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Book By Author:  Wallace H Provost

The Black Asteroid
 The Black Asteroid
 Science Fiction
 1495403092 978-1495403095
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A fun, adventurous, graphic space novel with pirates, asteroids and even a cow!


The Black Asteroid by Wallace Provost is an out of this world journey for a sixteen year old boy named Rusty who joins his mother and father to go to the black asteroid and mine it. Rusty is an interesting kid. He grew up on the moon and has never had a live playmate in his life. His interaction with other kids has always been virtual through video. His father is a genius who built a glass domed farm spaceship for the long journey to the asteroid belt of Jupiter. Since this is an illustrated novel, the fabulous full color illustrations by Dennis Provost help the author to portray what life would be like on this small floating farm, with grass, plants and even a cow named Maisey.  Once they pass Mars, Rusty is lonely because he cannot video back forth with his friends. A distress call comes from another mining ship attacked by pirates and that starts the action part of the novel.  All hands are lost except for a sixteen year old girl named Angie. The story now revolves around Rusty and Angie and their budding and insecure relationship of two teenagers. Rusty has never met a live girl and Angie comes from a reservation on Earth full of young guys. Now they are stuck together on a small floating ball hurtling toward an unknown outcome.

The author, Wallace, packs a lot of action and emotions in this short novel. It is a talent to be able to convey this in a short amount of pages. The illustrations are fun and make you wonder if future spaceships should be built this way. Not as a sterile pod, but as a living ship.  Wallace develops the four main characters with ease and uses the emptiness of space to bring Rusty and Angie closer, but will they be pulled apart by the gravity of the situation? The Black Asteroid made me reflect back to my teenage years with all the emotions, hormones and vitality of that age. A fun quick read for the adolescent crowd. Hopefully Wallace will continue with other exploits throughout the solar system.

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Wallace Provost Author:  Wallace H Provost