Jack’s Planet By John Hindmarsh
Book/Novel Author: John Hindmarsh
Book/Novel Title: Jack’s Planet
Jack’s Planet is the third book in the Jack Foster Space Opera series. The first two books both took off like rockets – rewarding when you’re writing Space Opera.Jack has undertaken to return rescued Tirarge, a hitherto unknown species, to their home planet. The first problem? The Tirarge cannot speak – they’re telepathic. The second problem? They don’t know where their home system is located. The third problem? Another starship is following Fearless, likely seeking revenge.Oh wait, there’s another problem. Two other species also inhabit this unknown planet, and they can’t speak, either.Surprisingly, that’s not the end of Jack’s problems.Jack, while sympathetic to the issues facing the planet and its people, has no standing apart from Fearless and his three bots and the Eagles and the SAC scouts and a squad of Black Company marines and a warrior squad of Tirarge and an AI or two…The rulers of the planet, ignoring civilized conventions, have a simple yet elegant solution. They re-name their world and nominate Jack as its new owner. They engrave the title to the planet on a massive diamond, a jewel worth more than Jack can ever dream of. The new name of this world?Jack Foster’s PlanetThere are enemies on their way, possibly a GalFed destroyer or two, and a planet to protect. Join Jack and his team – ever increasing – in their venture to help their new friends against slave traders, and Jack’s Planet against illegal mining.This is the third epic space opera story in the Jack Foster series from an established and best-selling Amazon writer.
The princess dumped Jack. Her mother the Queen had sent her to be a prisoner at a jail that liked to call itself a resort. Jack was looking all over the galaxy for her in his “new” space ship/ warship. By the time Jack finds her on the remote desert planet the princess has broken out of jail. Jack rescues everyone, including all the prisoners that have been kept drugged. The princess loves Jack, but she hates her mother and wants revenge. Jack wants no part of that so he says, whatever see you later. He embarks on a trip to return all the munchkins to the planet that they had been stolen from. Jack quit the navy a while back, but contracts to have a contingent of marines on his ship, and along comes Jenny. She’s been after Jack in the last two books. Her character is not as fleshed out or well motivated as the princess was. She just sort of “is” there. I didn’t care for her. Jack seems to be just going with the flow. Seems like one of those really smart guys who sort of lets women control him in his love life. So there are a bunch of battles and other things and Jack gets his own planet, “Jack’s Planet”. There seems to be another book in this series, I”ll have to check it out.
Jack is gifted even among his own family, but brilliance is always the lead. As usual Sofia must leave Jack to fight her own family! “Lieutenant” Jenny is making her mark on Jack. [He will have some spaining to do….] now with several new sentient aliens making him their personal defender, things will become complicated. Still don’t understand not giving Sofia an implant?…
This is a series that defines escapism at its finest. Fast paced. Lots of action. Characters you can enjoy. Yet Hindmarsh adds situations and hard choices that are relatable. Boy and girl sometimes have to make decisions that lead them down different life paths. It’s a real thing. So! Escapism. Action. Interesting characters. And real life decions to keep you grounded. I hope he keeps writing until he’s 183!
The plot moves quickly, and the adventures are generally entertaining. The world-building is not particularly consistent or deep, but my expectations were not very high for this type of space opera. I am troubled by the number of “twists”, when a character starts to behave in unexpected ways. One or two are good, setting up surprises, but there are so many that my suspension of disbelief starts to suffer. Others wrote about the cliffhanger ending — I am not a fan of those, either. But that is an annoyance compared to inconsistent or implausible character development.
I have enjoyed reading all three Jack Foster Space Opera stories. Each has a captivating story line and I couldn’t stop reading until I had finished reading each one. Looking forward to the next book.
This series is as enjoyable as any series I’ve read. Varied scenarios, non stop challenges, just fun reading. I RARELY select five stars but I can’t do less for this series. Thank you John Hindmarsh!