Cadet Adam

Young Adult - Sci-Fi
301 Pages
Reviewed on 09/05/2017
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

Author Biography

I'm a retired air traffic controller and a Navy veteran. I dabbled in writing since the third grade, but got serious after retiring. My first novel, an epic fantasy, Shem's Quest, brought me into contact with a local writing group, Norman's Galaxy of Writers. There I met Professor Deborah Chester who suggested I take some of her classes. I did.

Originally, I wanted to bring Shem's Quest in for a rewrite, but No-o-ooo! I had to write something new for her Writing the Novel class. To make matters worse, I had three days to come up with a twenty page plot synopsis.

Cadet Adam was born. It took a semester to write the first fifty thousand words, that summer to finish, and the next semester to polish it in tutorial class.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite

Cadet Adam reminds me of a Robert A. Heinlein novel I read when I was a boy. I think it was called Space Cadet, but I can’t be sure because it has been so long, and I have read so many books. But I remember it was good and I remember I liked the hero. I like this hero too. He is smart. He is loyal. He is a good person caught up in a bad situation. That makes for good fiction. I liked everything about Cadet Adam by Bill Eckel. I love books about war and revolution. I especially like them when it is obvious which side has the moral high ground. I like stories where the protagonist and the antagonist are both very strong and very smart. I don’t think the battle between good and evil should be a sure thing. Good must earn the victory. I also like stories where Man evolves. I don’t think we are at the end of our evolutionary journey.

Bill Eckel writes very well. I found Cadet Adam to be balanced and well thought out. The plot is great. I love the characters, especially Cadet Adam, but the bad guys were interesting too, if not very likable. I find the idea of people with telepathic powers gaining control over the rest of humanity frightening. Bill Eckel laid out his story in a way that pitted the nobler emotions against the baser ones. I liked that. It is not always a matter of who is the most powerful. Sometimes it’s a matter of who is the most human.