What would you do if you controlled powers that were once attributed to gods What if what you had heard was right sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic High school student Peter Van Meer finds an impossible treasure that seems too good to be true Now, he must work with his two best friends to unlock its secrets before it threatens to spill ouWhat would you do if you controlled powers that were once attributed to gods What if what you had heard was right sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic High school student Peter Van Meer finds an impossible treasure that seems too good to be true Now, he must work with his two best friends to unlock its secrets before it threatens to spill out its unknown dangers into the world Chased by the police, the FBI, and men in blue suits, they soon realize that Peter s discovery is much, much than they bargained for.
Pandora s Gun What would you do if you controlled powers that were once attributed to gods What if what you had heard was right sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic High school student P
First, I should note that I know the author James Van Pelt has been my teacher and my coworker and is a kind, patient, and generous person Second, I should note that I really dug this book I m a sucker for a mysterious sci fi gadget, which our titular gadget is I especially like that this gadget is filled with lots possibilities The gadget is a puzzle for our heroes and they approach it in a logical and mostly sensible manner I appreciate a story that doesn t count on its heroes behaving like id [...]
Van Pelt may still be comfortable with shorter lengths but Pandora s Gun clearly shows that he can handle a full novel as well It is one of those books that grab you from the beginning and that can be read in a single session The author carefully balances characterisation and plot to create a story that is a satisfying read on several levels Van Pelt wraps up the main story nicely but does leave a few questions unanswered Should he be inclined to write one, a sequel is possible although not nec [...]
A great new Teen Young Adult book by perhaps the most well known author where I live in Grand Junction, CO James Van Pelt was a big inspiration for me to become interested in literature when I took his Creative Writing class at Fruita Monument High School in the 1990s So it s a singular pleasure to read a new book of his that I enjoy so much.High school sopho Peter Van Meer finds a mysterious and dangerous device in a dump, not realizing that there are powerful people, perhaps from another unive [...]
Amazing, funny and very well written I loved it
James Van Pelt put together a fun sci fi romp for readers of any age in Pandora s Gun Starting with an intriguing premise, Van Pelt deftly weaves in the adolescent strains of high school friendships changing, challenges to authority, worries of colleges, girls boys into the framework a classic sci fi thriller, complete with alternate universes, a tool of unimaginable possibilities and power, and a trio of teenagers who get wrapped up into the chase for control of Pandora s Gun Van Pelt writes wi [...]
Although the action is perhaps a little muted for my age bracket, the teen psychology, parenting, relationships and calls to chivalry and doing the right thing are strong in this profoundly fun and cleverly done younger teen story I quite liked the Lord of the Rings references, and the whole atmosphere of the work seemed to speak to a part of me that even if I ve grown away from, I ll never quite be able to shake The concepts and feelings brought up, such as the uberfriend, are well worth a youn [...]
Pandora s Gun is the perfect book when you want to read a solid science fiction story that isn t a 500 page installment of a 12 book series The characters could be your next door neighbors, things are real life messy, and the pacing is almost perfect I would have preferred about 5 pages of post climax wrapping up Van Pelt did a great job exploring the mystery of the titular gun without dragging the plot which is a difficult balancing act for any author Overall, a good science fiction story with [...]
If you enjoyed Paul Melko s THE WALLS OF THE UNIVERSE, or Jay Lake s ROCKET SCIENCE, you ll love this Peter is a high schooler who s best friend is drifting away from much of the closeness they shared since elementary school He s found a constantly changing small garbage dump full of broken, unlabeled things in a wooded area near the school, and since he likes finding things in the trash he can use Peter frequents it, finding odd really odd treasures Then one day he finds a duffel bag that conta [...]
Le personnage principal tant un ado, cette histoire bien crite qui contient la fois de l humour et de l action , un poil de suspense, est plut t destin e un lectorat jeune Malgr tout, je l ai lue pratiquement d une traite 200 pages seulement pour tre tout fait honn te De plus, j adore les r f rences litt raires de Dune et du Seigneur des Anneaux sans parler de Des souris et des hommes Bref tout fait mon univers litt raire, donc ne vous tonnez pas de la bonne note je ne suis absolument pas object [...]
I enjoyed most how real the high school children were when different groups of powerful groups wer after them after they got ahold of an inter dimensional tool weapon.
Review also posted on my website at matthewtravagline theartofI wasn t sure what I was getting into with this one The premise intrigued me An item to enable god like powers in a YA setting Definitely stole my attention.The writing itself is sharp I think this easily could ve had another hundred or so pages tacked onto it, but I think Van Pelt s writing decisions suited his novel la quite well There isn t a huge cast of characters, and I think there could ve been , or simply description for each [...]
There s a special kind of garbage dump in the woods near Peter s school He and his friend Dante have spent many hours sifting through the broken but interesting stuff What s even interesting is that the contents of the dump seem to change Different things appear and disappear without any clue as to how and why it happens.Lately though, Peter and Dante have drifted apart They used to be inseparable, but now it seems as though Dante is interested in having a good time with newer friends, and has [...]
I received this book for free through Giveaways.Pandora s Gun was a young adult urban sci fi The opening is a bit difficult to follow, jumping back and forward instead of being chronological, but after the first chapter it falls into a nice rhythm I loved this story It wasn t just the same old goop, it had its own unique feel and elements I wouldn t say there was anything life affirming, but it didn t need it I enjoyed the sneaky teacher tidbits too little blocks of real world knowledge were int [...]
Pandora s Gun is a Science Fiction story about a high school student, Peter Van Meer, who finds a duffel bag at a garbage dump This duffel bag contains a unusal treasure that holds many secrets Along with his two best friends, Peter works to unlock the secrets this treaure holds They find that the discovery is much than they bargened for as it has them running from the police, FBI, and men in blue suits As they flee from those chasing them they find that not only their lives but the world aroun [...]
I received this book through the giveaway program for an open and honest review I really enjoyed this quick read an entertaining sci fi that would appeal to to high school and adult readers alike The author included very relatable and realistic thoughts from the main characters reminding me much of myself in high school while developing a plot that focused on mystery, alien technology and the complex good versus evil debate.
I won this book through the giveaways This book is an awesome Sci Fi thriller that will keep you turning the pages A lot of fun.