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- Publication Date : August 1, 2013
- File Size : 1442 KB
- Print Length : 1064 pages
- Language: : English
- Word Wise : Enabled
- ASIN : B00E9YL3HM
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,329 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The first problem for me was the MC Walt. When we meet him he's a whiny, prissy sissy crying because his gorgeous girlfriend has left a good bye note. She hasn't given it to him, he's just gone through her dresser to find it. After the plague hits and she dies he becomes bent on killing himself and has determined to die on his journey from New York City to Los Angeles. Why is he making this journey, and on foot? Because his dead girlfriend was an actress and always dreamed of being there. Along the way, without ever being shown how, Walt becomes pretty much an expert marksman.
The second problem with this book is the sheer number of unnecessary words put to paper. Or e-paper. The author simply vomits up needlessly long descriptions of everything and makes sure to throw in simile after simile with his retching.
Third, It's as if the Author was inspired by Stephen King's epic The Stand and tried to do that but add in some funky crab-like aliens. It didn't work. It didn't work primarily because King's book takes the time to develop a good plot and characters we're drawn to. This book, despite the word count, does neither.
I could go on, but if I haven't managed to sway your desire to read this abomination, nothing will. This book is also in desperate need of editing.
Book 2 sent sideways. We were told the same story as book 1 but now from two different people/groups with a tiny bit of touch from a figure from book 1. When I finished with book 2 I scratched my head and wondered why the author had chosen to waste our time. Perhaps to set something up for interaction from characters in #1 and #2 in #3?
Book 3 sees a little bit of use of two characters from book 1 but introduces us to a whole new set of characters and tells the ongoing story from their perspective. For the most part book 3 was it's own story.
Overall I liked the writing style. Some grammatical and spelling errors but not many. You become engaged with some of the characters. As I sit back and mentally try to bring all 3 books together I don't get a tightly woven story integrating multiple characters with different experiences. What I get is 3 stories that have a few commonalities.
For $.99 it's a great buy and an enjoyable read. It just seems to me that it could have been so much more.
Top reviews from other countries
The books are well written and mostly well edited (a few minor issues with the wrong word being used in places, but not often and nothing more than this, most certainly not enough to detract from the story or to make it painful to read).
You get an awful lot for your 'money'. These are not mini novellas issued as a small teaser freebie to draw you in, they are 3 full novels.
I love the author's tone, I enjoyed the dialogue, I find the wit and humour used to be most pleasing, character interactions brightened with just the right amount of attitude- It is intelligently written, which is a huge plus for me.
The characters themselves, in all three of the books, I found likeable, identifiable, and a pleasure to read about.
The storyline was ensnaring, I wanted to read more, I wanted to know what happened. I didn't get bored and the author kept my interest.
I love anything post apocalyptic and I found this to be a brilliant book. The right combination of well written, a good storyline and strong characters. Can't beat that for me.
I'm really, really not a fan of 'spoiler' reviews. Skimming through a couple here I was irritated to have things revealed to me before reading them for myself, I prefer to review the quality of the book, not examine the content, so I hope this review has been helpful in the way I intended it to be.
I review a lot of books, and I'm very picky about how things are written. Without a doubt this is one of the best free books out there, I would highly recommend it.
Many of these free novels are pretty bad. Simplistic, boring, take-it-or-leave-it affairs that I only read because I'm on a 10 hour plane journey. They can also be short, simply trying to hook you into buying the not-free sequels.
This series is better. Much, much better. Not exactly totally revolutionary concepts (there's only so many ideas in the world, after all) but executed very well, and with enough humour, dynamism and humanity to keep me reading page after page. That said, I wasn't particularly sold on the third book, Knifepoint, simply because the two main characters were a guy who had already been the main character in Book 1 (fun though he is to follow), and a girl who was essentially a rehash of the girl in Book 2, just younger. This was only a small detraction and didn't prevent me from enjoying it. I look forward to buying and reading the rest of this series and will be trying out his other series as well. I urge you to at least try these early ones that you don't even need to pay for!
Another strong point of the stories was the visceral hand to hand fight scenes, and the writer seems to be very well versed in martial arts and is comfortable writing the fights through every punch and block.
The only weakness I found in the stories was a lack of tactical ability in all of the characters, and the combat scenes were story-driven rather than tactic driven. Large scale combat was described as a flow of story rather than going into any details and this was in contrast to his excellent melee fight scenes. However that was a minor quibble among the rest of the excellent writing.
This was my most enjoyable free series so far. I have so far not yet decided to purchase more books in this series, but am having a lot of fun re-reading these first 3 free novels.