Distant Son

Fiction - Audiobook
Audio Book
Reviewed on 07/22/2023
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Reviewed by Haiqa Munir for Readers' Favorite

Richard by Michael W Hickman is an engaging and imaginative science fiction story that takes readers on an unexpected adventure from a typical teenage existence to a galactic royal destiny. The book skillfully weaves elements of coming-of-age, space exploration, and political intrigue, providing a fresh take on the "chosen one" motif. The protagonist, Richard, starts as an ordinary teenager living in Ohio but quickly discovers his extraordinary lineage as a descendant of galactic royalty. This revelation propels him into a thrilling journey of self-discovery and responsibility as he learns about his family's history, planet Krel, and the customs of his newfound royal status. Assisted by the shapeshifting android AAL, Richard's character development shines as he transitions from an overwhelmed teenager to a courageous and intelligent future king. The bond between Richard and AAL adds a heartwarming and humorous dimension to the story. AAL's guidance and support are pivotal to Richard's growth, and their deep connection serves as the narrative's emotional core. The intricate worldbuilding and the myriad of planets, species, and technologies encountered during The Space Odyssey add depth and richness to the story, capturing readers' imaginations.

Themes of power, destiny, and cultural adaptation are skillfully woven into the plot. As Richard adapts to the vastly different world on his ancestral planet, readers witness his transformation, his evolving desires, and the beliefs that will shape his ability to rule. This exploration of cultural diversity and new ways of thinking adds depth to the character's journey. The author's portrayal of Richard's evolution, his encounters with diverse lifeforms, and the quest to restore his family's name and honor in galactic history keep readers eagerly turning pages. The theme of a young individual stepping into leadership and making difficult choices resonates, making the story relatable and compelling.

The audiobook excels in creating an immersive and well-constructed narrative. Narrator Ron Allan Fouts speaks clearly and in rich, expressive tones. He keeps the story moving forward and keeps the listener's interest growing. With every character uniquely voiced, the audiobook narration transforms storytelling into an immersive and unforgettable experience, leaving listeners eagerly awaiting more. Readers who enjoy coming-of-age tales, space adventures, and intricate worldbuilding will immerse themselves in Richard's journey as he embraces his unexpected destiny as a galactic king.