Reviewed by Essien Asian for Readers' Favorite
Caley Jones's daily tour of duty as the sheriff of Crater Stumbles, a human settlement on Flora One, involves frequently keeping her younger sister Tabitha as far away from trouble as possible and a lot less crime fighting. Recently Tabitha's inventions have raised more than a few eyebrows, even though the current hot topic in the community is the return of Caley's runaway ex-boyfriend. When their home becomes the scene of a recurring crime, the girls are drawn into an investigation with intergalactic consequences. Little do they know that they are about to be thrown into the middle of a war they know nothing about in John Parker's Crater Stumble.
Although the very thought of a story revolving around a colony on a different planet tends to send the reader down the path of a battle to the death between the human residents and their alien oppressors, with John Parker's novel this is curiously not the case. Parker's characters are nicely put together with a degree of simplicity that would have one wonder if this story's setting is accurate, if not for some well-placed comments from elderly members of the community referencing Earth's culture in a manner reminiscent of the past. The conversations between the characters have an amusing tone in general that would likely put the reader at ease before Parker propels them into gruesome battles in the latter stages. I have to give Parker kudos for the idea behind the unusual mating habits of Crater Stumble's residents and the realistic depictions of the alien species. Crater Stumble is a nice blend of romance, action, and adventure that science fiction readers will enjoy.