Monday, August 20, 2007


From Publishers Weekly: Swashbuckling is the best way to describe Book One of the Trophy Chase Trilogy. Without wasting time, Polivka's first novel drops readers into a fantasy world filled with action, where chivalry is alive and well, and sword fights are frequent. Packer Throme—a failed seminarian turned master swordsman—sets out on a great quest, but not in search of fame. He hopes to honor God by stowing away on (former) pirate Scatter Wilkins's ship Trophy Chase, convincing its captain and crew to seek the legendary firefish—a feat that could raise Packer's fishing village from poverty and win the heart of his longtime love, the beautiful Panna Seline. Happily, Polivka gives this heroine a backbone, not to mention a mighty right hook and her own part to play in this adventure. "It was wrong to have let her, and thousands of young women just like her, believe they had no power, no strength, and therefore could have no place or position," Panna reflects angrily about the plight of women. Though the Packer-Panna romance finds considerable ink, this is a tale almost entirely of pirates, warriors, stormy seas and battles with monsters. The Christian message is palpable, and Polivka's characters relatively complex. With the nonstop action that cuts between multiple story lines, readers will be flipping pages eagerly.

"I am one soldier in a great army of many, many thousands who have been enchanted and changed by the works of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. When I first ventured into Middle Earth, the outcome of the battle between good and evil, between creation and destruction within my own soul was far from certain. In a very real way the eternal loyalties of my heart were forged in Narnia. It is therefore my sincerest prayer that you will find your journey into the Kingdom of Nearing Vast worthy, if only in some small measure, of so rich a heritage, and so complete a victory.”—George Bryan Polivka, author of Legend of the Firefish


Justin B. said...

Awesome review! This book was great! I am not the biggest fan of seafaring adventures and I really liked this book. Suprise! Suprise!

chrisd said...

Just went to the Amazon link. Only 3 copies left, more on the way!

Great review, James! And Congratulations by Mr. Polivka

Gene Curtis said...

Great news about your manuscript! And I'm glad to see you're doing great at your new church.

James Somers said...

Thanks Gene and Justin and Chris. I've not read this book yet, but it sounds very good. The review is from Publishers Weekly. I'm also looking forward to WAyne's Isle of Swords too.
My latest series start up, A World Within has some Piratey stuff in it too, but the story doesn't focus in it. I just have a cool pirate captain who ends up on the quest with the other characters and the protag. It was fun stuff to write!
I wish I had time to read! As soon as I finished my fourth novel, A World Within, I went back to the first Chronicles of Soone novel in order to do a complete revision. The quality is just not the same as my later stuff, so I'm taking some time to go back through an tighten everything up and add a few things which will enrich the "Heir to the King."

Becky said...

James, thanks for posting those quotes. They are very telling--of the book and of the author. I think you might like this one. Yes, I'm looking forward to Wayne's pirate books, but I know the styles of writing are way different. Totally different reading experiences. And both good.