Review: Andy McBean and the War of the Worlds

Posted on November 17, 2014

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Andy McBean coverAndy McBean and the War of the Worlds
The Amazing Adventures of Andy McBean – Volume 1
By Dale Kutzera
Salmon Bay Books
June 2014
296 pages

By the time Andy McBean reached the 6th grade, he had already survived cancer. In the midst of navigating the pitfalls of middle school and the gauntlet of bullies, Andy’s world comes crashing down around him. Actually it was his house because a meteor roared through the neighborhood and crash landed in his front yard. But it’s not really a meteor. It’s a spaceship and the aliens inside are none too friendly. Except when Andy comes face-to-face with an alien named Been ‘Tok in the flower shop, he realizes not all of them are alike and maybe that’s the key. Andy shifts into survivor gear once again. Only this time it’s not just himself he must save but his family, his friends, and the whole entire planet.

Kutzera’s screenwriting skills shine in his comedic timing, numerous sight gags, and captivating details. Three-eyed Been ‘Tok’s facial contortions as he attempts smiling are hilarious. Readers are easily transported into Andy’s world as though watching a movie. So pop some popcorn ahead of time. You won’t want to miss a minute of the action. Edge-of-your-seat adventure meets sci-fi with a sense of humor in Andy McBean and the War of the Worlds.

Copyright (c) 2014 by Peggy Tibbetts

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