*The author provided me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review which follows*
In the year 2116 the Unicate, a conglomerate formed from all the
governments in the world, have stopped the wars that ravaged the earth.
Peace now reigns supreme – except on the oceans, where Captain Radomiur Lascek and his band of
pirates sail upon his ship, the Solar Wind. This unruly band of misfits
travel the high seas, seeking out outlaws and fugitives, all the while
steering clear of the Unicate and their associates.
a routine stop in Dublin, the Gypsy, Federi takes a chance and hires
three teenage Irish musicians, “The Donegal Troubles:” Paean, her older
brother Ronan, and her younger brother, Shawn to entertain the crew. The
young trio had been searching for work and a safe place to hide from
their past and the Unicate, who are hunting for them in connection with a
mysterious death that still haunts Paean and her brothers.
Mystery and adventure surround the Donegal’s as they sail aboard the
Solar Wind. When the Unicate gained power they outlawed all knowledge
and culture that dated back more than thirty years. This is the war the
pirates wage against the Unicate. Using current technology and the old
ways of sailing, knowledge now forbidden, Captain Lascek and the crew
capture and sell enemy craft to the rebellion.
However, all is not what it seems aboard the Solar Wind. The Unicate
and bounty hunters are closing in on Captain Lascek and the crew. Time
is running out! The only answer must be sabotage from within!
Do you love pirates? Young adult adventure and mysteries, too? How
about if you throw in some gypsy magic and a romance or two? The Mystery
of the Solar Wind is all that and then some.
The cast of characters is a motley crew with two things in common,
their love of the sea and their hatred for the Unicate. Add in the young
Donegal kids who knew nothing of living on the sea and you learn about
life aboard the Solar Wind through their eyes. If you ever wondered what
it was like to sail a ship, you will learn all there is to know within
I was intrigued with the in-depth personality of Paean, a real
tom-boy who stuck me as a level-headed teenager faced with the
difficulties of living under a corrupt world government. The choices she
was faced with really made me think about the way our world is today
and what our future might hold for all of us. The future presented
within these pages might not be too far off in our future.
Although, for me the real stand out in the novel was Federi, the
Gypsy chef, who bewitches you with his smooth talking ways and his
undying loyalty to the captain and the crew. The Romany Federi carries
dark secrets from his past that seem to surface at exactly the right
time, moving the story along in exciting new paths.
There is a great deal of detail presented within the pages of this
book. At times, I had to backtrack to make all the connections, even
though I was always glad I did. Lyz Russo is a master story weaver and I
was drawn into the community of pirates who seemed to be the real good
guys in this futuristic world.
I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series. I have to know what happens next!
“The Mystery of the Solar Wind,” is Book 1 in the Solar Wind series.
“The Assassin,” is Book 2, “Freedom Fighter,” is Book 3, and “Raider!”
is Book 4, all part of the Solar Wind Series.
Character Believability: 4 Flow and Pace: 4 Reader Engagement: 4.5 Reader Enrichment: 4 Reader Enjoyment: 4.5 Overall Rate:4.0