Thursday, April 5, 2012
Review: Excelsior by George Sirois
Publisher: Infinity Publishing
Published: July 30, 2010
Genre:Young Adult, Sci-fi Adventure
About the Book:
High school wallflower Matthew Peters has spent the past seven years developing his own web comic about the adventures of a character named Excelsior. With only his uncle looking after him, Matthew has constantly ditched his school assignments in favor of his dreams of seeing Excelsior become an Internet sensation, and it is finally gaining attention outside his school. Now with his burgeoning success, he is ready to reveal his character to a larger audience.
Excelsior is a living beacon of hope for the planet Denab IV. A god in human form, he is the ultimate personification of strength, leadership and innovation. He has fought alongside his fellow Denarians against their tyrannical oppressors, the Krunations. He wields a powerful sword made from the purest elements on the planet, he guides the hands of the leaders and inspires them to create technology advanced enough to reach neighboring galaxies and he lives within the imagination of Matthew Peters.
Or so Matthew thinks.
One day, an intriguing older woman comes into this young man’s life with news that changes his life forever. Not only is she from the planet Denab IV, but that everything Matthew has written and drawn over the past seven years actually happened. They are Excelsior’s memories from thousands of years ago and the lifeforce of this mighty warrior lies dormant within Matthew.
Now, with a skeptical uncle anxious to redeem himself in his nephew’s eyes and Excelsior’s worst enemies returning to power on both Denab IV and Earth, Matthew must bring the legend back to life from within and become his greatest creation.
About the Author:
George H. Sirois began creating his own characters in 1985 and has since written various short stories, screenplays and one-act plays. He co-wrote the book to “Halloween at Belvedere: A Monster Musical Adventure,” which was performed in New York City’s Central Park on Halloween weekend from 2002 - 2004. His first novel, “From Parts Unknown,” was published by iUniverse in 2002, and it is currently being re-written for a re-release exclusively as an eBook.
George joined the pop culture web site 411Mania.com in 2004, writing over 100 news reports and 200 weekly columns, and contributing to the Movies Zone’s weekly podcast. His news posts can be seen every Monday, Thursday and Saturday.
A New Yorker always in his heart, he currently lives in St. Louis, MO with his wife Cheryl.
First off I have to tell you that I'm not much of a sci-fi fan. So when I began reading this book I thought to myself that I wouldn't be able to get into the story, thus not be able to give it a good rating...but I kept on reading...And I'm glad I did!
George Sirois did an excellent job creating a book that keeps you captivited and wanting more, even if you're not a sci-fi fan.
Matthew Peters is your typical, nerdy and shy teenager who isn't interested in being part of the "popular" crowd. He's too busy with Excelsior, the comic book hero he created and maybe even aspires to be like.
Excelsior is a leader, he's tough, brave, loved by everyone in his home planet, Denab IV while Matthew is the total opposite.
Matthew creates a webpage where he features Excelsior and his many adventures and soon becomes a big hit! And that is when his life begins to change...
He discovers that this world he thought only existed in his mind really exists and the character he thought he created needs his help to defend his people against his enemy, Nocterar. I don't like to spoil a good read with too many details, but I will tell you that you will really enjoy reading this book even if Sci-Fi books are not your cup of tea. I know I did! ^-^
This book is not only filled with action and adventure, but it also has a great spiritual element to it. I really enjoyed reading the AFTERWORD: An Abriged Life at the end of the book. We learn that the author, George Sirois named the main character of the book after his cousin Matthew Peter Henkel who passed away eight years ago. Tears filled my eyes when I read about Matthew's real life struggles, how he overcame them and how he inspired George Sirois.
If you like a great story... this one wont disappoint. From begining to end.
Where to buy Excelsior
Amazon: Paperback ~ Kindle