Readers praise the fast-moving action in Forsaken

"It's been a long time since I read a good SciFi book. Now I'm hooked again. Who do you think will play Laura in the movie?"


“Thank you for the book. I loved it. It was nice to be reminded how indestructible northern Montana farm boys can be while I was recovering from surgery.”


"Rich, Just finished reading your book this morning as I started it last night. It really is a great story and hard to put down. I liked it a lot and am looking forward to the sequel.”


“Read the book. For a person like me that is not a sci-fi fan, it was a good read - plenty of action to keep one turning the page. Enjoyed the references to Montana and Australia. I'm surprised that Jarrod didn't ride a bike to stay in shape! Romantic bit was pretty tame, but I figure you have to keep that under control or Susan might start asking questions. Will look forward to the sequel. I passed the book on to the Book Swap here last Thursday, so it will be making the rounds of the expat community in Lesotho (Africa).”


"Rich -- I thoroughly enjoyed your book. What serendipity that it came out the same week SETI announced additional funding... good job on that, by the way. If you'll message me an email address and if you're interested, I'll write a fuller critique. But be assured I had fun reading a genre I haven't read since Frank Herbert's Dune was new."

Bill W.



Kirkus review of Forgiven is positive


Kirkus Reviews, a nationally recognized book review company has given a positive review to Forgiven: Finding a path home. The summation of the review reads, " An applealing fictionalization of the mysteries surrounding humanity's deisre to communicate with aliens." -- Kirkus Reivews.


This is great news and I hope will lead to some recognition and publicity for my sequel to Forsaken, perhaps it will give Forsaken some late-coming recognition.


To read the entire review of Forgiven, follow this link:


Blue Ink says Forgotten is "captivating."


Here is the full review by Blue Ink Review, Blue Ink is a nationally recognized review organization.


Forgotten: A Stepping Stone to the Stars

Richard D. Bangs

iUniverse, 340 pages, (paperback) $20.99, 9781532094743

(Reviewed: March, 2020)

    In Richard D. Bangs’s imaginative novel, Forgotten: A Stepping Stone to the Stars, fear, mistrust, and dissension emerge as humans establish their first contact with aliens.

    Divided into two parts, the story begins with an horrific event: a fuel tank explodes at a Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) station. SETI is ahead of other groups after finally establishing first contact with aliens, and the arrival of the aliens, called Progenians, escalates tensions between nations and rival groups seeking exclusive access to Progenian technology and consequently to control space mining.

  Jarrod McKinley works with SETI to ensure the success of the relationship with Progenia. Meanwhile, antagonists are determined to stop SETI and Progenia’s collaboration, and someone in McKinley’s inner circle is out for revenge against him, waiting for the right opportunity to finally execute his plan. The second part follows McKinley as he leads a team on a planetary exploration mission with important implications to his world.

   McKinley is well-developed, with the author including information on his family background and romantic involvement with another main character. Supportive characters are equally impactful, adding depth to the plot.

   The story is replete with suspense, and striking descriptions of creatures from other planets make for a thrilling read. For example, while exploring other planets, the space team faces alarming situations, including a sentient planet bent on protecting itself from intruders; gigantic, strange-looking animals with triangular forms; snake-like vines that can understand communication, and rapidly growing pollen that covers everything in its path.

   The novel, however, reads like two separate books. While the parts have commonalities, the first focuses intensely on the establishment of first contact between the aliens and humans, while the second is largely dedicated to space exploration. Fortunately for readers, both parts are absorbing.

   Despite the somewhat divided narrative, Forgotten: A Stepping Stone to the Stars is a captivating work that should please science fiction fans.


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Sept. 28, 2020 -- Forgotten: A Stepping Stone to the Stars, has won Second Place in the 2020 CIPA EVVY Awards for Science Fiction. The announcement was made Sept. 10 via a Zoom virtual awards ceremony. "Forgotten" is now for sale on this website or online at, and You can find all my books by typing in the title and  "Richard D. Bangs" in the search box. I also have books on hand that I can mail or deliver if near my home in the Denver area. "Forgotten" is my third novel in the sci-fi trilogy, "Forsaken." This third novel will wrap up the adventures of Jarrod McKinley in his search for extraterrestrial life that I started with "Forsaken: Searching for God's Fingerprints," and continued with "Forgiven: Finding a Path Home." "Forsaken" was published in 2011, "Forgiven" in 2016. 

Kirkus review is positive for Forgiven. Click on "News" above to see the details.

Blue Ink Reviews says Forgotten is "captivating." See the full review by clicking the "News" link above.

Sales locations, formats

Forsaken, Forgiven, and Forgotten are available in paperback and e-books. 


Sales locations for the "Forsaken" trilogy. 


Forsaken and Forgotten can be ordered from this website at a discount or  online at They, along with Forgiven, also can be ordered online at The Tattered Cover in Denver, The Boulder Book Store and at Barnes & Noble and


Autographed copies are available by contacting the author via this Website or


FREE!!  Get chapter 1 of Forsaken here.


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