BOOK REVIEW: Sunset Distortion: The Pyramid at the End of the World by Paul Bahou


Sunset Distortion: The Pyramid at the End of the World by Paul Bahou 

A middle-aged rocker in an 80’s cover band finds his blissful existence turned upside down when he is abducted by aliens, and imprinted with a key to Infinite life. With a new English-accented floating octopus as his only companion, he must traverse a universe of threats to finish his mission and return home in author Paul Bahou’s “Sunset Distortion: The Pyramid at the End of the World”.

The Synopsis

Lazer is an almost made-it, middle-aged guitarist who plays in an 80’s hard rock cover band at a Sunset Strip dive bar. While not quite a rock star, he plays to a packed house nightly. His blissful inertia is disrupted one night however when he is abducted by aliens and given a strange imprint on his hand: A key that will send him on an intergalactic journey in search of an artifact that gives its possessor “infinite life.” With the help of his new friend Streek; A timid floating octopus-creature with an English accent, Lazer will have to survive encounters with monsters, robots, alien pirates, inter-dimensional brain leeches, and much more. Will Lazer get back home? What does ‘infinite life’ actually mean? And why does everybody in space speak English? All answers await at the pyramid at the end of the world.

The Review

This was truly a fun, exhilarating, and rocking kind of read. The whole novel really felt like a vibrant, heart-pounding space rock opera, combining the head-banging, kick-ass action of a rocker with the existential cosmic themes of a sci-fi adventure series and an extra dose of humor that helped bring a lighter nature to the narrative overall.

What stood out the most was the amazing character development and world-building that the author employed here. Lazer’s evolution as a protagonist, from a drug and alcohol-fueled rock and roll lifestyle to a galactic hero (of sorts) and joining a ragtag group of space-faring crew members to face the many dangers of the universe, his humor, and wit when meeting this vast unknown space was amazing to read and watch unfold. The world-building was absolutely phenomenal here and showcased the author’s unique ability to blend his rock experience into a truly creative and entertaining new sci-fi world readers will want to visit time and time again.

The Verdict

Gripping, engaging, and adrenaline-fueled entertainment, author Paul Bahou’s “Sunset Distortion” is a must-read sci-fi novel. The vivid imagery this space-faring adventure gives readers will be impossible not to imagine, and the hilarious and connective character development the author utilizes here will have readers invested in the story right from the start. If you haven’t yet, be sure to grab your copy today!

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