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  • By rskaine
    Oct 15, 2009
    "Brian Miller and the Twins of Triton by J. Michael Brower: Reviewed by Rosemarie Skaine" Brian Miller and the Twins of Triton by J. Michael Brower is the first book of a trilogy. It is a fictional account of Brian, an ordinary American kid, not doing extraordinary things, but THE extraordinary thing. That is, saving the world. Actually, he's helping Katrina, a Russian girl, save the world. Brian Miller is faced with far more than just thwarting an asteroid (what NASA terms a "near earth object") on a collision course with Earth. He must destroy two asteroids so targeted. Simultaneously, he must overcome his debilitating dependence on heroine while dealing with all the high school challenges encountered by today's teenager—all without magic. Their story is special and magical enough to be believed. Brian Miller is important these days not because he’s a response to Harry Potter. He’s that, for sure. Far more importantly, Brian’s what America needs in terms of... More > a new kid-hero. He doesn’t have answers, or even particularly thought-out plans, but he knows without internal deliberation the right thing to do. Brian Miller is a captivating story because, though he's impossible like Harry is impossible, Brian's not improbable. Unlike Harry, Brian could happen. Brian defends the values of service before self, caring for flawed humanity, fighting for a just cause even when there is nothing left to fight for. Together teens Katrina and Brian have to save the world while at the same time, Brian must overcome a drug dependency. It’s a lot to ask of two kids, but doesn’t every teen bear the world upon unappreciated shoulders already? That fact makes this story less of a stretch. The story line is interesting. The old song sung by Peter, Paul and Mary, “Puff the Magic Dragon” binds Book One together and keeps it from falling into hard science fiction. There's romance, mystery, chases, aliens, the world in danger of certain destruction, sacrifice, twists and turns, bullies and the poignancy of the high school experience, and at the end, the greatest battle scene imaginable. The well designed book cover welcomes the reader to suspense and adventure. The layout is somewhat distracting without a table of contents and pagination. In addition, some page breaks add to the confusion and could be modified, for example, at the bottom of the first page of Chapter Five a roman numeral one (I) appears. Again, on the third page of Chapter Six, a roman numeral two (II) falls at the very bottom. Despite these minor problems of organization, this delightful and inspiring story unfolds with ease in 15 action packed chapters. Brower’s writing style flows easily and well. He is a promising story teller with many captivating scenes. Brian will hopefully capture both the pre-adult and the adult-holding-on-to-youth audiences. Brower has written a novel well worth reading. Besides its interesting story, the book offers a great way to get kids off drugs, be rid of the world's horrible nuclear weapons and bring humanity together for a just cause—survival. There's something here for all—recurring themes of goodness, an anti-swearing theme, for instance, in a cynical world, the kind of clever dialogue that stays with the reader,‘hip' enough to impress the youth who demand more stimulation as the price of their sustained interest. I look forward to reading the other two books of the trilogy.< Less
  • By vermonster05488
    Jan 27, 2008
    "Excellent Read!! Reviewed by Sandra Bulriss" A real page-turner that takes you through the days of Brian Miller and Katrina, high school students, striving to save the world. I found the plot very exciting with Brower doing an exceptional job providing the reader with the anticipation of discovering new ideas and a fascinating approach to dealing with teen struggles and everyday challenges. This science fiction story reveals the good and bad choices that teens are faced with on a day-to-day basis; from bad language to drug abuse, this book instills the positive behind good choices. While reading this book, I became very attached to the characters. It is not only a great read for lovers of science fiction, but also other genres as well. This book can be enjoyed by junior high school students and adults alike. Can’t wait for the next book to be released!
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Product Details

ISBN
9780615250120
Edition
Book One
Publisher
Peacok Press, Pasadena, MD
Published
November 16, 2008
Language
English
Pages
241
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
0.92 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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