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  • By Stephen Servello
    Apr 8, 2011
    "Master of Shadows" by Jonathan Cooper was meant to be an explanation point to the eight volume Starman Series and aside from Jon's Tom Swift Jr. novels, this is one of the few solo efforts of his I have read. I'm not sure percentage-wise, how much of Jon's contribution has been with rest of the series, under the pseudonym of Michael D. Cooper, but "Master of Shadows" (and his Tom Swifts), reveal him to be an author needing no assistance and surely being appreciated for his team input when called for. This trade paperback edition from Lulu has a great cover, perhaps representing the newly discovered planet Lemura. I was pleased to discover that Jon was the cover artist. So, he has authored, illustrated and published "Master of Shadows." Not too shabby! I don't want to give too much away so that the reader can discover many of this novel's wonders on their own and at their leisure. A generation and a half (or so), after events described by Michael D.... More > Cooper in "The Last Command," we see that a Starman (Starperson, Starwoman?) from the year 2205 has just discovered an incredibly ancient city on an equally ancient and forgotten planet. Alice Montaine (not Mountain), jumps to a conclusion concerning what she discovers deep within the planet, or rather, based on what she doesn't discover. Thereby hangs a tale that eventually involves Mr. Average couple Jack and Lily Rossman, Caedman Starlight (the son of Richard), Starmen Joe Taylor and Mark Seaton, King Izmakaof the Ahmanyans and the Janitor. The plot deals primarily with the fate of the First Races, eons ago, including the Lucians who stayed in the Light. But of equal importance to me was witnessing one character's descent into madness, mirroring that of the ancient Lucians into Xenobots. This was very sad but Jon wrote of the decline marvelously, dropping hints here and there that made sense in their totality by book's end. But if there was a depressing victory for the Dark, there was an equally inspiring one for the Light. I was truly touched by these many acts of courage where one might have expected another descent into madness. Ultimately the Light was embraced and though it seemed for awhile that this embrace would cause an unexpected loss, I the reader was in tears of joy by book's end. Now THAT'AS how I like a book to end! Stephen J. Servello< Less
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First Edition
January 20, 2010
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.82 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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