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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Zebonites’ Stronghold is a work of science fiction penned by author Kenneth Tucker, suitable for teenage and adult readers alike. Diving into the popular sub-genre of alien invasion, Tucker puts a unique spin on the concept by having humanity invite the alien race, the Zebonites, to build their own stronghold in the Florida Everglades in exchange for the marvelous advancements they will offer Earth. But when contact team member Joe Tanner works with and looks closer into the Zebonite agenda, he finds that their shroud of mystery is hiding a lot more secrets than the planet had bargained for.
This novel begins as a slow-burning mystery which suddenly explodes into an all-out action adventure, focusing hard on humanity’s ever-consuming quest for advancement and betterment of the human race. The Zebonites represent many philosophical elements of human nature which are lingering in the background of this well-structured novel, making it all the more engaging to connect with Joe Tanner and the harrowing decisions he must make for the immediate fate of his people and humanity as a whole. The descriptions are vivid and well placed so as not to spoil the action moments of the novel. Joe’s narration keeps us guessing as we discover things and figure them out alongside him with cleverly-laid clues by the author. Overall, The Zebonites’ Stronghold is a compelling piece of drama that bucks the trend for flashy science fiction and focuses on human nature as the fate of the world hangs in the balance.