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Steal the Stars

Author: Nat Cassidy

Based on the Podcast by: Mac Rogers

Publication Date: November 7th, 2017

Publisher: Tor Books

Synopsis: THE NOVEL BASED ON THE DEBUT SCIENCE FICTION PODCAST FROM TOR LABS

Dakota “Dak” Prentiss guards the biggest secret in the world.

They call it “Moss.” It’s your standard grey alien from innumerable abduction stories. Moss still sits at what looks like the controls of the spaceship it crash-landed twenty-five years ago. A secret military base was built around the crash site to study both Moss and the dangerous technology it brought to Earth.

The day Matt Salem joins her security team, Dak’s whole world changes.

It’s love at first sight—which is a problem, since they both signed ironclad contracts before joining the base security team, vowing not to fraternize with other military personnel. If they run away, they’ll be hunted for the secret they know. So Dak and Matt decide to escape to a better life on the wings of an incredibly dangerous plan: They’re going to steal the alien body they’ve been guarding and sell the secret of its existence.

And they can’t afford a single mistake.

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When I first heard of this book, I wasn’t at all familiar with the podcast that is so popular among science fiction fans, so I really didn’t know what I was going into when I started reading this.  All I knew was, it sounded amazing, and I sincerely couldn’t wait to dive into this and see how amazing that it had to be.

After reading the book, however, I realized that I wanted to check out the podcast, so I checked that out, too.  I have to say, the book and the podcast compliment each other so nicely, so if you haven’t listened or read either of these, or if you’ve checked out one but not the other, you’ll probably enjoy the other one, too.

Steal the Stars is a real adventure ride right from the very  beginning of the book.  There is so much going on here that it takes a moment to really get acquainted with the characters and the happenings in the book, but hold on for a few moments, because it’s totally worth it.  Even if you aren’t the biggest science fiction fan in the world, reading this book will definitely be enjoyable just for the story and the characters, not to mention the amazing world building that made its way into the book.

I loved the characters – they all seemed so well written and fleshed out nicely, kind of like you would expect in a book like this.  The world building and plot are also superb, and even if you haven’t listened to the podcast before, you won’t be left in the dark or anything with the world building, as it is truly lush and beautiful and it makes you feel as if you, the reader, are actually in the story.

The pacing in this book was absolutely perfect.  There is just so much going on, but it isn’t overly rushed or too slow.  In fact, everything is written exactly as it should be to create a fun, believable story that you won’t be able to put down from the moment you start reading it until you finish.

And after you finish, you’re going to want to go back and listen to the podcast, too, because it’s just so much fun.  Like I said, the two kind of go well with each other, and listening and reading this book can really give you an immersive experience that will take you to another world.

Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you!


Nat Cassidy is an actor, director, musician, and playwright. He has appeared on shows such as The Following (Fox), The Affair (Showtime), Red Oaks (Amazon), High Maintenance (HBO), Law & Order: SVU (NBC), as well as on stage in numerous productions and workshops both Off- and Off-Off-Broadway. Nat’s plays have been nominated for a combined total of 17 New York Innovative Theatre Awards, including 3 times for Outstanding Full-Length Script (which he won in 2009, and in 2011 for Outstanding Solo Performance for his one man show about H.P. Lovecraft). In 2012 Nat was commissioned by The Kennedy Center to write the libretto for a world-premiere opera, and in 2014 his play Any Day Now was chosen to be part of Primary Stages’ ESPADrills (The Duke Theatre, directed by Tony-nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel). He is also thrilled to be writing the novelization of Steal the Stars, which will be published by Tor Books in November 2017.

Mac Rogers is an award-winning audio dramatist and playwright. His audio/podcasts dramas The Message and LifeAfter have been downloaded over eight million times. His stageplays include The Honeycomb Trilogy (winner of the New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Premiere Production), Frankenstein Upstairs, God of Obsidian, Ligature Marks, Asymmetric, Viral, Universal Robots, Hail Satan (Outstanding Playwriting Winner at FringeNYC 2007), and Fleet Week: The Musical (co-written with Sean Williams and Jordana Williams; winner of Outstanding Musical at FringeNYC 2005). He has earned acclaim from The New York Times, The Guardian, Backstage, The Wall Street Journal, Time Out New York, New York Post, Flavorpill, io9, Fangoria, Tor.com, Show Business Weekly, New York Press, and many others.
 

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PODCAST EPISODE 14

Episode Fourteen: As Fierce, As Colossal, As All-Consuming
In an epic final showdown in the Texas desert – as Sierra closes in from all sides – Dak and Matt finally learn the truth about Moss.

 


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