Book Review for “Aoleon The Martian Girl: Part Four”- Middle Grade Sci Fi

 

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What the book is about: Aoléon and Gilbert are on the run – with a whole army of Martians on their trail! Having foiled the Luminon’s plot to disrupt the Martian galact supply, Aoléon and Gilbert join forces with Bizwat – a Procyon commando who poses as a pizza delivery guy, and Helios – a first-generation soldierbot. They flee the Martian megalopolis aboard a flying saucer with the Luminon’s paladin guards in fast pursuit. Their luck quickly goes from bad to worse. Their saucer is blown out of the sky, and they crash deep in the forbidding Martian desert, more than a thousand miles away from their intended destination. Battling starvation, thirst, and a Klyklon dust storm (not to mention a giant slor intent on swallowing them whole), will our two intrepid heroes live long enough to reach the secret base where Aoléon’s parents are being held captive? Dive into part four of Aoléon the Martian Girl to find out! My Review: I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Book four in “Aoleon the Martian Girl Series” continues the story of a Martian girl and a Human boy who are out to save Mars and Terran (earth), with the help of some interesting friends and through some scary and funny episodes. This book is as good as the first three. There is appropriate Middle Grade humor and talks about the importance of friendship. The cows on earth begin are being cow -napped while Aoleon and her friends are trying to handle things back on Mars. I give this book four stars. I liked it. I can recommend the series for ages 9-13 or for any sci fi fans who are kids at heart. : Get your copy here: http://www.amazon.com/Aoleon-The-Martian-Girl-Science/dp/0979128579/ref=pd_sim_sbs_14_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=15W2PG74YSW39GN6QNWE The Author: Mr. LeVasseur enjoys crafting good stories based on lovable characters designed to translate well to multiple media formats such as books, games, movies, and toys. He lives in New York when he is not commuting between Southern California and Olympus Mons, Mars. His hobbies include writing, 3D animation, musical composition, and intergalactic space travel. He also enjoys various sports such as skiing, running, and exospheric skydiving. Author’s Website: http://brentlevasseur.com/ Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/embed/eA1b6G876V0

Book Review for “Aoleon the Martian Girl: The Hollow Moon”-Middle Grade Sci Fi

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What the book is about: The Hollow Moon (Part 3 of 5) Spying on the Luminon, Aoléon and Gilbert uncover his plot to steal Earth’s milk cows. They make the disturbing discovery that the Martian leader plans to disrupt Mars’ galact supply. Hoping to reach the galactworks before the Luminon’s saboteur, the duo races to warn Aoléon’s father, Deimos, manager at the galactworks, that he is in danger. While still on the run, Aoléon takes her pilot’s exam so she can join the Martian intergalactic exploration fleet. During the test-run, however, something goes horribly wrong. The two are put in a life-threatening situation, and only Bizwat, Aoléon’s Procyon commando friend, can save them. Gilbert finally gets his chance to learn to skyboard, but the lesson turns into a test of skill as he and Aoléon are chased by the Royal Paladin Guards. Will they survive?

My Review: I was given a copy of “The Hollow Moon” in exchange for an honest review.

This is book three in the series and the adventure continues. We finally find out the true nature of the Martian leader and this book is packed with action. There is some violence in this book as there are a few fight scenes. Aoleon and Gilbert are forced into a plot that thickens with every page. The Martian girl series is a good choice for chapter books for middle graders as it is fast paced and full of colorful pictures that are more like movie stills than illustrations.

Great graphics, great humor, and all around sci fi fun.

I give this book four stars. I liked it.

I can recommend for ages 9-13, though adult sci fi fans, who are kids at heart, would enjoy it as well.

Get your copy here: http://www.amazon.com/Aoleon-The-Martian-Girl-Science/dp/0979128552/ref=pd_sim_sbs_14_3?ie=UTF8&refRID=12NS028Y22S908Y96TF8

The Author: Mr. LeVasseur enjoys crafting good stories based on lovable characters designed to translate well to multiple media formats such as books, games, movies, and toys. He lives in New York when he is not commuting between Southern California and Olympus Mons, Mars. His hobbies include writing, 3D animation, musical composition, and intergalactic space travel. He also enjoys various sports such as skiing, running, and exospheric skydiving.

Author’s Website: http://brentlevasseur.com/

Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/embed/eA1b6G876V0

Brainwashing?

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Ephesians 4:22-23 (Holman Christian Standard Bible), “You took off your former way of life, the old self that is corrupted by deceitful desires; you are being renewed in the spirit of your minds;”

At our Church our pastors and teachers frequently tell us to “repeat after me” and then we say things like “God is my Father,” or “I can do anything through Christ,” and one of my favorites “I am the righteousness of Christ Jesus.”  We confess God’s word and His plans for us at Church and at home. It is a way of life, it is common place for us so I don’t think about it too much. Then I brought someone to Church with me recently, who isn’t in the habit of going to Church, and afterward when I asked her what she thought, she mentioned the “repeat after me” thing. In her words “it was like brainwashing to me, I don’t like someone telling me what to say.” I quickly explained that to retain what you learn you need to hear it, read it, and write it (the same explanation of why I took notes during the message) and that by saying it out loud, it helps us even more to remember what we have learned.

I don’t remember exactly what we repeated that day, maybe even a few things. It was either scripture or scriptural and uplifting, so I pondered that for a while. I thought, if we repeated something like “drink the Kool-Aid” or “kill the infidels” I would understand better the objection. Then I thought, people do that all the time in marketing seminars, self-help seminars, and feel good about yourself and life seminars. They repeat things like, “I am a winner,” “I can sell anything,” or “Nothing can stop me.” I don’t really have a problem with any of that. When I realized this didn’t bother me because it was positive thinking, it was to help and build up confidence, it suddenly dawned on me (or the Holy Spirit finally got through), it was brainwashing!

Now, I realize that a lot of bad brainwashing goes on. Just watch TV or any commercial. If we don’t have that new car, we haven’t arrived yet. If we don’t wear those clothes, we aren’t part of the in crowd. If we don’t drink that booze, we are so less than cool. We are brainwashed to believe that youth is the only type of beauty and then only if it is a size six with perfect skin, hair and nails, and teeth white enough to see from space. We are brainwashed into believing that the government can do a better job of raising our kids, and that a women that stays home to raise her own must be lazy. But, is all brainwashing bad?

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Hebrews 4:12 (NIV), “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

My answer I “NO!” If our minds get filled up with so much junk, bad words, bad images, bad attitudes,  pure “crap” from the world, and lies from the enemy, shouldn’t we be washing that all out! Of course.

So yes, I wash my brain and if you go to a good Church they will ask you to wash yours too. They may even say, “repeat after me.”

Less you think that just repeating a few lines on Sunday is enough to brainwash you, think again. True brainwashing happens by repeated and continual exposer. So, repeat, read your Bible, and then do is all again. Daily.

Happy washing!

 

Book Review for “Aoleon The Martian Girl: Science Fiction Saga Part 2 The Luminess of Mars”- Middle Grade Sci Fi

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What the book is about: Aoléon and Gilbert are entrusted with a mission from PAX, a wanted criminal and leader of the Martian resistance movement. He wants them to investigate the Luminon of Mars, who he suspects is planning an invasion of Earth to steal its milk cows. Gilbert has an encounter with the Luminess (the mate of the Luminon) and discovers something strange about her. The undercover duo is chased by the Royal Paladin Guard.

At Aoléon’s home, Gilbert meets Aoléon’s sister Una, mother Phobos and father Deimos as well as her overzealous pet, Zoot. He is also introduced to Bizwat, a covert operator and Procyon Commando, who uses his Saturn Pizza delivery job as a cover.

Gilbert then gets to visit Aoléon’s school, the Martian Space Academy, where he encounters Aoléon’s nemesis, Charm Lepton, and her friend Quarkina. While there, he attends a history lecture on the Martian people by Plutarch Xenocrates. After class, Gilbert and Aoléon get to do some intense training in zero-G and Gilbert is treated to a Psi-ball match between Martian Space Academy and Martian Science Academy.

My Review: I was given a copy of “Aoleon The Martian Girl: Science Fiction Saga – Part 2 The Luminess of Mars” in exchange for an honest review.
This is book two of the series. We continue on with Gilbert on Mars with Aoleon. In this book we see more about what Martian life is like, including school. We meet new characters, some evil and some funny. The same humor continues in this one. There is a reference to a “Viagrian who gets easily excited.” I give this one three stars, I liked it. (I did have an issue with some of the pictures showing the Martian girls, though fully clothed, but with clear nipple outlines…and this is for middle grade age). Still great story and wonderful graphics.
The plot thickens.
I can recommend for ages 9-13.

Get your copy here: http://www.amazon.com/Aoleon-Martian-Girl-Science-Luminess/dp/0979128536/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

The Author: Mr. LeVasseur enjoys crafting good stories based on lovable characters designed to translate well to multiple media formats such as books, games, movies, and toys. He lives in New York when he is not commuting between Southern California and Olympus Mons, Mars. His hobbies include writing, 3D animation, musical composition, and intergalactic space travel. He also enjoys various sports such as skiing, running, and exospheric skydiving.

Author’s Website: http://brentlevasseur.com/

Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/embed/eA1b6G876V0

Book Review for “Aoleon The Martion Girl”- Middle Grade Sci F

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I was given a copy of “Aoleon The Martian Girl” in exchange for an honest review.

What the book is about: “Mars wants our cows (yes, cows!), and they’re sending an invasion fleet to take them from us. Only Gilbert and Aoleon the Martian Girl stand in their way!”

Gilbert always longed for adventure, but now that he has it, he’s not sure that it’s everything it’s cracked up to be. Ever since the night he met Aoleon the Martian Girl sitting in the middle of a crop circle in Farmer Johnson’s field, it’s been nothing but one wild ride after another.

From fighting off swarms of giant killer robots to dealing with strange aliens from another world – never mind trekking across the vast Martian desert and skyboarding deep into the center of a (hopefully) extinct volcano – Gilbert has had his hands full just trying to keep up with it all. And now it’s up to him and his new friend, Aoleon, to face off against the evil Martian overlord and keep our cows safe at home where they belong.

My Review: Aoleon The Martian Girl was a fun read! Fast paced with quirky characters, other planets, alien life forms, and UFO’s. The story line is geared for middle grade readers and the humor reflects that fact. The entire book from cover to cover is filled with great pictures. They are not your typical illustrations, but look more like movie stills. Gilbert meets Aoleon while she is on earth making crop circles. Soon they are running from an irate farmer and end up back on Mars. Gilbert finds out that life on Mars is similar, yet very weird.

A great start to the series. Good writing, maybe a tad too much scientific jargon for me. I think that anyone who likes sci fi with humor would enjoy the book even if they are older than the target group. I liked the book and will be continuing on with the rest of the series.

You can find the book here: http://www.amazon.com/Brent-LeVasseur/e/B00QW805MM/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1428962228&sr=8-1

Author’s Website: http://brentlevasseur.com/

The Author: Mr. LeVasseur enjoys crafting good stories based on lovable characters designed to translate well to multiple media formats such as books, games, movies, and toys. He lives in New York when he is not commuting between Southern California and Olympus Mons, Mars. His hobbies include writing, 3D animation, musical composition, and intergalactic space travel. He also enjoys various sports such as skiing, running, and exospheric skydiving.

Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/embed/eA1b6G876V0