Short Story Review: Parker McCloud at North Tharsis

Parker McCloud at North Tharsis is a short story tie in with the Lunara Series by Wyatt Davenport.

In this short story Parker is fresh from the military academy on Mars and stationed at his first colony. We get to follow him as he stands up for the people of North Tharsis, defending them against a tyrannical leader.


I’m sharing my thoughts on Parker McCloud at North Tharsis, part of the Lunara series, from the perspective of someone who has read the main story, Lunara: Seth and Chloe, which it is attached to. If you’ve not read the main story and are considering reading North Tharsis beforehand, I feel you can do so without spoiling Seth and Chloe.

In Seth and Chloe I believe there is great character workup, and even though the story is mainly focused on the two title characters, you’re able to glean quite a lot when it comes to other personalities. While the impression I received of Parker in Seth and Chloe was focused on his sense of loyalty, in North Tharsis I took away a better idea of what Parker’s moral code is, creating a deeper understanding of who he is and how he thinks. This adds to an already likeable character, but thankfully not to the point of making him saccharine, instead North Tharsis shows that Parker feels strongly about injustice and takes matters into his own hands if need be.

Reading North Tharsis also answers why he ends up on Lunara working on a ship. It isn’t pivotal to the story, as yet, but if you end up liking the characters and wish to know more about them you can with Parker.

I enjoyed this short story more for learning about Parker, but at the same time I found myself being engaged with the situation Parker had found himself in. Davenport has a great way with words to help you connect with characters and be involved with the story, and if a writer can grab me in such a way within fifteen pages, then I’m going to be a fan. I won’t be able to help myself.

This tale will appeal to both fans of science fiction and readers who don’t read science fiction yet love a good character based story. You can download it and read it for free on Smashwords (follow the link below) as well. While you’re at it, don’t forget to visit our giveaway for the book by the same author, Lunara: Seth and Chloe!

  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Demographic: YA and Up
  • Rating Out of Five: 4*
  • Format: eBook
  • Find At: Smashwords
  • Published: 2011

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