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DARKOUT [Kindle Edition]

Glenn Specht , Chantall VanWey , Margaret Eacker
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description

DARKOUT - 1
In the year 2033 it blinked. Just like a light bulb going out. And eventually the sun did go out. Thirty years after the fact a small knot of survivors set out to widen thier very narrow, need we say very cold, horizons. The stated goal is knowledge, communication, and trade. No matter how small your "world" gets there is always somebody with a hidden agenda. And, it would seem, a few "critters" you didn't expect to run into.


Editorial Reviews

From the Author

DARKOUT JVIII is now available.  The plotting of a societal survival in a difficult setting with a bit of mystery thrown in for good measure is my idea of really good fun and I had a blast writing this second book in what will be a five book series.
Watch for:
 DARKOUT - THE MOON AND MARS - Now available.   
DARKOUT - A DISTANT LIGHT - 2015. 
 DARKOUT - MELTDOWN - 2016.
A little sooner if possible.

Product Details

  • File Size: 402 KB
  • Print Length: 277 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052G2YQ0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #852,020 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down August 31, 2012
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The suspense of trying to find out 'what happens next' kept me up reading way later than I should have done. The story is very good, the characters interesting and the story moves along at a good pace.
There is a lot of description of the difficult terrain the characters have to travel through, which does let you know how hard the travel is, but it does go on a bit and wasn't very easy for me to understand. Wished I just had a picture. Also found myself wondering about the science. Without the heat of the sun, wouldn't everything freeze, including the air? Would buildings remain standing after tsunamis and hurricane winds caused by the changes in weather? As the moisture in the air freezes wouldn't we end up with dozens or hundreds of feet of ice covering everything? I still want to know what happens next, but sometimes it is hard to just accept the 'fiction' in this 'science fiction' and go with the flow.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read? September 15, 2013
By Hoosier
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OK, maybe I'm showing my ignorance here, but this book is anything but flowing. I like the story line and the concept, but the sentence structure is one I am not familiar with at all. The sentences seem broken, almost like this book was poorly translated from another language. I am currently studying computer network technology in college and my technical books seem to flow better.

Here are some examples from chapter 3;

"My curiosity would not allow me to sit at home. I want first hand the instructions on the use of the new communicators.

'"Set in the bedrock construction code required be reached for the foundations of large structures against the ever present California hazard of earthquake, the shelter had been easily adapted."'

'Those now present at the gathering represented three of the fifteen communities accessible currently via the "subway". The system had been many times wider in range than now. Cave-ins, flooded (and frozen) stations , and one hostile encounter with a group at the western reaches that ended with the deliberate collapsing of the connecting main line tunnel on their part, and the barricading more or less permanently of the smaller service tunnels by those to the east, had limited the "known world".'

Glenn Specht (2011-05-23). DARKOUT (Kindle Locations 241-242). . Kindle Edition.

This style of writing makes it difficult to stay focused on the story at hand. Like I said, it could be me, but this read is like talking with someone from Russia who still speaks in broken English. I am reading the Kindle edition, so maybe something got lost in the transition from pulp to digital. I do plan to finish the story and will update my review upon completion, but so far this sci-fi is a pretty dry read.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New treatment of popular theme. August 6, 2011
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DARKOUT is a refreshingly new treatment of a popoulalr Science Fiction theme. Character descrioption is very good and thier motives and actions are believable. The terrain, forming the stage for the action, is easily evnisioned and more varied than expected, once the overall location is stated, and provides the characters with considerable challenges. The story progresses with compelling force, enough that, if the reader has an obligation for the next day, it may be advisable to set an alarm clock, or timer, to prevent being suprised by the sunrise.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars the future October 7, 2012
By yvette
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It is a interesting concept of the future. Hopefully we will be kinder than portrayed in this book. I found it good reading and had fun with all the tech the writer saw coming our way.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story June 2, 2012
By Kev
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This is another of those books that I couldn't put down. It was a great read from start to finish. The storyline, characters and plot are all believable.

I hope there is a sequel as the end leaves one possible.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Darkout reviewed December 30, 2013
By D Keene
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The story puts you in a post apocalyptic world where the sun has gone out.

For the most part the story is quite a interesting take on how these folks go out into their world and deal with things as they strive to reestablish communications, contacts, and some sort of new life.

The downside for me... Well while I can't quite put my finger on exactly what it was, I suppose I can say it was lacking some defining or descriptive elements. And there were times where the story felt broken or some thing was added in that wasn't mentioned. Maybe some of this was because a lot of characters introduced in this story. Or maybe there where times where it felt like the characters sort of 'jumped' from place to place with little feeling as to what they were seeing, thinking, and reacting in the group.

The story did start out giving me the impression that it was going to be about the adventures of two characters and how they were going to accomplish this goal set before them. But at some point the focus seemed to waver off of them and wander a bit.

Overall the book was still a good average read and the story moved right along.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read. Believable. August 22, 2013
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This is an excellent read. Characters are very believable, and dialog flows. I am required to write 8 more words.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Action June 17, 2013
By bates
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Love the survival type books. This story was all that and more. Loves the story lone and the aspect of loving without the sun, but some of the scenes seemed confusing, I'm what was happening where was the cart!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Slow book...rather boring
Book was boring. The author was not able to create suspense to keep me interested. I do not recommend this book.
Published 12 months ago by Justin Capasso
4.0 out of 5 stars When the Sun dies
In the year 2033 it blinked. Just like a light bulb going out. And eventually the sun did go out.

This is the story of survivors long after the sun has gone dark. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Barbara Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
Five stars loved this book would love to have more story, hope there is s part two, want to about the at the end and he finds on the surface.
Published 18 months ago by Donna davis
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Awesome
If you want to read a speculative Sci-Fi novel about life on Earth after the sun goes out, get this pretty well written, free book. Read more
Published 21 months ago by mrw
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Once you buy the premise of the apocalyptic event, the story is fast paced and thought provoking. It's only natural to ponder "what if".

I enjoyed reading this book. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Coronita Cerveza
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable reading
Story was well laid-out and characters believable. End of world story set forty years after the sun darkened. Read more
Published 24 months ago by irishonebac
5.0 out of 5 stars Dystopia at it's best!
I really enjoyed this book from the beginning to end and I hope there is a sequel. The author reveals a world that is believable. Read more
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More About the Author

Glenn Specht is a retired stockbroker, a beach walker, a gardener, a student of history and social anthropology, and a dreamer who likes to explore the posibilities of cultural evolution as occasioned by the unplanned events in and out of this world. Glenn is also a reader - of everything, with a bit of a leaning toward sci/fi and seriously puzzling murder mysteries.
"History tells us how it happened. Science fiction speculates on how it may happen next."

(Note: All scientific "leaps" in DARKOUT were passed by the appropriate professional before publication to test probability and only one adjustment was required.)

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