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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 combat 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 free 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.

The Plague Wars series is suitable for adults and older teens, and generally corresponds to a PG-13 movie rating due to strong language, violence, and mature themes.

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)


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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.

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  • 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
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49 of 58 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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16 of 19 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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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast pacing and interesting theory September 3, 2012
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A human....paradise? May 24, 2013
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In The Divine Comedy, Part 2: Purgatory (Penguin Classics) (v. 2), Virgil leads Dante the Pilgrim back to the earthly paradise, set atop Mount Purgatory. It represents the utopia where Adam & Eve lived before the fall of man. It is a place where entropy has no deleterious effects on the frail human body, and where the knowledge of evil is foreign to the mind. This is as far as logic (as embodied by Virgil) can take the Pilgrim; the Roman poet can go no further.

The Eden Plague: Book 1 (Plague Wars) is something like a science fiction allegory of this journey "back" to paradise. Instead of working within the confines of a religious paradigm, the story is set within the paradigm of science.

A virus of unknown origin is smuggled out of a biological weapons complex in the former Soviet Union. It can cure cancer and heal the body of all kinds of wounds. The Pentagon loves it as they're hoping to use it to make "super soldiers" with it; soldiers who can remain in a combat zone indefinitely as the fighting men / women will be able to rejuvenate from major wounds within hours and go right back to taking the fight to the enemy. The virus does not make a person invulnerable as a bullet to the brain or a puncture to a vital organ still equals death. However, it is the next best thing to producing an army of Achilles type warriors.

Of course, there is one major drawback. A side effect of the virus is its so-called "virtue effect." People who are infected become less enthusiastic about killing people & running the machinery of war.
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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. He also writes P. I. mysteries under the pen name D. D. VanDyke.

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 Book 1, First Conquest)
- Desolator: Conquest
- Tactics of Conquest
- Conquest of Earth
- Conquest and Empire (2015)

B.V. Larson's Star Force Series with David VanDyke:
- Star Force: Outcast
- Star Force: Exile

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, secret technologies and extraterrestrial meddling provide the backdrop for heroes and villains to struggle for control of the destiny of humanity.

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.

The Star Force Series is a sweeping space opera and military sci-fi saga of alien invasion, telling the story of one ordinary man, Professor Kyle Riggs, who rises to become Earth's most implacable defender. In book 10, Outcast, his son Cody Riggs, fresh out of Star Force academy, takes over the legacy. With more than a million copies sold, this top-rated science fiction series sweeps readers into adventure.

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