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Pandora's Gun by James Van Pelt
Cover Artist: Kuldar Leement
Review by Bill Lawhorn
Fairwood Press  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781933846538
Date: 01 August 2015

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One person's trash, is another's treasure. Peter is about to find out how true that statement is after his exploration of a strange dump, leads to an amazing discovery.

Peter and Dante were inseparable as children. As they grew older, Dante started down a different path. The two still did some things together, but not nearly as much. Peter found a strange dump and has been exploring it. He finds strange objects that don't quite fit this world. But his discovery of a strange gun kicks off a series of events that could bring either great happiness or the end of the world.

Dante begins to help Peter discover the limits and possibilities opened up by the gun. But their use of it, also opens up new worlds of possibilities that could lead to the end of all things. Undaunted Dante wants to push the limits. Peter wants to proceed with care, especially as he doesn't completely trust Dante any longer.

Christy is literally the girl next door. When she sees Peter hiding the gun, she gets drawn into the action. Her involvement rekindles an old friendship that had stagnated years ago. Things could be looking up, or so it seems until the FBI and military show up to investigate the happenings from the strange gun. The problem is, who can Peter trust?

The title of this novel refers to the ancient Greek myth about temptation and the results of giving in to temptation. When Pandora opened the box, all of the bad things in the world escaped, only Hope was held onto. In this story, the gun is the temptation, as it has the potential to unleash a lot of terrible things on the earth.

I believe that this is a standalone YA novel which is told in the third person limited perspective. The action is pretty fast paced and entertaining. I was able to finish the story in a few hours. It was just the cure I was looking for when I was feeling a little down. Van Pelt did not pad the story with a lot of extra material to make the novel longer. This is a good thing. The story is set up, the action happens, and then there is a conclusion. It isn't a pure all loose ends tied up ending, but it is a reasonable ending that maintains a little hope.

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