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The Eden Plague (Plague Wars Series Book 0) [Kindle Edition]

David VanDyke
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A Kindle Book Review 2013 Best Indie Award Winner semi-finalist.



When veteran lifesaver Daniel Markis finds a mystery woman with armed invaders in his home and it all goes sideways, he turns to his brothers in arms to fight back. On the run from the shadowy Company, soon he finds himself in a war for possession of a genetic engineering puzzle that threatens the stability of the world. But who is behind it all - and are they even human?



The Eden Plague is a futuristic thriller that will grip the imagination of readers who relish high-energy adventure.



The Plague Wars apocalyptic thriller series begins in the world of today
with a man and a woman twined together by circumstances, destined to
change the world. It leads readers into an ever-darkening future of
upheaval, struggle and war marked by the depths of evil and the heights
of selfless sacrifice. Plagues, new technologies and extraterrestrial
meddling provide the backdrop for heroes and villains to struggle for
control of the destiny of humanity.


Plague Wars Series:

- The Eden Plague

- Reaper's Run

- Skull's Shadows
- The Demon Plagues

- The Reaper Plague

- The Orion Plague

- Cyborg Strike

- Comes the Destroyer



Stellar Conquest Series:

- Planetary Assault (contains First Conquest: Book 1)

- Desolator: Book 2

- Tactics of Conquest: Book 3

- Conquest of Earth: Book 4

- Conquest and Empire: Book 5 (2015)


Editorial Reviews

About the Author

David VanDyke is a former US Army Airborne enlisted soldier and, later in life, a US Air Force officer. He served in and out of combat zones all over the world in the 1980s through the 2000s. He lives on the East Coast with his wife and three dogs.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2239 KB
  • Print Length: 303 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Reaper Press; 6 edition (May 31, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008EMKJ6Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,137 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful
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There are things I love and things I hate about this series but I guess the good outweighs the bad because I just bought book 4. Many former soldiers have the knowledge to write an interesting military story but their prose tends to be awkward and organized poorly. Mr. Vandyke is an exception to this rule. In fact, I believe he could make excellent use of his talents by ghost writing soldier's memoirs! His characters are interesting and I like a lot of the concepts he introduces. In my opinion, this author's strengths are in his ability to tell the details of the story. Unfortunately, this series has some pretty awful continuity problems on the grand scale and it is riddled with religious nonsense.

Book 1 is about a small group of former spec ops soldiers who put their training to good use and leave a trail of destruction in their wake. Book 2 really shifts gears to get more into the global politics in a rapidly changing world. I didn't mind the change in tone but I resented the stunning amount of deus ex machina he uses to get there. Here are some examples (minor spoilers!) of silly things that spring to mind: Plague carriers require massive amounts of food until lots of people are infected ("ummm, we fixed that"), the main character basically becomes the most powerful leader in the world, the former explosives expert is suddenly a nanotech expert, people continue to be religious after it is revealed that an alien created the god myth to influence humanity (well, middle eastern humans anyway). These and many other problems interfere with my enjoyment but the skillful prose with an authentic military perspective has kept me reading these books.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast pacing and interesting theory September 3, 2012
By Sharon
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I expected this action/adventure to be military/black ops action, which it presents very believably. I also anticipated a bit of an 'apocalypse' twist, which it is, in a way, though in more end of the world as we know it rather than end of the world.

Well developed characters, a new scientific discovery vaguely along the lines of Jurassic Park and others of that type, with nanobot technology, carried along by excellent presentation of the usual black ops/military type action. Good character development which included the changes in mindsets triggered by exposure to the Plague.

A definite twist at the end which leaves me wondering just where the author tends to go with the plotline, which could develop in an interesting way.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good start for an ebook author September 30, 2013
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first and foremost I'm old. I remember the pulp books...these ebooks are the same. sometimes they allow an author room to grow and mature before hitting the main stream (kinda like the minors). That being said the review

the premise of the book is good; a unique twist on the good zombie (for lack of a better term)/military genre. But, the principle people in the story are still flat. Mr. Vandyke needs an editor (like the majority of the ebook authors) to help punch the book up in certain places, tone down excessiveness, and point out basic writing style flaws.
Example: the first scene is great, a new approach to the "suit" recruits ex military. then everything becomes too easy, of course he falls for the girl, of course he builds a crack-shot dirty dozen in a couple of weeks, etc.
To put it another way the author falls into the classic "show me don't tell me" beginning author trap. Mr. Vandyke shows promise but he needs to work on showing grit, details beyond weapons, and better character conflicts (internal or external)
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Action Jackson -- Cover to Cover December 21, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I dare you to strap yourself into this rocket sled and take a ride. Absolutely WALL-TO-WALL action! As the author accurately states, this is a science fiction, military, techno-thriller. And that's exactly what it is - AND MORE! Pound for pound, this story is as good as it gets in its genre. The combat scenes, the weaponry detail, the Special Forces camaraderie and warrior insight... it's an excellently told and authentically compelling story. David Van Dyke does this kind of story as well as anybody out there (I am jealous). His science fiction concepts are fresh and neatly interwoven into a patchwork of real human drama. There is a romantic slant to the tale, as well, that adds interest. The plot, the characters, and the non-stop action are just superb. I love this book and recommend it highly. Guaranteed to make you forget your cares for a while.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not another Apocalypse Book October 2, 2013
By Ram-Z
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I expected this book to end up becoming a post apocalyptic story. I expected to read about a virus spreading all over the earth and zombies everywhere but that was not the case. This is a very well thought out story (beginning story really). A rogue wealthy individual discovers a virus that gives health, long life and healing and even instills a conscience of sorts. So why isn't it being spread throughout mankind as a gift to mankind? Power.....the pursuit of power.

This story has a small group of ex-military people finding out about this virus and making an active decision to do something about it, with a strong reaction from the government.

The story has some social and political angst in it , lots of action, a plot twist or two, and characters that are developing well. One of the better books I've read in a while. Looking forward to the next in the series.
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A fast paced and interesting read. Although the aliens coming in at the end of the book seemed abrupt and unnecessary to the story line, at least in the first book.
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A very interesting premise and who knows? It may even be possible. I can see the consequences of what happened as being very possible, people being the way they are. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Different twist for sure!
I enjoyed this novel. A good read. Looking forward to the sequel.
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More About the Author

David VanDyke is the bestselling author of the Plague Wars and Stellar Conquest series, co-author of BV Larson's Star Force Series Books 10, 11 and 12.

The Plague Wars apocalyptic thriller series begins in the world of today with a man and a woman twined together by circumstances, destined to change the world. It leads readers into an ever-darkening future of upheaval, struggle and war marked by the depths of evil and the heights of selfless sacrifice. Plagues, new technologies and extraterrestrial meddling provide the backdrop for heroes and villains to struggle for control of the destiny of humanity.

Plague Wars Series (read them in this order):
- The Eden Plague
- Reaper's Run
- Skull's Shadows
- The Demon Plagues
- The Reaper Plague
- The Orion Plague
- Cyborg Strike
- Comes the Destroyer

The Stellar Conquest series carries the central cast of Plague Wars forward a century into the future, when humanity turns to the stars to find its destiny. Follow the starship Conquest as its captain and crew take the fight to Earth's enemies, finding allies and making heroic sacrifices in order to secure the future of our solar system against a hostile universe. Read it first and then its prequel series Plague Wars, or read it in order from The Eden Plague onward if you prefer.

Stellar Conquest Series:
- Planetary Assault (contains First Conquest: Book 1)
- Desolator: Conquest: Book 2
- Tactics of Conquest: Book 3
- Conquest of Earth: Book 4
- Conquest and Empire: Book 5 (2015)

If you would like to review one of his books, please contact the author at one of the places below to obtain a free review copy.

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