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Black Earth: Dark Masquerade [Kindle Edition]

David N. Alderman
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Book Description

(This is book 3 in the Black Earth series)

Darkness has engulfed the world, and the nightmare has begun...

Two weeks have passed since Nathan Pierce battled the Great Witch, Evanescence, and rescued Pearl from her mother's corrupt influence. Nathan now finds himself inhabiting a mall in northern California with members of Absolute's Rebellion, holding onto hope that his sister, Daisy, hasn't been executed for treason yet and keeping a watchful eye on Pearl—an immortal girl branded with a black key mark that could unlock destruction upon the earth.

When a stranger strolls in from the darkness with a lead on Daisy's whereabouts, Nathan sets off on a journey into the Broken Lands to find her. But to save his doomed sibling, Nathan must maneuver through a horrifying landscape of terrifying creatures and violence, dodging both the President of the United States and Legion—an alien entity intent on destroying the world.

Product Details

  • File Size: 834 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Publisher: David N. Alderman (July 22, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008O675VE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,464,718 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars The third installment of the series has arrived July 25, 2012
The third book of the Black Earth series really starts to advance the action. The world is crumbling with only certain areas that are even able to see the sun anymore, there are lighthouses that shoot beams that cause violent insanity, and the President of the US has implemented a plan to give herself power on a global scale. I really enjoyed this chapter of the series as there are certain elements that are beginning to get an explanation, such some background on the man in red who is holding Daisy while she waits for her execution. The christian theme is also becoming a bit more pronounced as the story develops. That is not to say that this is what you would normally consider to be a religious story, but the relationship that some of the characters are developing with God is becoming more apparent. There is a lot of violence and other adult situations that may turn some readers away, but the underlying message of faith is still pretty apparent to those willing to read.

The story takes place following the characters that have been introduced in the first two books, but they have separated for the most part leading to a fair amount of scene jumping. This honestly had me a bit confused at first since it has been a while since I read either of the first two books in the series. I did pick up everything pretty quickly once I started to get pulled into the story though. The flow of the book was excellent and had me locked into the story after the introductory getting my bearings. Nathan is still a decent guy, who has some character flaws, but he is easy to respect. Daisy is a tragic figure being held for execution for refusing to bow to the presidential mandates and being used as an example.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story - EXCELLENT writing style - Enticing!! July 26, 2012
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Black Earth: Dark Masquerade is the 3rd book in Alderman's Black Earth Series. This novel contains more violence and cursing than the previous 2 books but it is an excellent book overall. It starts out with Nathan still looking for his sister, Daisy, and it explains in great detail how the earth has dramatically changed for the worse since book 2 ended. The author really does a great job painting visuals with his words as he opens up this third book. The imagery and articulation the author uses makes it very clear as to the environment the author is trying to create. The story line is great and the character development is very good but my favorite thing about the book is the author's writing style. Alderman's ability to articulate scenes and situations in his writings simultaneously in chapters and then intertwining the stories/writing in later chapters is unparalleled to any other author I have read. He did it great in his first 2 books and does it just as well - if not better in his 3rd book.

I like the way the author lays out each chapter. The book is laid out beautifully to intertwine the story through the multiple characters. The Black Earth series is very character heavy and this novel is not different; however, this book starts to bring all the story lines together from the previous books and really explains the history behind each character. The reader starts to understand why certain things happen the way they did in previous books. You really start to understand what type of people the characters are...example -Cynthia is pregnant and truly loves this baby growing inside her...yet she is so naive and uneducated. She drinks NyQuil to handle her cold/allergies and is still sleeping with random men.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Speculative Fiction! July 25, 2012
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Summary: As the Earth continues to fall into destruction the young Nathan Pierce and his allies race to rescue his sister Daisy from her immanent public execution. The president of what's left of the United States is grabbing all the power she can, as the malevolent alien force Legion, along with their demonic allies, continue to transform the Earth into a violent, dark and frigid world.

Review: The saga of Black Earth continues on in the third and penultimate in the series, Dark Masquerade. Like the previous novels, Alderman has several story arcs that run alongside each other. Most of the characters in these storylines cross paths at some points, while other characters seem to be waiting to meet until the final story in the saga. Whereas many books that attempt this sort of divided attention have a difficult time maintaining either focus or interest in the story, Dark Masquerade (and indeed the entire series so far) does not. Alderman is very skilled at creating unique and engaging storylines through the world of his stories. The reader has no problems keeping these storylines and character separated, while keeping the overall story moving forward. This book was a little slow in the beginning, but picks up and explodes after the first few chapters.

The characters of Dark Masquerade are equally engaging, and Alderman gives us a great variety of believable and relatable characters. From the chain-smoking ex-timeline cop Macayle, to the self-described sexual predator Cynthia Ruin (who in reality is a terribly broken person), the characters contain a great deal of depth and the reader readily identifies with them. There's a few two-dimensional characters in the story, but most of them don't stick around (or survive) for too long to really matter.
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David N. Alderman is an indie author of two speculative fiction series: Black Earth and Expired Reality. He is also the founder of The Crossover Alliance (, and he participates in National Novel Writing Month ( each year. When he's not writing or spending time with family, you can find David racking up his achievement score on his Xbox 360, questing in Guild Wars 2, or killing opponents in a game of Half Life 2: Deathmatch on Steam.


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