Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Earthman Jack Books 1 & 2 Book Review

I was very fortunate enough recently to get to read the first 2 books in the Earthman Jack series written by Matthew Kadish. The first book is titled Earthman Jack vs. The Ghost Planet.
Jack Finnegan only has to worry about dealing with school bullies, suffering through detention with his homeroom teacher, and getting noticed by the girl of his dreams... at least until an army of evil aliens invade Earth. Suddenly, this teenage slacker finds himself at the center of a galaxy-spanning conflict - where the lives of everyone on the planet are in jeopardy, soldiers use Quantum Physics to become superheroes, and the enemy uses some mysterious form of magic to make themselves practically unstoppable.

The secret to ending the conflict and saving the universe may lie in a powerful ancient spaceship, which it seems can only be flown by Earthmen. Now, Jack and a rag-tag group of allies must overcome impossible odds, defeat an unkillable enemy, rescue the princess of the galaxy, and save the universe from a threat more terrifying than any it has ever faced.

Can this underachiever rise to the occasion and become the hero Earth needs? The fate of all life in the galaxy may rest in his hands.  
My Thoughts:
Once I got over the feeling that maybe this book was made for younger teens, I was able to delve right in and I uncovered the spirit of the book and what they are doing. Things are about to get very complicated for Jack. Even though things weren't ideal for him on Earth, he had his Mom and a few friends he could count on. He had a few guys who liked to bully him and before this is all over, he sometimes wishes he could go back to those good old days!
Unfortunately, the rest of Earth isn't so lucky, so Jack needs to get busy and learn how to be the hero of this book because Aliens called DeathLords are following closely behind them and they want the Princess alive but the others dead.  And they have very sinister ways of dealing with people they don't like. Fortunately, for Jack, he meets some really great people who are in the same boat as he is and they all band together to escape the DeathLords.
Hopefully, playing all those video space games (he has the highest score of shooting down spaceships) will help him defeat this crushing enemy! Of course, he and Anna get closer to each other, but Jack will be in for a surprise that he definitely won't like once he hears about it.

Happy Reading!
The second book is called Earthman Jack vs. The Secret Army
After his heroic battle against the Deathlords on the Ghost Planet, Jack Finnegan is looking forward to arriving at Omnicron Prime, the capitol planet of the Galactic Regalus Empire - the largest and most advanced civilization in the universe.

Things are looking bright for Jack. He has his unconventional group of friends, his mystical spaceship, and the girl of his dreams - Princess Anna. Not to mention a secret mission that could save Earth and everyone he cares about.

But things get complicated when he arrives at Omnicron. Not only is Jack uncomfortable being thrust into the spotlight for his courageous actions to save the universe, but he soon finds life in the Empire isn't everything he'd dreamed it would be.

His friends abandon him to pursue their own interests. Greedy and cunning politicians conspire to steal his spaceship. Even his relationship with Anna is strained now that she's gone from being "the girl next door" to the most powerful woman in the universe.

But beneath all that lies a new and terrifying threat from the Deathlords. A threat that grows in secret, slowly spreading throughout the Regalus Empire like a plague, and it threatens to destroy from within the only thing powerful enough to stop the Deathlords and their malicious rampage throughout the galaxy - the Empire itself.

Worst of all - Jack is the only one who knows about this new threat, and no one will believe his warnings.

Suddenly, the Empire is no longer safe for Jack and his friends. Even the people they've come to rely on the most can no longer be trusted. As those he's sworn to protect turn against him, how can Jack hope to save the day?

Fighting the Deathlords was one thing. Fighting the "good guys" is quite another. Will Jack be able to find the strength to be the hero the universe needs?

Or will he finally be defeated by this Secret Army?  
My Thoughts:

Boy, Jack thought he had it bad before they got to Anna's planet, but once they touch down, he realizes just how bad things are going to become. For starters, she now acts and looks like a real Princess. Secondly, she forgot to mention that since she was born, she is expected to marry into another well known family.

Things are definitely complicated on Anna's planet and it takes Jack a little while to catch on to some things. Even his friends from the first book are deserting him left and right. They are all wrapped up in their own problems or lives, so Jack is forced to make friends with other people and one of them happens to be Anna's soon to be husband!

But, things are not quite what they seem. It looks like for various reasons, either someone wants Anna dead or her soon to be husband or even both. Things are going to get even messier because certain villians survived and have made contact with people on Anna's planet that don't bode well for anyone.

This is a fast paced series of books with lots of action and little downtime. Buckle up and be ready to read a very well thought out story. And the best part is that both books are teen friendly. No bad language and little sexual overtones.

Happy Reading!
About the Author: 
Matthew Kadish is an independent author and world-recognized evil genius. When he isn't writing or being evil, he enjoys relaxing at the beach and videos of puppies. Much like Scottish cuisine, most of his literary works have been based on dares. He currently lives in Las Vegas and always bets on black, because Westley Snipes has yet to steer him wrong in life. He is the most talented author ever. His mother tells him so every day.

Disclaimer:  Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product.  All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.