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DARK SIDE OF THE MOON by [Taylor, Ahmad]
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3.6 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews

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Length: 241 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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"Dark Side of the Moon is a quick and fast read, that excites your imagination and quickens your pulse. There is also a clever and surprising twist at the end. If you love sci-fi that is relevant to our present society, this is a book you must read." -eNovel Reviews
"Ahmad Taylor has clearly outdone himself in the first installment of this book. Despite not being a regular reader of sci-fi, I quickly become one of his biggest fans. I am engulfed with the vivid and detailed world of modern technology Ahmad has brought me into which comes along with the price of morality. When mankind let themselves ruled by technology instead of their heart, human life becomes merely a stepping stone for them. 5/5″ - Read 2
"I didn't see the ending until the last moment. But knowing what kind of person Derrick is, you know what he is planning to do and you also know he succeeded, but boy - you wish he hadn't. I can't wait to read the sequel - I'll be biting my nails until I get to see that everything turns out ok. Releasing a series of prequels, which deal with each main character in turn, is a stroke of genius. I will certainly read them all." -Ella

From the Author

Writing this novel was a journey of self-exploration and understanding, much like the main character: Derrick Thomas, and his journey to find and save his lost family.

Product Details

  • File Size: 592 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1470133822
  • Publisher: Ahmad Taylor; 1 edition (January 24, 2012)
  • Publication Date: January 24, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00716M0YU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,019,481 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The book opens with a man waking up from a dream unable to move. We don't know who he is or where he is but when his eyes close the statement he hears in his head is Why is it so dark in here? Soon after government agent Derrick Thomas awakes from a dream to find his researcher father left him a message asking him for help. When Derrick goes to his father's office to give him what he asks for he finds his father hasn't been there in 5 months.

Soon Derrick is hunting for friends of his father's to help him. Each person gives him a little more information but soon after he leaves them they are killed. Derrick also learns that his sister, Jeanie, is missing as well. He struggles to find out what the government could have done with them and where they can be. When he returns home late after searching for them he finds his mother gone as well. He wants to look for him but his eyes close and all he hears is the reoccurring theme of Why is it so dark in here?

Derrick is in a race against time to find out where his family is and what the new project is the government is working on. Everyone he has spoken to has ended up dead...will he be next?

The beginning of the book had me confused. I wasn't sure who the man in the opening was or why the book suddenly shifted to Derrick. About a third of the way through several chapters were dedicated to Jeanie's early life. While they were interesting they didn't seem to fit in at that point in the book.

I will say that I was intrigued by the book and it was a quick and easy read. After reading about two thirds of the way through I knew what was going to happen at the end but I wanted to make sure. The ending turned out similar to what I thought but there were so many unanswered questions.
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The story centers around Martin, Jeanie and Derrick Thomas. Martin is a genius working for the government. His children Jeanie and Derrick have also been employed by the government in the police force. Sound intriguing to a point.

I understand this is a YA book, but till. It has some serious gaps. Multiple punctuation issues, missing words, sentences that don't add up and much, too much rambling about Jeanie and her relationship with her father. The character development of Derrick is really bad. One chapter he's a blubbering child while the next time he's blowing a guys head off. I never felt any connection to him.

The sections that were discussing the experiments Martin was working on were long, boring and cumbersome. Appeared to be more filler than informative. This could be shortened up considerably and still drive home the results over the chosen time periods.

The continual us of the term "Why is it so dark in here," is inserted all through the work. I believe the purpose was to build suspense. In the end, I really didn't care why it was dark.

Overall, this book needs to be rethought and rehashed.
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Not the first novel written by an ex-cop I've ever read, but definitely the one which uses the most up-to-date jargon and technology. The writing style is crisp and to the point, without unnecessary flourishes and archaic turns of phrase. This is a modern read based on a modern idea and using sci-fi threads which are spun perfectly to fit right into this realistic world. Another refreshing feature (to me) is to be able to read a thriller where the weapons are not the same as the ones used by Philip Marlowe in the earlier Raymond Chandler books or Roger Moore as he first played British agent James Bond, but a rather more sophisticated, imaginative, slightly wishful-thinking-type new cache.
Twists and turns at every corner make Dark Side of the Moon an unexpected and enjoyable action-packed read. You get to see glimpses of a really talented family and you can't wait to learn everything about them. By the time the storyline settles into a full-blown thriller, you wish you could be right there, in the middle of it all, shouting encouragement and warning Derrick about imminent danger.
Derrick Thomas is the sort of guy that brings a smile to your lips - from his morning routine to the over-the-top care his mom gives her baby son and the relationships with his older sister Jeanie and strong-willed father Martin, everything draws you in and compels you to be his friend. The more you think you've worked out what he is going to do next however, the more you find yourself pointing down a different avenue. This is where Ahmad Taylor's police training comes into its own - the action sequences and assault and hostage situations are not something just any one of us could get right.
I didn't see the ending until the last moment.
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Not a well written book. To be fair I would like to know what happens but can not bring myself to finish this book. This is a first for me, I have finished books or movies that are boring just to see what happens. I will not finish this one and I am at the 1/2 way point.
The Author has a good frame going here but not the substance. I hope he continues to write and learn this craft. Really would be nice in a few years to see that this story has been rewritten and is winning awards.
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