Fading StarLight Book 2 of WinGate Chronicles
When you ask someone not whether we will discover other life in the universe – at this point this seems inevitable – but what these “little green men” will be like, the responses range from peaceful, loving aliens looking to find harmony with humanity to giant insectile creatures in vast armadas hellbent on destroying the planet. The aliens in R. A. Foster’s Wingate Chronicles are more of the latter variety, seeking to wipe out all of humanity as we know it; fortunately, there are some “meddlesome little kids” in the form of a tough military family who have something to say and do about it.
The Becker family has not had it easy, and it appears to have never had it easy (as you shall see, since this story involves time travel). After the events of the first book in the series, Age of Shadows, this tough family knows they can’t just sit back and wait for things to happen. Carpe diem is their motto. The aliens, known as the “Grays,” are now stepping up their game after their plans were laid bare in the previous installment, seeking to a take a more direct role in ending the most intelligent species on the planet. They are an experienced and intelligent alien race and will stop at nothing, overpowering and thwarting anything and everything that stands in their way. Except perhaps when it comes to the Becker family.
Captain John Becker has traveled back to the past when North America was inhabited by Native American tribes. He knows he needs to do what he can to mount his own defense against the Grays, but along the way he meets kindred, falls in love, and sires offspring with the goal of combating the Grays in the past and the present. Meanwhile, his mother, Megan, is in the present, joining with those looking to fight back against the Grays while also worrying dearly about her son in the past.
As far as covers go, both Age of Shadows and Fading Starlight are well designed, interesting, and enticing for fans of the science fiction genre. The writing, however, is significantly lacking. First off, a heavy editor’s pen is needed to slice away redundant and unnecessary words, to reformat sentences to be less wordy, shorter, and more effective. This would help make the story flow better. The characters are somewhat simple and predictable in their actions, while the dialog is also wordy and doesn’t always sound realistic, which again throws the reader out of the story. John’s storyline with the Native Americans drags on for too long with mundane life events when other more important things are happening in the world, whether it be the present or the past.
Overall, the story is somewhat compelling, as the reader is left wondering what the Grays plan to do and how John and Megan, as well as the other characters, plan to stop them.
|Page Count||204 pages|
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|Category||Science Fiction & Fantasy|