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3.73  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  40 reviews
I don’t want to go… Do I have to go?

13-year-old Prince Teodor of Freyne knows his duty to the memory of his father and his kingdom. Always, he must help those less fortunate than himself. Yet a frightening nightmare fills him with foreboding, but still he must do - into the Dome.
13-year-old Guy Erma lives in the shadow of the Dome, he has no father and no mother and his fu
Paperback, 186 pages
Published May 17th 2015 by Dickson House
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“Science fiction is the most important literature in the history of the world, because it's the history of ideas, the history of our civilization birthing itself. ...Science fiction is central to everything we've ever done, and people who make fun of science fiction writers don't know what they're talking about.”
----Ray Bradbury

Sally Ann Melia, an English science-fiction author, pulls off a great adventurous and thrilling science-fiction in her new book, Guy Erma and the Son of Empire which is
Freda Mans-Labianca
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
I like it and I don't like it.
A couple of times, I felt like the story got a little repetitive. I also wondered, about halfway through, if we were ever going to get anywhere in the story. It flipped back and forth a lot but nothing really made sense to me. Really, it never did quite come together for me. That's what I didn't like. I have hopes the other books in the series will bring it all together more, and this one is more of an intro.
I know other readers will love it though. It has this coo
Sherry Fundin
I wasn’t sure about this book, but something kept pulling at me. It didn’t take long before I was fully involved in Teo and Guy’s world. I could not put it down and read it through in one sitting.

Teo is a recalcitrant prince, soon to be king and Emperor.

Guy Erma is an orphan who dreams of becoming one of the Dome Elite.

Two boys growing up, so different, yet the same. They have desires and insecurities, egos and jealousy.

When Teo has a nightmare of the tunnels…and finds himself taken there, I imm
I received Kidnap in return for an honest review as part of the tour hosted by I Read Book Tours. Kidnap is told from the point of view of two very different boys Teodor the prince and future king of Freyne and Guy an orphan with no registration who dreams of the Dome Elite. Each boy has been forced to grow up quickly after the loss of his father or growing up in the fashion house each enduring their own struggles. Things in Freyne aren’t as peaceful as some would like, people on Sas Daron are a ...more
Dhivya Balaji
May 17, 2015 rated it really liked it

A YA Sci-Fi thriller usually resorts to certain stereotypes that the writers (and unfortunately some readers) think are necessary for the book to be a bestseller. These stereotypes make the book and the content (however different the story might be) seem repetitive. Thankfully, Kidnap breaks not one, but all of those ‘set rules’.

From page one to the appendix, (yes; the appendix, which is a glossary for the Sci-Fi terms used in the book) the book was racy, vivid and written very creativel
Angela Crawford
Apr 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Kidnap starts out with a bang! The writing is very imaginative and fun for both the young and the young at heart. I really liked both the science fiction and fantasy elements in this book. The tech was well thought out and the descriptions of the landscapes and fascinating creatures are very well done. They capture the imagination and draw you into the story quickly. The characters are interesting and you want to find out what happens next. I loved Karl and Nell, they quickly became my two favor ...more
Apr 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a really good book. If you like sci-fi books or are a fan of the Aoleon books by Mr. Brent LeVasseur, who just makes to give his thumbs up on this book, then you might want to check this book out.

It has a good storyline and characters. Prince Teodor of Freyne and Guy Erma are both strong characters. However I have to say that in the beginning I thought that Guy stood out as the stronger male lead for me. Yet as the story progressed Teodor did grow in strides as well. Another person that
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review first appeared on my blog Christy's Cozy Corners.

When I was asked to review this book, I was not sure what exactly this book was going to be about. I knew it was considered a Young Adult Sci/Fi book, but that’s about it. It took me a little while to get into the story because it starts out on a strange note. But once I got into the story, things started falling into place. The different planets and how the people who come from the planets intertwine is really interesting.

The charac
Moon Shine Art Spot ~ Lisa

I was provided Kidnap, Part 1 to give an honest review of afterward. I found the action Joey me interested. I was a. It confused with who was who at the beginning. I did not care for the illustrations which may behave just been rough drafts.

I was beginning to get into the plot and figured out who was who and which planet they were from when the book ended. I was disappointed at such an abrupt end with the rest of the story to come later. I felt like it wasn't enough to be a stand alone b
Victor Gentile
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sally Ann Melia in her new book, “Kidnap” Book One in the Guy Erma and the Son of Empire series published by Dickson House introduces us to Guy Erma.

From the back cover: I don’t want to go! Do I have to go?

13-year-old Teodor knows his duty to the memory of his father and his kingdom, he must help those less fortunate than himself. He must also impress his uncle the Emperor if he is ever to become the Son of Empire. A frightening nightmare fills him with foreboding, but still he must go – into th
May 10, 2015 rated it liked it
The opening reveals some disturbing information about the travels of particular otherworldly beings to areas in which they aren't to be as well as some bricks that are missing. What's important about a few bricks? Ah, good question. They aren't your ordinary mud and mortar type but clear housings for cy-sects...nasty little things that carry poison and can multiply faster than you can say bunny. Just where they went is a mystery, as is the why, but things start to become a little clearer as the ...more
Apr 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Kidnap is an entertaining read centered in a whole other universe. Something like Earth doesn't seem to exist and there are 13 different planets. In this monarchy setting, Teodor, the Prince of Freyne is one of the main characters. This boy is likable, yet sometimes, he seems a bit 'need to have everything my way' type, but not completely spoiled. Teodor is a bit unsure of himself in the beginning and definitely doesn't want to follow his duties, but once he arrived at the domes, he can't be the ...more
Jeremy Michael Gallen
Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This science fiction novel is the first in a trilogy consisting of three parts of the longer story Guy Erma and the Son of Empire, akin to what author Brent LeVasseur did with his five-part Aoléon the Martian Girl series of five entries. In the first part, teenagers Teodor, a prince, and Guy Erma, and orphan, come from different walks of life, although their paths ultimately cross. The prologue introduces Captain Karl Valvanchi, a thirty-one-year-old warrior tasked with defense above Sas Darona, ...more
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Kidnap is a tale of a planet and the people within it, which is a part of a future society. Young Prince Teodor is training extra hard to be fit to become the next King, since the sudden demise of his father. There are others, a couple of whom he trusts, doing all they can to keep this from happening.

Guy Erma is a boy the same age and build as the Prince who desperately wants to become a Dome Elite. The only way one in his station of society can accomplish this is to win a tournament against the
Jessica Bronder
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Prince Teodor, Teo, would rather racve groans, giant cats, and practice with the blades that the Dome Guards use than perform official duties. Teo lives in the shadow of the Dome, a facility for training and teaching young children to be Dome Guards, a special force that is used to protect Teo and his family. But Teo has has a nightmare about the Dome and is really worried about it.

Guy is basically an orphan from one of the fashion houses that specialize in overly expensive clothing for the rich
Meagan Myhren-bennett
Guy Erma and the Son of Empire
Kidnap Part 1
By Sally Ann Melia

Prince Teodor (Teo) is the King of Freyne, though he won't assume the throne until he is ready and of age. He wants to ride his Gorans and to train with his blades. And he is haunted by his father's death 2 years ago.

Guy Erma is a young man who is skilled with blades, with hopes that this skill will allow him entry into the Dome Elite. But Guy is unregistered - an unclaimed child of Freyne. Guy's hopes rest with one man - Chart Segat,
May 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a very intense young adult, Action Adventure, Thriller. sci-fi book. The book is written by Sally Ann Melia which is the pen name of Sally Dickson. The book has some truely awesome pictures. Well worth the time of looking at them. The books main characters are Prince Teodor of Freyne, Teodor is just 13, and soon will be king and Emporer. His Father King Serge was murdered when Teodor was just 4 years old. Which left him the only heir. There are thirteen planets in the Freyne Empire. Rege ...more
May 15, 2015 rated it liked it
This is book one in the series. The book is about two boys, one a prince and the other is an orphan. Even though they live in such different worlds, they are very similar. Once they meet they will depend on each other more than they ever could have imagined.

The story takes place in the Dome on a far away planet and you can tell that they author put a lot of thought into the world she was creating. Her writing is very visiual and takes you on a fast pased journey. You have to pay attention to wha
May 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a fun and interesting book to read

My first time to read a science fiction book. I am not sure if I will like the story at first. Fortunately once I start reading it, there is no way I can put it down. The book is very intriguing and yet so great to read. I admire the two boys Prince Teodor and Guy Erma who plays the main characters in this amazing book. If you love science fiction, you should read this book. I highly recommend it.

I like the illustrations on some of the chapters. It helps m
Debra Schoenberger
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Two young men from contrasting backgrounds, the first, Guy Erma, an aspiring dome guard and the second, Teodor the heir to the throne of Freyne live in very different circles. Yet, they will soon discover that their paths will cross and they will need each other to stay alive. The Prince and the Pauper meet up in a parallel universe of high fashion, giant cats and cy-sects. (and a really cute alien girl!)

This intriguing sci-fi novel by Sally Ann Melia is my first real forage into the young adult
Apr 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Kidnap is the first book in the Guy Erma & The Son of Empire series which is young adult science fiction. It took me a while to get into this book but toward the end it was difficult to put down.

Sally Ann Melia’s writing flows well although there are a lot of “alien” words that slowed me down a little, especially at the beginning. I do like that there’s a glossary at the end of the book to help with those words.

There’s no question whether most of the characters are either good or bad. Guy Er
Katrina Roets
Apr 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
I know what you're thinking... "But you just reviewed this!" and you'd be right, except for one teensy tiny detail. The author has decided to break down the book into segments that are going to be available as ebooks! That means that I now have the opportunity to share with you my opinions on each segment. I know you're excited about this. You might as well admit to it.

In Part 1, I love the science fiction and fantasy elements. Not to mention that the descriptions completely captured my imaginat
Anna Black
May 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I hugely enjoyed reading this trilogy of books. It sets the scene nicely in a futuristic (or parallel) world where human and non-human species co-exist, albeit in a web of complex politics and distrust. The two main characters are teenage boys, always vying to be the hero of the story, and the original plot line takes us on a rollercoaster ride as we follow the twists and turns of a royal kidnap. To capture our interest the author has introduced several imaginative creations worthy of Tolkein's ...more
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Very good and interesting book.
Ara Prado
Jun 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Title: Kidnap: Part 1 of Guy Erma and the Son of Empire
Author: Sally Ann Melia
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult
Publication Date: May 17, 2015
Published by: Dickson House
Source: Copy Given by Author and Tour Organizer

Ever since I started reading Mr. Brent LeVasseur's Aoleon the Martian Girl series, I decided to give Sci-Fi some serious consideration. This trilogy from author Sally Ann Melia was presented to me and I figured, "Eh, since I said I'd give Sci-Fi a chance..." And
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Note: This review is also live in my blog Book And Ink

My taste for scientific fiction declined thanks a lot of writers who went on a stereotyping spree there by producing a lot of similar books with more or less the same elements. After all fiction is a product of a man’s imagination but stereotyping that is akin to obstructing creativity. This writer, Sally Ann Melia thankfully broke all stereotypes by narrating a tale which is set in an advanced generation long ago but with the same human cha
Sarah Rehmatullah
Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Allow yourself to enter intergalactic worlds with other beings. Super skills abound!

I normally tend to watch films in this genre, but was tempted to begin reading books on this occasion, as I have enjoyed many other books on the book tour. So, as a novice in this genre, I did not know what to expect, so hope I can offer some fresh comments. The book immediately delved directly into the story, which was a new start to a book, in my experience. Once I put aside this deviation from my prior experie
Adam Oster
May 18, 2015 rated it liked it
So, you might have noticed that I had reviewed a very similar sounding book not so long ago. In fact, it was a very very similar version of this book, as in, the non-serialized version of this very book.

But, my friends out at iRead Blog Tours asked if I would be willing to give my thoughts on the serialized version of the book as well. And, of course, me being the ever-willing pawn to folks trying to shill their books, I agreed.

As mentioned above, Kidnap is the serialized version of Guy Erma and
May 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
In the prologue we meet Captain Karl Valvanchi, from the Zaracon Democratic Union. We don’t know much about him except that he is defending Sas Daron, where scientists are learning about deadly cybernetic insects, or cy-sects. We also learn about his niece, Nell, who goes to the palace and meets Prince Teodor.

Prince Teodor of Freyne knows that he will one day be the king. His father died years ago and his grandfather is the Emperor. He must live up to the expectations set forth for him even thou
Create With Joy
May 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In a world far, far away… in a realm that is both different from, yet in some ways eerily similar to our own – treacherous events are about to happen.

Betrayal has happened before… betrayal will happen again!

Intuitively, 13-year old Prince Teodor of Freyne senses that danger is coming. How else can he explain the nightmares that will not go away?

Although he cannot see clearly into the future to discern what will happen, his nightmares always revolve around the Dome – the place that serves as th
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Sally Ann Melia is life-long Science Fiction fan. She was Star Wars as a child and has loved Space Opera fiction and tales of huge Galactic Empires such as Frank Herbert’s Dune series and Iain M. Banks Culture. Guy Erma and the Son of Empire is her first full-length novel to be published.

She lives in Farnham, Surrey with husband David, and has two children and 3 gerbils.

2016 update: She is curren

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