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The Obsidian Blade: The Klaatu Diskos, Book One

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The Obsidian Blade: The Klaatu Diskos, Book One

Thirteen-year-old Tucker’s life changed the day his father, the Reverend Adrian Feye, disappeared --- and then reappeared. He watched in awe as his father went to fix a shingle on the roof and was sucked into nothingness. If this wasn’t shocking enough, Tucker was in complete disbelief when his father returned an hour later with a young girl, Lahlia, in tow. The only thing Adrian Feye mentioned about the girl and his whereabouts was that he lost his faith. Then the downward spiral began.

"In truly original fashion, Pete Hautman has managed to craft a story that reexamines central points in history and their importance to the future.... if you’re looking for the next best thing in science fiction, look no further."

Adrian Feye became more and more closed off and refused to deal with trivial things such as religion and God. Tucker’s mother, normally a warm and inviting woman, entered into a deep depression. The mysterious girl was adopted by a local family in town and maintained an eerie distance from Tucker. Unsure of what to think or what to do, Tucker forged ahead with life until the day when both his parents disappeared --- for good. He had resigned himself to living on his own when his long-lost uncle, nicknamed Kosh, drove up on his motorcycle and took Tucker to live with him.

Under his uncle’s care, Tucker slowly starts to piece together what happened to his parents, and everything centers on mysterious shimmering floating disks. He first noticed one above the house where his father disappeared, and is even more convinced about their presence after spotting one above his uncle’s place. Through trial and error, he soon discovers that the disks are transporters to different periods in history and possibly to the future. Dissatisfied with his present situation, Tucker decides to find his parents and launches himself into a disk having no idea where or when he will end up.

Nothing could have prepared Tucker for what would happen next. Apparently some deranged priests were on the lookout for any visitors from the disks and immediately try to kill Tucker. Tucker manages to survive, but in the process of recovery discovers the truth behind the disks, or diskos. As he flits backwards and forwards through time, he learns the truth of what happened to his parents, but something is wrong. Adrian Feye has decided to take matters into his own hands and enlists the help of the priests to reclaim the past in order to control the future. All of this control comes with a price, though, and Tucker must muster enough strength to fight back --- no matter the cost. 

In truly original fashion, Pete Hautman has managed to craft a story that reexamines central points in history and their importance to the future. In addition to the ongoing struggle between Tucker and the worlds in the diskos, Hautman includes a running commentary concerning the origin of the diskos and their original purpose. Like any good first book in a series, there are more questions then there are answers, and that’s how THE OBSIDIAN BLADE will hook you. There’s a lot happening here, so if you’re looking for the next best thing in science fiction, look no further.

Reviewed by on May 30, 2012

The Obsidian Blade: The Klaatu Diskos, Book One
by Pete Hautman