It's a great science fiction novel that has the feel of an old "pulp" book from the 1950's, or a movie serial from the 1940's. It's written by Gary K. Wolf (who also created Roger Rabbit) and a Catholic Archbishop named John J. Myers. It's weird seeing sci-fi written by a man of the cloth, but at least I know it won't be a total cuss-fest or sex romp along the way. I love it when writers can actually do some storytelling instead of living vicariously through their character's sexual exploits.
I can't remember the last time I was so sorry to see a book come to an end. Space Vulture was an absolute blast. It was funny, thrilling, and surprisingly touching. My experiences with the classic space opera genre are pretty much limited to Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon and Planet Stories comic reprints, the Lensman novels and growing up watching Star Trek, but this book was really something. I've got two boys, 1 and 3, and Space Vulture will be waiting on the shelf for them when they're older, right alongside Buck, Flash, John Carter, The Shadow and Doc Savage. Please tell me we haven't seen the last of Uncle Gil and the bunch!!! Thanks so much.
I just finished reading your book. Wow! Thank you so much. It was one of the most satisfying books I have read in years. I am a member of the MTV generation, but when I was 9, my mom used to take me to thrift stores where I found all sorts of amazing comics and pulp novels from the 40's, 50's & 60's. Your book truly has surpassed these great Sci-Fi stories as one of the best. It brought back many awesome childhood memories. You have done an amazing service with your novel. Once again...thank you.
--Peter G, VFX Supervisor
I’ve never written to an author before, but I was so entertained by your book I had to contact you. I love any fantasy literature. I’m a big fan of King & Koontz. As of late I’ve been reading a lot of R.A Salvatore. About a month ago I was at Barnes & Noble picking up a couple of books for one of my kids, and I happened to notice your book on the shelf. I grew up (with you) in that same era watching Flash Gordon in black and white on Saturday mornings, so I figured I’d give your book a shot. It was one of the best books I’ve read in quite awhile. It had drama, action, romance, interesting characters, humor & morals all rolled into one. I loved it! I would recommend this book to anyone, even to someone that isn’t a sci-fi fan. Thank you for the hours of entertainment that you provided to me.
Surprises and twists keep the pages turning to the very last.
Any adventure story needs a quality villain, a negative force that all good intentions bounce off, darkness to give light to the hero, someone to invoke both intrigue and hatred. That Gary K. Wolf and Archbishop John J. Myers chose to title their new novel Space Vulture after the story’s magnetic evil-doer is relevant. Because Space Vulture is not simply the dark side of the hero’s shiny coin. In this contemporary yet pulpy science fiction romp, Space Vulture is a villain larger than life, overshadowing the hero with his dominative, impeccable badness. Read more...
--Adrienne Jones, www.hoaxthenovel.com
Return to those thrilling days of yesterwhen
Get this book. Read this book. Have much enjoyment. This book pays extreme tribute to the days of space opera, Buck Rogers, Space Hawk 'Hawk Carse', Saturday matinee serials and good old fashioned fun. From the 'antiqued' dust jacket to the space opera clichés, this volume packs a lot of adventure. Next adventure, please. The authors have done a great job of transporting me back to my days of running home from school to catch the latest episode of 'Rocky Jones, Space Ranger'. And to think...I almost didn't buy the book. Now if only Corsaire could learn to shoot when he needs to....
--Gary P., 60yr old kid who refuses to grow up
A rollicking good time!
This book is a lot of fun, especially if you're a fan of E.E. "Doc" Smith and other writers of the Golden Age.
--Fr. John R. B.
Good old-fashioned fun SF
This book is a throwback to an earlier era when science fiction authors aimed at writing an entertaining yarn purely for the reader's amusement. The authors here don't try to bring you up-to-date on the most recent speculations about future science or technology, nor do they try to persuade you to adopt a viewpoint about the moral status of machines or aliens or biological technologies that still can only be encountered in your imagination; and really, why should the reader furnish his mind with ideas that come from a science fiction author? Wolf and Myers just try to tell a good story, and at this they succeed. I hope they prosper at it, and write sequels, and inspire imitators.
Although I am an avid reader, I never got into sci-fi—until now. I enjoyed Space Vulture a lot. My father was an avid sci-fi reader, and he grew up in Michigan, the son of poor immigrants. This reading experience brought my now deceased father back to me in a very special way. Although I read my Dad's medical magazines as a kid, the sci fi books—which were all paperback with weird pictures, did not encourage me. It’s very rare for me to judge any book by the cover. It's just that I am very visual, and the pictures on his books were enough to give me nightmares. He never shared those stories with me—but I believe that when he answered questions like—"Will nuclear war come to us?" he answered them with those books in mind. My father died about two and a half years ago under very sad circumstances. Reading your book has made me begin to understand some of the things that may have gone on his mind, and possibly how he viewed the world. So, thank you Gary and John.
I greatly enjoyed Space Vulture. It's good to know that I wasn't the only one who consumed space operas as a child.
Let’s imagine that it’s sometime between 1946 and 1956. For those of us that can step back to that time period as a child, an adventure like this would have us on the edge all summer long. It’s Space Ships and Ray Guns and Intergalactic Technology far beyond our imaginations. And heroes and the most vile evil doers and the most romantic heroines. It’s an age gone by, before we even stepped into space. It’s never-ending action and you can’t put it down. How can any story ever to be written again, be better than this? Ok it’s a bit corny, but it’s post World War II and you’re only 8 years old. It’s more real in your mind than your parents will every think. And the best part about it, it’s only the beginning. And all you can think is when will the sequel be available. Space Vulture takes you to that place you have once visited in your mind years ago. No real life adventure could ever match the excitement. So go ahead, pretend you’re 8 years old and it’s the early 1950’s. Read it, and go back there again………..
--The Mouse Man
The evil villain Space Vulture
Is bad for space faring culture.
Our hero Corsaire
Is up for his dare.
Beware! There's a flesh eating mulcher!
Space Vulture kept my attention, and I enjoyed the adventure. I don’t read sci-fi, and I was not sure what to expect, but the adventure and thrill kept me reading. It was interesting how you weaved Gil from being a low life drifter, thief, into being someone with a big heart melted by Regin. I have this image stuck in my mind of a man running around with a cricket arm and beetle eye. Must have been one ugly nightmare. Some of the descriptions of Space Vulture's mental and physical capacity took a lot of creativity. They made you wonder "what if". I enjoyed the hero, Victor Corsaire, prevailing in the end. His sense of duty and right and wrong were noble and fun. I also liked his "quickest draw in the galaxy" persona. You did a nice job of setting up the sequel. Now I have to wait and see, and hope, for the next Space Vulture to appear.