “alien arrives to mess our sh$t up” plot.

Needless to say, I absolutely love ‘Martin King and the Space Angels’—and here I am speaking as an adult reader, so I bet it’s also going to be a huge hit among the young adults that the genre mostly caters to. If you’re looking for a fun, well-polished read that will entertain from start to finish, get a copy of this book today—or send this as a gift to your like-minded friends. It is simply awesome.
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on 21 April 2014
My nine year old daughter simply could not put this down - she loved it. I read it myself (I am an English teacher), with a view to using it in the classroom, and was pleasantly surprised by the levels within this book. On the surface it is YA fiction but it does deal with some intriguing and quite deep philosophical questions.
Well written, erudite and well paced, clearly the author has a great future, impressive from a guy of his age.
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on 18 March 2014
Being a keen reader of YA fantasy books i was really excited when i heard of this book and it's safe to say, i was not disappointed!

Martin King and the Space Angels is the type of book that makes you unaware of what twist could be lying on the other page. At some points i was genuinely worried for the characters. The author has a special way of gripping a reader tight and not letting go until the book is finished and leaving you wanting more! Having found out this is the first part of a series, i am really excited for the release of the second and third? This book has everything; Teen romance, superpowers, the aspect of family concern and even time travel! This book is a must read for fans the fantasy and/or outer space genres! I will be recommending this book to everyone i know! Fantastic Job!

While reading this book i really couldn't help but picture it as a film! I hope in the future you will get that opportunity James! Thank you for such a good read!
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on 7 April 2014
A teen tale of adventure and super powers put together with an unconventional style and structure. Great characters and a well crafted universe.
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on 10 February 2014
I'd class this book for 9 – 14 year-olds, though I enjoyed it myself as a parent.
It covers a vast amount of genres that are appealing to this readership: Fantasy, Magic,Time travel, Space travel, Pirates, Super-powers, Young romance, Family issues, Adventure, Mystery and many more.
The fast pace will hold the attention of a reader of this age group and there isn't time to get distracted.
Highly marketable.
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on 7 February 2014
Excellent read, fast moving story with NO boring bits.
Can't wait for the next book.
Hope they make it into a film!
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on 7 July 2014
I loved this book a lot. I would highly recommend it to people who love doctor who. One of my favourite book so far.
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on 11 August 2014
A god story line..a great read for teens.
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