Author: Johnathan G. Meyer
Book: Al Clark (Al Clark #1)
Published: September 2014
Genre: Science Fiction
The spaceship Excalibur has left Earth for a new start on a planet thirty years away. The ship is state-of-the-art. One thousand people are kept in hibernation while the automatic systems complete its journey. Except something has gone dreadfully wrong. Forty years into the journey and they still have not woke up.
Al Clark awakens with amnesia. He has no memory of how or why he’s on the ship. As he helps to wake the surviving passengers, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery. He goes places he never imagined and does things he didn’t think possible. Yet he is still left with a great mystery: Who is Al Clark?
Al Clark is the first book of the series with the same name. Earth is in the midst of an environmental crisis. Earth has sent colony ships to other Earth-like worlds. We are introduced to Al Clark, a man who wakes up on the ship with amnesia. What follows is Al Clark slowly working out who he is and why he is on the mission.
There are characters—like Chris: a young man who is the first person Al meets after waking up and Liz, Chris’s mother—who become people we learn to care about. The first contact scenario seemed to go to well. This results from a prophecy that isn’t further explored after the author introduces it. As the story revolves around the setup of the colony, it proves to be an episodic story but still enjoyable with exciting battles with dinosaurs.