Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Book Review: 'Destination' by Marc Watson
‘What was important was not the enemy she needed to find, but the champion she needed to make.’
Canadian author Marc Watson is an author of genre fiction of all lengths and styles. He began writing at the age of 15 and continues to be a part-time writing student at Athabasca University. He has been published on flash fiction sites as well as comedy sites. He is an avid outdoorsman, martial artist, and baseball player. He lives in Calgary, Alberta. His published novels to date are DEATH DRESSES POORLY, CATCHING HELL Part One, and CATCHING HELL Part Two: DESTINATION.
To appreciate the second part of his duology it helps to recap part one - Part One - Catching Hell is a sci-fi fantasy epic about two friends separated on their quest to avenge their destroyed home. Aryu, who has wings, and Johan have their home destroyed by a mechanical army thought extinct. Now separated, Aryu learns that he must also deal with Nixon Ash, a phoenix-man sworn to kill owners of the Shi Kaze, a weapon Aryu recently found. Meanwhile Johan and his tactical mind adventure to a distant, advanced city to find a way to defeat their enemy and reunite with his best friend. One goes into the world of the fantastic and mystical, while the other goes to the technological. Each are worlds they were raised to fear, but now must face to defeat their common enemy.
Now in Part Two – ‘A critical blow has been dealt to the robotic Army of the Old, but at a great price. Broken and weary, best friends Johan and Aryu have been separated while chasing forces from the distant past that they both fear. Aryu, the man with wings, pursues the enemy while he slowly slips into the enticing magic and mystery of the Power, led by the great phoenix Nixon Ash. Johan stands on the steps of Bankoor, a futuristic city full of wonder and mistrust. Here he must make his stand to avenge his destroyed home and find his friend. As the gap between the brave warriors closes, the worlds of technology and magic will clash!’
For a rather new author Marc makes a strong impression with his novel ideas for characters and varying worlds. But also his language is musical and keeps the story airborne. For example, in his Prologue he states, ‘There was once a beautiful tower here. It rose from the flowery meadow and stretched so high into the sky some swore that it had no end; a creation of the ancient, powerful ones. They were wrong, of course. It had an end, and at that precarious top was a room of solitude where the sprightly entity known as Crystal Kokuou had sequestered herself for more than eight hundred years, seeking a place of peace and zen in order to find an answer to the question her beloved father had given to her: how can mankind maintain and serve the balance? After her lover Ryu had finally passed away by playing chicken with Death and actually winning, she had seen the true extent that humans were capable of reaching. She had seen Embracers reach unimaginable levels of power, be it for evil or good, and all the 4 time she had been assured that in the end, everyone still dies. Death had been the great equalizer. It was the balance keeper in all the universes. But then Ryu had played the game against the Dark Stranger, and Death miscalculated both her lover’s power, and his resolve to end things, regardless of the consequences. Yes, Ryu was still dead after all was said and done, but it was on his terms. Reason didn’t matter to someone so determined. She remembered that day so well. She had been in her Haven at the time, not in the tower that existed in the real world. Her Haven was her most perfect place in the world. It was so close to where she had been raised and loved so purely by her mother and father, where she had been taught to be a warrior in service of the balance. Her Haven was also an unwitting protective shield against the horror Ryu had created with that gross and destructive wave of power that erupted from his mind.’
Writing of this nature is not often encountered in young authors and from this book it seems as though the future in writing is solid for this young man!
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