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Reviewed by Daniel Scott White for Readers' Favorite
In Mari Collier’s novel, Earthbound, the first book in a series of six, Chronicles of the Maca, we find Zebadiah MacDonald stranded on earth, struggling to survive in the western American frontier. He knows the location of the ship which brought him there, but not how to pilot it through the stars. A prisoner of war, he fights back and overcomes the crew of the ship. This ship has enough gold to finance his new life, buying him time to learn how to fly it with the hope of returning home some day. Early on, MacDonald makes a new friend and mentor, Herman Rolfe, who shows him how to trap and trade in dangerous remote territory. In time they both buy land for ranching and MacDonald starts a family of his own. Then America enters the Civil War. Texas, where the ship is hidden and MacDonald’s ranch is located, joins the fight on side of the Confederacy. MacDonald’s life is turned upside-down by neighbors who don’t want this strange man who can control people's thoughts around.
A page-turning extraordinary excursion that crosses genres, Earthbound by Mari Collier on one level is about the conflict between distance planets at war in space. On another level, it’s about the conflict between men here on earth: between settlers on the frontier and the Indians, between small town folk who will set fire to a neighbor's house to settle a dispute and between the north and the south as America is divided on the issue of slavery. Mari Collier does a fantastic job at keeping the dialect true between people of diverse backgrounds in this novel. She draws strong images of what is was really like to live on the frontier. If you’re a sci-fi fan and you enjoyed the novel Revenant, this book is perfect for you.