Al Clark-Asteroid, the fifth installment of my Al Clark Series is now available on most major digital sites. This new book was a year in the making and different than the others. For one thing, I didn’t have to kill anyone off. There are some close calls of course, but nobody dies. In the same tradition as the other books in the series, it is good old-fashioned science fiction. Other than Al and Robot Nine it has a totally new cast of characters, new exciting locations, and unexpected villians. It is part of a series but can be read as a stand-alone.
There is a dark and desolate asteroid far out in our solar sysem, hiding among a multitude of orbiting frozen rocks, with a large hatch leading inside. Waiting patiently in the bowels of this abandoned black planetoid is a discovery with the potential to revolutionize space travel.
When Al and his intrepid crew received a questionable tip concerning a mineral rich prospect begging to be exploited, they undertook the long trip to investigate. Upon arrival they suffer a space explorer’s biggest nightmare. Through no fault of their own their ship crashes, stranding them with limited supplies and resources.
Their first and highest priority is to survive. The second priority is to repair their ship well enough to leave and complete the rebuilding at the nearest shipyard.
Once the crash cripples their ship, the odds are stacked against them, and they will need to utilize every resource to escape – including the treasures contained deep below the hatch.
Can they make use of the discovery concealed inside this unremarkable black asteroid?
Science fiction has been one of my favorite genres since first discovering H.G. Wells and Jules Vern in grade school. Jonathan Meyer has captured a style reminiscent of those early science fiction writers woven into the modern age. Much of what was science fiction over a century ago is now reality but there is still much futuristic technology that an imaginative author can introduce. This author has found just such technology. Though the idea of miniaturization is not new it has not been a big part of the science fiction I’ve read in my lifetime. Artificially intelligent space ships have been around for decades. Where some authors give AI a tendency toward darker purposes Meyer does not. The independent nature and directed purpose of Vincent presents the Star Ship as a personality with pure and benevolent intentions.
The earth is at risk from a device from another world. Vincent recruits a homeless man, who in turn recruits a museum guide for a mission to save Earth. Before their mission is complete a refugee joins their team.
I really enjoyed the plot and the characters behaved in a way that may or may not be expected, depending on how you think you’d react to finding a miniaturized space ship then being taken into it. I loved the descriptions of activities of the main character while he was miniaturized. Imagine trying to scale stairs when you’re the size of a mouse.
Great read. If it were a movie it would be PG or PG-13. I could recommend it to both young and old science fiction fans. Not too technical, yet believable. Available in eBook, Paperback and Audio.
I am thrilled with this review from Maria Clara Pimentel. Readers like her are the reason I write.
I am a Portuguese 72 years old and I have just discovered your books, beginning with Al Clark series. I became hooked since the first one. It is really old fashioned good (very good) science fiction.From the litterary point of view, it´s 4,5 in 5. From the point of view of imagination is 5/5. And it shows a very advanced social thinking, an universal and open mind frame. I detected one single mistake: at the end of book one, you put the captain organizing a thanksgiving celebration. You forgot that that is a celebration belonging only to the US and their History. And, as the colonists have been recruited all over the Earth, you should either have imagined an all new celebration or specified thanksgiving should celebrate, from then on, the settlement on Avalon. As for all the rest, your mindframe is absolutely open, universal, advanced. And you write pretty well. One of my daughters is a Portuguese and English teacher and I will tell her to introduce your books to students of the school. Congratulations!
For Daniel Shaw’s eighteenth birthday, he becomes the newest keeper of the orb. For generations the relic was passed down from father to son, without discovering its purpose or origins – until Daniel discovers its secret. One second he is safe at home, fiddling with the device, and the next he is sitting on a path in a dark, alien jungle. What frightens him the most? He does not know how to return.
In the morning his mother found the imprint of his body on the bed, the empty wooden box, and the silver pedestal on the nightstand. Her son–and the orb–were nowhere to be found. Daniel’s dog was the only witness, and he wasn’t talking.
Available as an eBook or Paperback
The first book in my AL CLARK Series is currently FREE. As I learn more about promoting books on a budget, trying different tactics and ways to promote seems to be inevitable. It appears exposure to new readers is a key facet to success. If I can get people to read book one, they usually purchase other books in the series.
All my books have four stars or better on Amazon. Goodreads reviews are similar.
Another experiment in marketing I am trying is to make Al Clark, along with all my books, available on most popular retail book distributors.
Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/al-clark-mr-jonathan-g-meyer/1120433100
I am proud to admit I listen to Science Friday on NPR when possible. So much to learn.
This is the updated version of the drawing now included in my prequel to the AL CLARK Series. Best of all? The short story is discounted.
If you like good ‘Old-Fashioned’ Sci-Fi Adventure–something without a lot of war, politics or sex, you might like this series. All but the prequel are available in (eBook-Paperback-Audiobook)
$2.99 – Al Clark-Christopher’s Journal: https://bit.ly/AlClark0
When you are trapped and alone, it helps to have a friend.
*The AL CLARK Series*
Al Clark (Book One): https://bit.ly/AlClark1
Al Clark-Avalon (Book Two): https://bit.ly/AlClark2
Al Clark-Thera (Book Three): https://bit.ly/AlClark3
Al Clark-Earth (Book Four): https://bit.ly/AlClark4