Earthman Jack vs. the Ghost Planet (The Earthman Jack Space Saga, #1)
By: Matthew Kadish
My Rating: FIVE out of FIVE stars
Harry Potter, meet Earthman Jack…
WOW Wow wow wow wow wow wow. Wow.
Okay, so pretend that poor, destitute J.K. Rowling was sitting in that little coffee shop writing Harry Potter in 2014 instead of 1995. After those 12 publishing houses turned her down (true story), she might have tried digital self publishing–not a possibility 20 years ago–where her goal would be to sell Harry Potter for cheap (even free) just to generate word of mouth enough to finance the second book in the series. If she’s lucky, the right people will read her little book, she’ll get a bunch of positive reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, and eventually be able to fulfill her dream of getting the story that lives only in her head out into the hands of readers where it will change the world. It’s worked for others (see Hugh Howey, E.L. James), so why not her? Of course, that’s not how it happened for Jo and Harry. The 13th publishing house was Bloomsbury…and the rest is history. But can you imagine all the Harry Potters out there, waiting for the right person to find their story?
Ladies and gentlemen, I’d like to introduce you to Earthman Jack. He’s the self-published brain child of author Matthew Kadish, and I think Jack is the world’s next Harry Potter. He just needs your help.
To say Earthman Jack vs. The Ghost Planet is AWESOME would be the understatement of the year. I loved every page. In fact, I’m tempted to say this may be the most fun I’ve EVER had reading–and I’ve read a lot of books.
There’s so much I’d like to say about this independently-published treasure. For example, I’d love to fill pages with quotes of some of the most witty, charming, and just plain funny dialogue I’ve ever read. Or I could write about the characters and tell how endearing they are despite their faults and how they are heroic and brave even though they are scared to death. Maybe you’d like to hear about the themes of love, friendship, owning the consequences of your actions, being true to your heritage, and what it means to be a true hero that fill the spaces between all the words. Of course I should go on and on about the story and how it pulled me along like an unstoppable force, keeping my pulse racing and a smile on my face the whole time.
But I won’t go into any of that, because as great as all that was, it wasn’t the best part. The best thing about Earthman Jack vs. The Ghost Planet is how much PURE FUN I had reading it. And before I’d even finished the book myself I started reading it out loud to my kids, and they are loving it and laughing out loud in all the right places.
Allow me to get sappy for a minute, but with all honesty–Earthman Jack vs. The Ghost Planet is why I love to read. And I really want to read book number two, Earthman Jack vs. The Secret Army. So hurry and write Matthew Kadish!