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Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite
Planet of Gods: Book 1 of Enigma by David Crane introduces the reader to Professor Pete Blackwood, a former Space Marine who has become a scientist and now looks forward to a life of retirement and enjoyment on a resort planet. Alas, as happens with many people, life has other plans and a powerful alien intelligence takes Blackwood from the hyperspace highway and sends him light years away into an unexplored region of space. All is not lost, however, when Blackwood makes contact with a distant human colony. But nothing is ever cut and dried. The red alien cloud controls this world and Blackwood gets in deeper than he ever thought he would.
A good sci-fi book is always a treat to dive into and this one fits that bill pretty well. The development is a bit slower than I would usually enjoy, but I respect that when you are creating new worlds and new beings sometimes it is going to take longer to set up. So once you are able to look beyond that and enjoy the complexity of the characters involved, you can settle in and enjoy the action. Professor Blackwood's curious mind and desire to figure things out scientifically is something I can relate to. I might not be a scientist, but I am very curious and I can see why he would get involved in the world in the way that he did. Something new and unknown that he wants to understand, among other things. I do feel that to truly and fully connect with this story I am going to have to read the next installment, but, overall, I felt this book was a solid introduction and it lays a good groundwork for the series. I look forward to the rest of the tale that needs to be told.