Friday, January 29, 2021

Generation 23: Hallowed Be Thy Noble Name (Goliath Chronicles Book 1) by Ivan Ertlov

Generation 23: Hallowed Be Thy Noble NameGeneration 23: Hallowed Be Thy Noble Name by Ivan Ertlov
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A well-crafted and unique dystopian crime novel...

Forty-some years ago my uncle gave me a science fiction anthology. It was a thick red hardback that I read from cover to cover. It inspired a lifelong love of the genre. The stories in that book made me think outside the box. They filled me with awe for the imagination it took to write them. That book still remains in my collection today. The title is OMNIBUS OF SCIENCE FICTION, edited by Groff Conklin, a well-known and prolific editor of the genre. It was published in 1952, the Golden Age of Science Fiction. It’s a substantial volume, 562 pages, with 43 stories divided into sections relating to a common theme. Some stories are fun, some are thought-provoking, and some are adventurous. I love them all.

Generation 23: Hallowed Be Thy Noble Name (Goliath Chronicles Book 1) by Ivan Ertlov is a superbly written and richly descriptive novel with brilliantly drawn characters and settings. The author weaves a well-crafted Sci-Fi thriller - set in the void between the stars - that’s packed to the rafters with mystery, action and adventure. Skillfully constructed, this thrilling and energetic novel will have you turning the pages from beginning to end.

I enjoyed the story, character development and dialogue. There were plenty of twists and turns that I didn’t see coming and that added to the book’s appeal. When I stopped reading to work, I found myself wondering what happened in the book, and replaying parts of the novel in my head to see if I could figure more out. It has been a while since I enjoyed a book this much. It’s a first-class sci-fi story with perfect pacing.

I’m a big fan of science fiction, so this for me was a phenomenal read. For sci-fi fans looking for an interesting, three-dimensional and stimulating read, this would be a great find. I’m giving nothing further away here. And this, I hope, will only add to the mystery and enjoyment for the reader.

I’ll be looking forward to reading more from Austrian-Czech bestselling author Ivan Ertlov in the future. This is a name to watch out for! A well-deserved five stars from me.

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