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The year is 2065 and a British Naval Captain, Sir Geoffrey P. Matheson III, and his crew take a few unauthorized trips in search of scarce sources of energy used for time travel; the god stones. While on a mission, Matheson and his crew aboard the Orion discover a vast hoard of power stones on a South Pacific island, Vanubiti. The Orion crew goes to retrieve the stones, but they exist in another timeline and two hundred years in the past. While looking for the stones, Matheson also discovers he may have a daughter, Va'ilea, and brings her along as part of the crew. Matheson and the Orion crew are engaged in a constant battle with Captain Evans and his Artemis crew. Evans is intent on claiming the god stones for himself. He is ruthless in his pursuit and unrelenting in his desire for revenge on Matheson. The Orion crew must make allies of both powerful and unconventional acquaintances to bring this fight to an end.
R.L. Keck's The Orion Chronicles: Book 1: The God Stones is a fantasy adventure pirate story packed with sci-fi time travel and an epic bout of action and suspense. In a story that is sure to knock your socks off and keep you reading until the very end, Keck's writing is thrilling and engaging for readers young and old. If you love stories like Pirates of the Caribbean, Back to the Future, Unchartered, or Time Machine, you will love this story because it's a perfect mashup of all those themes. Keck's writing reminds me of Pirates of the Caribbean with a modern New Age twist. The characters are brilliantly written and are representative of the time periods that they belonged to, but they all fit to create the dream team of Orion's crew. R.L. Keck's The God Stones draws you in from the beginning to the end and I can't wait to see what Keck has in store for the Orion crew in the next book.