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Mankind's Worst Fear Paperback – August 4, 2008
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“FitzSimmons has come up with a doozy of a sociopath.” —The Washington Post Learn More
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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 :)
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.
There are a number of typos, misspellings, and wrong use of words, for example: their instead of they're, conger (an eel) where the word should have been conjure. One of the major characters from the Mars site named Clapton just disappears about half way through the story after the capture by the aliens - no I don't mean the aliens killed him or something else dire happened to him - the author just forgot him. Also it would seem to me that a nuclear winter lasting 300 or more years would not have resulted in just a colder climate in Oregon but an all out ice age.
I know writers (and obviously editors) tend to get lazy due to the use of spell checkers but for goodness sake, USE A GRAMMAR CHECKER as well.
Like I said, I would have given 4 stars due to the plot, action, and the interesting take on time travel but . . .
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The end was a little abrupt, but overall, it sucked me in like a good book does. It was hard top put down.Published 11 months ago by David Reese
Generally good storyline, but clunky dialog and totally outdated, sexist female portrayals detract. Also, whoever edited the thing for spelling, punctuation, and grammar should be... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Reine
From the first page to the last I just loved this story. Enjoyed the characters immensely. What a story! I can't stop thinking about it. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Nadia Salazar
It is refreshing to read a book that did not spend the last 25% setting the scene for the next book of the series. Read morePublished on April 6, 2013 by John D. A. Holmes
This book has it all: time tunnel to the future, a super terrific submarine, working lasers, computer links in your minds, Mars station finding an alien artifact,, Love, and lives... Read morePublished on January 15, 2013 by I read alot
Excellent story of a possible future for Earth. What happens when non-friendly aliens find out about us? Read morePublished on January 13, 2013 by Amazon Customer
This a very good time travel scifi novel. It stayed focus on its' plot and characters. I wanted to finish it in one setting but got it done in two. Fun reading.Published on November 29, 2012 by Merlyn
Mankind's Worst Fear is a book you should read. I had verry har time to put it down and I mean hard time. I lost sleep reading this. I read the book in 2 days. Read morePublished on November 29, 2012 by RealBigSwede
Aliens, time travel, space battles, suspense and romance. A real fun read. He ties any loose ends at the end of the book, don't quit reading half way through. Read morePublished on November 6, 2012 by Bill in Colorado