Nathaniel's 1st Adventure (Cosmic Aviators #1)

By G.E.F. Neilson

43 ratings - 4.35* vote

Cosmic Aviators® Series Cosmic Aviators - Nathaniel’s 1st Adventure (#1)Twelve-year old Nathaniel Ravenscroft discovers he has telekinetic skills. When neighbour Doctor Crisp dies, he bequeaths a magical wristwatch to Nathaniel. Fantastic events unfold, household objects move by themselves and a hologram of Doctor Crisp appears. Nathaniel meets a cosmic boy called Theodore Cosmic Aviators® Series Cosmic Aviators - Nathaniel’s 1st Adventure (#1)Twelve-year old Nathaniel Ravenscroft

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Book details

Paperback, 288 pages
March 26th 2013 by Buzzword Press

(first published June 14th 1)

Community Reviews

Sean G

Cosmic Aviators is an epic book that follows the adventures of Nathaniel, a 12-year-old boy who travels through time in a story that will keep you near the edge of your seat. One of the first things that I noticed about this book is that it was a bit difficult to fully understand some of the language and I had to look up the definition for some words. Apparently these words are commonly used throughout the United Kingdom, but I struggled to relate to the way the characters were talking to one another because of cultural differences. Other than the differences in language, I have to strongly agree with previous Goodreads reviews about this book that discuss how this book perpetuates negative stereotypes. During one of the fighting scenes, the main female character loses focus because of her romantic feelings and additionally begins to cry when she gets injured. I strongly believe they should not have included these detailed parts of the story because this suggest that females are not as physically or mentally strong as men, which is clearly not true.

Jo-Ann Murphy

I was very happy to win this book through the Goodreads giveaways and was really looking forward to reading it. The characters in this book were very appealing and the story was not bad. I think some young people would enjoy the basic storyline.

Unfortunately, I had some problems with the writing. Some of those may come down to cultural differences and my not being familiar with how teenagers in the UK talk. But the language would often be hard for kids in the US to relate to.

When I began the book, I was a bit confused because what is called the "Introduction" is actually a synopsis of the book. So, I was not clear that these things in the introduction had not yet happened but that I would be reading about them.

One of the issues was the fact that the main characters were constantly referred to as "children" though they are saving the world. Perhaps calling them "young adults" or "young heroes" or "kids" would have seemed less condescending.

Also, some things were described using the same term repeatedly so you felt like you were being beaten over the head with the concept. For example when they talk about the bike, they call it a "powerful machine" over and over again.

Some of the language in this book is much too sophisticated for American kids. Many of them will have trouble reading the words, let alone knowing their meaning.

Sometimes, there was too much information. These are 12 year old children but the description of their romantic attraction was much too sophisticated for a tween book or romance.

I also had problems with the depiction of the female lead. She is suppose to be saving the world, but when she gets hurt, she cries. That is a stereotype that we need to end. I would have rather had the boy injured and see him cry. Also, when they are in a fight for their lives, the girl loses focus because of her romantic feelings. Another poor stereotype to be promoting.

I had some problems with the time travel back to the year 1068. When Sebastian suddenly appears in 1068, there does not seem to be any surprise on the part of the people in 1068 or language differences between the time periods. The language used by the king and the jester do not sound like the language used during that time period and they seem to have no problem with Sebastian's turn of phrase. The word "jester" also seemed to be over used, when by then we were aware he was a jester.

Yet for all the times the writing is way too detailed and repetitive, when the hero gets sent through a portal to another time period, suddenly, we are not with him and nothing is said about that except that he was there and was rescued. I would have taken out the repetition and written a scene or two about his trip.

Because I did find the characters likable and the story interesting, I gave it three stars. I would like to see Nathaniel go on more adventures but I do hope that an editor is used in future volumes to help keep the writing more on track with the story and eliminate some of the repetition.

Alan Doughty

The story starts with Nathaniel Ravenscroft, the 12 year old hero, enjoying a bike ride with his friend Tyler, playing children’s fantasy games, griping about how mundane their life in small town Littlehampton is, and, as with all great children’s fiction, unaware of the fantastic adventures he will face ahead. Neilson introduces the main protagonist early which nicely sets the tone for the remainder of the book. The heroes and villains are easily accessible. Nathaniel is a likable young man, smart and sporty who obviously cares for his physically weaker, bookish friend Tyler, nicely highlighted by the banter the two share in the early chapters - probably the most endearing character relationship in the book. The supporting cast all help to build Nathaniel’s character and the story, Professor Ravenscroft, the Archetypal ‘Absent Minded Professor, the ‘Evil Uncle’ Sebastian and, of course, Ruben and Octavia, the Cosmic Aviators of the title. The main cosmic story arc is enjoyable, without being overly complicated and Neilson displays a talent for understanding what young readers will find exciting.
The two worlds, one ordinary and one fantastical has obviously been used before in children’s fiction, but very rarely in a Science Fiction setting, and I have to admit it works. What could have easily been a generic Fantasy, with Wizards and Elves is transformed into an action/adventure perfect for a generation growing up with Star Wars and Doctor Who. I particularly liked the boys mistaking the aliens as witches and their weapons for wands, a nice little twist that marks this book apart from others of the same genre. Neilson’s writing style is fluid, with an obvious affection for the characters, which pulls the reader into the story. The most enjoyable aspect of the book is the authors understanding of how to set an adventure that will keep the younger reader hooked. The pace is perfect, allowing time for the characters to define themselves, but with the action building slowly to keep the reader’s attention. Neilson does not patronise her target audience with overly simplistic language, a trap that too many Children’s Authors fall into, but writes with a rare acknowledgment of the language skills of the young. There may be times when some readers will need to ask the meaning of a word, but anything that increases a child’s vocabulary can only be a good thing.
Overall, the book is challenging, but not overly so as to be off putting. It’s a great adventure story, entertaining, well thought out and will keep its readers turning the page to see what happens next. As this is listed as Nathaniel's first adventure, I really do hope we see more of his escapades in the forth-dimension in the future. This book has the makings of a fantastic series, more please.

Lisa

I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway.

I was really excited about this book. I really enjoy middle-grade stories; they always seem to have so much adventure and well-developed characters. This story certainly has a lot of action and adventure, but the characters are pretty bland.

It's a great story, but Neilson has so much story to get through in so few pages that it all feels rushed and more interested in getting to the next bit of action rather than taking time to develop the story. The action is certainly fun and exciting, but I think it would have been more enjoyable to slow things down a little. The first handful of chapters had what could be considered an entire story arc, so rather than rush through the action to get to further arcs, those first few chapters could have been expanded to be part 1 on a great series, ending with the first battle between Sebastien and the Cosmic Aviators. Then the author could have spent more time on description, such as what the Maxidroids look like beyond gold, and gone into further detail when describing Sebastien's plan. As it is, he seems to be evil for the sake of evil and possibly because his sister was the favourite sibling. The Cosmic Aviators could have been better developed. The touches of Nathaniel with his family were good, but then he starts lying to them as part of his Cosmic Aviator duties, even though he had told them about his space battle with Uncle Sebastien. I don’t think such books should show the heroes lying to their parents, especially when they have such accepting parents as Nathaniel does.

I also had a number of problems with how Octavia was depicted. It seemed that she was just there for romantic interest and to be saved. She often had to be corrected by the boys, and told to focus frequently. She did not come off as a scatterbrained child, but the boys had to be there to instruct her even if they were only learning themselves. She was not a strongly written character. Similarly, the relationship between Nathaniel and Octavia is unnecessary and forced. Gazing at each other than having the author tell the reader there is an attraction between them does not really let anyone feel that attraction. It seemed that it was there simply because the author felt the protagonist must get the girl.

Back to the positive. It was an exciting read, with a lot of great action, and I do think younger boys will enjoy reading it. The Elvinriddlers are also a nice touch, and add a few nice moments of comic relief to the action.

It is certainly written to a male audience. And, given the speed of the book, and how often the heroes jump from one conflict to the next, it would be a good book for those who find books "boring". It gets progressively more exciting and a fun sci-fi read. To be honest, I would kind of like to know more about how Tyler rescued Nathaniel from 1068.

Erika Kathryn

I’ve got one word for this book: brilliant! Ok, I lied, I’ve got lots of words for this book! This book has it all! Time travel, space, witches, magical watches, adorable elves, telepathy, castles, an amusement park, bullies, space bikes and boots, and my favorite…an Angel!

First, I have to say that the Author is from Scotland, so some of the spelling and the language is different than what I’m used to and I loved that aspect! I could literally hear the accent coming out in the story and it was quite J.K. Rowling-esque!

Here is what I adored: I loved the adventure and fast-paced action that takes place in the book. Also, the characters are delightful and charming and you just can’t help but like them! I loved the character that was truly an Angel because I am a huge fan of all things with Angels (although I won’t spoil the surprise and say which character it is!) I loved the pentacles, the dog Otto, and I thought the Elfinriddlers added a lot to the story! I also loved the letter that Nathaniel received on his birthday because I felt it had a great message for kids and there were definitely some other good morals scattered throughout the story.

I think this will be enjoyed by both boys and girls alike. The book has great lessons built into it about teamwork and comradeship and I absolutely love books where the “bullies” get what they deserve. There are some great magical elements, especially surrounding the watch with powers. I also liked the mystery that the Author built up in places and there was a mysterious haunting of a person that has passed. The idea behind the book and all of the thought that the Author put into the storyline is great and enduring! I loved the world building but craved a little more description of the different planets, backdrops, and the timo capsules. My favorite line in the book was from Sebastian, “I don’t have the time to time travel!”

There were just a few words I didn’t feel were age appropriate for the characters, such as, “metaphorically, impertinence, and philosophical.” Sometimes I forgot that the characters could use telepathy to speak to each other, so I was wondering why others around them didn’t hear what they were saying. But I think the intended readers, kids, will probably have no issue with that!

Overall, I had a ball reading this and I think kids will enjoy this adventure and probably want to dive right into more ventures these characters go on! This Author is one to watch and I will gladly read anything she puts out in the future!

L

A fantastic futuristic sci-fi adventure that will delight children & let their imaginations soar!

This brilliant book is a compilation of time travel thorough space, witches and traditional magic {i.e classic fantasy themes} with clever telepathy thrown into the mix. Any child who delights in exciting out-of-this-world tales will be enchanted by this spectacular story ~ ideal for fans of Doctor Who or Philip Pullman. This is the first novel I have encountered where Angels, Space Bikes, modern amusement parks and medieval castles are all present within the same context!

Yes, this story is as far-fetched and as eccentric as they come…but sometimes the most believable fantasy worlds in a child’s mind are those that incorporate the weird, wonderful and highly fabricated. It may appear to readers over the age of 11 to be somewhat too unbelievable, hence why I would only recommend this story to the younger reader.

Fast-paced and action packed I was taken on a roller coaster of a ride, which was full of wondrous new discoveries and refreshing originality. The Pentacles, the dog Otto and the Elfinriddlers together with the main protagonist were all highly memorable characters that I simply loved. The serious undertone of the story that speaks of morality and truth is commendable, as too is the sense of camaraderie and teamwork interlaced within the plot. Although I do think this book may appeal more to boys than girls, the way in which the author touches on the topic of bullying is an element that reaches out to all.

I adore anything that combines sci-fi and fantasy fiction, therefore I loved the way in which G E F Neilson merged together magic with time-travel to create an entirely different alternate world. Scintillating suspense and entrancing mystery adds that extra layer of intrigue which kept me glued to the pages throughout, utterly mesmerized by such a fascinating world that I had plunged into.
Most of all, children will be entertained by the humor and fun of this book!


Cosmic Aviators – flight edition {book 1} I won through a GoodReads, first-read giveaway.


Harrison

An amazing tween book indeed! A page turner, and is action packed! Maybe not something for the older reader, but it was not targeted at that market. As an experienced reader, I enjoyed it, but I have to say my younger siblings enjoyed it far more than I did. A good work of fiction, I think it did a great job of introducing my favorite type of literature, science fiction.

I cannot wait to see what book the author comes up with next. I loved Neilson's voice in the book. The European touch on this book was a refreshing break from American literature, and my siblings thoroughly enjoyed it too. They say that any good book is an autobiography, and that is displayed very well in this book. It shows her imagination and how creative the author can get

Overall, I would recommend this book to any tween (around 10-13 years of age) but would say that it is an enjoyable book for anyone looking for a fast paced read. I heartily applaud the author, and look forward to other works by her.

E Sheridan

As myself and my family were heading off on a skiing holiday for two weeks to Italy in mid December I decided that my eight year (unable to carry his star wars figurines) needed a read to stimulate his over active sci-fi mind. Luckily Charlotte recommended this little book of thought to me. Jack read the book on the flight and was instantly drawn into the amazing adventures and larger than life characters as i was. It sure kept jack not only quiet on the flight but for most of the first week. As our hero Nathaniel using his new found telekinetic skills along with his adorable dog Otto fall into amazing adventures and attempt to stop the universe from been destroyed.

I have one major problem with this brilliantly written masterpiece, when is book two coming out as Jack and I cant wait?

Brandon

Rating: 7.5/10.0

Review: Neilson's Cosmic Aviator's - Nathaniel's 1st Adventure is focused on Tweens (9-14). I read this book, first to myself (28 year old) then to my kids. Reading it to myself, there was an obvious language gap. However, when reading it to my kids, they were able to understand (for the most part, the book is written in British English while we normally read American English) and paraphrase the book after we were finished. They seemed to enjoy the book and they really loved Otto! The review is based on my children's experience, and not my own. When asked what grade they would give the book, they said they would give it a 7-8. 7.5 is the verdict here. As the kids enjoyed the adventure, I would recommend this to any Tween!

Jonathan

This little book is worth its weight in gold! My friend lent me it as he thought I'd enjoy it. He was right. When I read the book description I was intrigued and the characters looked fun. Once I got in to the book and slowly read through the chapters I found myself in the authors world. It was like being in a movie. I wanted to fly wearing rocket boots, fly fast in a 2 seater star jet and travel fast on a space bike too, just like the Cosmic Aviators do in the book. I thought it was well written and it was a very good story. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a fast paced book thats good fun.

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