I Am Titanium

Pax Black Book 1

Fiction - Fantasy - Urban
340 Pages
Reviewed on 06/24/2015
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Author Biography

John began writing at early age as a means of escaping his reality of bullies and taunters. Later, as a young man, John discovered a taste for wanderlust and adventure. He has climbed Denali, hiked the Amazon, and even spent a year living in Japan with hardly enough belongings to fit in a backpack. John still loves Asian culture and practices both Jeet Kune Do and Taoism. All of John's many interests have inspired his writing.

John now divides his time between his homes in NYC and London. He is married and has a beautiful little girl who inspires and captivates him everyday. They share their homes with a loyal, loving, German Shepherd.

John writes daily on his Macbook Pro. He is prolific and even a little manic about pursuing and perfecting his craft. He loves to rip wide open his readers' minds, showing them something—a world, a character—they have never read or experienced before.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite

I Am Titanium (Pax Black Book 1) by John Patrick Kennedy introduces us to Pax, a teen genius who learned to contact the astral plane and communicate with a being who lives in that plane. The bad thing for Pax is that he is also dying. Pax gets an offer from his astral mentor - a chance to have a life of great power, and all he has to do is let the astrals inspect Earth. Pax, of course, agrees to the opportunity. The next event will change Pax and his friend Scarlett's lives forever. The astrals, of course, have their own agenda and mankind doesn't mean much to most of them. What is worse is they are not the biggest issue.

This book is both interesting and controversial. Pax is a highly intelligent young man who has an autoimmune disorder that affects him every day of his life. Pax does not allow this sickness to stop him being a brilliant person. Author John Patrick Kennedy has created a whole new interesting world with the astrals and what they have planned for Earth. I enjoyed this book a great deal and it kept me guessing the entire time I was reading it. There is a depth to each character and each part of the story that you don't see too often in this genre anymore. It is truly a fantastic and enjoyable read. If you want to read a brilliant book that has been well written and has deep and interesting characters, this is a book you will enjoy.

Mamta Madhavan

I Am Titanium (Pax Black Book 1) by John Patrick Kennedy is a fascinating and magical story of Pax, a teenage boy who finds out how to contact the astral plane. He also knows how to communicate with someone who lives in that plane. Pax's sad story is that he is not going to be in this world for too long as he is dying. He wishes he'd stayed in the astral plane and never came back to Earth. He meets Scarlett while at the hospital. She can actually see him and believes him when he speaks of the astral plane. Terry, Pax's mentor on the astral plane, offers him a risky idea that will save his life. What happens next changes him and Scarlett forever.

The plot is original and unique, and the extraordinary characters and surprising elements that come in as the story progresses make it a compelling read. The imagery is rich, making it aesthetically appealing to readers. The story opens an entirely new world to readers, that of the astral plane where the majority of the inhabitants believe that humans are dangerous and Earth should be sealed off from the astral plane permanently. As the story progresses, readers can understand how people from the astral plane have their own agendas, and how Terry turns Pax into a perfect tool for saving the universe. The plot is adventurous and whimsical, and the story shifts between Earth and the astral plane. The open ending makes way for Book 2.

Rabia Tanveer

I Am Titanium by John Patrick Kennedy is a story of heroism and standing up for what is good and right. Pax is not your garden variety of teen. First of all, he is a genius. There is nothing that he cannot understand or conquer. Secondly, he is dying. Where most the teenagers will be on the beach, Pax is in the hospital, wishing to live one more day. He different from others in another way: he has managed to make a connection with an alien being on the astral plane and he communicates with it.

His astral mentor and he form a friendship and Pax tells him about his condition. When Pax is given the chance to live a normal life with some awesome perks, he grabs it with both hands. His mentor wants to inspect Earth, an innocent request which Pax didn’t find threatening. Soon, it is revealed that the astral beings have their own plan and it's not merely to inspect Earth. This innocent conversation jump starts a series of events that can change the history and future of Earth in a dangerous and unmerciful way. It is up to Pax and his friend Scarlett to change the game, but can a teenage boy do that?

Kudos to John Patrick Kennedy for writing such an awe inspiriting novel; it gave me chills. Although I am not a big fan of sci-fi, this novel changed me. Kennedy wrote with such care and diligence that the reader can feel it. His description of Pax’s condition was really good, almost as if he had lived it. Plus, he had the ability to make Pax a real person and not simply a character. I really loved that fact. Five stars and nothing less!