40° 27’ 7.06” NORTH, 9° 55’ 41.83” WEST / CYDONIA MENSAE / PLANET MARS
A trail wound its way up around the spire of basaltic rock known as Pylónes tou Theoú (The Pillars of God). The path around the spire was only two handbreadths wide and very steep, which meant that Gilbert had to cling to any rock handholds that were available, his face so close to the rock that he could see tiny crystal formations embedded in the rock face as he sidestepped his way to the top. He tried not to look down. The cliff dropped more than a thousand feet below him where it abruptly transitioned into the dead sea bottom.
Aoléon the Martian Girl has finally come to an end. In part five, Aoléon, Gilbert, Bizwat, Helios and Zoot are going all out in the action-packed finale to the series. All Aoléon books are illustrated by its author, Brent LeVasseur. This series is not to be read as a standalone and so I highly recommend that you start from Part One. Here are my previous reviews of parts one through four:
|The beautiful book covers of Parts 1 through 4|
Here's a quick recap of the characters and how it all started. Gilbert Sullivan lives in a farm in Nebraska and got into a bit trouble with his neighbor Old Farmer Neville Johnson when tracking down a strange phenomenon, which turns out to be Aoléon. Aoléon the Martian Girl is a strange-looking yet beautiful girl with huge blue eyes and turquoise skin. When both were discovered by old Farmer Johnson, they were mistaken as vandals, and Aoléon escaped with Gilbert in her spacecraft. This marks the beginning of their adventures in Mars together.
There are lots of humor in this one even in the midst of a heavy battle. I'm finding myself liking Helios, the old soldierbot more and more, and I'm sorry I have to say good bye to him (and the rest of gang I've grown to like so much from the start).
|Why are the milk cows floating in space?|
Here are some of my favorite quotes or moments from the book...
When Gilbert did a great job nullifying the enemy: “Kid, where did you learn how to shoot like that? The Terran military?” inquired Bizwat, patting Gilbert on the shoulder.
“No, Duck Hunt on the Nintendo Entertainment System,” he shouted, half deaf from all the noise.
Bizwat looked confused. He shrugged.“It’s a video game!” Gilbert added.
When Bizwat explains to Aoléon the weapon she's being given and how to use it. Bizwat turned to focus on Aoléon and the weapon she was holding. “This is a standard-issue disruptor beam rifle with an under-barrel nanoroid launcher. It has three power settings: medium rare, well done, and extra crispy — that is stun, nullify, and completely disintegrate to you civvies. The stun setting will only make the oversized lizards want to eat you even more, and the nullify setting is sometimes unreliable on a target as big and heavily armored as a Draconian. So you better stick to the extra-crispy-lizard-barbecue setting — just to be on the safe side.”
Being children does not stop Aoléon and Gilbert from saving Mars and Earth from the evil clutches of the Luminon! Watch out for the plot twist and truth that reveals itself at the end. I'm sad that the series has ended. It would be great fun to see it turned into a movie!
Book Synopses: Aoléon, Gilbert, Bizwat, Helios, and Zoot make it to their final destination—Cydonia where Aoléon’s parents are being held captive. They infiltrate a secret underground base and are confronted by a small army of sentrybots.
Bizwat lends Aoléon and Gilbert some of his advanced combat skills via a psionic brain dump. However, this may not be enough to save them from overwhelming hostile forces that will do anything to stop them.
They finally meet Pax—the Martian who originally set them out on the mission to discover the truth about the Luminon and his plans to invade Earth. However Pax is not who he seems to be, and through a turn of events, they uncover the true power behind all that has been happening on Mars.
Will they be able to rescue Aoléon’s parents and save Earth from invasion?
Read part 5 to find out!
ABOUT 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.
Where to buy the book: Amazon
Many thanks to Laura Fabiani from iRead Book Tours for sending me a complimentary copy of this book. I'm proud to be a part of this book tour!