The Incredible Origins of the Onyx Sun
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The Incredible Origins of the Onyx Sun


This page refers to the Advance Review Copy that was distributed in 2008 in limited quantities to members of the press and online reviewers. The following description is from the final book (isbn13: 9780979520259), published May 2, 2009.

The Incredible Origins of the Onyx Sun is an award-winning space adventure for young adults that has earned the acclaim of Publisher's Weekly, Writer's Digest,, and kids and parents everywhere.

The book follows Zack Goodspeed, a perfectly normal 11-year old boy, who discovers his eccentric grandfather has invented a source of unlimited power, called the Onyx Sun and harnessed that power to fuel a spaceship. Stowing away on the ship with his mischievous neighbor Angelina "Max" Maximillian, Zack is thrust into a journey that strands him on the Moon, introduces him to bold new friends, and pits him against Dr. Machvel, a rouge member of crew bent on turning the Onyx Sun into a weapon of mass destruction.

Through an imaginative storyline, the book immerses children in the possibilities they will one-day face to improve humanity through invention and technological exploration. It is a scintillating, roller-coaster ride of a story that helps kids also understand the nature of friendships, conflict, and personal growth. Publisher's Weekly applauds the book, saying "This space adventure yarn has the right stuff. The fast-paced novel keeps the reader engaged throughout. The main characters are nicely done, the plot is exciting, and there’s a clear jumping off point for a sequel, which young sci-fi fans would surely look forward to."

This debut novel by Christopher Mahoney has also won an honorable mention in the 17th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards and reached the semifinals of the 2010 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards.

An engaging book for young readers as well as the rest of the family, The Incredible Origins of the Onyx Sun inspires all of us with visions of what life could be like as humanity spreads into the stars. More information and online secure order form at

Title:The Incredible Origins of the Onyx Sun
Edition Language:English
Format Type:paperback
Number of Pages:265 pages

    The Incredible Origins of the Onyx Sun Reviews

  • Nancy
    May 31, 2009

    Zack Goodspeed is a normal kid with average parents and an eccentric grandfather who invents things. One of these inventions is a source of power that is used to fuel a spaceship destined for the moon...

  • Ilya
    Aug 04, 2010

    While reading this book, the target age of the audience becomes very clear: adolescence-young adult. While part of being a good author is knowing your target audience and writing to cater to their lev...

  • Lisa Vegan
    Nov 17, 2008

    I read the advance readers’ unedited copy, a paperback edition. It has significantly fewer pages (265) than does the hardcover edition (31 4 pages) due out on 2/2/09. I wonder what, if anything, I m...

  • j
    Apr 08, 2011

    A fun and imaginative story carries this indie published children's book along, even when the writing is a little rough in spots. And enjoyable blend of fantasy and sci-fi elements....

  • Adam
    May 05, 2008

    Christopher Mahoney's The Incredible Origins of the Onyx Sun is the story of a 10-year-old boy named Zack Goodspeed whose mysterious grandfather, Fyodor Confucius Goodspeed, is an eccentric genius who...

  • Alexandra
    Feb 19, 2008

    Zack is burdened with a lovable grandfather who is considered a bit of a crackpot, more dreamer than is practical, and given to unexplained disappearances. Zack and his plucky friend Angelina decide t...

  • Abby
    Jun 18, 2008

    This book is about a boy named Zack Goodspeed. He's normal, but his grampa is not. His grampa is makes inventions, lots of inventions. Zack thought he knew everything about his grampa. Until he finds...

  • Ron McGhee
    Aug 17, 2011

    This story is a wonderful blend of fantasy, adventure, and science fiction which means just about perfect for any young reader. The action was exciting and should easily hold the attention span of ele...

  • Marion
    Jul 16, 2009

    Since I am a teacher, it's important to keep up with the books my students like and find cool. "The Incredible Origins of the Onyx Sun" is such a book. I struggled with sci-fi in the past, like Madela...

  • Scottie
    Aug 24, 2010

    Really liked this book I won. Great book for anyone who likes adventure, science fiction and a little fantasy, but maybe more so for the young adult reader. There is great imagination in the invention...

About Christopher Mahoney

Christopher Mahoney

I started writing when I was seven, but it took me twenty years and about ten unfinished manuscripts to find a story I felt compelled to finish. My debut novel, The Incredible Origins of the Onyx Sun, has gone on to win a Writer's Digest award and was one of 50 remaining submissions from a field of 5,000 in the Semifinals of the 2010 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards. The Incredible Origins of the