Michael Dadich is an award-winning author of young adult fiction, and his most recent novel, The Silver Sphere, is gaining traction.Cistern Mission is a prequel to The Silver Sphere, giving the foreground, one could say, to the events that take place in that novel.
In Cistern Mission we find the inhabitants of far-away Azimuth, call them the good guys, at war with savage forces exhorted by an evil force named Biskara. Rostand, the hero of this brief prequel, is working on Cistern, an enemy base, as an undercover agent for the Alliance, to “decipher how Hideux and his Nightlander army had acquired such uncanny intelligence of the ongoing war.” “Hideux” is a first-rate name for a villain, and this ability to name things so that they sound like what they are is one of the author’s strengths as a fantasy writer.
In the course of his mission, Rostand is able to assist and then ally himself with Kira Chand, a highly trained female operative from the Azimuth Academy, who has been captured and has managed to free herself. Just as Kira is about to be consumed by some nasty beasts called The Disembowelers, Rostand saves her, in the guise of an enemy soldier. The Alliance warriors use meditation as a fighting method, either for envisioning how they will accomplish their moves in advance, or for clearing their minds after a particularly hairy set of maneuvers. Again, a good touch on Dadich’s part, and one that will win him fans among teens and parents alike, offering a balance of aggression with inner resolve and serenity. Before the two make a final, exciting escape from Cistern, they catch a rare glimpse of the malevolent Biskara.
The prequel, offered as a free e-book, is followed a four-chapter introduction to The Silver Sphere, a realistic look at the lives of some earthling teens who are recruited by the Alliance to do battle with the evil monolith that threatens Azimuth, and, by extension, all right-thinking life forms. It’s a good way to keep his new book front and center in reader’s minds. Winner of the Mom’s Choice Gold Award for Young Adult Fantasy, Dadich is on to a good thing, having developed a combination of tightly crafted fantasy and gritty, believable teen characters, without gratuitous sex or violence. Are we thinking Star Wars?