Friday, August 14, 2015

The Forgotten Prince by Josh Hayes

Lt. John McNeal has been pulled through a black hole – and ended up in Neverland. As he struggles to wrap his head around this he meets the entire cast. Bella, a spunky girl that likes to tinker, the twins, Tim and Tom, and Wendy. A scary, scarred, battle-leader version.

“When do I meet Peter Pan?” John asks with a laugh. The next thing he knows he’s on the floor, the coppery taste of blood in his mouth. It’s best not to mention Pan, he’s told, especially around Wendy. And now he has to explain how he knows about Pan. How do you tell people their world has become a fairy tale on the Otherside?

And how is John going to survive long enough to get back home where he belongs?

The first book of this series read decidedly as military scifi, but the second book has delved into steam punk territory with all of Bella’s rigs. The action is still non-stop with John getting back into the flight seat to take on Pantiri’s (Pan’s) fleet as he makes a definitive strike against Wendy’s Lost Boys. I don’t want to reveal too much, but a refresh of the original Peter Pan wouldn’t hurt. I haven’t read it since grade school and I fear I might have missed some of the subtleties. This was a very imaginative and entertaining twist on a familiar story that is really drawing me in.