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Grim Reaper: End of Days Mass Market Paperback – August 30, 2011
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The one good thing I can say about Grim Reaper is that, after seeing it appear 25 times, I now know what the word "supernal" means. Grim Reaper has a pretty decent-sounding plot. A modern-day form of the bubonic plague virus is released in New York City, and quickly turns into a pandemic. New York residents must fight for survival as the government tries to contain the virus by any means necessary. Patrick Shepherd is a veteran of the Iraqi war who lost an arm during combat. Leigh Nelson is his doctor at the Veterans hospital, who takes an interest in Shepherd above and beyond what would be considered normal for most patients. After the virus is released, Shepherd is thrown into the story in an attempt to retrieve the virus, while at the same time, protect his estranged wife and child who he hasn't seen in years.
I'll start off with the positives. The story moves pretty quickly. There aren't a lot of dull moments where I found myself struggling to get through a chapter. The characters are somewhat likable, although forgettable as well. Alten has a great relationship with his fans where he runs contests and the winners get their name used as a character in an upcoming book (he has even used me as a previous character). So pretty much every character is introduced by their first and last name.Read more ›
However, "Grim Reaper" is NONE of those. It's empty, flat, and so full of Alten's weird mix of conspiracy theories and pseudo-religious dogma that it's almost impossible to even read the basics of this book.
In the preface, Alten states that this book may come off as "anti-soldier" but it is in fact a statement of anti-war. That would be all well and good but then why are all of the soldiers in this book made out to be trigger happy, racist, morally obtuse, corrupt individuals. They gun down innocents in the street, disobey direct orders and in Patrick's flashbacks are seen calling EVERY Arab a terrorist, a Godless individual and a scrounge across the Earth. Even a chaplain soldier is quoted as saying it's America's duty and God's calling to kill every single Iraqi.
Speaking of God, that brings us to Altens twisted, warped and all together highly annoying views on religion. His ideas are so twisted and convoluted its almost sad and to be honest, I have no clue as to where Alten is coming from and where he's going. Among the pages there are insights into Kabbala, Christianity, Buddhism, and Judaism.Read more ›
I really didn't read this book to be converted to his kaballism, or to read his endless rants about the atrocities committed against the Jews (while completely ignoring the atrocities committed BY the Jews on the Palestinians.)
Combine that with the blatant mistakes that he makes in all of his books, showing that he doesn't have a clue what he's talking about. For example, in this one he constantly says that they speak Farsi in Iraq (they speak Arabic, duh.) Or that a tiny 10 foot boat is some sort of giant luxury yacht, complete with galley, shower, and sleeping quarters.
I do not think I will be wasting my time reading any of Mr. Alten's future books. He's lost touch with reality, and is no longer entertaining.
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I became a Steve Alten fan in 1996 with his first novel, Meg. My loyalty was tested with his subsequent other series, the Maya prophecy trilogy which began with Domain. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jaime Contreras
Every fast read and a real page turner. I had a hard time putting it down. Like the way he writes. I'm now on a second book of his and it's just as good. Plan to read more of his.Published 12 months ago by john e. burkhart
I borrowed this book, read it, then bought it. Great is an understatement.Published 13 months ago by Robert N. Cantara
A major disappointment! Big fan of Alten's Meg books. Great stories well done. This book is a major disappointment. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Terry E. Deschenes
This book was nothing short of horrible, & I'm glad I didn't have to pay for it. In an astounding display of hypocrisy, Alten claims in his foreword that his book should bring... Read morePublished 17 months ago by ClwydJ
Finally a book to stretch my imagination and make me too scared to sleep. This is for those who want more than a fast and easy ride--it is a deep and thought provoking book into... Read morePublished 22 months ago by RHGEDL
I would have voted this a five since I pretty much love all of Altens books. Unfortunately(spoiler) the two authors go into a ridiculous deluge of liberal propaganda BS. Read morePublished on February 17, 2014 by Keith D
I love the Sigma novels by Rollins. But not really liking the religious turn in the Blood Gospel or Grim Reaper. Read morePublished on January 7, 2014 by EvilTaz