Freedom: A Jake Dani Novel (Jake Dani / Mike Shapeck Book 1) by Victory Crayne
Jake is a spy on the planet Rossa.
Jake gets a call from his girlfriend Mimi after her arrest for protesting
slavery on the newly colonized planet of Rossa. Mimi disappears and Jake
leads his spy team on operations to find her. But they are up against
clever and resourceful crime lords and landowners who will do anything to
protect their investments in slavery. Including going after Jake himself.
About the Author:
Ever since I was a child, I've loved to create stories. My dad was an alcoholic and we ended up moving a lot before he passed away when I was thirteen. Now you have to realize that if you are always moving to new schools, it's hard to develop friends. I was alone a lot. So I daydreamed to fill my lonely hours and read a lot. When I could play "school" with other children, I was usually the "teacher" and told stories.
When we had family gatherings for the usual holiday meals, I volunteered to entertain the screaming children by telling them a story. In the beginning, a new child might complain of hearing "Goldilocks and Three Bears." Yeah, I'd heard that story a few hundred times too. So my reply was, "This story is so new even I haven't heard it yet."
Much later, I joined a short story group on the Internet. My first effort came to fourteen thousand words, a bit too long. I saved that sucker for later, after I'm a best-selling author and will try my hand at teaching creative writing, perhaps in a community college.
Then I'll pop that weak story on my poor students and tell them, "If you report to me that this is a wonderful story, well-written, I'll give you a flunking grade. Your best bet to get a good grade is to find as many weaknesses in this story as you can. It's full of them so you should have little trouble." My purpose will be to let them know that if I had started out writing junk and eventually learned enough to write best-selling novels, maybe they could too.
Since that first story, I've written more than two dozen others, ranging from a hundred words to twelve thousand. Sold two of them too.
I turned to novels. Realizing I needed a mentor, I studied bestselling authors with an eye to learning what those authors were doing that I had yet to learn. Along the way, I've participated in many critique groups. I even founded one on the Internet called SFNovelist.com. And I wrote two novels that I now label as "training material."
Sue Grafton once said, "The smartest thing I ever did was to invent somebody who now supports me." She was referring to private investigator, Kinsey Millhone, the protagonist of her best-selling alphabet mysteries. That woke me up to the idea of creating a series of novels with the same protagonist.
So I took two years to design my Jake Dani series. Jake is a spy whose cover is that of being a private investigator. He's on another planet that's being developed by people from Earth. Jake learns that life is a series of lessons. If you don't learn the lesson, you're stuck at that level until you do.
Have I got the magic yet?
The answer is up to you.
Looking for more books on the adventures of Jake Dani? Check Victory Crayne’s website at http://www.crayne.com or visit the website of most book retailers.
I was asked to review this book and I was hesitant at first because of the bad "do it yourself" cover. Fortunately that is the only bad thing about this book. This is a fast paced sci-fi spy mystery. The plot was about slavery on a new colonized planet and Jake a spy fighting to saved his girlfriend and stop this horrible trade. The book is filled with lively characters and great dialogue. Combine that with a great plot and original world and you have an amazing read!
Do not let the cover make you pass this book by like I almost did. You will fall in love with Jake and get hooked by the suspense. I recommend to all you love sci-fi and spy books.