Back in the 21st century Television Trucks roamed the world televising sporting events to the homes of millions. Behind the scenes there were many more interesting characters than some of the stars that they were televising. These were the unsung heroes of their day.
Now lets fast forward to the 23rd century. Instead of TV trucks we now have Television Space Ships, roaming the universe, televising sporting events back to good olde Terra Firma, that's earth for all of you land-lubbers. The Galaxian Network has just commissioned the latest and greatest vessel of them all, The Video Voyager IV, and in this story we follow a portion of her maiden 10 year voyage.
Along the way we get the know the TV crew, particularly Sparky, the chief maintenance engineer and his cohorts. Sometimes they are like the three musketeers, other times they are more like the three stooges. A realistic and comedic relationship develops between the production and engineering crews throughout the story. Amid the televising of Gladiator Fights to the Death and Universal Olympic events the human story unfolds,. Some things never change. An unlikely heroin emerges, sent by the Network to try to help cleanup the swashbuckling antics of this 'jolly roger' space television crew.
This high tech, sci fi -comedy novel is based on some real time war stories of actual television crews of our present times. The names have been changed to protect the guilty. Super high speed travel, high power transmission, and high pressure drive the crew to their brink of sanity. Along the way, we wittiness some great transformations of personalities as they deal with real life issues and find recovery via a 12 step program to change some of their lives forever. Even the bad boys of the crew prove to be quite heroic by their selfless actions as they save the life of a young boy in peril. In the end the ultimate success of their mission involves a spaceflight back through time.
The book is 28 chapters in length, plus a short glossary of tech terms, approximately 325 pages total. It is an easy read and the story moves quickly. It gives the reader an in depth view about what goes on in the television control room and behind the scenes in sports broadcasting. The content has been carefully written to be clean enough for a near 'General Audience' rating although it has enough adult humor to entertain the sophisticated reader.
The author uses his natural birth name, Thomas Joseph Nowak to pen the Novel. This is a name closely associated with space flight and controversy, in our present time. The book lives up to the name of the author in both content and excitement.
Sequel in progress...