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Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite
With false promises and devious methods, a prominent figure of an alien planet ensnares and enslaves those who follow him to earth in the riveting science fiction novel, Surviving Anstey (A Story of Love Through Time and Space) by Susan Hancock. With their world, Auriga, near extinction, a group of people follows their leader, Anstey, and escapes through a time rift and settles in a sixteenth-century European coastal region on earth. Tricked by Anstey to sign over their rights to their holdings and children, they all become little more than his slaves. Thomas Alban was one of the children torn from his parents and placed in Anstey's designated school. Twenty years later, he is an enforcer for Anstey. When Thomas rescues Kat, a village resident, and takes her to his quarters for medical attention, his and his friends' lives turn upside down. Kat is a powerful force born of two planets and the catalyst that forces Thomas and his friends to follow through with their desire to escape their servitude. Unaccustomed to living in a human environment, Kat leads the group out into the world to plot their next moves. Will they ever be safe from Anstey's reach? Can they bring an end to his rule?
Brimming with action and suspense, Surviving Anstey (A Story of Love Through Time and Space) by Susan Hancock is the thrilling first book in an exciting new series. I thoroughly enjoyed the novel and was impressed with Ms. Hancock's research on the setting and background. They are both stunningly portrayed, giving the story a believable and life-like feel. It has engaging characters and a brilliant storyline that held me captive from the first paragraph. Fully developed, the characters are relatable, making it easy to get caught up in their dramatic and life-threatening circumstances. As the plight of the protagonists escalates, so does the excitement and intense drama of the plot, leading to a suspenseful and smashing climax. It is a spectacular book, and I highly recommend it to everyone who loves electrifying science fiction novels. Because of some intimate scenes and violence, the story is more suitable for mature readers.