Operation Break Iron

Fellstone Tales Book 1

Young Adult - Sci-Fi
292 Pages
Reviewed on 06/18/2015
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Author Biography

Liam Kincaid was born to parents of Scottish descent on December 30, 1953, near Truckee, California, in the midst of a raging snowstorm. After graduating from high school, Liam declined a medical scholarship to Stanford University. Instead, Liam served for a time in the United States Air Force, then traveled the world working at many jobs, including professional woodworker and stilts maker, maintenance supply specialist for Pacific Southwest Airlines, kelp processor for Kelco, hot-air balloon pilot, cow clipper (for one day), house painter, time-share salesman in Mexico, hospital housekeeper, school bus driver, wrestling-arena peanut vendor, street musician, English teacher in the Dominican Republic, ranch hand, e-zine publisher, bio-diesel manufacturer, carpet cleaner, pig photographer, and computer programmer.

He lives in sight of the ocean with his wife, Heather, and his four children, Robert, William, Joseph, and Nicole, and two English Mastiffs named Baldric and Molly.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

Operation Break Iron (Fellstone Tales Book 1) by Liam Kincaid is an epic sci-fi adventure about the camaraderie of a ragtag group of friends. The story unfolds with the arrival of Birn ‘Books’ Tylandine and his ill mother at The Fellstone Labor Compound. The name of the place is self-explanatory, where people are forced to work for meager pay, food and accommodation, as well as being continually harassed by Blueband thugs. Life in the Fellstone Labor Compound is hard enough, and Cheff, Books’ new friend, has an unfortunate day when his Uncle Karf is arrested and taken to the Iron Fortress.

Liam Kincaid’s world building is based on a totalitarian world where society is oppressed by its current Emperor. The mysterious Fellstone Resistance Movement or FRM is trying to overthrow the Emperor and restore the throne to the rightful heir. However, Cheff's plea for help from a supposed FRM member is refused. He and his friends have to rescue Uncle Karf by themselves.

Kincaid infuses each of the characters with enough personality to make them exceptionally memorable and, by the end of the book, readers would really end up rooting for Books, Cheff, and their friends. I favor Buttons the most, as she is smarter than she appears to be. Kincaid also swiftly introduces the different races - Lildur, Lora, Troh and others - without being superfluous. With its fine and eye-catching illustrations, Operation Break Iron is a fun, engaging read with its conspiracy-themed plot that both young and adult readers would enjoy. An impressive start to the series and I look forward to reading the next book from Fellstone Tales.