Prompt Excursion

Fiction - Science Fiction
488 Pages
Reviewed on 10/17/2023
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Author Biography

Lewis Kingston was born in 1986. His early introduction to the world of science fiction came in the form of a taped version of the original radio broadcast of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and, before long, he had consumed all of the books, the BBC TV series, and the radio script itself.

By the age of eight, he had moved on to titles such as The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks, only later his parents remembering what they contained, but, despite a voracious appetite for reading and writing, the thought of working in the field never crossed his mind. He subsequently studied Motorsport Engineering at Coventry, and graduated with a good qualification, but deemed himself not much of an engineer and sought work in other fields.

A chance interaction online in 2010 then led to work experience at Parkers, the new and used car guide, which spiralled into a multi-award-winning career in automotive journalism. He still works in the industry but, in 2022, he realised that, having never thought it possible to get into automotive journalism and ending up in it anyway, he should think it never possible to write a novel and subsequently ended up writing one anyway.

He has since decided to think it never possible to write more and is now working on a direct sequel to Prompt Excursion.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Prompt Excursion is a work of fiction in the science fiction, adventure, and intrigue subgenres. It is suitable for the general adult and older teen reading audiences. Penned by author Lewis S. Kingston, this highly engaging novel takes readers on a suspenseful journey aboard a damaged military spaceship with an injured officer waking up in disarray. Her memory is fragmented, and no one responds to her calls for help. The ship is spiraling out of control, and their chances of rescue are rapidly diminishing. What results is a slow-burning suspense story set in the cold, unforgiving environment of space.

Author Lewis S. Kingston has crafted a unique novel that is set apart from typical alien shoot-'em-up sci-fi, shifting its focus to the intricacies of spacecraft technology and the psychological challenges of surviving in such dire circumstances. I was particularly impressed by the descriptions of the physical reality of the spaceship, providing a level of detail that adds authenticity and believability to the narrative. Kingston's ability to combine these technical details with a gripping plot keeps readers engaged as they strive to unravel the mysteries aboard the ship. I also really enjoyed the pacing as the book doesn't spoon-feed information but invites readers to invest in understanding the intricacies of the spacecraft and the main character's predicament. Overall, Prompt Excursion is a must-read that offers both intellectual stimulation and a thrilling narrative for fans of hard science fiction everywhere, and I would not hesitate to recommend it.