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About the Author
- ASIN : B0125VIF1M
- Publisher : Xcism Press; 3rd edition (July 20, 2015)
- Publication date : July 20, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 2182 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 642 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1539953475
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,130,247 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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I read the Kindle edition, and I was disappointed with the number of errors that should have been caught in the editing process. Not only were there misspelled words, but sometimes there were entire sentences that just did not make sense.
While the premise was good, the story itself lacked polish. The characters and dialogue seemed stilted and flat, and the suggestive acronyms made me roll my eyes more than once, not because I had an issue with them, but because they were WAY overused as a plot device.
I don't want to sound TOO harsh, but I hope he finds a good editor, or at least cultivates a group of detail-oriented advance readers to help him catch the many typos. E.g., "Manuela was sound asleep beside him, snoring sotly." Sotly? Things like this really jar a reader out of the story.
On the plus side, I liked some of the meticulous detail, such as the references to authentic Central American cuisine like gallo pinto. I felt that the ending was pretty good, with the surprise plot twists.
This was a fast-paced Orwellian story of a post-apocalyptic near future that is vivid and gripping. Teeney addresses morality and politics, yet these philosophical questions do not bog down the action and adventure. Told from the perspective of the freedom fighters, I was hooked from the first page. It was highly emotional, as well, populated with heroes you felt a great deal for and a powerful villainous government that you loved to hate. Excellent read for fans of post-apocalyptic fiction who want something different.
This book is a heavy read. As one other reader mentioned; it's nearly 600 pages long, and it's certainly the kind of book you need to be dedicated to in order to finish. The story is intricate, a bit hard to follow at times, but that's only because the author did such an exquisite job of bringing every insignifant detail of the New Megiddo world to life. You're completely transported into an entirely different place and time- gripping onto the story's scenery with a vivid word-created view. Scenery is always a very big deal for me in stories. There are many books that seem to underplay the importance of the landscape, but The Apostates did not. If anything, the detailed descriptions were sometimes hard to follow (and occasionally I had to go back and re-read a paragraph to fully grasp the concept), but they certainly weren't ignored. And that's something I really appreciated.
The storyline itself moves surprisingly fast for a book this large. I didn't feel as though there were many 'lulling points', which are to be expected in a book of this size. I was very impressed by the intensity of the story and how well it flowed throughout. It gave you moments of peace to collect yourself after very quick-paced events, but moved onto the next phase of the story just as quickly- as to ensure that you weren't left reading a slow-paced part longer than you needed to.
The book as a whole was very interesting. It's based on a pretty popular concept, but the storyline and style of writing was very unique- making it a book that I really enjoyed. Paced well and strewn with excellent meticulous detail, this book isn't for someone who wants to sit down and finish a story in a day or two- but it's the perfect read for someone who wants to take a couple weeks and truly get very involved in a very entertaining book.
By Lars Teeney
Apostates has everything needed for a fantastic read. Things are flipped around with the church controlling the government. There are moles in both the government feeding information to the Apostates and also the Apostates mole feeding information to the government. Who will win the war for control? You'll need to read the book to find out. I rated this one 5 stars. Well Written.
Looking forward to reading more by this talented author.
Top reviews from other countries
It follows a group of people, non-believers, if you will, who are intent on bringing down the oppressive, and overly religious Schrubb regime, who forced the people of New Megiddo to listen to the preaching’s of a madman through the use of something called the [virtue-net].
All the elements of this story melded together really well, from The Apostates skirmishes with L.O.V.E Rangers, and the people who pursued them throughout the story in an attempt to put an end to their insurgence.
I love the way that the Apostates came into being, almost reincarnated and given a second chance at life. In return they would bring about the demise of the Zealots and harsh regime.
I like the way the author gave the Apostates double barrelled names that meant the same thing. i.e Ravine-Gulch or Blaze-Scorch…very imaginative.
Upon reading some of the story, i.e the ‘second world war’ flash backs, I felt that these segments of the book would benefit from having a separate novella, as the flash backs make a compelling story all on their own.
This book certainly piqued my interest from the very first page, I enjoyed it immensely, but I did find myself shedding a tear on the odd occasion. I tend to get highly emotional if I read something heart wrenching, especially when it involves one of my favourite characters. This happened more than once. I tend to get too attached to characters especially when they are so well written. I won’t go too far into the story for fear of giving away pivotal parts of the story.
There is so much to like about this epic tale, the characters are so diverse and interesting that you end up rooting for the good guys all the way. And the twists that I encountered as the story came to fruition almost smacked me in the face with a shovel. What I would call ‘WTF’ moments, of which there were a few. I love that in a book.
The Apostates is very good addition to the Dystopian Genre, and I can’t wait to see what the author has in store next.
Attractive price point: it’s only 99 cents for a 613 page novel. That’s a bargain.
Very creative constructions and depictions of America’s future. Chilling but also contains an element of plausibility as well. This book reads like a dark political thriller set in the future.
Raises a lot of troubling ideological, philosophical, political and moral questions about the future of humanity as a whole.
Great action scenes
Quite a few grammar and spelling errors that distract me as a reader (I’m a bit of a grammar nazi). This book should be copyedited again, in my opinion.
Some chapters are extremely long-winded and could’ve been a lot shorter
The book is quite a “heavy” read and requires a lot of concentration as there are A LOT of details to remember. I only read books like these when I’m in a certain mood, and it is definitely not something that you can just pick up again after not reading it for awhile.
Overall, I would give this book a 3.5/5, as I only occasionally read Sci-fi/Dystopian fiction and I found this book too “heavy” for my personal taste. However, it is obvious that Teeney has put a lot of thought, planning and research into his masterpiece and he should be applauded for his effort.