—Historical Sci-Fi Novels—
The following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review…
OldEarth Aram Encounter by A. K. Frailey is a book that you’ll read and not forget in a hurry. It is the first of a series of five novels. The history is fascinating, the characters are uniquely intriguing, the plot is very rich, and the events are fascinating.
OldEarth Aram Encounter started with the migration of Aram’s clan. The land they knew had become dangerous to them; they needed a new and safer place to dwell. As can be expected, everyone had their opinion of the right choice to make, but Aram did his best as a leader. Finally discovering a land to their taste, they settled down. Soon enough, other dangers came calling. They encountered their neighbors from different clans; some were good, and some were bad. They faced many battles — with their emotions, choices, each other, and enemies. All the while, supernatural beings that they were not aware of watched them. But they looked up to a supreme being to help them through life.
I’ve often wondered how a group of people begin to dwell in a place and call it their own. This book gave me a good picture of the answer. Living in the early ages couldn’t have been easy with all the negative factors — wild animals, famine, diseases, bandits, and enemies. In today’s modern world, we take a lot for granted. All the necessities of life are easily accessible to us. Here, in this book, are people who had to fight to lay hold of just food and water. Danger could come from anywhere. They were at the mercy of the elements. And it was not surprising that they looked up to a supreme being to help and save them through it all.
I couldn’t help but notice the unique way the author presented the chapter titles. Above each heading was the name of the period or location of the events in that chapter. I found it as intriguing as the author’s choice of fonts. Readers would never get lost navigating the content of the book.
This book is one of the best books I’ve read in a long while. The author crafts her words very well as she creates the characters and the events in the book. She does an excellent job of taking us into the mind of the characters. I find no fault with the writing and editing; everything is perfect. Therefore, I rate it 4 out of 4 stars.
This book has a religious undertone, as it talks about the different gods to whom different characters looked up. Someone who has no tolerance for that may not need to read this book. Besides that, I recommend it to lovers of adventure and science fiction.
“This bold blending of historical fiction with science fiction from Frailey (author of the Newearth series, among other titles) centers on the struggles of ancient peoples on an ancient Earth. A tribe has moved beyond the forests to the lake land despite a haunting generational memory, vivid in the nightmares of tribal leader Aram, of a great and deadly beast. Aram’s people hold to the belief that their struggling clan might rise to greatness; as they settle new lands, they encounter other tribes who might help or impede them: the peaceful and relatively prosperous denizens of the grass lands, led by Onias, and the war-hungry clan from the river lands.
Complicating the tribal politics is the attention of aliens from other planets, some of whom are mining Earth without the natives’ knowledge—and without much concern for human life. Frailey exhibits a strong command of survival storytelling, plus a welcome interest in the customs and beliefs of her invented clans. One pressing theme is renewed belief in tales of a “Creator God” whose “mighty hands and scooped out vast lakes and rivers,” while the philosophical idea of evil gets evoked with power. “These men will destroy you because they like the feel of the act,” one character warns. “Their evil is stronger than your good.”
Tense encounters, crisp action, failures of leadership, and dramatic surprises power the story’s main thrust, which concerns the relationships between the ancient humans, both at the tribal and personal level. Frailey creates compelling characters in each of the human factions, especially Aram, who is haunted by loss, and bold Pele of the river clan. The stakes of their conflict are urgent, as the fate of human development hinges on them.”
Well written and entertaining , totally enjoyed this book.👍 Can’t wait to read the next book when it comes out. ⭐ ~Higgins, GoodReads Review
“Aram was an imaginative, creative work. The book was action-packed, not a dull page. Keen insight by the author. She seemed to grasped the time period and filled each page with compassion. I can’t wait for her next book to be published.” ~Linda, Amazon Review
“Frailey’s characters are complex and varied – no cardboard cut-out Good Guys and Bad Guys here, but no attempt to render right and wrong ambiguous or iffy.” ~Ostermann, Amazon Review
“Frailey masterfully combines a story that both looks to humanity’s past and its future, while at the same time creating a suspenseful story that is hard to put down.” ~NickofTime, Amazon Review
Review by California Bookwatch:
“Wonderfully written and an amazingly told story. The author brought to life an ancient time in history and made it real and relevant in the “now” if you will. Richly woven history and adventure. It will speak to you whether you are religious, spiritual, or just looking for a great story. The characters were sharply brought to life against a beautifully drawn background. I’ll be reading the rest of the series.” ~GoodReads Reviewer
“Reading “ARAM” first definitely helps with understanding the plot and characters. All the clans join together again to fight more evil. Ann Frailey is a wonderful writer! Just like “ARAM”, this book makes me feel like each of the characters. I cannot wait to read the third book in the series…” ~Mandy, Amazon Review
“…Rather its characters walk in the sort of uncertainty that characterizes real life and real people trying to make our way in a big, complex world…” ~Pam, Amazon Reveiw
“A classic good vs evil scenario. Well written. Fast-paced and adventure-filled. Readers both young and old will enjoy “The Deliverance” Trilogy. I truly recommend reading all three in this amazing trilogy. The characters come to life on the pages. A must-read! Received for an honest review from the publicist and/or author.” ~My Book Addiction
“Neb the Great looks at humanity’s ancient past. The vivid descriptions of different clans bring early humanity alive. While part of a series, Neb works well as a standalone.” ~Rachel, GoodReads
—Science Fiction Novels—
“This was unique, entertaining and I really loved the character development. People I can relate to and actually care about have become few and far between. These characters were so real. I love that.” ~Sandra, Kindle Review
“It is hard to write about a book that moved me so much. Anne made me cry and yet I shook my head at her courage. My belief has actually increased a little by the beauty of this tale. Not so much because of all the inspirational messages but for showing the good, the bad, and all the breadth in between.” ~Glenda, Amazon Review
—Short Story Collections—
“…this is a great collection of short fiction.” ~Amazon Reader
One Day at a Time Amazon Link https://amzn.to/2YFtQ5r
“When I found out she had a new collection out, this volume, I grabbed it immediately and started reading it that day…This collection is just shy of 400 pages of masterfully written stories. It is immensely entertaining.” ~Top 1000 Amazon Reviewer
The Road Goes Ever On Amazon Link https://amzn.to/3rtAy6S
“I love the comparisons snd the background of the characters. I have enjoyed The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit since I was 16 and read the first pages. This was enriching snd also during this tumultuous time I Am encouraged that others believe in the truth of Jesus and standing up for Truth. Thank you for writing such a wonderful encouraging book.” ~Dobbins, 2020 GoodReads
“Wow! This book blew me away. This was the fifth volume I have read from the masterful pen of Ann A.K. Frailey. I have loved everything of hers that I have written. Both the fiction and non-fiction. But as much as I love her fiction, I think this is the best of her works that I have read to date. I honestly believe this is a book any Catholic, any Christian would benefit from reading. To be honest I bought it because of the author, but it was a very timely read. And one I know I will return to again and again.” ~McEvoy, 2020 GoodReads
“I loved reading Ann’s wise, hope-giving thoughts about life and love. Truly, life is the art of overcoming obstacles and becoming stronger to live a fuller life. Beautiful work!” ~Ksneia, Amazon Review
My Road Goes Ever On Timeless Journey Amazon Link https://amzn.to/3v5BlOM
“Our children really love this book — the two-year-old wanted to hear it again as soon as we finished! We get to experience the simple joys and beauty of life through Tally-Ho. We love how there are a few short stories with beautiful illustrations together in one book so that with younger ones, you can just take one story at a time.” ~Amazon Review
The Children’s Book Review
Family, nature, faith, home, farming, self-sufficiency.
Tally-Ho lives a life full of wonder and joy, spending her days homeschooling, helping her family with chores, exploring nature, and playing with her brothers and sisters. Sometimes there are things to be worried about, like the big black snake that crosses the yard or the coyotes that howl in the night—but luckily, Tally Ho has a loving family to keep her safe and show her that there’s no danger that can harm her in her home. Whether she’s helping move a swarm of bees into a hive or petting the fluffy, newly hatched chicks, there is always something magical happening to Tally-Ho on the farm!
With an old-fashioned air reminiscent of Swallows and Amazons or Anne of Green Gables, The Adventures of Tally-Ho is bursting with warm and comforting scenes of idyllic pastoral childhood. Tally-Ho spends her days exploring the beauty of nature and being a productive member of a happy family, and each story in the book balances instruction with playfulness. Told convincingly from the child’s point of view, the narration encourages readers to relate to Tally-Ho’s desires, worries, and delights. At the same time, Christine deShazo’s sunny watercolor illustrations help bring the woods and farm to vibrant life.
The Adventures of Tally-Ho is an excellent choice for providing gentle moral modeling and entertainment at the same time.