Synopsis from Goodreads:
A nomadic alien species found itself trapped on a new-born Earth billions of years ago. And they were here just long enough to leave a legacy behind – buried in our DNA.
1713 – Captain Jack Finnegan’s remarkable success as a pirate and privateer turns out to be something much deeper. He’ll need all of his wits, and a bit more, to survive his quest for the powerful relic left behind by the gods.
2012 – The famous archaeologist Nick Solomon never could pass up a good adventure, especially not the search for a mysterious artifact. He’d just prefer not being stuck between a crime lord, a secret government agency, and the past he’s tried so hard to forget.
Hold on to your seats for another great fiction series by Ryan Attard, author of The Legacy Series. Pandora Chronicles Book 1 is exactly the action-packed, swashbuckling, firefight of a science fiction mystery adventure you’ve been looking for!
I received an eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
An alien species found its way to Earth. Before the aliens departed the blue planet, they left behind a legacy in the DNA of some lifeforms on Earth. Then in the 18th century, much later in the evolutionary history, Captain Jack Finnegan is introduced to two members of a secret society, one Select and the other a priest. The captain, his crew, and the two strangers embark on a quest for a relic of the gods. The quest will require all of Jack’s wit and skill to survive. Three hundred years later, a famous archaeologist seeks adventure, and he certainly cannot pass up the opportunity to locate a relic. The only problem is that he’s stuck between the U.S. government, a crime lord, and his long-forgotten past.
I enjoyed Ryan Attard’s The Pandora Chronicles: Book 1. I liked the incorporation of ancient aliens. Humans were not created by godlike aliens, in this novel. Rather, they were allowed to evolve and form into something akin to the aliens’ image. The novel is separated, excluding the prologue and epilogue, into two parts. Part One is Captain Jack’s story. Part Two is Nick’s story. This allowed me to better enjoy and understand the characters and plots without having to wonder which time period that chapter is on.
The characters developed well. It was somewhat difficult at first to get used to the style of writing when it came to Captain Finnegan’s perspective. It was pretty quick to get through, but the flow of Finnegan’s thoughts made the time feel slower. It added to his time period being three hundred years ago, but for a man who sails the high seas and fought others, I expected his thoughts to run a little faster. The duchess wasn’t as well developed. I would have liked to learn more about her. Nick seemed a little superficial in that his personality seemed to make up his being. More depth could have been added with some thoughts or an anecdote — something beyond his use of his Select genetics to hyper-think. Some people may be put off by some of his lewd comments, but I didn’t find them horrible and was often surprised at how often Maddie remarked about them. However, Nick’s observations of those around him were funny.
A different way of including foreign languages into the novel was how they were translated. I’m used to seeing the translation outside of the quotes, sometimes italicized. Attard provided the translation in parentheses, in the quotation marks.
Besides the theme of greed in people and government entities, one theme is the result of opening Pandora’s box, hence the name of the series. When people get too curious, they could unleash untold evil — at least frightening things — on the world. As cliche as it the phrase goes, “curiosity killed the cat.” The majority of the characters in this novel have no idea the power they are seeking and what it may mean for humankind.
This exciting, new adventure is a great addition to the science fiction genre. I recommend The Pandora Chronicles: Book 1 to sci-fi fans. The novel may also be of interest to action and adventure readers.
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars