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Avalon: The Retreat (The Avalon Series Book 1) by [Rusin, L. Michael]
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About the Author

L.Michael Rusin was born, educated and raised in California. He is a Commercial Pilot, SCUBA diver, a Parachutist, ex-military, author, lecturer, and teacher. He is retired and lives with his wife in Costa Rica, Central America.

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  • File Size: 774 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Kamel Press (October 21, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 21, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A61U6BG
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I've tried very diligently to give this novel the benefit of the doubt. I'm giving it three stars because I was able to get one useful piece of information out of this book. That's the only reason it didn't get two stars. If you are looking for a decent read on a Saturday, this one may or may not be the one for you. At $16 I'm having a difficult time justifying the expense. For that price, I would expect an editor or a proof-reading service of some kind to take a look at it first. There are so many grammatical errors, typos, and factual errors that derail the story consistently. The run-on sentences and fragments also seem to be without end. Without spoiling the book, I would like to note that the author is not aware of the differences between a Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle and an Abrams Tank. There are other less subtle mistakes as well.

While the story is pretty detailed, in my opinion, the plot and plausibility are very predictable and overall entirely too utopian. The author truly has a great intent. You get that from his writing. He obviously has a good heart and wants to give the reader a positive story. My hope is that he will develop his writing skills, hire a proofreader, hire a fact checker, and develop "bad guys" who pose a little more danger to the good guys. If the reader already knows the outcome of every fight before it starts, why write about it in depth?

It is definitely a MUCH better read than the garbage passing as literature for the 'sheeple'. With some writing development, I believe Mr. Rusin would be one of the better authors for our category of readers. I'd still recommend this, but with the warning to the reader, "It may take some work to get through this". I look forward to purchasing and reading more of Mr. Rusin's books in the future.
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The story opens with unfamiliar sirens blasting through the air and one of the main characters immeaditely springs into action, gathering supplies, getting dressed and talking to himself as he prepares to leave his home for good. The reader is captured with this openning and as they travel along the way, collecting their supplies in hiding, one can't help but wonder what is going to happen next to them. At times, the story does become tedious, esp with the history of the Avalon retreat and how it came to be deserted and repaired, but I can see how it is useful to the story itself. Most of the characters are the same and perfect of course. At times, I would skim through portions, but at the end the story does pick up to end on a high note and of course, there's another book coming. The story, like so many these days, doesn't really have a true ending.

Also, I had unanswered questions I felt would have benefitted the story more than all those boring descriptors. The ending is curious and things such as how the man became the new president, wasn't answered. The man just pops up out of nowhere one day giving a speech on a radio. How did the man get to be the new president? It just doesn't make sense that these hard core survivors would just believe this without question? I know he explained the politicians were murdered by mobs, but he didn't really explain about those in undisclosed locations. I have a feeling the president is alive and well, watching the show from a facility hidden deep within the mountains, maybe Mount Rushmore, and this new fellow is some trick by one of the invading govts. Wouldn't it be interesting if the Antichrist is behind the whole scheme?

Another thing I liked about the story, is that the author involves the entire world.
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I don't have time to go through all the reviews, there are 24 as of this writing. At least some of the 5 star reviews are by people who only have one review at Amazon: This book.

Price point (Kindle): 8.99

I knocked 2 stars off because of the price point, but mostly because of believability issues. Characters are just too perfect to be believable. The protagonist has apparently put together the best people in their fields in the world. He's an ex-navy SEAL, of course. He can also do just about everything else, and claims the most beautiful woman in their retreat. Everyone else is a "Master" in their chosen professions. Master chefs, Master gardeners, Master contractors, electricians, plumbers. The Retreat itself is also another prepper fantasy.

Even with the believability issues, however, I found myself entertained. I just had to adopt the attitude that these folks lived in somewhere like Narnia. Fairy tales can be fun, too, so I'll be watching for the sequel.
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I have read over 125 books in this genre over the last two years. I rarely write a review because little things like misspelling and punctuation don't bother me. I can look over that if the story is decent.

The author of Avalon clearly has no experience in the real world. The technical things he writes about are just not possible and that spoils the book.

For instance when the central character and three of his buddies are going on a search and rescue for some missing friends using 2 wheel Yamaha 250 dirt bikes he tells EACH of the buddies to bring their 308 battle rifles, HK clones, and their 9mm submachine guns plus 1000 rounds of ammo, five gallons of gas, a couple gallons of water and a weeks worth of food, medical supplies, etc.

I have those guns. I have ridden dirt bikes all my life. A five gallon can of gas is 35 pounds. 1000 rounds of 308 is another 30 pounds and both are bulky not to mention multiple magazines to hold those rounds. Add in the HK91 at 8 lbs, MAC 11 at 3 pounds, packs, food, etc and they easily have 100 lbs of equipment. PLUS, there is no way to carry a five gallon can of gas on a 250 dirt bike. This load out is not technically possible.

The entire book is page after page of examples like that. Another one would be another buddy has a "modified Mossberg deer rifle converted to 50 caliber Browning. That is an impossible conversion. The 50 cal BMG round is twice the size of the bolt, mag, receiver, barrel, etc. Even if you could convert that lightweight of a rifle to the 50 BMG round it would break your shoulder when you fired it. Real 50 BMG guns weigh 25-35 pounds and are twice the size of a deer rifle. (Barrett for instance) I have fired 50 BMG guns and even in a 30 lb gun the recoil is horrible.
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