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  • File Size: 803 KB
  • Print Length: 235 pages
  • Publication Date: September 27, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FJ6DONK
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Eric James-Olson is the author of five novels and several short stories. But the Angels Never Came, Farmers and Cannibals, Just After the Fall, The Church Peak Hotel: Revisited, and Whom Cain Slew (December 2015) are novels that exist within the same fictional universe. The books can be read in any order. In addition to writing, James-Olson is a high school English teacher and an outdoor enthusiast. He lives with his wife and daughter in the hills of West Virginia.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sean Morrison on October 16, 2013
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I picked up Farmers and Cannibals on a whim for an easy and quick beach read. The story is a unique take on the dangers of an unchecked expansion of government and big corporate business in America. This type of a story is different than what I am normally reading, but the concept of agra-business and government running amuck is a real, as are many of the social, political, moral and educational issues that the author exploits and dramamtisizes. The plot is akin to a more simple take of Orwell's classic 1984 with reminents of more modern classics like District 9 and Avitar.
The character descriptions and point of view are presented particularly well, with protagonist we are rooting for and antagonist, well sometimes we might be rooting for them too. The author uses a mix of biblical references, present day controversies and popular sci-fi themes to thicken the plot, advance the characters and keep the pages turning.
This being Eric James-Olson's first publised work there is no telling where he'll go from here. A prequel is slated to be released sometime next year and the door is left open for an ongoinig series. This reader will be checking back to see what comes next!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sean Connors on November 24, 2013
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I really enjoyed this book and I recommend it for others. It pulls you in within the first chapter and keeps you guessing throughout the whole book. Just when you think you have it all figured out, there is another twist or turn, which leads to an ending that I don’t think anyone could see coming. Mr. Olson’s writing style reads like a fast pace suspenseful Hollywood movie. If this is his first published book, I can’t wait to see what he writes next. I promise you, once pick up this book you won’t want to put it down. Do yourself a favor and read Famers and Cannibals. The only problem is you are going to have sit around and wait for the next installment like the rest of us.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Williams on November 19, 2013
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Keeps you guessing until the end. I really don't usually like cannibal/zombie type books, but, this gets your attention at the very beginning of the book and holds it until the end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chief, USN Ret...VT Town TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 11, 2013
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Having read the first portions previously, this review is for chapter 25 to the end.

Farm Colony 984 was overrun by the Cannibals and it was reported there were no survivors. Imagine the surprise in the head quarters when they found out there were 3 men alive! And, one of them was Cain..

It is amazing what corporate greed can do to honest men. Lots of lies leading up to this ending - and the ending is fitting considering the circumstances. I do feel empathy for Abraham's loss when the promise made to him was never fulfilled.

Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sundance Seay on October 28, 2013
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This book hooked me right from the beginning. Good writing is what it takes to keep me reading. Cannot wait for the sequel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 15, 2014
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Where to start?

"Farmers and Cannibals" is an incredibly smart read. The language in which it is written is precise, descriptive, and crisp. It's not a book that pulls any punches, and assumes a certain level of intelligence from it's reader. That's not to say it makes you feel stupid, but I read a lot of books that go out of their way to explain things to you, like you're a toddler in need of having their hand held. This book doesn't do that. If you can't cope through a work of literary fiction on your own without the author spoon feeding you, then this book isn't for you.

That said, let's delve into it.

Though this book touts Francisco Cain as it's main character, I wonder if he is no more than just a reference by which certain plot points are revealed to the reader. Cain certainly envelopes the old-time traits of classical detectives; he's hard nosed, to the point, secretive, and bad ass. Other than a few sparse insights into his past, and they are brief, we're not given much to latch onto with Cain. He's simply there to propel the story forward.

For whatever lack of attachment you get from Cain, you get plenty from everyone else. The most interesting character-arch's came from this book's villains: Abraham and Dingane. Needless to say, if you like a good villain, this book will certainly feed your cravings...pun intended (if you count that as a pun...think about it). A question this book asks is: who is really the villain? On one hand you have invaders who have made themselves at home, and the other you have helpless natives struggling to get by. The viewpoint and narrative certainly make it clear who to root for, but a few lines of description here and there could easily switch that up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Enne Li on August 29, 2014
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I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Well, 10 pages in and I was hooked. Not to mention a little mind blown. Saying the story was profound would be an understatement. The world building was brilliant. Strike that. The whole thing was brilliant. The story was set in the ruins of one society, at the hands of, and for the gain of, another. The story features one hell of a crazy dystopian future.

I liked a lot of things about this book. The characters were quite entertaining, unique even. While the focus is on the farm (as that's where majority of the story unfolds at), we still get glimpses of everyone else involved. I loved that the story jumped viewpoints so the reader got to see the events unravel from every sides' perspective. It's a story that makes you question your own morality as neither side was right or wrong, good or evil. Simply dancing to the tunes of a malicious puppeteer.

In light of all this, Cain was tasked with keeping the farm colony safe after the death of Jim, the previous head of security. Jim warned him not to trust anyone, but tension skyrockets as one incident after another occurs as soon as he arrived. Cain can't keep the farm safe on his own, but trusting the wrong person could very well end the lives of everyone involved. And as he toils in semi-secrecy, accusations were thrown all around, and no one knows who was really ally or foe.

The book was atmospheric, dark, and oppressive without being brooding and monotonous. The shadow of the traitor was always present, looming, but buried under more pressing matters. And there it sits, unseen, but felt all around.
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