The Chronicles of Spartak – Rising Son (Book 1)

“A riveting story with a powerful underlying political narrative-Chronicles of Spartak will have an appeal across generations.”  David Kirp, New York Times Contributing Writer

An adorable hero, lots of action, and a vision of the future eerily extrapolated from today’s political reality adding a dystopian dimension to the novel.
MP, Goodreads

“Whether you’re headed to the beach, the pool or the Pride Parade, it doesn’t hurt to have a book with you to pass the time.”
Gregg Shapiro, Wisconsin Gazette (Pride 2016 Summer Reading List: Wisconsin Gazette)

“One of the many aspects of this novel SPARTAK RISING SON [that is] unique (it [is] also a fine LGBT story that weaves science fiction, fantasy, and a hunky hero) is his placing the story in the near future (no apocalypse tale, this) by projecting the realities of now into the permutations of the extremes of today’s devices and behaviors. Premonitions/prophecies? Perhaps, but the case he builds makes solid sense, like it or not…”“Steven has this new genre (‘new’ because it avoids all the usual trappings of sci-fi novels and focuses on striving to make the future a better place rather then simply a rubble pile filled with odd creatures) down pat. If he continues this direction of writing he will be not only entertaining us with creative stories brilliantly written but also creating superheroes of substance – and very fine attributes!”
Grady Harp, Amazon (Full review)

“It makes you think about the world today and if it’s possible for some of the things that happen in the book’s 2115 to happen in our future…Spartak is a compelling protagonist…This book definitely makes you think and gives you a lot of moral questions…
“The book is really intellectual, fast paced, has a lot of action, good characters, and I really appreciated the way a young queer athlete and a slave becomes a symbol for a revolution.”
Vigilantereads (Full review)

“If you love The Hunger Games, and you want a bit more of a gritty and adult feel, you may love Rising Son.”
BA Brock, Queer Sci Fi (Full review)

“A multitalented, bisexual, teenage slave becomes a symbol of freedom in this debut sci-fi saga.”
“The narrative does move along at a brisk pace … with energetic action scenes and sharply drawn characters, and the result is a vigorous tale.”
Kirkus Reviews (Full review)

“We are so lucky to have writers that are producing books for the young and especially with this superhero, we have someone that everyone can be proud of and with whom sexuality is a non-issue. There is lots of action, suspense and tension and this keeps us reading but even more than that is the fact that adults can also appreciate the references to politics, religion and extremism that in many cases reflect what we are seeing in the world today. I found this to be totally absorbing and entertaining—so much so that I stopped everything else and read the book (all 300 plus pages) to completion in one sitting. The future we read about here is the result of the present that we are experiencing now.”
Amos Lassen, Blogger (Full review)

“Highly imaginative and creative, action packed, with a fascinating young protagonist who combines the physical and moral attributes of both Spiderman and Superman in his remarkable body and psyche. The pace never flags, the story holds suspense and tension in every scene. With its extrapolation of the politics and extremism of today, religious and political, The Chronicles of Spartak is a thoughtful and thoroughly entertaining achievement.”
Katherine V Forrest, Author of the Kate Delafield mystery series

“The protagonist is a young and renowned athlete in a society that tolerates him for its entertainment. The writing is literate, direct, and a pleasure to read. There is a fascinating plot point—the return of slavery to the United States of America.”
Dennis Myers, Reno News & Review

“The Chronicles of Spartak is a groundbreaking young adult novel. Can a sixteen-year-old high school sophomore, athlete, warrior, musician—sold into slavery—save America AND be bisexual? Yes! Oh, YES!”
Dr Barbara O’Connor, Institute of Politics & Media, California State University, Sacramento