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Retirement. Publishers, thank you for the many years of reading pleasure you gave me, but all good things must come to an end. Due to failing eyesight I am forced to retire. I can no longer review your books, and any that you send will be donated to the local library, unread. Do not send any more. I can only read for a couple hours every day, and this does not allow me to finish a book in reasonable time. I will be devoting time to my own books from now on, and reading on a personal level. Books that interest me. I prefer paperbacks and hardbacks, not eBooks. My eyesight has been failing the last few years, and I cannot handle hundreds of review books any more. My books are still available for review. Anyone interested in reviewing any of them, they are found in the Link to Tom’s Books On Amazon. Contact me for pdf copies at

Tuesday, May 6, 2014


By Colleen Drippe
ISBN #978-0991195817
Rafka Press
Price $12.54
400 Pages
Rating 5-Stars

“Steeped In Dialogue And Description.”

Humans have ventured into space, settling on other habitable planets, soon becoming the lost races. Many have reverted to idol and sun/moon worship. One such lost colony is the gelens on Fen. The Star Brothers send missionaries to attempt to convert them back to God once more. Father Ruiz is one of the priests. They must also deal with the planet’s politics and social problems.

This is their story of trials and hardships on strange worlds, among alien people with loves, fears, and hatreds that can be found in any community. The author’s Catholic background and beliefs come to the forefront in this well-written science fiction story. I had to smile at the priests’ living conditions in this lost colony. Outhouses and well water reminded me of my own childhood, not on some far distant world.

Colleen Drippe builds her universe with a fine touch of the brush, steeped in dialogue and description, and just the right amount of action that pulls the reader into her world, and sets them among her people in the play. Setting the stage for what may chance befall them. These are real people and communities on alien worlds, in primitive surroundings, with racial hatreds for people who are different. There are space ships, air cars, and pychic power, as well as alien fauna and flora. It’s all here for the reader; so don’t be afraid to venture into the author’s world for a few hours of reading pleasure. Highly recommended.

Tom Johnson


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