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- Print Length: 311 pages
- Publisher: Smithcraft Press (December 18, 2013)
- Publication Date: December 18, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00HFF7XFS
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #459,632 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Most of the book was the set up for the series – background on the aliens and why they want to take over Earth, the mechanics of the spread of the infection, the horrifying descriptions of the course of the illness, and the personalities of the three escapees. Dark and sinister, this book drags you through an unimaginable scenario. Post-apocalyptic fiction at its best! Can’t wait for the next installment.
After the time passage of a week or two, the writing slows down quite a bit. almost the next 70% or more of the book involves Tom, the main character who believes he is the lone survivor, looking for any signs of life. He then meets Peter, a mysterious person who will not reveal his past or circumstances to Tom until almost the end of the book. We never get a large backstory revelation on anyone, human or alien, although pieces are released occasionally, almost like throwing pieces of bread into a pond to feed the ducks. While the concept would seem to be one designed to make one want to keep reading, it tends to get old by the end of the book.
Finally, about the final 20% of the book picks up the pace again, and we are able to understand the motivations and history of the aliens. We also have decent chase scenes through there, although the culmination of the penultimate chase gets wrapped up rather nicely (and quickly), in time to set the stage for Book Two. I do commend the author, though, for managing to tie up most loose ends in the story, while still leaving a door open for the next book.
The most basic concept of the "aliens among us" is that they have been here for a long time, and already function (somewhat) in our world society. The triggering event that causes them to unleash the plague is the beginning of the book.
Overall, the grammar, spelling and word usage is decent, though British. Only a few words seemed out of place; the most obvious one being "prevaricate" when the author seemed to mean "procrastinate". Good luck, I will leave it to you, the future reader, to find where that is.
In reading many of the other reviews as I almost always do, I feel myself in agreement with much of what they write, both from a positive and negative standpoint. I would normally rate a book like this to be 3 stars, but overall the writing, while slow in the middle, is very good. So that lifts it, at least in my eyes, to a soft 4-star rating. I am not sure, though, whether I want to go on in the series - the plague was so efficient, and the aliens having powers that seem like they will mop up the few humans that remain, it makes me wonder how any story will remain without a large suspension of disbelief. Then again, Mr. Kates does have a way with words, shall we say.
This was an atypical "end of the world" story. I thought the characters were very well developed, and the plot was quite interesting. When I got t the end, I knew I'd be reading the next in series. My only issues were with the formatting (lack of paragraphing) and the fact that some of the American characters sometimes spoke "Britspeak". For some American readers, understanding parts of the vocabulary might be a bit off putting. Luckily, I have lived in both Bermuda and the U.K., so had no trouble understanding.
Book Two: Best of the bunch. The characters really came to life. I was hooked. Finished it in one very long sitting, and then went on to purchase and read book three.
Book Three: Did not want the series to end, but sadly, end it did. I did not see parts of that ending coming. Major surprises. While it was good, I wished that there was a bit more about what happened with some of the other characters I came to care about. Unless the author can be persuaded to write just one more in the series, I will have to use my imagination. Unfortunately, all good things eventually come to an end.
I will be following this author in future.
I like the character of Paul and how he weaves the tale of the history of Earth. He is a compassionate alien who is helping Tom and Ceri escape the clutches of the collective.
The big issue I had with the book is the way the aliens went about wiping humanity off the face of the earth. There are only 70,000 aliens on their way. Why did they have to unleash a virus that killed seven billion people? The leader of the aliens says this is because humanity would have destroyed their ship when it arrived, but how does she know this? She says her people are not violent, but they just murdered seven billion people with the virus!
There are only a million humans left. The aliens call humans "drones". They are using the drones to clean up after their mess (you know, seven billion dead bodies leave a bad smell).
There may be some other aliens that are on the side of humans, but it doesn't appear they can do much to help. I am looking forward to the next book because the way this one left off it doesn't appear there is much hope for the remaining humans. Paul has mentioned a couple of things that can weaken or kill the aliens, and I want to find out how the author makes that work, if he does. The book was well-written and flew by.
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