Book Review: The Zarion: Saving Mankind by J.E. Grace

28 Jun

28688809Title: The Zarion: Saving Mankind

Author: J.E. Grace

Genre: Science Fiction

Publication Date: January 22, 2016



Davis Summerfield is pushed into early retirement, but he is actually enjoying his freedom. Interplay, a government agency, has other ideas. Davis suspects that they are involved in more than scientific research and space exploration. What secrets lurk inside Interplay’s locked gates?

Davis is told that his destiny links to a race called, The Zarion, the watchers and protectors, but a rogue alien race, The Fallen, is determined to annihilate Earth? Can Davis fulfill his destiny? Will the woman he loves believe him?

Along with an underground rebel group, Davis faces the biggest challenge of his life. Can he save them? Will Earth Survive?

Purchase on Amazon.


My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book from the author.

After reading the first couple of chapters of The Zarion: Saving Mankind, I almost decided I couldn’t finish it. The grammar is distracting but even worse is the constant switching back and forth between first person and third person. I decided to stick with it, though, since I like the concept of the book.

The Zarion: Saving Mankind is science fiction with two different alien races fighting over Earth. The Zarion are trying to protect Earth from the Fallen, an evil alien race.

The main character, Davis, finds out that he is the first human/Zarion and that his destiny is to have a role in saving mankind. There’s a lot missing as far as character development and the characters’ emotions being portrayed well enough for me to be able to empathize. One example is the office romance that isn’t actually a romance. Davis and Jeanette seem to instantly fall in love without knowing each other at all.

The Zarion: Saving Mankind was not the easiest book to read but I believe, with a good editor and some serious rewrites, this could be a good book.


About the Author

2016-06-28_0916Born in California and later moved to the Midwest.  I was a real estate agent until 2012 when I retired to pursue other interests.

I’m an avid fiction reader, love writing fiction novels and poetry, paint in oils/pastels, and also do digital art. You can view my art on Fine Art America,  Zazzle and Society 6.

I published my first science fiction novel on Amazon Jan 22, 2016. I am currently working on a sequel to The Zarion, a mystery novel and a fantasy novel with a Christian theme.


2 Responses to “Book Review: The Zarion: Saving Mankind by J.E. Grace”

  1. Joseph M. Erhardt July 3, 2016 at 11:54 am #

    “constant switching back and forth between first person and third person”

    Only one switch would be enough for me to put it down. Switching from 1st to 3rd, and back, means poor planning on the part of the writer.

    I’ve never been able to finish Michael Connelly’s _The Scarecrow_ for this reason. In fact, any writer that does this on me loses me as a reader permanently.


    • sleepygirl2 July 3, 2016 at 8:51 pm #

      I understand quitting because of the switching but I do my best to get through books that I’ve said I’d review. I know authors work hard and sometimes a review like this one can help. The author contacted me to let me know this book is going through a major edit. I think sometimes new authors don’t realize how important editing is.


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