It's not just a game. Suddenly transported to an alien spacecraft, Christopher learns the shocking truth. Photon is a recruiting center for the warrior elite. The weaponry and technology are real, the battle between light and dark is real, and the planet Earth faces total destruction at the hands of the evil Arrian Alliance....
|Title||:||Thieves Of Light|
|Number of Pages||:||215 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Thieves Of Light Reviews
Some explanation: Photon was the lesser-known competitor to Lazer Tag in the eighties. Both games involved shooting at other players with light guns, and both created children's shows; Lazer Tag Academy and the bizarre live-action Photon show. This book is based on that show and yet somehow manages to make a decent story and world behind it.Chris is a rich teen who is heavily into the Photon sport. One day he is summoned by aliens to join in an interstellar war. It appears the Photon centers are actually selection areas for soldiers, and the book is about Chris learning to become a warrior and deciding whether or not to join the fight on the side of the angels.It works better than you'd expect because the author takes what is a flimsy premise and a rather ridiculous set of characters and runs with it. You can see clips from the original show at http://youtu.be/9PIMquC33X0 if you doubt me. When you add in 80's nostalgia, you get an effect similar to the old Robotech novels by Jack Chalker. You get something which is far better than it should be. Definitely worth picking up if you remember the show or the light gun game. Surprisingly not that bad if you don't remember either.
The Good: A surprisingly intelligent piece of young adult science fiction; for being based on a franchise, the author goes to great lengths to explain the physical, mental, and spiritual workings of the universe in which the story takes place. The main character is well realized. A vast improvement over the bizarre Japanese/American television show of the mid-Eighties (though I have fond memories of this program). The four rating is heavily influenced by nostalgia. The Bad: While the main character is well realized, his attitudes and behavior are dated (especially in the early scenes on Earth). The franchise trappings, when present, are almost always distracting and bad. The book is very obviously designed to be the first in a series, which means that important characters are introduced, only to have them disappear or become irrelevant for large chunks of the narrative.
This book has a lot going for it. It was meant to be a YA/Cadet parallel to the series written by David Peters (pseud. for Peter David). Just one problem - it was too intelligent for that, and got left behind. While the Goodreads page has speculation on who Michael Hudson is, a minor amount of research turns out that it is actually a pseudonym for Michael P. Kube-McDowell http://www.alternities.com/html/photo... .The story explores several of the normal themes, including the obvious one of bigotry, and the whole path of growing up, but it also includes discussion (well hidden) on the nature of war, and why we fight. I loved it, dearly.
Aside from the poor character development of Christopher Jarvis and the stereotypical characterization of the other Photon warriors, this book suffered from shoddy copy editing. Still, I was fascinated by the stories back in the late 80s, and even pretended I was Bhodi Li with my Lazer Tag gun and target, though no one was willing to play with me most of the time. I plan to continue my way through the other four books by David Peter, mostly because he's likely to have written better stories.