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Daniel's father has gotten himself killed and left another mess for Daniel to clean up. To save his world from destruction, he must fight off his father's killers while discovering a way to save his world. Time is running out, and Daniel must choose to either walk in his father's footsteps or to reinvent himself into the one to save his world.
Paperback, 337 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Phenomenal One Press (first published April 30th 2011)
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Bill Tillman
Jul 17, 2012 Bill Tillman rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Any YA SF fan!
Recommended to Bill by: LM Preston
A great SF YA tale, worth reading. The small press could do with a tighter editing but that does not distract much from the content.
The ability of the author to describe the scenes in such descriptive detail, is a quality that makes L.M. Preston is a great story teller. Each scene comes through the Daniel's eyes or his close friends; the scenes are tactile, you will feel as if they are truly in the moment. The main character lives on Zukar, an area where thieves/criminals live. The main characte
Ryan G
May 04, 2014 Ryan G rated it liked it
This is the third LM Preston book I've reviewed and I must say that I'm really happy with the results. She is an author that I've come to appreciate and am really enjoying her growth as a writer. When I read her first book, Explorer X-Alpha, while I enjoyed it, I wanted it fleshed out a bit more. I felt there was so much in it, that I wanted it explained and detailed more. When I read her second book, The Pack, I was still wishing the book was set in a fantasy series, though I understood the rea ...more
Jun 30, 2011 Linda rated it it was amazing
Bandits Is A Story About Daniel Pierce And His Brother, Nikkel Growing Up On The Planet Merwin. He Had Grown Up In Awe Of His Legendary Father Who Was The Greatest Zukar Thief Of All Time And He Had Wanted To Be Like Him Only Better, But Rayne Had Changed Three Years Ago And Refused To Go On Snatch Jobs That Left Daniel To Clean Up His Messes. As He Lay In Bed, He Heard Shots From Downstairs And He And His Runaway From Earth Cousin Raced Down The Stairs To See His Dad Had Been Murdered! His Ten ...more
Erin (Bookish in a Box)
May 13, 2011 Erin (Bookish in a Box) rated it really liked it
Bandits is a fun-filled, action-packed, off-world, pirate-y adventure. Along with strange creatures, science fiction and evil villains, it has endearing characters, blossoming relationships and loyal friends.

Bandits is such a cool conglomeration of genres and themes. It's sci-fi, mixed with fantasy, mixed with romance, and of course, it's YA (although there is quite a bit of mature language so be warned). I loved the idea of the book--treasure-hunting--and it's made even more exciting by adding
Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books)
Bandits is a sci-fi adventure that takes the reader to an entirely new planet and introduces a society unlike anything we’d know on earth. LM Preston has a way with developing and describing the world of Merwin and dangers inherent with being a Zukar – the gangster-like thieves that populate the planet. Daniel, the main character and a Zukar himself, is a far cry from what one would expect a thief and almost-assassin to be. The word thief invokes a shady sort of character, but Daniel is young lo ...more
Beverly McClure
Apr 06, 2013 Beverly McClure rated it really liked it
What would you do if you heard arguing and laser fire and when you ran to investigate you found your father dead, a knife in his heart in addition to the hole in his leg left by the laser? Even though your father was a Zukar, a faction of thieves on the planet Merwin, and you’ve lost all respect for him, he’s still your father and you also care for him? Add the knowledge that the murderers might be after you next and you have major problems.

Author LM Preston’s novel, BANDITS, follows Daniel, his
Marrion James (The Book Associate)
May 04, 2011 Marrion James (The Book Associate) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, owned
Originally and also posted on Palm Books Journal .

The author of this book has requested me to review this book. And definitely, I said YES! I have been waiting for this book to arrive on my mail last month and thankfully, it finally came. My first review this May. Let’s begin shall we?

The Plot. Wow, it’s just wow! Few of the books I read with some chapters are somewhat dull, not that I don’t actually enjoyed it. But this book never gave me that dull moment. I am very surprised that every counte
Apr 05, 2011 Bonnie rated it really liked it
As I was reading Bandits by L.M. Preston, I found myself repeatedly wondering about the visual aspects of her mind throughout and thinking how she not only has quite the imagination, but the skill to share it.

One of the main reasons I found why I could read Bandits is because of the images she weaves, the creatures and world she created, and how they all work together. I have a healthy respect for a writer who can create a whole new world with creatures you’ve never heard of and have it all fit
Apr 19, 2011 Nina rated it really liked it
Ever wondered how a video game would translate into a novel? Well, wonder no more because Bandits, the new novel by LM Preston, is coming out in June of this year!

Bandits is about a young man - Daniel - whose father was killed because of a particular treasure that he has stolen and kept away in some hidden treasure trove. Upon his father's death, Daniel, along with his younger brother Nickel, his best friend's sister Jade, and his cousin Faulk, decides to find the treasure in the hope that it w
Nov 25, 2011 Alicia rated it it was amazing
When I first got this book I didn't think I would like it because generally I don't read books like this. But, after just the first chaper I was hooked and it was hard for me to put this book down. One of the things that I first liked about this book was how well L.M. Preston writes each scene. You can visualize everything. I found when reading every part of it that I never got bored of this book.

Daniel lives on a dangerous planet called Merwin where his father had been training him to be a Zuka
Jun 09, 2011 Mia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-own
Originally posted at Girl about Books

When author, L.M. Preston, first offered me to review this book, I must admit that there was a slight hesitation in my mind because during that time, I haven't read a book in Sci-Fi Fantasy genre yet. I figured maybe I should start reading Sci-Fi Fantasy books, so in the end, I accepted her offer. After reading her book, I realized that accepting Preston's offer was one of the best decisions I've made because Bandits is one wild ride of adventure and now on
De Jr.
Jul 27, 2012 De Jr. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: native-s-reads
By: L.M. Preston

Step into a world within the pages of “Author L.M. Preston’s” Novel, that is liken unto a futuristic “Pirates of The Caribbean”, “Star Wars”, and a major splash of “Battlestar Gallactica” ……

Main Character “Daniel” finds himself in a very precarious situation as he now becomes not only responsible for his younger brother “Nickel”, but also in the hard place within himself as a result of their father’s untimely death, for which he will revenge…..But also a wet behind the ear
Jennifer  Davis
Aug 10, 2012 Jennifer Davis rated it it was amazing
Bandits is written for ages 12 and up, it had the adult in me interested and the kid in me excited for the adventure from beginning to end. It is sci-fi genre, which isn't my norm, but I am a sucker for pirates of any type.

Daniel's father Rayne is always leaving messes for him to clean up, but this time, Rayne got himself killed. Daniel and his brother Nickel now on the run from the kings officials and whomever killed their father for an unknown treasure. The only thing they have to guide them i
S.A. Larsen
Mar 30, 2011 S.A. Larsen rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: any YA enthusiastic about sci-fi
Recommended to S.A. by: Author Book Tour - ARC
In a nutshell, this story is an action-packed adventure for any energetic teen who's ever been lost, misguided, or betrayed. With sprinkles of the Pirates of the Caribbean to Star Trek, the thrill-ride is endless.

The world of Zukar control is one of danger and fear. Merwin is a planet of all (or most) that is not good, roaming thieves and criminals. All do what they must to survive, including parents raising children. Fast-paced and energetic, the story is set in a time where space travel is no
Apr 13, 2011 Kim rated it it was amazing
I am not generally a huge science fiction fan, but Bandits had me thoroughly engrossed from the very beginning. Set mainly on a planet populated by futuristic pirates and killers, it was a unique twist on the traditional high seas pirate tales I have read. The planet Merwin is a planet unlike anything we Earthlings could ever know. There is technology of which we know nothing, creatures unlike anything we could know, and an environment completely unlike our own home planet. Yet the author someho ...more
May 22, 2011 Krystal rated it really liked it
The first quality of the book that struck me as amazing was the ability of the author to describe the scenes in such descriptive detail. The reader will literally be able to see each scene through the main characters eyes; the scenes will be tactile, the reader will feel as if they are truly in the moment. The main character lives on Zukar, an area where thieves/criminals live. The main character is trained by his father to become a criminal. Quite quickly, his father dies and the main character ...more
Glenda Bixler
Mar 11, 2011 Glenda Bixler rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-books
The author's son wanted "a gritty pirate tale." Wow! I'd say he got that and more! After all, this pirate tale is not only gritty, it is out of this world--Merwin!

As you read the story, especially in the thrilling escapades, please be alert to pay attention to the images, the creatures, the seemingly impossible acts that her characters face. Preston has a genius for not only having the imagination, but carrying that skill down to the "nitty-gritty" details! I'm going to include just one scene o
Jun 01, 2011 Kira rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, 3-stars, read-in-2011
Review originally posted at Mrs. Boswell's Book Bag.

Bandits is a story that can appeal to both genders. Along with being action-packed and full of creepy-crawly creatures, Bandits also has blooming romance and loyal friendships.

This book literally takes it all on. It's action, fantasy, mystery, sci-fi, romance and young adult all rolled into one. This gives the book appeal to both male and female readers. The characters are also diverse in race which gives readers of all ethnicities a commonalit
Sep 20, 2012 bird rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book. The author did a great job of making us fall in love with the characters and feel right there. Unlike many books, this one had vivid descriptions, epic world building, and AWESOME action scenes. I'm a sucker for a good pirate story and despite the language and descriptive kiss scenes (between a sixteen and seventeen year old that I could have done without) this book was really good.

One little thing-
When I first started I was annoyed with all the info dumping/showing tellin
Oct 30, 2012 Ashley rated it really liked it
Space pirates. What more do I need to say? ;-)

It took me a few chapters to really get into Bandits. I know that LM Preston writes more for a young adult male audience and that may have something to do with it; so it wasn't the book that had a problem it was me. As you should be able to tell by my rating, once I got into the story, I was kept in it. Bandits is a great story; fast paced and thrilling (I think LM likes a good puzzle).

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Kelly Hashway
Jul 17, 2012 Kelly Hashway rated it it was amazing
Wow. Talk about an exciting read. LM Preston creates such a vivid world, I felt like I lived there. Daniel has a really tough time since his father died and he's left to not only take care of his younger brother but also save his world. And with his father's killer targeting him next, the task is more than a little difficult.

I loved the setting, and I'm not big on book settings. I give LM a lot of credit for creating such a vivid world that sucked me right in. And the character relationships we
Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages
Jul 23, 2013 Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: YASSF
Recommended to Jenny Bynum by: Lm Preston Author
I won a paperback copy of this book awhile ago in return for an honest review. WOW....Right off the bat, this book was full of action from beginning to end. This author knows how to capture her audience with this remarkable Sci-Fi story. I loved the characters in the story and their individual personalities. The characters is what makes a makes a great story and this author pulled it off very well. I was intrigued of the different planets and it made it very hard to put down, because I just HAD ...more
L.M. created a wonderfully unique world and full rich characters. It took a chapter to really get into the language and into Daniel's cast of friends but the adventurous plot twists were such fun...I've gotta check out her other books!!!!

Goodread's summary of the premise: "Daniel's father has gotten himself killed and left another mess for Daniel to clean up. To save his world from destruction, he must fight off his father's killers while discovering a way to save his world. Time is running out,
May 26, 2011 Carien rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
I really liked this story.
Preston creates an intriguing world full of danger and excitement. Her writing is pleasant and vivid and she pays attention to detail in creating the setting of this story. Although it has a dash of SciFi it's mostly a fantasy pirate adventure and a good one at that: it's got thieves, treasure troves, weird creatures and more. The story moves along at a fast pace with almost non stop action, plunging Daniel and his friends from one danger into the next, leading to a wel
Kristen Byers
Feb 29, 2012 Kristen Byers rated it liked it
Shelves: bookrooster
Daniel's father has trained him to become one of the Zukar, thieves who live on a planet far from Earth and perform snatch jobs to procure precious treasures. After Daniel's father is killed, Daniel and his brother discover that their father was in possession of a treasure that has the power to destroy worlds, and their father's killer has his sights set on this treasure. Eager to not let the treasure fall into the wrong hands, Daniel and his brother set off on a fast-paced adventure that helps ...more
Jul 17, 2012 Deborah rated it it was amazing
Talk about not judging a book by its cover! L.M. Preton's "Bandits" cover left me thinking it was a book about swash buckling sword swinging pirates. what is inside the cover far excedes what the cover suggest. Preston writes of a teen pirate, his family, and friends that live on Zukar, a distant planet. Daniel's father is killed and the killers come looking for him and his brother.Daniel must find his father's greatest treaure although he does not believe in it. Bandits is an action packed Y-A ...more
Tina Pritchard
Sep 02, 2011 Tina Pritchard rated it it was amazing
I greatly enjoyed Bandits! I first picked it up several months ago but things of course got in the way of my reading time however, the beginning was so fast paced and full of adventure--and a little sadness too--that I was able to pick the book right back up and continue on. It's a great piece for male teens and I think even female readers would enjoy it. The characters have their own personalities and develop progressively as the story moves on. LM Preston's use of descriptions is short and sim ...more
Rachel's Book Reviews
I can't post the whole review here (writing still needs to be done!) This book was AMAZING!!!! I would say the only bad part was cussing (a moderate amount) but it was easy to overlook. This book is totally worth reading! (can't wait for the next one) wait...there will be a next one...won't there?! I would die if that was it!!! very few books get 5 stars from me. take it seriously.
read this book :)
a well-written sci-fi fantasy for young audiences. Daniel is a Zukar (top pirate) on a planet of pirates, his father is killed and he and his brother and friends must find out why, while while locating the treasure his father died to protect. This book has vivid descriptions, and a masterful creation of the world of the planet Merwin. As a young teen-ager I would have loved this book full of cute young men and a beautiful spunky young woman. As an adult I am entertained.
Nov 14, 2011 Sharon rated it liked it
Not a book I would normally have picked up. Science fiction isn't really my thing but the story line was new and different. Although many parts were overly predictable and some parts were slow despite the action in the words on the page. over all it was a descent read. A little romance for the girls and a great deal of action for the male readers.

Middle school appropriate.

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LM. Preston was born and raised in Washington, DC. An avid reader, she loved to create poetry and short-stories as a young girl. With a thirst for knowledge she attended college at Bowie State University, and worked in the IT field as a Techie and Educator for over sixteen years. She started writing science fiction under the encouragement of her husband who was a Sci-Fi buff and her four kids. Her ...more
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