Reader's Favorite Gold Medal Winner 2019
B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree (2019)
Chill With a Book Premier Award (2019)
Joe Falcon has a problem. He’s bored. He needs a new purpose, and a new adventure.
When an unidentified vessel is located beyond Jupiter, the authorities of both Earth and Mars begin a frantic race to claim it, aware that whichever planet succeeds might in so doing achieve advantage over the other. But who should they send?
Joe would never consider himself the ‘right’ person. Drifting around the Asteroid Belt in a converted freighter, working as a surveyor and miner with a crew of oddballs and misfits who, like himself, are running away each from his or her own private demons, he cannot think of a single good reason why he should be the chosen one. But how could he not go?
When the surveyor Butterball rendezvous with the Visitor, Joe discovers a ship so immense, exploring its thousands of square kilometres of decks is unrealistic. As the alien vessel responds to his presence in wondrous yet frightening ways, not a trace of its inhabitants can be found. Virtually everything Joe and his team sees is beyond explanation, and little is what it appears to be.
Joe soon realises he and his crew are expendable and cannot take anything or anyone at face value, including the alien ship’s owners. And all the time, the crew are being watched and studied.
Then humanity learns that this wondrous spacecraft is not their real problem.
Never would Joe have imagined it would fall to him to make the decision that would alter the destiny of two worlds, launching humankind into either a glorious future, or the path to extinction.
B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree 2019
We are proud to announce that FALCON’S CALL by Mike Waller, is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree.
IndieB.R.A.G. Medallion awards.
Gold Medal Winner - Reader's Favourite International Book Awards 2019, in the category of Science Fiction.
Reviewed by Anthony Elmore for Readers' Favorite
Falcon’s Call, written by Mike Waller, is a nail-biting, fantastical
science fiction thriller that puts you on the edge of your seat.
Joseph Falcon, a retired naval officer and now the captain of a
freighter spaceship named “Butterball,” was exploring an asteroid
belt deep in the solar system when he was called back to a space
station named Kepler. Once he got back, he got the shock of his
life. A UFO had been sighted not too far from where he had been
exploring, and his new objective was to find out if the space ship
was derelict, or if it still had living inhabitants on board. With his
new history-changing objective, will Joe Falcon and his crew of what the world usually called “misfits” have what it takes to embark on the most important mission in the history of mankind? Or will they fail and miss out on this once in a lifetime anomaly?
Falcon’s Call by Mike Waller was a very deep, mind-boggling, but
very exciting book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story. It had
many twists and turns, making it very hard to put down. The
characters were well defined, and each played an important part in making the story come alive. I thoroughly enjoyed the story. With its fascinating different aspects, it had a way of keeping you on your toes. The science fiction Star Wars meets ET theme made this an awesome read. From murder to mayhem, this book has it all! Because Falcon’s Call has some violence and graphic scenes, I
would suggest that only a more mature audience read this book.
Falcon's Call by Mike Waller has received a Chill with a Book Premier Readers' Award.
A very well thought out story with plenty of description that puts the reader right there with the characters.
A good page turning book with a very good twist at the end.
Pauline Barclay - Founder of Chill with a Book Awards
“Judge, 7th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published eBook Awards.”
What impressed me so much about Falcon's Call is Mike Waller's ability to defamiliarize the familiar. Even in a futuristic space adventure, Waller had his finger on the reader's expectations alongside the crew's experience. Incorporating present-day aspects like predicting Mandarin and English as main Earth languages, referencing skywalks (p. 200), and especially grass on the Minaret all allow significant world-building for Falcon's Call, but also enforce an existential experience.
The novel benefits from an immediately strong characterization of Joe Falcon. And yet, Waller allows Joe to preserve core elements while shifting his perspective as the plot continues, which builds believability. No matter how many points of view Waller presents -- Joe, Jake, Ruth, etc. -- Joe always remains the central focus that grounds the reader.
Overall, Waller has written an engaging and fun interstellar read.
Falcon's Call by Mike Waller is a finalist in the 2019 I.A.N. Book of the year awards, in the category of Science Fiction.
Nominee - Top Shelf Magazine Book of the Year Awards