Welcome to the OFFICIAL 'About The Author' page of:
Anthony E. Steele
Anthony E. Steele is the author of ‘Seems Familiar: Jack A Diamonds first cycle volume one’ the first e-book in a new space opera series.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born in the early Seventies, with all that implies, Anthony is a husband, father and dog master. Prone to delusions of grandeur he can often be found thinking about Jack A Diamonds, an adventure that has been floating around in his head since 1992. He eventually published his first e-book, Seems Familiar, the first volume of the Jack A Diamonds cycle in 2015. Anthony does have plans to complete a full body of Jack A Diamonds’ work but is often distracted by work, sleep, his caravan, cheese, music snobbery, the Xbox One and a hatred of the word “re-closable”.
The Far Future.
The Galaxy is divided. After centuries of harmony, friends and allies have become rivals and war is only a mistake away. The Imperial Domain of the Sovereignty Empire cover swathes of known space slowly expanding but held back by the Allied Systems – a thousand enlightened worlds holding out against the darkness.
Beyond these great alliances lie the independent systems and the wilderness – a wild frontier all but abandoned by most of the galaxy. A place to win and lose a fortune. A place to live. A place to die. A place to get lost in. The place where monsters come from.
JACK A DIAMONDS
It is said that the galaxy contains somewhere between one hundred and four hundred billion stars, therefore the exploits of two independent spacers should be insignificant.
Unfortunately for the galaxy Joe Kelso and Tyler Jackson, co-owners of the vessel Jack A Diamonds, are becoming thorns in the side of all the major players in their corner of the Outer Rim worlds.
All Kelso and Jackson want is to make a living navigating the silent seas, but circumstance has a nasty habit of intervening.
Having recently become a new father, and facing the prospect of many sleepless nights, I decided to take a punt on the short story Jack A Diamonds by A.E Steele and I was pleasantly surprised I took the gamble. There seems to have been a slew of self published first time Sci fi authors putting their work out there on the kindle store over the past few years with varying degrees of success. Unfortunately the quality normally varies from poor to mediocre. Fortunately JAD fares far better than the majority of its peers. Despite a meandering (and seemingly misplaced opening chapter) the author has created a tightly plotted, fast paced and richly detailed world in which two likeable lead characters bounce from one adventure to another, with snappy dialogue and witty banter aplenty. Its influences are plain to see (from Star Wars to Firefly) and is evident from the referential title of volume 1 "Seems Familiar," that the author is fully aware of this. As a result its not the most original piece of sci-fi literature out there, but more than makes up for it with interesting characters and a cracking good adventure. As a taster of the JAD universe, it has left me wanting more. You get a sense that there is already a much wider and fully formed world out there for Kelso & Jackson, the stories two protagonists, to explore and get into trouble in, and I will be ready when volume 2 of their adventures becomes available.
Disclaimer: My reading history of Sci Fi is rather limited - I usually prefer fantasy - however, I have been known to make the odd foray into the genre, hence this purchase. 'Seems Familiar' was a welcome change to my usual preference. Steele plunges the reader into an intriguing world from page 1, sparing little time for lengthy, unnecessarily descriptive prose, and instead focuses on setting the present scene, leaving a lot of the universe building up to the reader's imagination. Laced with punchy action, wisecracking, and conspiracy, the story takes on a swift pace unlike any I have previously read. On the surface, it is a classic tale of heroes (or rather, anti-heroes) versus villains, with a clear cut view of good against evil. However, it is subtly apparent that there is much, much more to the world (and, indeed, some of the characters) than meets the eye. Steele has successfully achieved what I can only assume was the desired effect of piquing the reader's interest, and leaves me hoping that the saga will continue with further publications. The book itself is relatively short, so it would suit those with a short attention span or those who lack the capacity and/or inclination to force themselves to remember umpteen characters' names and traits (George R.R Martin, anyone?). Reminiscent of Toby Frost's 'Space Captain Smith' in both atmosphere, and mixture of action and sardonic humour.