Preons

Alpha

Fiction - Science Fiction
214 Pages
Reviewed on 10/19/2020
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Reviewed by Charles Remington for Readers' Favorite

Preons: Alpha by Frederick T. Stevens is set in a Star Wars-like universe populated by a myriad of strange creatures inhabiting even stranger planets. The storyline is centered mainly around the adventures of David, an extraordinary individual who was present at the invasion and subjugation of planet Earth and who is bent on revenge. David discovered some latent, extremely violent powers during the invasion, and has spent the last seven years training and developing them on a planet where bloody gladiatorial tournaments to the death are a popular spectator sport. On the planet Canteli, Hanla is the King’s favored princess who goes through a ceremony to wed a prince from a neighboring powerful planet. It is a politically arranged, loveless match but she is shocked when later, after the ceremony, the groom stumbles into their bed-chamber with a knife planted in his vital organs. As she removes the knife, and soldiers from the groom’s home planet beat on her door, she realizes that being discovered holding a bloody knife over the dead body of her new husband will not look good, so she makes a hasty escape through the castle’s secret tunnels...

As a fan of the sci-fi genre, I was very much taken with Preons: Alpha. It is a great space opera, with plenty of beautifully described action among strange and wonderful planets. Author Frederick Stevens is in possession of a prodigious imagination and writes with a light, sure touch, presenting an astounding array of characters and situations with clarity and lucidity. In a narrative that spans numerous planets, involves a plethora of alien races and several plot threads, one never becomes lost in the detail. The book is a brilliant achievement and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The narrative leads to an open-ended conclusion which promises a second volume (Preons: Beta?) which I hope will come soon. Preons: Alpha is first-class science fiction - aficionados of the genre will not be disappointed.

Sandy Masia

Preons: Alpha by Frederik T. Stevens is a star-spanning space epic about David and his search for revenge; a princess's quest to prove her innocence; and the quest to save earth from tyrannical conquerors. The world of Preons: Alpha is deeply rich. It has a history that spans thousands of years, ultra-powerful empires that span star systems, amazing technology, and diversity of alien races. It is genuinely interesting to explore these places, their cultures, and systems. Frederik T. Stevens has done a phenomenal job of creating a world that is as lively, vivid, and diverse as this.

At its heart, this is a fast-paced, action-packed sci-fi thriller that features ultra-powerful warriors with preternatural abilities. It is by far the most exhilarating part of this story. It is always fun when god-like entities battle it out in fiction for supremacy and reach new unforeseen heights, testing the limits of our imagination. It is a bold way to write and it is extremely entertaining. Aside from the action, we have crafty politics, scheming underlings, and conspiratorial leaders that are sure to keep those with more cerebral tastes engaged. As if that wasn't enough, we are accompanied by personable, fun protagonists throughout our journey. I was engaged and curious about where the story was heading. And at its end, I find myself curious still, and I can't wait for the second book in the series. It is clear that Preons: Alpha is a prelude to something much more fascinating. Frederik T. Stevens has opened us up to something grand and extravagant.

Steven Robson

Preons: Alpha by Frederik T. Stevens deposits you into a future thousands of years from now, where the Universe has discovered Earth and the wills of countless disparate species seek to impose their desires upon human existence. Out of this chaotic affray comes Tempest, an organized resistance intent on reclaiming Earth for the human race by training warriors of incredible abilities. One such warrior is David, who is in fact much more; a being from impossible parents who struggles to contain within him impossible powers. David is forced to unleash these powers during his training by a savage act against his closest friend, and the resulting carnage leads him to a quest for vengeance that will leave a trail of devastation across a multitude of planets. Will David achieve the payback he so desperately desires, or will he come to terms with his raw anger and return to the struggle that really matters; the quest to free Earth.

Frederik T. Stevens’ Preons: Alpha is a science fiction adventure on a galactic scale that contains some graphic violence and gore. In the context of the story, this content seems not only acceptable but quite necessary in order to paint an accurate picture of the forces at work. I found all of the alien characters to be original, well crafted, and sufficiently diverse from the human norm; not the typical human with a mask type characterization. Each of the main players had a distinct personality and maintained consistency throughout. David’s character was particularly interesting, given the layers of conflict within him; the moments of reflection where he was forced to face the evil deeds he had perpetrated in his wild stampede for justice, and the continual struggle he had to contain the overpowering force within. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Preons: Alpha and would recommend it to anyone seeking an action-packed, easy to read adventure packed with complexity and likable characters.