Thursday, September 6, 2018

[Book Review] Starry Messenger by Ethan Howard

Starry Messenger by Ethan Howard, the first book in the Opportvnvs Adest series, was an interesting combination of romance, spirituality, science fiction, and, of course, the battle between good and evil.

This one wasn't exactly in my wheelhouse, but I did enjoy the read!

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 

Let's dive in!

Starry Messenger by Ethan Howard 

In 2018, war has been eliminated. Crime greatly reduced. Poverty and homelessness is a thing of the past. Things are so good, that many have dared to call it paradise.

Then a powerful and enigmatic stranger comes to Earth with a message:

"What you believe is false."
"What you know is wrong."

Humans have been manipulated since the dawn of man by shadowy forces. Nothing is what it appears to be and dark times are on the horizon. Everything transpiring on the planet is merely a precursor to unspeakable horrors destined to occur in the year 2020.

The world is headed for its end days while the battle-weary stranger struggles with his feelings for an Earth woman, his duty, and a past shrouded in mystery. In the meantime, evil forces operate with impunity and gain a greater stranglehold on the planet.

The arrival of this starry messenger will either save Earth or accelerate its destruction.

About the author:

The versatile Ethan Howard is a freelance writer and a graduate of Rutgers University.  He is a combat veteran who continues to serve in the military today through the reserves.

Once an alternative school teacher and psychological consultant, Mr. Howard is now a director for a non-profit transitional housing program for young adults as a civilian and a volunteer for the homeless.  He offers a unique perspective on the human mind.

Mr. Howard is an avid reader with an affinity for the classics.  His other hobbies include football, hiking and board games with his family.

The Opportvnvs Adest Series is a four-part apocalyptic science fiction/fantasy series that chronicles events that lead to the end of days for Earth. The series was published June 2017.

Howard’s books include Tales of the Unexpected, a compilation of 14 short stories dealing with the strange, the eerie and the macabre. The book published in December 2014.

My thoughts:
While this one wasn't wasn't super in my wheelhouse, I still found it quite interesting! The author certainly added in a number of elements that really got me thinking. 

I really enjoyed the main characters and Quentin was especially interesting. I liked that as a reader we got to see his internal struggle as he tried to adjust to his human form. 

If you think a sci-fi novel centered around a relationship that is heavy on spirituality sounds interesting, then this will definitely be your cup of tea! 

Thanks for reading!
I have so many books in space on my TBR that I just haven't been able to get to yet. What is your favorite space related book?


  1. I’m glad you got out of your comfort zone and it didn’t go badly. I’m not sure I’d be into this but you never know.

  2. Outer space kind of freaks me out, so I tend to avoid most books set there. LOL


  3. Sounds kind of like The Day The Earth Stood Still...

    1. Oh! I haven't heard of that, I'll have to check it out!

  4. I am definitely out of my zone when I read book from Sci-fi / fantasy genres. But I am trying get out of it and I am glad this one turned well for you.

    Gayathri @ Elgee Writes