Aussie Mythology

Fiction - Science Fiction
344 Pages
Reviewed on 12/03/2020
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Aussie Mythology is a work of fiction in the science fiction, family saga drama and space opera sub-genres, and was penned by author Kevin Johnson. Suitable for reading ages from teens and upward, this is an engaging and innovative way to use fantasy and science fiction elements to tell the tale of a somewhat typical Australian family in a far-flung future. You can expect clans of witches and warlocks, space vessels taking off for distant shores, representation of diverse ethnic and disability-related themes in the protagonists, and all-out adventure as this unique family plays out their lives in an Australia quite unlike our own.

Author Kevin Johnson has developed a keen sense of what makes each of his sub-genres work, and in doing so delivers a truly excellent blend of storytelling techniques to bring this really special novel to life. I had no idea what to expect going in, and I was immediately drawn to the author’s skill with character building and development. Through descriptive action and dialogue, we see the family come to life and understand their dynamics without any need for clunky explanations. Their personalities are so diverse and interesting, and their supernatural elements serve to add to this character development rather than being gimmicky or throwaway. This makes for a fun and unpredictable plot which is exciting and satisfying, and overall I would highly recommend Aussie Mythology for fans of speculative and futuristic fiction which is well-penned, well-conceived, and sure to keep you turning pages.

Vincent Dublado

Aussie Mythology, the fourth book in Kevin Johnson’s Aussie series, continues the saga of the Granger family with the continuously developing protagonist David Granger at the helm of the adventures. In this installment, interplanetary travel has become as common as the Internet. After saving the galaxy and its planets from evil tycoons, David and his wife Pam retired in New Zealand, but their two children and their neighbors continue to work for the old computer Orack, which becomes a potent, non-living entity managing Earth and its interplanetary diplomatic relations. As Earth continues to reap the benefits of interdependence and cooperation with other planets, giant companies and conglomerates continue to operate behind the shadows, covertly pushing their agendas and personal interests in manipulating a populace that is not so well-informed in the state of political and corporate affairs.

Kevin Johnson’s control over the development of his characters is essential in showing the human capacity to demonstrate immense strength facing adversity over time. In Aussie Mythology a reader may fully imagine the fictional experience by following the formation of a central character that justifies his ability (with the help of allies) to overcome giant antagonists. Mr. Johnson carefully provides the reader with details of events of the previous episodes of the story. Undoubtedly, the merging of his narrative voice with the consciousness of his characters makes the story unique. It gives this sci-fi story credibility and power, which depend on the present and future circumstances that the characters are likely to face as this series continues.

Rabia Tanveer

Aussie Mythology is the fourth book in the series by Kevin Johnson. With David and Pam out of commission and into peaceful retirement, the responsibility falls on their family and friends. Robert, Susan, and others are taking guidance from Orack to protect Earth and make sure it says safe from any dangerous influence. With the trade open between different planets, Earth is now more vulnerable than ever before. The politicians are easily manipulated by the moguls. They are once again trying to rise to the top and destroy whatever comes their way. Can our heroes keep the planet safe? Can David and Pam enjoy their retirement or is this new enemy big enough to force them out of seclusion?

The plot is a little complicated for readers who are not familiar with the series and haven’t read these books before. The pace is a little slow at times, but the author makes up for it as the plot progresses. There are plenty of characters in the story yet all of them have a purpose. David, Pam, Susan, and Robert play a vital role in the plot and help the reader feel connected and a part of it. Some parts of the story were initially a little confusing to me but the author tied everything together in the end. Aussie Mythology is a very descriptive novel, one that details the surroundings and the characters in depth. The idea behind Orack is very interesting and Kevin Johnson handles it well. Fans of the series will love this continuation.