Mark Mattison’s novel may be just what you’re looking for to recommend to your sci-fi buffs who may want to expand their reading beyond that about vampires and wizards.
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“After a young skateboarder named Chris is accidentally transformed by a lab experiment, he is warped to a distant galaxy and embroiled in an epic power struggle. He becomes the commander of a spaceship with an unlikely crew: a tenacious female space pirate, an android, a four-foot-tall insect, and a mysterious cleric with a mystical orb. Together they embark on a daring rescue mission before a fateful showdown with an invasion force of intergalactic cyborgs.”
Check it out at COMMANDER CHRIS and the Mystical Orb.