Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Hoodoo Sea by Rolf Hitzer

Title: Hoodoo Sea
Author: Rolf Hitzer
ISBN: 978-1604520262
Publisher: BluewaterPress LLC/2009
Pages: 260

Product Description

The government of the United States of America is on the verge of startling the world. Billions of dollars had been invested in its space program . And now, the moment of truth had arrived… Scott Reed is the man for the historic mission. He is the Wing Commander chosen by the elite brass at NASA. The assignment to test flight the first speed of light craft, held top secret, was about to shock the world. The risk? Utter and complete failure. The reward? Being a part of the greatest human accomplishment ever known to mankind. Major James Harrow, second in command of the four person crew, despised his Wing Commander. Harrow was a proud and patriotic American. What was NASA thinking when they selected a Canadian to pilot the voyage? There was no comparison as to who was the better skilled aviator. This was his time, his moment. Major James Harrow was about to prove to everybody they were wrong to bypass him as Commander. The weather conditions were perfect and lift-off for the test flight was text book. The triumphant cheers from Mission Control in Houston were echoed all the way to Cape Canaveral. The silent fear of the first hurdle of the flight had been succumbed. All systems were go! That is, until the crew and SOLT-X1 entered the Bermuda Triangle…

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The Bermuda Triangle has many names: the Devil's Triangle, the Limbo of the Lost, the Twilight Zone. Or, Hoodoo Sea.

And here is where SOLT-X1 supposedly gets lost. Its crew members, which consist of Commander Scott Reed, Second-in Command James Harrow, Flight Engineer Captain Deedee Poulson and the flight doctor Captain John Heintz, first observe that their craft is surrounded by a dense fog, instruments go wonky, with flashes of bright light. And when they finally land, they find themselves in the midst of somewhat primitive people and giant-sized wolves with shiny eyes. Only then the adventure of their lives begins.

Each one of them has the same dream but they don't discuss it with each other. They know they have to find a wayout o of it but can't fathom how. They depend on NASA to find them but NASA has completely lost them. It is novel about survival, adventure and has flashes of paranormal elements. None of the characters are weak. Infact no one shows their fear although all are afraid to be stuck in nowhere land. The place they land is known as LAND.

Evil lurks and tries to take over each one of them. And who succumbs to it is to be seen. With a strong Canadian character Scott Reed and his rival Harrow, the arguments are interesting but never go out of hand. Deedee is one calming influence on all of them.

Anyone who wants to read something different, it has the right amount of scifi, adventure, paranormal and characterization. I also liked the natives of LAND, who have their own compulsions to save the place they live. Well, the ending felt a bit odd and abrupt but for a first novel, Hitzer did quite well.

Thanks to Pump Up Your Book Promotion Virtual Book Tours for my copy.

4 comments:

Jessica (BookLover) said...

The ending did feel a bit abrupt, but it was fitting, I believe, with the direction the story took. I'm glad you liked this one. :)

Veens said...

Wow! This one sounds like something i will end up liking. With Bermuda Triangle and all the mystery surrounding it... it sure sounds like a interesting read!

carolsnotebook said...

I have to admit that the cover did not grab me, but it does sound interesting.

Rolf Hitzer said...

Thank you for willing to review my first novel, much appreciated.