With Christmas rapidly approaching, if you’re scratching your head for gift ideas, I have several novels available that might make good presents. Over the next few days I will explore each one in a little more detail.
Some of my novels are aimed at grown-ups, others at children, but all readers can enjoy them. As CS Lewis once said, a children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story.
Today’s suggestion: George goes to Mars/George goes to Titan
Intended Readership: Children and adults who enjoy books like the Alex Rider series.
George goes to Mars and George goes to Titan are books 1 and 2 respectively in a thrilling, action-packed space tale set just over a hundred years in the future. Each story is a stand-alone adventure, but I recommend reading the novels in order nonetheless. The third (and almost certainly final) book in this series, George goes to Neptune, will be released next year.
George goes to Mars
Here is the blurb from the back of George goes to Mars:
When George Hughes discovers he has inherited the planet Mars, he goes from poverty to becoming the richest boy on Earth overnight.
Accompanied by his new guardian, a mysterious secret agent and a crew of astronauts, George voyages to Mars to sell land to celebrities wanting to build interplanetary holiday homes. But sabotage, assassination attempts and the possibility of an alien threat plunge him into a deadly adventure…
Print copies can be ordered here: http://www.lulu.com/gb/en/shop/simon-dillon/george-goes-to-mars/paperback/product-21336550.html
George goes to Titan
Here is the blurb from the back of George goes to Titan:
The thrilling sequel to George goes to Mars…
A year on from his adventures on Mars, George Hughes faces an even deadlier peril as he travels to Titan on an urgent rescue mission. The mysterious Giles returns to help him, but assassins are once again on his tail, and a new, far greater alien menace lurks in the shadows waiting to strike.
Print copies can be ordered here: http://www.lulu.com/shop/simon-dillon/george-goes-to-titan/paperback/product-21736985.html
Here are a couple of reviews from adults:
“A thoroughly enjoyable read” – Mark, Amazon.
“Reading like a cross between one of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ pulpy Mars adventures and a Robert Heinlein ‘juvenile’, this improbable yarn (just how many “saved in the nick of time” coincidences can one novel contain?) about a rags-to-riches-to-hero boy named George was nonetheless page-turningly entertaining. Perfect rainy day/sick day reading.” – Elizabeth Olson, Goodreads.
And here some thoughts from the target audience (at least I assume so, given the tone of their reviews):
“This was totally amazing! Involves space ships, aliens and more! A totally exciting adventure you’ll love!” – Anonymous, Barnes and Noble.
“Pure awesomeness! Packed with suspense and adventure, as well as LOTS of action!” – Anonymous, Barnes and Noble.
“Best book ever!” – Anonymous, Barnes and Noble.