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Product Details

  • Paperback: 375 pages
  • Publisher: PublishAmerica (August 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606107003
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606107003
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,739,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David L Erickson is a Minnesota boy who has spent most of his life somewhere else. At seventeen, he joined the Marine Corps. As an avionics tech, he volunteered as a door gunner in a CH-46 Sea Stallion squadron stationed at Marble Mountain, Vietnam, earning 8 air medals.
Father of three girls and a husband to just one woman, he garnered national recognition by Savin Corp as a service manager and went on to start an office machine dealership in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
Currently David and his wife own a 1940's bungalow overlooking Bull Shoals lake in the Missouri Ozarks where he spends his spare time writing, touring the Ozarks backroads and restoring their home.
David wrote his first manuscript at age fourteen (long since lost), went on to write for the school newspaper and has continued writing in various formats ever since.
His current genre of choice is science fiction, but is working on a murder mystery and has written horror stories. He is an member of the Ozarks Writer's League.

Customer Reviews

It was extremely suspenseful, interesting and exciting.
J. Cihak
The storyline was confusing to follow, all of the characters seemed similar, and the descriptions seemed very stilted and dry.
Appy gal
I started reading this book and then read it every chance I had till the last page.
J. Wallace

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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By KindleQueen on June 8, 2010
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I tried to like this book and after about halfway through, decided that I couldn't take it anymore. The main characters all seemed to be the same person with different names and it was hard to distinguish one from another. There were characters named Baider, Paider and Kaider in the novel and that only added to my confusion.

The 2 main characters (Who could have been the same guy from all the lack of differentiation in their personalities/descriptions) spent all their time pondering their and their crewmate's relationships while fighting off aliens. Maybe its just me but if I am dodging aliens and running for my life, I am not wondering if one of my crew members is sleeping with the gorgeous doctor on board the ship...and thats another thing...everyone in the book seems to be extremely well built and drop dead handsome or Supermodel material...what, there are no ugly people in the future?
One guy seems to start out white then suddenly he's described as African-American and then the book later speaks of his pale complexion....what's that all about? All the women in the book spend their time crying over the smallest incident or completely breaking down and cracking under pressure so that the males in the book feel repeatedly obligated to comfort them, put their arms around them and tell them it will be alright.
The locals of the future apparently speak redneck and after reading several chapters of words written like they are spoken as in "Yuens folks git long now, ain't no cause fer alarm..." (I made that line up, but you get the picture), I just couldn't take it anymore.

Anyways, thats my 2 cents worth. Based on the other reviews, some people enjoyed it and at $0.99 it wasn't like I was angry for throwing away a ton of money on it, but I jist cain't see tossing money away fer no gosh darn good reason.....sorry, couldn't resist :)
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Appy gal on May 2, 2010
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The idea of this story was interesting but I disliked the writer's style. The storyline was confusing to follow, all of the characters seemed similar, and the descriptions seemed very stilted and dry. Also, it was annoying that the author had one of the characters repeatedly pondering the relationship between two of his colleages but never seemed to come to a conclusion. Everytime, it came up in the storyline I was thinking, didn't he already go over this? Usually when I read great story I become so immersed in it that it's like watching a movie, this book was a struggle to get into. Sorry for the bad review but I just didn't enjoy.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By DayRanger on May 30, 2009
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Mankind's Worst Fear--a SciFi gem. Quirky and pacifist scientific underwater exploration team meets by-the-book, military unit from Mars--three hundred years in Earth's future. These unlikely groups form an uneasy alliance, at the end of time, in a desperate search for a means to reverse the mistakes of the past.
With mankind's insatiable lust for knowledge and off-world expansionism, it was bound to happen. We dug too deep beneath Mars' mysterious red crust. Our curiosity and greed sets off an ancient burglar alarm, alerting the alien race that left it there, and triggers the near extermination of our planet. For, like humans, the aliens will not allow another race to gain enough knowledge and technology to threaten their dominance.
Mankind's Worst Fear is a joyride through future tech, and good, old-fashioned, human determination. The story tracks two separate but converging plot lines: the science teams' danger-filled journey inland through hostile tribes of humans; and the Mars teams' action-packed, space hijacking of an alien vessel on its way to finish off the last human life on Earth.
Mankind's Worst Fear celebrates man's strengths, while acknowledging the weaknesses that make us human. The tension of the twin plotlines holds the reader prisoner to turning the pages, even long after bedtime. And, when the two factions finally meet, an inferno of action chains you to the story until the very last word.
Remember to breathe.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By wetever on July 26, 2010
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This was painful to read. The characters were very shallow with emotions inappropriate to the situation they were in. When one character dies, the thoughts of their friend revolves around the "musky aroma of a girls nutty brown hair" who is consoling them. I couldn't help but laugh out loud.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Vandrecken on May 10, 2010
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The plot is fantastic, but the stilted, childlike writing style made this book unbearable to finish.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tony on November 16, 2010
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I figured for 89 cents....no big deal. To sum it up: people are in space and on mars, aliens who speak Hebrew arrive, a quantum leap in time, now humans in Oregon are hicks (nor far from the truth), The non-hicks thank god and heaven....blah blah blah. That's as far as I could stand this book.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sassy on June 28, 2009
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From the first chapter, Mankind's Worst Fear is captivating and fast paced. The two-pronged, well crafted story keeps the reader eagerly anticipating the outcome. Erickson gets creative with classic sci-fi themes (time-travel, space exploration, alien races), but the plot will hold the interest of any reader. For a first novel, Minkind's Worst Fear packs a punch and proves to be a satisfying journey.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marcus Hast on September 9, 2012
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The core plot in this story isn't terrible, although it is something you've probably seen before. In many ways it feels like a plotline for a Star Trek episode. Unfortunately Star Trek has some interesting characters to take you through the story, but that's missing from this book.

Most of the characters in this book spend their time being horny like teenagers or being whiny and erratic like children. A typical life threatening encounter typically involves a lot of staring at asses, childish name-calling and sticking out of tongues followed by some shooting of lasrifles (because making new contractions make it more real than calling it laser rifles).

I think the book could be made interesting if it focused more on the story (or perhaps post-apocalypse living) instead of people wanting to take their co-workers to bed. Having characters that didn't want to make you slap them for going on into dreamland every few paragraphs would also help.

All in all I guess young adults could enjoy the book (I know that I read plenty of worse books at that age).

PLOT DISCUSSION SPOILER: I also felt like the beginning of the book when they are close to the artifact set a potential payoff in the end in that they notice that their group is being infiltrated. They assume that this is by a spy but I figured that it would be referenced in the end of the book. But nothing came out of it.
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