"Very complex science fiction thriller"
The Exile Prince heads to Conrad's World with a filled
hold and special passengers. A few hours before landing,
three combat fighters attack the vessel. His father sends
five year old Cale Alexandros accompanied by his nanny
Sidonie in the Kestrel to the nearby planet with
instructions to get to the only civilized spot
Morningstar. However, the duo crash on Conrad's World.
Nomads find them and rape Sidonie and leave her to die.
They turn Cale into a slave.
A decade passes when Blackburn the trader enables Cale to
escape with him to Morningstar where he meets Sidonie, who
survived her desert ordeal. She takes him home to his
wealthy family. However, Cale believes that Morningstar is
built on top of an alien culture and has found an ancient
tome with weird metallic pages containing strange writings
that he found in the desert. His family and Sidonie want
him to stay home and cannot understand why Cale is
obsessed with locating and entering the alien gate that
his reference mentions unaware that friends are enemies
planning to use him.
THE ROSETTA CODEX is a very complex science fiction
thriller from start to finish. Readers will enjoy
journeying with Cale whose captivity along with the book
he found shape his existence though that upsets his
family. The story line is action-packed and the support
cast is established to enhance the plot. However, this
fine alien planet thriller belongs to Cale, whose
enslavement has made him so different from his family that
they cannot comprehend his need to return to the place of
horrors and believe he is a fool to want to ship out
again. Richard Paul Russo provides a strong character-
driven outer space adventure.
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted November 15, 2005
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 25, 2007