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Redbacks (As Darkness Ends #2) Paperback – February 21, 2012
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"It's a quick-paced adventure with roots in zombie literature and religious apocalyptica alike, and one I quite enjoyed." -Bliss Morgan
About the Author
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Aaron's debut sci-fi thriller novel SPIRIT HACKERS explores the intersection of technology and the afterlife. His thriller CHRONO VIRUS rocked readers in 2012 with its original take on space travel. In 2013 he released the tie-in story CHRONO VIRUS: FALL OF THE HORIZON. Aaron's apocalyptic debut series AS DARKNESS ENDS explores the end of the world from many points of view.
Aaron hails from Long Island, NY and enjoys hockey, rock & roll, coffee, and way too much ice cream. Visit him online at www.AaronCrocco.com.
Top Customer Reviews
This is a fast-action, quickly-moving novella that doesn't stop to breathe...much like the characters' lives. There is good detail about the destruction; you are able to see and feel the grit.
I'm not typically drawn to novellas for the simple reason that they tend to have a quick pace that doesn't allow me to get to know my characters, or immerse me in the story. This story was no different.
I found the writing very basic. This is a tension-filled story, yet it was not written in a way that made me feel tense. There were times I didn't believe some of the emotions, because I didn't *feel* what the character was supposedly feeling. The beginning of the story, especially, seemed to try too hard. The author's descriptive prose fell far short of its goal, resulting in clunky sentences that didn't flow naturally, causing me to re-read them to get the jist of the author's intent. Run-on sentences were another issue for me.
I'm not quite sure I understood the end. Again, the fast, novella pace could be to blame. I would have liked things to slow down so I could absorb what was happening, especially with the wrap-up.
So, fast-paced, good concept; however, it could have better execution. At least for me. If you like your stories shorter rather than longer, you may give this one a try, and if you like action-filled, fast-paced stories, Redbacks may be just the kind of pace that you like.
Then Aaron Crocco comes along and gives us something new.
Redbacks is book 2 of his As Darkness Ends series, but can be read standalone (although, having read it, I want to go back and read book 1). It begins with the world ending - or so it seems to some of the characters. An earthquake shakes not just most of Manhattan, where protagonist James Cole works, but the actual entirety of the earth. James manages to avoid upheaving streets and crumbling skyscrapers, and post-quake bands together with a survivor who saved his life in order to try to get through the city to make his way back to his estranged wife.
Then they discover that buckled streets and precarious architecture and infrastructure are far from their biggest worry - the eponymous, violent antagonists of the tale appear, wreaking havoc and killing survivors, moving in animal-like packs, though they clearly used to be human.
And all of this under a sky unnaturally darkening under a black cloud moving to cover the earth.
It's a quick-paced adventure with roots in zombie literature and religious apocalyptica alike, and one I quite enjoyed - it grabbed me from the quaking get-go and dragged me along through the ruins of one of the great cities of the world, to a conclusion that I honestly never saw coming.
Excitement, danger, apocalypse. They go together, and this has it all.
The earthquake hit the earth. A man seeking shelter and help disappeared. As others struggle to put meaning to their lives, the puzzle starts coming together. Not all who survived are what they were. Those not changed by the strangers path must struggle against those that were changed.
In taking a subject like the apocalypse and zombies, there are too many books out there already that repeat the subject matter. We all know the world ends as we know it, the zombies take over, and humanity all but disappears. Aaron Crocco has taken this subject in a different direction. In what promises to be a fantastic series, he is giving us two different stories that tie together very well.
These are short books, they can be read in a day or two. They are well written, and might cause you to grimmace in pain for the characters. The questions left by the first book of this series begin to get answered, and the reader knows all will be revealed by the end of the series.
I could easily recommend this to those who like a short horror story that won't keep anyone awake all night. I am looking forward the the rest of this series.
The story is very much something that I think a lot of people think about and it definitely makes you think. Even though this is a fictitious book you can - at least I can - see how it could really happen.
I was easy to follow and I had no troubles envisioning what was taking place in the story.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Redbacks, the second book in the "As Darkness Ends" series is even better than the first. The author this time tells what was happening while the events of the first book where... Read morePublished on March 24, 2012 by Tom Dodson
I truly enjoyed reading this book. It helped to clear up some questions that I had about the development of James within the first book "As the Darkness Ends". Read morePublished on March 16, 2012 by Amazon Customer