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Cannibal Reign (Harper Thriller) Mass Market Paperback – June 26, 2012
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“Cannibal Reign is a scary, nonstop thrill ride into the dark hearts of man, shot through with the souls of those that refuse to surrender to the dark. I loved this book, and fans of post apocalyptic fiction and thrillers should not miss it!” (My Bookish Ways, urban fantasy blog)
“You’ll run the full gamut of emotions . . . the psychological implications are haunting. And you’ll be thinking of this book for a long while after you set it down and go on to another. ” (Journey of a Bookseller, review blog)
“A gripping story . . . a chilling, frightening tale that was hard to put down.” (Suzanne Johnson, Preternatura, speculative fiction blog)
“What makes Thomas Koloniar’s superb thriller work is the focus is on good people trying to survive in bad times . . . this is an exhilarating tale of life before and after a NEO crash rivaling what happened to the dinosaurs.” (Alternative Worlds, sci-f/fantasy review site)
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First the asteroid would come, slamming into the earth just north of the Montana border, followed by earthquakes, tsunamis, and unending night.
And after that . . . Hell.
Astronomer Marty Chittenden is the first to recognize the approaching doom—a discovery that makes him a marked man.
Green Beret Jack Forrest knows the catastrophe is inevitable, and begins stockpiling an abandoned missile silo with supplies while gathering together a small community of men, women, and children he prays can survive the apocalypse.
Then disaster strikes. In an instant the world they know ends forever, transformed into a nightmare realm of eternal darkness. Soon the few remaining humans are transformed as well, becoming savage things—raping, pillaging, and devouring their own.
And the time is approaching when Forrest and his people will have to leave their underground "Noah's Ark" to face a shattered world and the unspeakable terrors that dwell there—in desperate pursuit of one slim hope of survival . . . called Hawaii.
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There are lots of great reviews here that explain the plot very well, so I won't even go there. I will just make the points that most impressed me and might assist potential readers in their choice.
What did I like?
The cast of characters is strong, both heroes and villains. The author makes the book satisfyingly long and draws out the psyche of each of the principals and minor players so that the reader is deeply affected by their trials and tribulations; and believe me, there are a lot of them. Some principal characters were shockingly disposed of during this epic struggle. Absolutely no one is safe from fallig victim to extreme violence and the author's pen, and reading the book was subsequently more exciting with this thought on mind.
The action begins on page one and unfolds with dash and drive. There seemed to me to be something going on all the while and I found it truly tough to put the book down. All the violence, barbarity and cruelty are described with a clarity and coolness that stuns the reader from time to time, but doesn't ever overdo the blood and guts element. Narrative is harsh, believable and often very witty. This is balanced by moments of extreme tenderness and some parts almost brought tears to my eyes. No mean feat for this reader.
There are no zombies! Having said that, the survivors reactions following the weeks and months from the actual asteroid event do bring a savage, zombie-like behaviour from those awful scavengers who fell victim to starvation through having no post- apocalyptic plan to follow. The fact that these unfortunates are human, intelligent, well armed and often operating in gangs, makes them more of a threat to our heroes than your usual lumbering, stupid zombies ever would. The logical decline into chaos and the absence of the silly fantasy zombie effect is a big plus for me personally.
What did I not like?
Can't think of anything.
Do yourself a favour, but this book. I shall certainly be on the look-out for more from this excellent author.