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The Eden Plague: Book 1 (Plague Wars) [Kindle Edition]

David VanDyke
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)

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An Amazon Multi-Category Military Thriller and Sci-Fi Adventure Bestseller. ON SALE for a limited time.

A Kindle Book Review 2013 Best Indie Award Winner semi-finalist.

Rule #1: Try not to shoot your future wife. When special operations veteran DJ Markis finds armed invaders in his home and it all goes sideways, he turns to his brothers in arms to fight back. On the run from the shadowy Company, soon he finds himself in a war for possession of a genetic engineering secret that threatens the stability of the world. But who is behind it all - and are they even human?

The Eden Plague is a science-fiction military techno-thriller in the tradition of Crichton, Koontz, B.V. Larson and Vaughn Heppner.

It leads the reader into the bestselling Plague Wars military sci-fi series.

Plague Wars Series:
- The Eden Plague
- Reaper's Run
- The Demon Plagues
- The Reaper Plague
- The Orion Plague
- Cyborg Strike
- Comes the Destroyer

Stellar Conquest Series:
- Planetary Assault (contains First Conquest: Book 1)
- Desolator: Book 2
- Tactics of Conquest: Book 3
- Conquest of Earth: Book 4

PG-13 for language, violence and adult situations (non-explicit)

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This book is free of DRM (Digital Rights Management)

Keywords: alien, invasion, alien invasion, military science fiction, genetic engineering, nanotechnology, post-apocalyptic, science fiction, thriller

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

David VanDyke is a former US Army Airborne enlisted soldier and, later in life, a US Air Force officer. He served in and out of combat zones all over the world in the 1980s through the 2000s. He lives on the East Coast with his wife and three dogs.

Product Details

  • File Size: 401 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: David VanDyke; 5 edition (February 28, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008EMKJ6Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,513 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast pacing and interesting theory September 3, 2012
By Sharon
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I expected this action/adventure to be military/black ops action, which it presents very believably. I also anticipated a bit of an 'apocalypse' twist, which it is, in a way, though in more end of the world as we know it rather than end of the world.

Well developed characters, a new scientific discovery vaguely along the lines of Jurassic Park and others of that type, with nanobot technology, carried along by excellent presentation of the usual black ops/military type action. Good character development which included the changes in mindsets triggered by exposure to the Plague.

A definite twist at the end which leaves me wondering just where the author tends to go with the plotline, which could develop in an interesting way.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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There are things I love and things I hate about this series but I guess the good outweighs the bad because I just bought book 4. Many former soldiers have the knowledge to write an interesting military story but their prose tends to be awkward and organized poorly. Mr. Vandyke is an exception to this rule. In fact, I believe he could make excellent use of his talents by ghost writing soldier's memoirs! His characters are interesting and I like a lot of the concepts he introduces. In my opinion, this author's strengths are in his ability to tell the details of the story. Unfortunately, this series has some pretty awful continuity problems on the grand scale and it is riddled with religious nonsense.

Book 1 is about a small group of former spec ops soldiers who put their training to good use and leave a trail of destruction in their wake. Book 2 really shifts gears to get more into the global politics in a rapidly changing world. I didn't mind the change in tone but I resented the stunning amount of deus ex machina he uses to get there. Here are some examples (minor spoilers!) of silly things that spring to mind: Plague carriers require massive amounts of food until lots of people are infected ("ummm, we fixed that"), the main character basically becomes the most powerful leader in the world, the former explosives expert is suddenly a nanotech expert, people continue to be religious after it is revealed that an alien created the god myth to influence humanity (well, middle eastern humans anyway). These and many other problems interfere with my enjoyment but the skillful prose with an authentic military perspective has kept me reading these books.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Action Jackson -- Cover to Cover December 21, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I dare you to strap yourself into this rocket sled and take a ride. Absolutely WALL-TO-WALL action! As the author accurately states, this is a science fiction, military, techno-thriller. And that's exactly what it is - AND MORE! Pound for pound, this story is as good as it gets in its genre. The combat scenes, the weaponry detail, the Special Forces camaraderie and warrior insight... it's an excellently told and authentically compelling story. David Van Dyke does this kind of story as well as anybody out there (I am jealous). His science fiction concepts are fresh and neatly interwoven into a patchwork of real human drama. There is a romantic slant to the tale, as well, that adds interest. The plot, the characters, and the non-stop action are just superb. I love this book and recommend it highly. Guaranteed to make you forget your cares for a while.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I've read in quite a while!! October 11, 2012
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As a fellow author of adventure novels, I must say that this one is the best I've read this year and quite possibly one of the best I've ever read! The writing style is concise and engaging, the characters are truly believable and the plot is fresh and new...perhaps even unique. You shouldn't pass this one up!! I can't wait to read the next one in the series!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "That others may live." May 12, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
It's easy (or at least easier) to make decisions in your everyday life when you and your loved ones are healthy in body and mind but what if you weren't? What if you had cancer or muscular dystrophy or had been in a car wreck or suffered PTSD?

Elise Wallis is a research scientist with incurable cancer when she is introduced to the Eden Plague.

Daniel Markis was an Air Force Pararescueman before injuries and PTSD sidelined him. Now he's been infected with the Eden Plague, curing him of all his ills but leaving one "small" change. Was it worth it? And a big question - where did this virus originate from?

Beyond fast-paced with believable characters, the author drew me into his vision of this small group of Americans who have to make earth-changing decisions based on the Eden Plague virus. This is TEOTWAWKI plus military thriller plus sci fi.

Some twists and turns along the way with a little (awkward) romance thrown in, I've already purchased the next book in the series The Demon Plagues: Book 2 (Plague Wars) and am looking forward to diving onto it right away.

NOTE: I was provided a copy of this book for review purposes and I have given an honest review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not another Apocalypse Book October 2, 2013
By Ram-Z
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I expected this book to end up becoming a post apocalyptic story. I expected to read about a virus spreading all over the earth and zombies everywhere but that was not the case. This is a very well thought out story (beginning story really). A rogue wealthy individual discovers a virus that gives health, long life and healing and even instills a conscience of sorts. So why isn't it being spread throughout mankind as a gift to mankind? Power.....the pursuit of power.

This story has a small group of ex-military people finding out about this virus and making an active decision to do something about it, with a strong reaction from the government.

The story has some social and political angst in it , lots of action, a plot twist or two, and characters that are developing well. One of the better books I've read in a while. Looking forward to the next in the series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Unreliable reviews
I purchased this book based on others reviews...last time I'll do that. I don't know if we read the same book, but it definitely not worthy
of the amount of 5 star ratings it... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Bradley P McGurk
4.0 out of 5 stars I would love to see it actually happen
The story is very believable and is very well written. There is some recent medical research that indicates the possibility that most
of our ailments are due to bacteria that... Read more
Published 17 days ago by George Farrell
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
A bit too much political opinion, but we'll conceived. Plan to continue the series. Titles are quite intriguing. Can't wait.
Published 26 days ago by K. H. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Confused. I read 1.5 and not sure if I need to read Book 1 or 2 or...
I read the 1.5 book and not sure what to do now? At the end of 1.5, it tells me to go to Book 1, but if 1.5 is part of Book 1, then why read that one again? Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thrill Ride
I bought this book with some trepidation, but I was pleasantly surprised. Welcome to the world of a fountain of youth plague. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jessie Lee Copeland, Jr.
1.0 out of 5 stars Really?
It was fairly entertaining until about halfway through the book the line comparing Mao, Hitler, Stalin...with Mccarthy and Cheney. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Villmann
4.0 out of 5 stars An engaging tale
This is the first volume in a sci fi series. It holds the reader's attention and has some thought provoking aspects. Especially good on tactical detail.
Published 1 month ago by Gaius Calpernius Piso
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series!
David VanDyke has written a great series! This along with the others i the series are fantastic reads! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Car Czar
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read series!
I first came across the this excellent series via the novella "First conquest" in the book called "Planetary Assault". Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dwain Dibbley
3.0 out of 5 stars Authentically not so Compelling
Don't let the title of the review fool you. I actually liked this story. I appreciated the careful editing (something you don't find very often in a lower priced book). Read more
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David VanDyke is a former US Army Airborne enlisted soldier and, later in life, a US Air Force officer. He served in and out of combat zones all over the world in the 1980s through the 2000s. He lives out West where the skies are blue and the horizon is far away.

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