Reviews

Reviews

Best Thrillers:

The Bottom Line: Fans of alien invasion themes should check out this highly original tale told through the lens of a doomed extraterrestrial species.

Some 10% of Americans claim to have actually seen a UFO, and 77% believe there are signs that aliens have visited Earth. So with the question of alien visitation now settled, we can move on to the next logical question: why are they coming here?

Phillip C. Elrod’s Mylea: The Journey Begins is as innovative an explanation as you’re likely to get. Credit Elrod for avoiding common themes in the alien invasion genre, including the search for water (Signs) or the desire to stop our senseless violence (The Day the Earth Stood Still). Instead, Mylea tells of a civilization that, despite its wondrous technology, is helpless to stop the black hole approaching its sun. Facing certain destruction, Mylean scientists seem to have but one option: flee to Earth.”

Readers Favorite:

The plan was perfect. Almost. Mylea, a Utopian civilization on the brink of total destruction, was saved by a plan set in motion by one prescient man. Unfortunately, things will always go wrong. A slight oversight exacerbates the battle of wills between two artificially intelligent entities tasked with the plan’s execution, each bent on exerting control over the other. Their battle impacts the lives of a man with alien roots, a bored scholar looking for adventure, and a dog that can easily bend both to her will.

Mylea: The Journey Begins by Philip C. Elrod is a solid sci-fi offering that uses well-paced storytelling and interesting characters to present a what-if scenario that touches on themes of power, control, and freedom. Throughout the novel, the question of who watches the watchers becomes increasingly more important. Checks and balances become the central theme and readers immersed in the concepts of an alien civilization, technology far beyond our own, and intelligence different from ours will find that the dilemma of understanding the nature of power and control is strikingly familiar. Science fiction is at its best when it satirizes humanity, our achievements and goals, our current state, and our ideas of what exactly constitutes our hope for the future.

Mylea is a good read, fully capable of mesmerizing casual and hardcore science fiction fans alike and inspiring them to keep turning the pages. It succeeds in not just providing quality entertainment and escape, but in also provoking readers and inducing them to superimpose the fictional themes and situations contained therein with those found in humanity’s own story.

Manic Readers:

“This was a fascinating story from the very start, but there a questions still left unanswered and I for one hope that there is more to come in the Mylean series!”

Readers’ Favorite:

“In this novel of power and its addiction, only the steadfast can walk this devious and treacherous path. The one who gives in to the power will be lost forever in its long maze. The Krakow Klub by Philip C. Elrod was very mesmerizing.”

Red City Review:

“This author has mastered the art of revealing the characters strengths and weaknesses through decisive action. A thoroughly thrilling read, The Krakow Klub depicts a world that may not be all that far away.”

Best Thrillers:

“Once again, Philip C. Elrod has taken traditional alien invasion tropes, turned them upside down, and given us something genuinely new and thrilling. Good stuff. The second installment in Elrod’s series about an alien race from a doomed planet deftly transport us into breathtaking new territory.”

Boundless Book Reviews:

“a unique take on, what I consider to be, an overly used subject matter.”

Manic Readers:

“This was a fascinating story from the very start, but there a questions still left unanswered and I for one hope that there is more to come in the Mylean series!”

Readers Favorite 

“Secrets of Sand Mountain by Philip C. Elrod is a captivating, intriguing read. The characters are believable and real. Soon the reader is totally involved in cheering for positive outcomes for Philip and the good people in his circle. And the reader will also be hoping for the corrupt characters to take their leave. Mr. Elrod is an excellent writer, as the four sections of the book (related by four characters) has its own unique tone. You can almost hear each person speaking in their own voice. There is a wonderful complexity in this novel, told in a seemingly simple way. This is truly a delightful book.”

Pretty Little Book Reviews

This is a very enjoyable read. All of the characters were developed well which made it easy to connect with them. This is very important for all books and the author certainly hit the nail on the head with them! I also found myself waiting in suspense because I needed to know what was going to happen next. This made the book very hard to put down. I just had to keep reading! Overall, I strongly suggest picking up this one even if it is not the typical genre that you usually read. Everything about this book is powerful and engaging making it one of the books readers need to look out for!