Showdown at Jupiter's Edge

A Maxo Magnaveer Adventure

Fiction - Science Fiction
105 Pages
Reviewed on 08/22/2021
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Author Biography

Daniel P. Douglas is the pen name for identical twins Phillip and Paul Garver. Phillip is a U.S. Army veteran who also served as a senior analyst in the U.S. intelligence community and currently works for the federal government. Paul’s career includes over 30 years in the museum profession.

Named a Foreword Reviews 2014 IndieFab Book-of-the-Year Awards Science Fiction Finalist, Daniel P. Douglas is also listed by BestThrillers.com as one of 2015’s Best New Mystery and Thriller Genre Writers, and is a Readers Favorite Award winner.

Phillip and Paul enjoy writing pulse-pounding, edge-of-your seat science fiction, conspiracy, mystery, suspense, and thriller books and screenplays. Their characters are often ordinary people who tread into a collision course with destiny, where survival means confronting personal flaws and fighting for good in the eternal battle against evil.

They explore this theme in a number of published works. Their first novel, “Truth Insurrected: The Saint Mary Project,” centers on a decades-old government cover-up of contact with extraterrestrial life. “The Outworlds” series is comprised of adventure stories set in the early twenty-fourth century at the fringe of human civilization. Their “Richter's War” series blends sci-fi with hard-boiled intrigue in Los Angeles during World War II.

Born and raised in Southern California, Phillip moved to Arizona to attend college, and Paul moved to Virginia to further pursue his museum career. Both have travelled extensively across the United States and around the world. They now reside in New Mexico with their families and many pets.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

Showdown at Jupiter's Edge is a sci-fi action comedy written by Daniel P. Douglas. It is the 23rd century. Detectant Maxo Magnaveer has spent the past two decades working diligently in the Cosmic Law Force as a patrol officer, hoping to become the squad captain eventually. However, when a certain Captain Shineer Havlock gets his dream job, Maxo itches for the opportunity to prove his merit. He gets his shot at glory when an influential but corrupt man named Colonel Zaza D'rump forcefully seizes a food barge meant for the Martian colony in an attempt to gain control over Earth's shipping lanes. Maxo, alongside his loyal partner Officer Alice Mirza-Cheong, must now prepare for a showdown near Jupiter's Edge against the Colonel and his loyalists. But Maxo must be wary as the Colonel's stooges have infiltrated the CLF.

Moving at a blistering pace, Daniel P. Douglas takes you on a wild ride through the solar system in this satirical space opera without a single dull moment. Infused with non-stop action, humor, and witty dialogue, the narrative blows past in a whirlwind of acutely planned chaos that keeps you hooked from start to finish. The characters are colorful and full of quirks. Every single one of them pops out of the page, entertaining you to no end. I particularly enjoyed the depiction of Colonel Zaza D'rump, who may remind readers of an infamous former president currently banned from Twitter. I highly recommend Showdown at Jupiter's End to anyone who enjoys well-written satire.

Nicholus Schroeder

Showdown At Jupiter’s Edge: A Maxo Magnaveer Adventure by Daniel P. Douglas is a science fiction adventure. Maxo Magnaveer, our protagonist, has been a Dectectant (A rank in the CLF that is below Captain in authority) for two decades. His work has consumed every second of his life, and he is very eager for a promotion. Maxo Magnaveer is a commendable officer, yet he still hasn’t gotten his promotion to Captain. His opportunity comes when he commandeers a suspected pirate’s ship. Using this vessel, he hopes to bring the tyrant known as the Colonel to justice. Should his plan go belly up, then an entire colony on Mars will perish, as the Colonel has stolen a barge containing food that was to be delivered to Mars. Will Maxo’s daring mission be a success or a career-ending fail?

Showdown At Jupiter’s Edge: A Maxo Magnaveer Adventure entertained me thanks to an interesting plot, great characters, humorous banter, and an amazing space dog fight. The plot was unique and well thought out. The transitions from each main act were coherent, and the entirety of it had a nice flow between chapters and a great plot overall. The characters were also unique. I liked their humor the most, but they were also well-developed and balanced. The action was well choreographed. As a science fiction book set in space, most readers might shy away from reading it because of the commonly associated jargon, but rest assured that this book contains no jargon. There aren’t any complex theories or words in this book. If you’re fourteen and above, you’ll have no problem reading this book. So, if you’re a fan of science fiction and stories set in space, then you’ll definitely love Daniel P. Douglas's Showdown At Jupiter’s Edge.