Telonaut

Teloverse Series Volume 1

Fiction - Science Fiction
524 Pages
Reviewed on 10/22/2016
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Author Biography

British by Birth, Matt Tyson has spent most of the last decade working and living in Africa. He was drawn to Africa through a volunteering programme working on medicine supply chains. Both his children were born in South Africa, where Matt and his family now live, in the Western Cape. He wrote his first book 'Telonaut' whilst travelling and working on the continent. Telonaut will be the first in a series of books, 'The Teloverse Series'. He’s likely working on ‘Infonaut’ as you read this.

When not writing, Matt is a lumbering oaf of a triathlete. He powers through the swim but cycles like there is a bread basket on the front of his bike. His running has improved since he was introduced to audiobooks and therefore happier to train for longer. He'll complete a full distance Iron Man one day, once his children are old enough for him to spend time running in circles rather than running after them.

Bradford City Football Club hold a special place in Matt’s heart, an immovable stone formed there through years of standing in the cold and wet with friends that felt like family, sharing hopes and dreams for the success of an endeavor. Matt believes that listening to Prince and David Bowie and supporting Bradford City can teach you 80% of everything you need to know about life. Happy accident will take care of the other 20%.

Matt holds a Genetics Bachelors degree and a Bioinformatics Masters degree from the University of Liverpool, England.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite

Telonaut by Matt Tyson is a gripping introduction to the Teloverse sci-fi series, a novel that is highly entertaining and thought-provoking. Set against a post-apocalyptic age, when the world is just recovering from economic crisis, it narrates the mission of Sero Novak, an astute man who travels on a mission to another world, the wetworld of NineDee, to find out what is happening with the colonies. Distracted by his own past and painful loss, Novak has to face grueling trials. Readers watch with bated breath while he embarks on this delicate and challenging mission.

I loved the complex setting with its advanced technology, which allows people of earth to develop a direct link with the colonies through a powerful memory broadcast program. Technology thrives in this setting, and although it may sound far-fetched to some, this novel could be prophetic of the fate of humanity. There is a lot that resonates with modern man and his will to conquer and dominate. The book raises relevant social and ethical issues, and touches on the advancement in technology and the challenges it brings. Readers will love the protagonist who is so well-developed that he becomes a symbol of the hopes and dreams, as well as the fears, of many human beings.

The three-dimensional characters are well-developed, the entire story — though fiction — is filled with stunning realism. The writing is beautiful and the plot evenly paced. Readers who love intelligent dialogues that flow naturally will enjoy the book. Telonaut is a great read that will entertain and excite the minds of readers who enjoy genetic technology. Matt Tyson is a good writer with a great skill at developing characters that readers will care about.

Arya Fomonyuy

Telonaut is Book One in the Teloverse Series by Matt Tyson, a complex and highly entertaining story that features three-dimensional characters and technology at its very best. There are some books you finish reading and when asked to comment, you are just at a loss for words and that is exactly how I feel about this one. It is entered as a sci-fi, but there is more to it than just sci-fi. At times the reader feels like he is reading a fantasy story, only it’s so honestly told it feels real, resonating with the sentiments of the reader. At times it reads like a political treatise as it raises highly ethical questions and the response of a powerful government.

Most of the narrative is centered on Sero Novak, a man who has suffered many losses, including his own personal ideas and philosophy. Now, he is teleported to another world to discover the fate of the colonies there. Can he survive the dystopian world that unfolds before him? Watched remotely by a government back home by the use of a technology that receives his memories through a broadcasting network, there is no room for errors, but can he keep a clear head and rise above the challenges?

Telonaut is gripping and leaves the reader no moment’s respite. The language is well-crafted, punctuated with gripping dialogues that are both entertaining and plot-driven. This is the kind of story that will take readers to different worlds, but it also raises serious questions about the fate of humanity and our world. Matt Tyson is a master at the art of storytelling and readers will be seduced by his powerful and creative imagination. This is a satisfying read.

Divine Zape

Telonaut is the first book in the Teloverse Series by Matt Tyson, a series that will undoubtedly appeal to fans of sci-fi and fantasy. Barely recovered from a dwindling and catastrophic economy, humanity has one critical mission for Sero Novak. Teleported to the wetworld of NineDee, the man who’s lost almost everything has to find out about the fate of the colonies. Although he is far from home, his memories are communicated directly to a well-organized and highly equipped government. Can he free himself from a past that still haunts him and face the challenges ahead?

Telonaut is a complex story that combines a variety of themes into one stunning story — dystopian, ethics, science and fantasy, and at times it has philosophical undertones. The narrative voice comes across powerfully, arresting readers in an absorbing kind of way. From the beginning of the story, readers are drawn in with beautiful and fluid dialogue, a dialogue that establishes one of the conflicts that will be explored throughout the story and offers insights into characters.

I had a hard time getting acquainted with the neologisms and some of the concepts offered throughout the book, but as I continued reading, they began to make a lot of sense. The plot is well-paced and it has moments that will delight and entertain readers. Readers who love complex plots and compelling characters will be in for a huge treat with this book. Matt Tyson’s Telonaut is a promising entry in a series that readers will want to watch on the big screen.