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Reviewed by Chris Fischer for Readers' Favorite
First off, I need to say that I love science fiction. It is truly my favorite genre to read. Secondly, I also need to say that I have been getting somewhat burned out reading it. So many authors, especially new authors, seem to be following the same formula for their books, and sometimes it feels like the books are all the same except for the character names. Not so in John Thornton’s new novel, Finding the Vanguard. In this refreshing start to The Colony Ship Vanguard series, we find our lead characters, Gretchen and Paul, willing to undertake a dangerous mission to recover a colony ship. On an Earth that is all but dead, this may be humanity’s only chance at survival. With a complex relationship already underfoot, and a highly stressful and dangerous mission ahead, the journey to potential salvation is fraught with intrigue. Add in a corrupt government and a deadly virus and you’ve got a real hum-dinger of a situation.
I very much enjoyed Finding the Vanguard. The book is exciting, full of adventure, and kept me turning the pages throughout. The descriptions of the situations and environments are extremely well drawn, and I felt like I was directly in the story. There were some grammar and spelling issues, but not enough to make me lose interest in John Thornton’s storytelling. I was happy to see that this story will be made into a series, and excited to see that there is a parallel ‘sister story,’ so to speak, the Colony Ship Eschaton series, which I will be sure to check out. Finding the Vanguard will appeal to any lover of science fiction or action adventure, and is definitely a book you should check out!