The Accidental Ambassador

Or Plan B

Fiction - Science Fiction
320 Pages
Reviewed on 11/29/2017
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Author Biography

Born in the southwestern United States and raised in Arizona. The author has lived and traveled throughout much of the US.

Though an honor student throughout much of his schooling, he dropped out of high school. Over many years, he spent time in the military, fought wild-land fires for the US Forest service, drove trucks, worked in construction and other jobs. Much later in life, the author obtained a college education.

As a youth, the author was an avid reader. He earned good grades in English, both early on and in college, but the author had no love for writing early on. On the most recent of several short-term moves back to Arizona, something changed. The author moved into a small trailer along the banks of the Verde River. There, unplugged from the internet, the author began to write down the thoughts and ideas going through his mind. Six weeks later, the rough draft of The Accidental Ambassador had come together. Six months after that. The book was self-published. A paperback made available; again self-published. Not yet in stores; applying to retailers at this time.

Though he and his family recognized early on that there was something odd about his personality and behavior, Tourette's symptoms, the author was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome later in life. This knowledge has helped the author to understand himself better, and further education and training has allowed him to better understand others as well.

The author currently resides and works near Seattle, Washington, USA.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite

The Accidental Ambassador (Or Plan B) by D.A. Barr is a great blend of sci-fi and fantasy. Young Douglas is having an ordinary day at school when a small creature begins to speak to him from a tree. He has just learned that this creature is tasked to locate people with special abilities and to train them for an eventual mission for the greater good, and also to protect the planet against unauthorized visitors. The portal linking earth and the world beyond was not supposed to be accessible to all, but recently, great damage has been done to it and people who are not supposed to have access to it can now travel through. There is a great crisis and Douglas could be the key person to help find a solution. He is about to go on the adventure of a lifetime, an adventure fraught with challenges and obstacles. Will his father allow him to go and does he have what it takes for a mission such as the one he is about to undertake?

This story may have started in a way that didn't grab my attention immediately, but then I couldn’t help taking a liking to Douglas. The moment Douglas encounters the alien and starts learning to communicate by merely sending his thoughts, I knew I would enjoy this book to the end. Character development is one of the author’s greatest skills and readers will enjoy characters like Douglas and their growth process. The idea of intergalactic travel is interesting and readers will love how the conflict pushes the plot forward. The reader is thrust into a world of many possibilities, but one with its own problems; with the balance of things threatened, an impeccable plan marred, and a young hero called upon to save the day. The Accidental Ambassador (Or Plan B) by D.A. Barr is a gripping story, a great piece of entertainment for fans of science fiction. The characters will stay with the reader long after the last page is turned.