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      In the year 2120 Jack Thunder is a young fighter pilot who has just joined the ranks of the United States Space Force. He is posted to the space carrier USS Challenger where he meets up with his old friend/rival Red Styler and the veteran pilot Trey Knight. He also meets the Challengers Commander, the heroic Captain Doran and the Challenger's fiesty first officer, the beautiful April Kelley.
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       The action begins when a race of conquerors known as the Zidians arrive in the Earth's solar system. They are led by the fearsom Commander Akdon and his massive war fleet. Major fleet engagements are fought in orbit around the planets Neptune and Saturn. The Zidians pursue the Humans to Mars, where a major ground battle is fought with things such as battle mechas, giant tanks, and atmospheric fighters.
       The humans eventually regroup at Earth for the final battle.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 40%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story If an invasion, from Earth/human POV:    -   fighting overt invasion (attacking aliens) War or Invasion    -   Yes Major kinds of combat:    -   spaceship battles Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   fighter (air/space) pilot Age:    -   20's-30's


Which planet?    -   Mars Spaceship setting:    -   futuristic human warship    -   alien spaceship Takes place in spaceship?    -   Yes Not Earth, in Solar System?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   a moderate amount of scientific explanation How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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