31 January 2020

Amidst Alien Stars (Milijun Book 2)

Photo of the book cover of Amidst Alien Stars by Clayton Graham
Science Fiction

By Clayton Graham

Print Length 322 pages
Publisher Self published (1st Dec 2019)

'I encourage you to read Milijun: Book One and follow it up with Amidst Alien Stars: Milijun Book Two. Author Clayton Graham will capture your imagination, take you on an adventure with characters that are both human and alien, with a story so philosophical that it almost defies fiction.' Theodocia McLean, Book Marketing Global Network

📕My Review

Having read Milijun, the first book in this excellent series, I was delighted to be offered the opportunity to review the follow-up, Amidst Alien Stars.   

Abducted from Earth by an alien race at the end of the previous book, Laura and son Jason are now on a space station orbiting the planet Glieze. They've unwittingly become part of the aliens' plan to produce human-Gliezan hybrid children using Jason's DNA. Suspicions of a hidden agenda cause tensions to escalate as the humans become increasingly unsure of who to trust. They discover they're part of a wider plan involving opposing factions on the alien planet.

Amidst Alien Stars is a superb sequel. The author's world building is second to none — I could almost reach out and touch the unfamiliar alien terrain. Characters are fully developed and each played their role perfectly; I felt deeply invested in the outcome of their situation.

The alien technology described isn't so outlandish as to be unbelievable; flying saucers, incubation tanks and interstellar space travel are all part and parcel of growing up in the Star Trek, Dr Who and Space: 1999 era. The menacing undercurrent was never too far away and this, combined with a couple of unpredictable twists in the closing chapters, made for a very satisfying read.            

Book Source: Review copy from the author
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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📗The Blurb

Mysterious and chilling events on an alien world threaten the interstellar survival of the human race…

They have awoken surrounded by alien stars. Following their abduction from Earth, Laura Sinclair and son, Jason, lead a group of desperate humans in a bid to forge their own future and that of their home planet.

To succeed, they must solve the puzzle of extraterrestrial races in the throes of a mysterious historic conflict.

But they are in a strange, new universe; on a bizarre and dangerous planet. Who can they really trust as they struggle to understand the challenging and hostile environment that holds them in a grip of iron? And what do the aliens really plan for them and their hybrid children?

The exciting sequel to highly rated science fiction novel Milijun: Enter a world like no other as the truth will out in a realm as far away from home as it ever gets.

📘The Author

Photo of author Clayton Graham
As a youngster growing up in the cobbled streets of Stockport, UK, Clayton Graham read a lot of Science Fiction. He loved the ‘old school’ masters such as HG Wells, Jules Verne, Isaac Asimov and John Wyndham.

He settled in Victoria, Australia, in 1982.

A retired aerospace engineer who worked in structural design and research, Clayton has always had an interest in Science Fiction and where it places humankind within a universe we are only just starting to understand.

Clayton loves animals, including well behaved pets, and all the natural world, and is a member of Australian Geographic.

Combining future science with the paranormal is his passion. Milijun, his first novel, was published in 2016, and second novel, Saving Paludis, in 2018. They are light years from each other, but share the future adventures of mankind in an expansive universe as a common theme. The sequel to Milijun entitled Amidst Alien Stars will be released in December 2019.

In between novels Clayton produced a collection of short stories: Silently in the Night.

Clayton Graham's website

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