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The Cloud [Kindle Edition]

Elmore Hammes
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Book Description

A story of hope, love and redemption set against the stars.

An unstoppable cloud hurtles through the cosmos, annihilating all life in its path, absorbing the energy of living creatures as it passes from system to system.

A lone survivor of an advanced civilization is rocketed from his doomed planet in an attempt to preserve a race, heading toward the solar system and the green-blue orb called Earth. A simple farm girl holds the key to stopping the approaching menace, but she must find her way to love to do so.

With a beginning inspired by Superman and pulp fiction such as Flash Gordon, the story then transitions into modern space opera. The second half of this novel takes some surprising turns, with a darker tone before the final resolution - in the end a story that shows both the good and the bad side of human nature, crystallizing in the saving power of love and empathy.

The Cloud is science fiction with romance, action and adventure, appropriate for teenage readers and above.

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About the Author

Elmore Hammes has published several novels, including The Holmes & Watson Mysterious Events and Objects Consortium: The Case of the Witch's Talisman (middle grade mystery/fantasy), The Twenty Dollar Bill (contemporary fiction) and The Cloud (science fiction). His short stories have recently appeared in The First Line and Espresso Fiction.

Product Details

  • File Size: 952 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615147151
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Kanapolis Fog Publishing Emporium; First edition (June 10, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001BBIO1Y
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,135,704 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 Stars November 23, 2009
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Storyline/Plot: 3 1/2 Stars

This was an extremely original tale that combined science fiction with fantasy. The story was told through several different viewpoints giving the storyline a well-rounded feel.

The science fiction portions, told from the cloud's and Hugh's points of view, were somewhat long-winded and a bit technical at times. The technical portions were out of step with the rest of the storyline. This created disparity especially in the beginning.

I especially enjoyed the first half when Hugh first lands on Earth. This was where the story really picked up momentum. The love affair between Char and Hugh unfortunately came across as very far-fetched. This was especially true with her father in the background condoning the `union' of his daughter and an alien, with no reserve whatsoever. However, if you can take that little tryst in stride, the storyline for how Hugh attempts to save Earth and the consequences is pretty interesting.

The realistic feel suffers somewhat with the leeway the military guys give to Char. I can't imagine any military allowing a civilian such autonomy with the first alien to make contact with Earth.

Also, there was an extraneous character, a spy, who served no real purpose in the story. The storyline could have progressed easily without this side character, so I'm not really certain why they were included.

The second half shows Char and Char's father in a more believable light with their actions. It also portrays more realistic military action, eventually.

The last quarter went a little too far for me. The ending was pretty good, though.

Character Development: 3 Stars

Hugh was a pretty believable alien.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good book that keeps you guessing! August 12, 2009
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This is the second book I have enjoyed by this author. The idea behind this book was inventive. The author does a good job of allowing the reader the opportunity to suspend their disbelief. Even though this story is completely unbelievable, I felt as though it *could* be happening. That is a sign of a good book, one that can make the fantastic seem real. I was kept guessing the whole time and really had no guesses as to what would come next, it kept me intrigued and pressing the next page button long past my bed time. This book is a good size at about 4794 kindle locations, and had very good formatting, grammar, spelling, and sentence structure. overall an excellent read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping and creative science fiction novel October 6, 2008
What's out there in the cold dark depths of space? "The Cloud" tells of a presence that annihilates all life that it touches throughout the atmosphere. An otherworldly man flees his soon to be destroyed planet and heads toward its next destination - Earth. With only a farm girl as an ally, he must find some way to put an end to the needless destruction. "The Cloud" is a gripping and creative science fiction novel, highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth your reading time August 7, 2008
Part Superman and part Stranger in a Strange Place, this sci-fi novel, The Cloud holds a place of its own. Very nicely written and an engrossing read, author Elmore Hammes has spun a yarn that is hard to put down.

A huge, mist-like cloud that can encompass thousands of miles moves about space seeking energy to feed upon and leaves only death and dry waste behind. Just before destroying a very advanced planet, a master scientist fired off a rocket containing the infant life form of his son. Cruising in space for twenty years, this life form grew and absorbed knowledge from innumerable databases being fed to it. It had one driving agenda: to find and annihilate the source of his planet's extinction.

The cloud is now closing in on the rocket, seeking the energy it perceives there. However the cloud is unable to draw out the energy of this life form and instead, the young life form takes in some of the cloud, making it a part of the new developing being. Hurtling toward a viable planet of energy, the rocket to save and the cloud to destroy, the life form begins to change its structure to match that of the beings on this planet and takes the ship down to land-in Indiana. The now human-like being has three days to destroy the cloud and save Earth from complete destruction.

After hiding his ship on an isolated farm, the spaceman is befriended by Char Amberson and her father Larry who give him the name, Grant.

With the threat of imminent danger and an alien walking around, it is not long before all the powers that be begin to vie for control; some with altruistic goals and others more self-serving and dangerous. The first part of the novel is about love, friendship and sacrifice but the second part, entitled "The Rain," is harsh and horrific with unexpected events.

Armchair Interviews says: Overall, Hammes has written an interesting plot with some good characters and the ending, although anticlimactic, was certainly a surprise.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not just another Sci-Fi story December 23, 2014
I am not usually a reader of sci-fi or fantasy, finding the few I've sampled to be high-tech plots of old good vs. evil cowboy movies of my childhood. Of late I've divorced myself from historical fiction, a la Bernard Cornwell, in an effort to discover other interests in writing and in techniques of storytelling that can hold my continued interest. "The Cloud" is the second of Hammes' books I've read and was not disappointed. He can tell a story! He fooled me throughout the book as I tried to predict where the story would go as I kept score in my mind with marks of "believable", "unbelievable", "predictable", and "surprise!" Most of my rankings were "believable surprises" which on two occasions awakened my "Deja Vu" sensors.
All in all, I was happy with the way the book ended, but this particular ending caused me to question my beliefs about justice and punishment in the modern interpretation of good vs.evil. I think that's what good books should do, leave the reader with points for discussion. Hammes' story left my mind with its own "cloud," seeking another of his books from which I can take some of its essence.
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Elmore Hammes is primarily a writer of fiction. His short stories have appeared in publications ranging from obscure e-zines to nationally distributed magazines. His writing is as eclectic as his reading habits, including young adult fantasy, science fiction, contemporary literature, humor and superhero stories.

He participates in Mainstage Community Theatre in Anderson, Indiana. His favorite roles would include Jonathan Brewster in Arsenic and Old Lace, Professor Marvel in the Wizard of Oz and Uncle Barnaby in Babes in Toyland.

Twice a year, he goes on mission trips with St. Patrick's Church of Oxford, Indiana to help build homes in Mexico.

He shares his home with two cats, Chuck and Snuggles, although Snuggles does not acknowledge Chuck's existence. He volunteers for the Animal Protection League in central Indiana, and is currently fostering Holly, who was unhappy with being caged at the shelter. If she decides to play nice with the current residents, she may just stay!

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