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Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers' Favorite
Children of the Sun, Book 11: Runner, by M. C. Misiolek, is based on the drama series, Children of the Sun, which was very well received by The Screen Arts Foundation in 2002. Joshua Kane joined the Marine Corps, suffering from PTSD and not caring if he lived or died, having lost his wife to cancer, and his daughter Marie, who lives with her grandparents. When he is recruited for a secret mission aboard an American spaceship destined for a generic war behind the sun that must end in his death, all Joshua Kane cares about is completing it successfully. He didn’t expect his knowledge of sign language to be so vital, or to be unable to identify who is a friend and who an enemy.
M. C. Misiolek’s novel, Children of the Sun, Book 11: Runner, can be read as a standalone, but it does end with a strong hook to book three in his Children of the Sun series: “every living thing is a universe unto itself with its own light set loose on a journey full of joy, love and accomplishment or the blackest nightmares of our creation”. Part of that is an intriguingly accurate description of Runner; Joshua Kane’s life is a nightmare in which his only ambition is to survive to complete his mission. M. C. Misiolek’s Runner is fast-paced and dialogue driven: a superb fantasy that could almost stand as a reality thriller, if the science fiction aspect wasn’t so disturbingly convincing. This powerful mix of reality, vividly descriptive fantasy and Sci-Fi is sure to appeal to a very wide readership.