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"With 90% of indie science fiction that I look at I lose interest in the first paragraph or the first page. Having read the sample at Amazon I'm going to buy this book." Michael Tinker Pearce, goodreads.com

About the Author

Alex (Aleksei) Bobl is a science fiction writer, author of 14 traditionally published novels. An ex-paratrooper, he used his military knowledge and experience to write his debut novels for S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - a bestselling science fiction action adventure series set in a post-apocalyptic Chernobyl. It was followed by TechnoTma: the Dark Times : another post-apocalyptic SF series that Alex wrote together with his S.T.A.L.K.E.R. co-author Andrei Levitski. Point Apocalypse is Alex's second novel translated into English. The first one, Memoria. A Corporation of Lies, is also available in paperback.

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  • File Size: 3586 KB
  • Print Length: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Sky Bridge (August 12, 2014)
  • Publication Date: August 12, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BVOHUC0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #525,844 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Alex (Aleksei) Bobl is a science fiction writer, author of 13 novels. An ex-paratrooper, he used his military knowledge and experience to write his debut novels for S.T.A.L.K.E.R., a bestselling science fiction action adventure series set in a post-apocalyptic Chernobyl.

After his initial success, Alex Bobl teamed up with his friend and S.T.A.L.K.E.R. co-author Andrei Levitski to create a SF project of their own. Entitled TechnoTma: The Dark Times, this action adventure series is set in a post-apocalyptic future where the Black Sea has dried out and the Crimea has become a major desert. The eight books of TechnoTma had a total print run of over 300,000 copies and have been translated into German and Spanish. Talks are now under way about translating TechnoTma into English.

author`s contacts:
FB page - https://www.facebook.com/alexbobl
Blog - http://boblak.blogspot.ru/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/AlexBobl

Point Apoсalypse is Alex's last science fiction novel to date - a sci-fi action adventure set in the near future. Alex Bobl lives in Moscow with his wife and two boys and is currently working on his next science fiction novel.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By dscabra on May 4, 2013
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This book started off like those movies that you view through some dazed character’s eyes. Four chapters into the book I was about to give up on it and then it started to get interesting, but I found that there were several brief moments scattered throughout the long dry stretches where things just didn't seem to flow well. To be fair, the author is not a native English speaker; however, I believe this may account for many of the disconnected thoughts and somewhat rambling sections of the story. I gave this book three stars for the unique aspect, which was refreshing considering all the cookie-cutter Sci-Fi out there these days. With some editing help this could have been a very good read, but for me the lack of fluidity was just a bit too distracting.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Hungry Monster on October 28, 2013
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Point Apocalypse is a fast paced techno thriller filled with nonstop suspense and action that only lets up to deliver a meticulous description of the fictional world of Pangea. Pangea is a prison world where Earth sends its worst criminals. One shipment of criminals includes Mark Posner a former soldier, but Mark slowly learns that he is not a prisoner. He is on a mission; a mission that will change both worlds. Earth has been sending people to Pangea for years and a community has emerged that brings some semblance of structure, but otherwise it's a world where everything is hazardous to your health and only the strongest survive. Mark must navigate his way through this world and find a traitorous general that is plotting to destroy Earth so that Pangea will no longer be subservient. But things are not what they seem and while Mark is fighting off cyber-troopers, and hired guns he learns of a shocking truth that moves the book in a whole new direction. Point Apocalypse focuses on action and world building while character development and dialogue seemed not to be an important factor. I found myself not really sympathizing or connecting with any of the characters as they all were either spouting generic lines of dialogue or fighting off characters that were introduced as a bad guy a few sentences ago and then were killed off. What really nagged at me was that the writing was constantly discursive and circuitous (ask your English teacher what those words mean). But all that aside I constantly felt like I was hurtling headlong toward a dramatic ending and I couldn't wait for it to come. If you don't care about character development or eloquent prose and care more about super charged sci-fi action then this book is for you.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rose on August 1, 2013
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This would be a much better movie than a book. It is action-packed from start to finish with little character development. Frankly, by the time I got to the end of the story, it didn't matter to me if the "good guys" lived or died. I didn't know much about them and therefore I just didn't care. This doesn't work so well in books but it makes for a great Hollywood action flic. If Sylvester Stalone was younger, this would be perfect for him. Nowadays, maybe Jason Statham.

This is not to say it wasn't a decent story. In fact, I would think there are a fair amount of people out there who will just love the action and could care less about getting to know the characters.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Psi-Fi Guy on March 28, 2013
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Right from the start you're in the action and it doesn't slow down. I don't read very many books where the story is set in the future, but this one really pulled me in. Even when I thought the story was slowing down, something would happen and it jumped right back to full speed. There was just so much going on and a lot of the details are significant. If I say too much more I will be crossing over into spoiler territory. I will say that if you are a reader that likes to skip or just breeze through sections, you will be missing a lot of important details. The author just blew me away, there was so many twists at the end I was blindsided. But looking back over everything, it made sense.

I would recommend reading this book, it will keep you on the edge of your seat.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. Morris on July 12, 2013
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A Russian author who never once referenced his own culture in this exciting tale full of unexpected turns and locales. I found it fun and yes, exciting, as our hero discovered more about himself as he discovered more about his mission. Our main story would proceed with a great set of characters...and then our hero would discover something important about himself, or the planet, or his foes, that would send the arc of the story in unexpected directions. But, quickly, we were back on board and dashing after our hero.
It is a wonderful sophomore effort If you decide on giving this a try you will not be disappointed !
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Alrusse ( Ecosse ) on April 6, 2013
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The writer did an excellent job of keeping the narrative and characters interesting and the continuity of the story in focus. The storyline was plausible and the plot kept you attached to each character in the hope you could ferret out who the informant was. A good read and an interesting twist at the end.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jason Franklin on October 15, 2013
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A pretty good read. I loved the setting and the back story. I'll probably use something very like it in an upcoming role-playing game. I also appreciated how English was NOT the native and/or default language (I enjoy reading world literature and watching foreign films). The things I struggled with (loss of a star for each) were, first, the several personality overlays or memory blocks. One was reasonable. The second was too hard to swallow. The second item was the bit of Dux Ex Machina at the end. Even so, a decent read.
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