Jabin and the Space Pirates by Bev Allen

What a story! Not quite fantasy as I originally thought but a thriller mixed with such brilliant imagination!

Bev Allen shows us two worlds – the real and the fantasy, in terms of human understanding.   Jabin, is a teenager boy who lives with his God fearing aunt and uncle whom, if he gets them annoyed, only gets a sample of a meal or if worse, no food at all. Jabin has no parents and no home he would like to call “home”.

The planet they live in is New Wales where two faiths are dominant – the Church and Chapel worshippers and between them the Monarchy. The space pirates are a bunch of non-forgiving thieves who want to take whole planets and rule. They come and take women for prostitution, sometimes kept as their own property and sometimes to sell for high profits, to other men. Small boys are taken for slavery and profit as well as very young children and babies. On a whim, they also kill.

There are reports of mutiliation, wide gruesome massacres and abduction which only the pirates are responsible for. The army of New Wales and Earth are recruited to fight such monsters!

Jabin volunteers to be taken by the pirates in order to leave another boy behind. He finds himself as the body guard of an evil man called Wittenmier who is ruthless and frightening to the core. He has NO mercy. Jabin is the body guard of a different kind, he is a slave and is required to stand around Wittenmier, making sure his plate is filled and his wine glass is topped up as well as commanded to do other slave duties. If he fails, then he is beaten or worse. Sometimes, he is denied food for days and is everyday, chained up in the kitchen.

Jabin meets many amiable people along his miserable life, such as the beautiful, breath-taking Antonia, Colonel Mike Eveson, Major O’Hagan, RSM Jivan Singh and some more but there are equally nasty and evil men who make his life a misery.

Bev explores many avenues such as child abuse, drug abuse, negligence, brutality, bullying, power then love, discipline and hope.   Jabin and the Space Pirates is not a story for the feint hearted as there are scenes of unforgiving acts – a lot of gore and blood. In this book, sorrow is first and Jabin is in the centre of it.

I applaud Bev’s writing style and the difficult story-telling which shows she has thought it out thoroughly, researched and polished it to a high standard.

I would reccomend this book but beware! It is not for the feint hearted!