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The Birth of the Peacekeepers. Paperback – June 30, 2009
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About the Author
About the author. Ricky Sides was Born in Florence, Alabama in May of 1958. He has a wife named Sue that he married at age 18. He has one adult son named Larry Dale. The author studied martial arts from 1981 to the mid 1990s. He has been an avid camper and student of survival. The techniques described in his fight sequences are often from his own personal experience and training. He has taught women's rape prevention seminars in the 1980's. The author's writing experience includes The Birth of the Peacekeepers and the four other novels in that series, the Brimstone and the Companions of Althea series which is a nine novel set based on the on line game t4c (the fourth coming) and was written by Ricky Sides under the pen name Raistlin and edited and collaborated on by a wonderful lady from Louisiana under the pen name Kittie Justice. The author also wrote a book on women's self-defense named The Ultimate in Women's Self-Defense.
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I purchase about twenty e-books at a time, this one took me a month to get to. I'm glad i did, i also purchased books 2 through 5 is this series on the strength of book one alone.
I enjoy a good adventure tale and survival/catastrophic events make for great fiction, this one has a few nuggets of wisdom alongside some over the top fictional events so it should just be read for entertainment...that said it was a bit of a fun ride. I enjoyed most of the book but found the stride to falter a time or two, nothing that i would point out as making the book unenjoyable though. I fully expect the author will even out his stride in future books, most do.
The only warning you'll get from me is that after reading the first book you'll want to read the series...if i'm not mistaken there are ten of them, and that's great if you like this kind of book.
The Birth of the Peacekeepers is most definitely survival fiction, and it's not bad compared to some. The characters don't seem to have infinite resources that so much amateur writers tend to endow onto their creations. The training several of the characters have is extensive, but not unrealistically so, and the cataclysm befalling humanity is left unexplained which tantalizingly future events.
Unfortunately, The Birth of the Peacekeepers has plenty of problems.
To start with, there are few physical descriptions of the characters which makes it difficult to picture them in your mind. For many, this isn't a big deal. For some writers, this is hardly a groundbreaking criticism either. However, in this work, a lack of physical descriptions makes in far more difficult to differentiate characters since many of the principle characters share similar personality traits.
The dialog is less than stellar as well, written in a manner that suggests the author didn't try to emulate how people speak but how many write. For one character, you could consider this a characterization effect and let it go. Unfortunately, this is true of all the characters. This dialog is unrealistic and takes away from the rest of the work, making it feel less like a finished work and more like a first draft.
In truth, the story itself is probably enough to support it for most folks. The unrealistic dialog makes it more difficult to follow, but not impossibly so. The book is a fairly quick read, and it does a fair job of holding one's attention. All in all, it's a fair book that would benefit from a close examination of how people actually speak to one another in conversation.
If it seems like I've been harping on the dialog, it's because I am. It was bad. There were a few things described that didn't make sense in the context of societal collapse, but I'm sure that's more of a result of a difference of opinion than anything else.
All in all, it was a decent book that I may continue along in the series down the road. At the price for a kindle copy, you can't go wrong at all.
That being said, the book picks up steam once the main character starts moving across the post-apocalyptic America. The author offers an interesting view of what happens when law and order breaks down in society.
The Birth of the Peacekeepers offer a ton of action, and some introspection. And at a bargain price of 99 cents for the Kindle version, this book is worth every penny.