Cadet Adam


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