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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
I really enjoyed Solbidyum Wars Saga Book 1: Battle of the New Orleans. It is good old-fashioned space opera in the tradition of Star Trek and Star Wars. It is the kind of science fiction that I began reading as a boy when I first discovered science fiction. It is a bigger than life adventure that begins on Earth in a swamp in Louisiana and quickly spreads to the far reaches of the galaxy. I have read hundreds of books like this. A few are really memorable and completely engage me while most fall far short of a really satisfying read. Dale Musser has crafted a winner here. For me, the key to the success of this novel is the protagonist.
The story is told from the perspective of Thibodaux James Renwalt. “Tibby” is my kind of character. I could see the general direction the story was going and sometimes could even predict the twists and turns of the plot, but I kept reading because I wanted to hear it from the hero. I liked him and I liked the way he told his tale. He finds himself in some of the strangest circumstances, but he is cool even when he’s fainting at the realization of the enormity of what has happened to him. One of the most important things a novelist must do is create characters that readers care about. Dale Musser made me not only want to meet this character; I wanted to be his friend.